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Executive Director Job Announcement FAJ

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) is seeking an executive director to build on the legacy of its current long-time leader, Lillian Galedo, who will leave the position on December 31, 2016. The ideal candidate will lead FAJ in fostering a Filipino community with the power to advance social and economic justice, and to realize democratic and human rights for everyone. In addition the executive director will build strong partnerships with FAJ’s constituents, community partners, Board, and staff.

Classification:             Full-time, exempt
Starting Salary:           $63,000, with benefits
Earliest Start Date:     October 1, 2016

Organizational Summary: FAJ’s mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity for all.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines. Our work is grounded in the spirit of Bayanihan (people helping people). For over 40 years, we have been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights for the Filipino community and served the more vulnerable in our community by helping recent arrivals, youth and low wage workers navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US.

With an annual budget of $550k, Filipino Advocates for Justice uses multiple strategies to strengthening the Filipino community, including: 1) civic/voter engagement and advocacy; 2) leadership development; and 3) direct services.

Position Summary:  The Executive Director (E.D.) reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the consistent achievement of FAJ’s mission, financial and programmatic objectives.  The E.D. will bring strong skills, knowledge, and deep experience in nonprofit administration, as well as a passion for empowering the Filipino community, immigrants, low wage workers, youth and families.  This includes a grounding in the complex social, political, and economic issues facing youth, families, immigrant low wage workers, and a body of knowledge and experience in social change, community organizing, and advocacy.   In addition, the Board is looking for a skillful change agent to preserve the core mission and programming while taking FAJ to its next levels of organizational infrastructure, strategic direction, and resource development.  The E.D. ideally brings a strong base of knowledge of and ability to navigate the socio-historical landscape of the East Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area at large.



I Leadership, Strategic and Business Planning

  1. Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors and serve as organizational liaison to board level committees or establish staff designee(s) as appropriate.
  2. In conjunction with the Board and staff, guide organizational direction including strategic program and business planning processes.


II Program Development and Administration

  1. Assures that FAJ has a long-term strategy for making consistent and timely progress in achieving its mission.
  2. Provides leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and oversees the implementation of plans and policies.
  3. Oversees the maintenance of official records and documents, and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  4. Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends related to FAJ’s programmatic strategies.
  5. Ensures the development and implementation of strong program evaluation procedures and measureable outcomes consistent with FAJ’s mission and goals and contract obligations.


III Budget, Finance and Other Legal Compliance

  1. Develops and assures the maintenance of sound financial practices.
  2. Works with staff, Finance Committee and the Board in preparing an annual budget.
  3. Oversees expenses and revenue to ensure that the organization operates within budget.
  4. Assures organization is in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines as it relates to financial reporting, business licensing, maintaining liability coverage and other legal and ethical standards of nonprofit organizational management.


IV Fundraising

  1. Ensures that adequate funds are available to achieve the organization’s programs and objectives.
  2. In conjunction with staff and Board, establishes a fundraising plan in advance of each fiscal year.
  3. Leads efforts to implement fundraising plan, including: corporate and foundation fundraising;
    event sponsorships; and individual donor program.


 V Human Resources

  1. Oversees recruitment, employment, and performance of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  2. Directly supervises program staff as well as consultants in the areas of finance, human resources and fundraising.
  3. Ensures job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound human resource practices, partners and policies are in place.
  4. Encourages staff and volunteer professional development and to relate evolving skills to FAJs mission and goals.


VI Communications & Field Building

  1. Keeps the Board fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important trends/factors impacting its operation.
  2. Assures the activities of the organization as well as its programs and goals are well publicized to its constituents, stakeholders, and funders through effective communication tools including but not limited to writing blogs; op-eds; newsletter pieces.
  3. Establishes working relationships, collaborations, and alliances with diverse community groups and social justice partners to implement FAJ’s strategic initiatives.
  4. Represent FAJ at high priority meetings (e.g. partners, funders, and field)



  • A proven track record of social justice organizing, particularly involving immigrant and low wage worker rights, affordable housing and tenants rights, civic engagement, youth organizing, and health and economic justice.
  • Experience in a senior level position in a nonprofit or equivalent experience.
  • An unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of FAJ.
  • A strong work history with the Filipino community, human services and/or social change efforts.
  • Skills, experience, and past success with fund resource development. This includes, but is not limited to, corporate, private foundations, government contracts, and developing individual giving.
  • Strong understanding of local, state, and federal policy pertaining to social justice issues such as immigration, low-wage workers, health, and housing.
  • Proven track record of developing, strengthening and evaluating successful youth programming; civic engagement /community organizing; and immigrant and workers rights.
  • Strong skills in staff management, facilitation, conflict resolution, and team building.
  • A strong network of individuals and institutions active in FAJ’s fields of practice and a history of establishing and leveraging community partnerships.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication.
  • Experience with marketing the message of an organization including through writing, presentations, online tools, and organizational literature.
  • Experience overseeing the operations of a small non-profit to its ensure fiscal health and sustainability.
  • College degree or equivalent experience.



We offer a generous benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, paid holidays, vacation and sick paid time off.  FAJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about us please go to

To apply:

Please use the Subject Line: “FAJ Executive Director Search” and submit a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to

Application Deadline: Position will be open until filled.

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Votes to Support AHEAD Act

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Oakland, CA – Yesterday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support the Accounting for Health and Education in Asian Pacific Islander Demographics (AHEAD) Act, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). This act, Assembly Bill 1726, requires California’s public institutions of higher education and the state’s public health agencies to collect, analyze, and report data for more Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) subgroups.

Eddy Zheng, co-director of the Oakland-based Asian Prisoner Support Committee, stated, “The Alameda County Board of Supervisors recognizes that AB 1726 is important for our communities because it allows for equal access to culturally competent resources for the Southeast Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander subgroups that have been frequently marginalized due to the model minority myth.”

“The unique needs of our community are often overlooked in many health studies which can make addressing health disparities among subgroups very difficult,” said Chris Cara, Youth Services Director of Filipino Advocates for Justice based in Oakland. “AB 1726 would shine a light on those disparities.”

Alameda County-based organizations representing diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities pushed the Board of Supervisors to endorse the bill, including Asian Health Services, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, AYPAL, and Filipino Advocates for Justice.

The U.S. Census Bureau has identified 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the NHPI population. Between 2000 and 2010, the Asian American population grew by 34% and the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) population grew by 29%, making these among the fastest growing

ethnic groups in California. However, many of California’s state agencies place all of these groups into the same category of “Asian/Pacific Islander.”

Without the collection and reporting of state data on smaller Asian American and Pacific Islander subgroups, their needs are likely to be overlooked or underestimated. Among adults age 25 or older in Alameda County, 32.4% of Asian Americans hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Among Cambodian Americans in Alameda County, the rate is just 9.9%. While only 14.8% of Alameda County’s Filipino population relies on public health care, over 30% of the Vietnamese population in Alameda County depend upon public health care. [1] Unless these trends are revealed through disaggregated data they remain invisible.

AB 1726 is sponsored by Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. The bill is supported by a coalition of over 100 Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian organizations in California and from civil rights, education, and health leaders, including the California Teachers Association, Campaign for College Opportunity, PolicyLink, American Cancer Society Action Network, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and Western Center on Law and Poverty.

The bill is set to be heard by the full California State Senate later this month. Once it passes through the California Senate, it will head to Governor Brown’s desk for a signature.

[1] American Community Survey, 2010.

Contact: Christopher Cara, Youth Services Director, Filipino Advocates for Justice, 510-487-8552.

Download press release here.

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