OCA Seeking Candidates for Executive Director

OCA Seeking Candidates for Executive Director                           Founded in 1973, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is the second-oldest membership-based Asian-American civil rights organization in the country and a leading voice in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) movement. OCA has served as an influential player in promoting access to AAPIs to the highest echelons of civic and business leadership,to our mission of embracing the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans and our advocacy efforts focus on the areas of immigration, education, military hazing, and telecommunications. We remain fully committed to ensuring that AAPI voices are at the table in major policy debates, and engaging AAPIs at the local level through our network of over 100 chapters and affiliates.OCA is also host to a full complement of leadership and educational training programs that serve AAPIs at various stages in their professional, personal, and educational development.


Position Description for OCA Executive Director
The Executive Director (ED) develops and implements the policies established by the Executive Council and the National Board. The ED works in partnership with OCA’s chapters and affiliates to articulate and execute OCA’s vision, strategic direction, programs and recommend policy issues and positions for consideration by the National Board. Responsibilities include oversight of daily operations, supervision of staff, support of chapter development and board governance, fiscal oversight, fundraising, and relationship building and outreach. Position will also be responsible for oversight of management of the OCA National Center.


The ideal candidate should have strong organizational, management and people skills and be able to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment. He (she) should be willing to “roll up his/her sleeves” and take initiative to work closely with the team to meet deadlines.


During the initial transition period, the ED reports to OCA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who, in turn, reports to the OCA National President. The National Board Directors and Executive Council Officers are available to support the transition process. When the transition is complete, the ED will report directly to the OCA National President.


Major Duties:


Oversight of Daily Operations

  • Manage OCA’s general programs and events
  • Manage OCA’s grant and sponsorship submissions
  • Oversee management of OCA National Center

Supervision of Staff

  • Attract, retain, and motivate staff personnel and volunteers.
  • Cultivate and nurture the professional development and growth of OCA staff members
  • Perform annual evaluations of employees
Support of Chapter Development and Board Governance
  • Support chapters and college affiliates
  • Develop advocacy and policy strategies
  • Recommend policies and issues for board consideration

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Develop and maintain organization’s budget
  • Prepare and present financial reports as directed or needed


  • Identify funding sources and strategies
  • Prepare reports and presentations related to budget forecast, etc.,
  • Employ on both objective and subjective measurements to assess and evaluate theorganization

Relationship Building/Community Outreach

  • Cultivate and maintain positive and strong organizational representation
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with partner organizations
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with corporate and partners and sponsors
  • Engage in coalition building
  • Strong public speaking ability

Fostering Cultural Heritage

  • Incorporates this theme into the organization’s planning and programming, as appropriate
  • Works with the APA communities to assure inclusion of their cultural issues in the work of the organization

Knowledge, Skills/Background/Abilities:

  • At least 5-8 years of work experience in a progressive environment, preferably serving the Asian Pacific American community as part of its constituency
  • Expertise in APA social justice issues
  • Expertise in local, state and national legislative and political processes
  • Experience supervising 8-12 staff
  • Proven fundraising experience in individual giving, corporate sponsorships and foundation grants
  • Excellent analytic, written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with event planning, membership services, and coalition building
  • Knowledge of non-profit governance standards and best practices
  • Ability, willingness and flexibility to work extended hours and to travel as needed
  • Knowledge and experience in building management and property care
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the importance of cultural heritage in the diverse APA communities
  • Strong financial skills in balancing income and expenses
  • Ability to interface tactfully, effectively and equitably with people
  • Ability to negotiate between the needs of diverse groups
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft office and social media platforms
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Graduate Degree preferred
  • U.S. Citizenship, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Residency required

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Health and supplemental dental insurance
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Supplemental metro card benefits



OCA National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


Application deadline:


August,14 2015


To apply:


Please email a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and three references to: OCA Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Lee, KLee@ocanational.org.


Applicants may be required to submit to background checks including but not limited to criminal history, driving record and credit/financial histories. Applicants will be notified prior to any background investigation into the listed areas. No phone calls, please.


Start Date:


By mutual agreement

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