Executive Director Job Announcement FAJ

August 25, 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 www.filipinos4justice.org.

To apply:

Please use the Subject Line: “FAJ Executive Director Search” and submit a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to jolais@filipinos4justice.org.

Application Deadline: Position will be open until filled.

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