Thursday, November 13, 2008

OCA Seeks Qualified Candidates for Executive Director Position

Executive Director

OCA is currently seeking an experienced and focused professional to serve as Executive Director at the national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1973, OCA ( is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the United States. OCA has 81 chapters and college affiliates nationwide.

OCA's goals are:
• to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment;
• to promote civic participation, education, and leadership;
• to advance coalitions and community building; and
• to foster cultural heritage.

The Executive Director serves as OCA’s chief executive officer and works in partnership with the Executive Council, the National Board and OCA’s 81 chapters and college affiliates to articulate and execute OCA’s vision, strategic direction and programs. The Executive Director oversees a staff of seven to run OCA’s general programs and events, engage in coalition building, support chapters and college affiliates, develop advocacy and policy strategies, and raise funds. The Executive Director reports to the OCA National President and Executive Council and provides regular reports to OCA’s National Board and Business Advisory Council.

The ideal candidate should have strong organizational and managerial skills and be able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment. Additionally, the Executive Director will have the following qualifications:
• At least 5 - 8 years work experience in a progressive environment, preferably serving the Asian Pacific Americans community as part of its constituency
• Familiarity with APA social justice issues
• Strong organizational and planning skills in managing a medium-sized nonprofit
• Previous experience with supervising 5-10 staff members
• Proven fundraising experience in individual giving, corporate sponsorships, and foundation grants.
• Excellent analytic, written and oral communications skills
• Past experience with event planning, membership services, and coalition building
• Knowledge of non-profit governance standards and best practices
• College degree required. Graduate degree preferred.
• Bilingual skills a plus
• Strong commitment to and passion for OCA’s mission
• Knowledge and ability to lead, manage, motivate and mentor people
• High energy and ability to meet tight deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment
• Willingness and flexibility to work long hours and to travel

Salary commensurate with experience
Health & vision insurance
Paid vacation & holidays

OCA National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

December 5, 2008

Please email a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three references to:

Dr. Michael Lin at

No phone calls please.

January 1, 2009 or by mutual agreement.

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