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APIA Scholars’ vision is to create opportunities for all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to have access to higher education and resources. If you’re interested in helping to bring that vision to life, take a look at our open positions and we look forward to connecting further.


Salary: Commensurate with experience

Location: Washington, D.C.

Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

Target Start Date: March 1, 2022

The Senior Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for managing APIA Scholars external communications, collateral materials, website, social media, event planning, and assist with some aspects of fundraising. This position is based in Washington, DC. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

External Communications & Community Relations

      • Leads strategy, vision, direction, and reporting for the Marketing and Communications department. Liaises with Strategic Leadership Team (SLT).
      • Develop and execute APIA Scholars communications plan to donors, general public, community partners, and other constituents.
      • Build relationships with strategic partners in the APIA and higher education communities.
      • Develop, update, and maintain APIA Scholars collateral materials in coordination with vendors, APIA Scholars staff, and students.
      • Maintain timely updates of website, coordinating across the organization with web and IT vendors.
      • Lead effort to improve website’s utility and design for all stakeholders, including scholars, donors, board, and general public.

 

Media Relations

        • Develop and implement effective media strategies to communicate APIA Scholars mission and news to audiences at regional and national levels.
        • Draft media materials including but not limited to press releases, newsletter, email to partners, draft speaking remarks, and pitch new stories to media outlets.
        • Manage new and existing media relationships including acquiring partnerships with celebrities and influencers.
        • Coordinate press events, roundtables, and meetings.
        • Coordinate with external audiences (donors, partner organizations) on APIA Scholars participation in events and campaigns. Some travel may be required.
        • Work closely with scholarship team on outreach to prospective student applicants, parents, schools, counselors, etc.

 

Event Planning

          • Serve as lead planner on APIA Scholars community events, held in cities around the U.S.
          • Plan customized donor events, such as receptions with scholars and donors.
          • Organize presentation materials for board meetings three times per year.
          • Serve as lead staff person to plan the annual event(s). Liaise with event planning consultants; manage event committee agenda, calls, minutes, reports; manage invitation and journal, including drafting, pagination and ads; prepare event news release; create media outreach plan; contract and liaise with various vendors (i.e. graphic designer, printer, etc).

 

Liaison to Development Department

            • Work closely with the Senior Director of Development to oversee the conceptualization, planning, implementation and follow-up of fundraising-related events that include but are not limited to APIA Scholars 20th Anniversary events, Higher Education Summit, and community receptions.
            • Manage the development of fundraising-related collateral and electronic communications to raise awareness about program areas in need of support.

 

Management

              • Train and supervise Senior Manager and Associate(s). Motivate and encourage growth, competence, and professional development.
              • Assist the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) with organizational strategic initiatives.

 

Administrative

                • Work closely with Senior Director of Operations on account management to reconcile funding, track accounts, and submit reports.

 

Qualifications

                  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
                  • Candidate must have 10+ years of marketing and communications experience with progressive leadership experience.
                  • Non-profit, higher education, or NGO experience preferred, but not required.
                  • Candidate must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and be knowledgeable about diverse communities and issues in higher education.
                  • Thrive in a fast-paced work environment, balancing multiple demands and responsibilities.
                  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
                  • Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, strategic thinking, and creativity skills.
                  • Ability to work seamlessly across the organization and communicate effectively.
                  • Ability to work independently and in team settings.

 

How to apply

                    • Please submit cover letter and résumé to Michelle Cohenour, Chief of Staff, at michelle.cohenour@apiasf.org with “Senior Director of Marketing and Communications” in the subject line.
                    • Position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a priority review date of January 31, 2022.
                    • Please provide contact information for three professional references.
                    • Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits are offered for this full-time position located in Washington, DC.
                    • Candidates chosen for an interview will be asked to present during the interview process and  bring a portfolio demonstrating strong writing and editing skills, creative publications, and knowledge of marketing and events management.

 

What We Offer

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. APIA Scholars provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, dental, 401k, life insurance, and generous paid leave including 15 vacation days, 10 PTO/flex days, federal holidays, and an additional one week winter closure. APIA Scholars is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

 

About APIA Scholars

What was founded in 2003 as a scholarship fund has transformed over the past two decades into a leading national organization serving the unique needs of Asian and Pacific Islander (APIA) students through holistic college to career programming, research, and higher education convenings. As we enter our 20th Anniversary year in 2003, our focus on Scholars – and their authentic leadership development – remains at the core of our mission and vision. However, we know that our best efforts to uplift future APIA students will only be realized if we, as a national APIA voice for higher education equity, leverage our resources, partnerships, and networks to also address the systems that continue to preclude APIAs from success on their journey.

APIA Scholars’ mission is supported through five core strategies: college access, student success, career development, building knowledge, and scaling systems. Through this approach we promote APIA inclusion, equity, and representation on the individual, institutional, and societal level. With a growing Alumni community of 7,500+ Scholars, over 160 eligible Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) serving over 40% of all APIA undergraduate students, and the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the country of 25 million and growing, APIA Scholars is positioned to educate, elevate, and empower a diverse community that reflects the country’s increasingly diverse future.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Chief of Staff, Michelle Cohenour

Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

Target Start Date: March 1, 2022

 

The Assistant to the Chief of Staff is responsible for managing APIA Scholars logistics to ensure smooth day-to-day operations. This position is based in Washington, DC. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

      • Prioritize inquiries and requests while troubleshooting conflicts; make judgements and recommendations to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements.
      • Act as a liaison and provide support with the President and Chief of Staff (COS) to the Board of Directors.
      • Arrange and handle all logistics for Board meetings and events including scheduling meetings.
      • Provide sophisticated calendar management for Chief of Staff (COS).
      • Complete a broad variety of administrative tasks that facilitate the Senior Leadership’s ability to effectively lead the organization including assisting with special projects; collecting and preparing information for meetings with staff and outside parties; maintaining contact lists; making travel arrangements; and completing expense and mileage reports.
      • Work closely with the President and COS to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
      • Assist with staff travel and event logistics for the 20th Anniversary events.
      • Coordinate logistics for all staff meetings and retreats and assist with staff meetings and events as needed.
      • Manage all aspects of the office suite including provide hospitality to all guests and help to create a welcoming environment, answer main phone line and respond to inquiries, replenish office materials such as snacks, printer supplies, paper, office supplies, etc, process and distribute daily mail.
      • Evaluate and assist in developing office policies and procedures for improved workflow and anticipate future needs as organization grows.
      • Assist in the selection of vendors and purchase equipment, services, and supplies necessary for operation of organization.
      • Provide event management support as needed.
      • Other projects/duties as assigned for the overall benefit of the organization.

 

Qualifications

        • Bachelor’s degree required.
        • Significant executive support, higher education, or nonprofit experience (5+ years).
        • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Office.
        • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
        • Exceptional organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail.
        • High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people, including Board members, senior leaders, staff, donors, and vendors.
        • Ability to complete a high volume of tasks and projects.
        • Ability to react with appropriate levels of urgency to situations and events that require quick response or turnaround.
        • Able to maintain a high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information.

 

How to apply

          • Please submit cover letter and résumé to Michelle Cohenour, Chief of Staff, at michelle.cohenour@apiasf.org with “Assistant to the Chief of Staff” in the subject line.
          • Position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a priority review date of January 31, 2022.
          • Please provide contact information for three professional references.
          • Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits are offered for this full-time position located in Washington, DC.

 

What We Offer

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. APIA Scholars provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, dental, 401k, life insurance, and generous paid leave including 15 vacation days, 10 PTO/flex days, federal holidays, and an additional one week winter closure. APIA Scholars is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

 

About APIA Scholars

What was founded in 2003 as a scholarship fund has transformed over the past two decades into a leading national organization serving the unique needs of Asian and Pacific Islander (APIA) students through holistic college to career programming, research, and higher education convenings. As we enter our 20th Anniversary year in 2003, our focus on Scholars – and their authentic leadership development – remains at the core of our mission and vision. However, we know that our best efforts to uplift future APIA students will only be realized if we, as a national APIA voice for higher education equity, leverage our resources, partnerships, and networks to also address the systems that continue to preclude APIAs from success on their journey.

APIA Scholars’ mission is supported through five core strategies: college access, student success, career development, building knowledge, and scaling systems. Through this approach we promote APIA inclusion, equity, and representation on the individual, institutional, and societal level. With a growing Alumni community of 7,500+ Scholars, over 160 eligible Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) serving over 40% of all APIA undergraduate students, and the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the country of 25 million and growing, APIA Scholars is positioned to educate, elevate, and empower a diverse community that reflects the country’s increasingly diverse future.

 

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reporting Structure: This role reports to President & Executive Director, Noël Harmon, Ph.D.
Job Classification: Full-time, exempt
Target Start Date: March 1, 2022

 

The Senior Director of Development’s primary role is to set strategy and successfully execute a multi-million dollar fundraising plan for APIA Scholars. This strategy will grow our online fundraising, major/high net worth donors, partnerships/sponsorships, and grants. Reporting to the President & Executive Director, the Senior Director of Development will also supervise development staff in support of our annual fundraising goals.

This is a full-time exempt position working out of APIA Scholars’ office in Washington, D.C. Due to the current pandemic numbers in the region, APIA Scholars’ staff is working fully remote with a phased return to office policy set to begin on March 7th resulting in eventual transition to a hybrid role. While travel is a significant part of this role, APIA Scholars is monitoring current pandemic guidelines to resume work travel across the organization.
 

As Senior Director of Development, you will:

Lead Development Strategy & Execution

      • Lead development strategy and execution towards a multi-million dollar annual fundraising goal
      • Develop and execute a 20th Anniversary fundraising strategy with specific focus on high-net worth individuals
      • Support and build upon the strategy and execution of APIA Scholars’ sponsorship opportunities across our five core strategies

       

      Lead Portfolio Management

            • Manage a portfolio of strategic partners including Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and high net worth individuals
            • Grow portfolio to prospective partners with capacity to give seven-figure gifts
            • Conduct research on potential partners, sourcing from publicly available data and APIA Scholars leadership.
            • Set a clear strategy for tracking moves management, translating meetings to grants/gifts

             
            Write Grant Proposals and Reports

                    • Craft grant proposals that represent the vision, mission, and values of APIA Scholars
                    • Collaborate across APIA Scholars’ Finance, Operations, Programs, Communications, Scholarships, and Research & Policy departments to successfully shepherd reports and new grant opportunities
                    • Coach and lead development team members towards successful completion of grants and reports

                     
                    What You’ll Bring

                              • Deep commitment to APIA Scholars’ mission and strategy.
                              • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
                              • Strong relationship building and instinct.
                              • Exemplary writing and communication skills.
                              • Ability to develop a portfolio of new prospects.
                              • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment
                              • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
                              • Minimum 5 years of consecutive experience in nonprofit development, business development, and/or nonprofit leadership.

                               

                              How To Apply

                              To apply to this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and development-related writing sample (1-3 pages) to michelle.cohenour@apiasf.org. Priority review deadline for this position is January 31st.

                                          • Cover Letter: Share your interest in this role highlighting key professional achievements related to this position and what you hope to attribute to the organization in this capacity.
                                          • Resume: Clearly outline relevant work experience and any prerequisites that make you the ideal candidate for this position. Please be sure to include the dates of your employment.
                                          • Writing Sample: Please submit a 1-3 page development-related writing sample such as a letter of interest, fundraising campaign communications, or proposal. Organization and/or funder names may be anonymized.

                               

                              What We Offer

                              The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. APIA Scholars provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, dental, 401k, life insurance, and generous paid leave including 15 vacation days, 10 PTO/flex days, federal holidays, and an additional one week winter closure. APIA Scholars is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

                               

                              About APIA Scholars

                              What was founded in 2003 as a scholarship fund has transformed over the past two decades into a leading national organization serving the unique needs of Asian and Pacific Islander (APIA) students through holistic college to career programming, research, and higher education convenings. As we enter our 20th Anniversary year in 2003, our focus on Scholars – and their authentic leadership development – remains at the core of our mission and vision. However, we know that our best efforts to uplift future APIA students will only be realized if we, as a national APIA voice for higher education equity, leverage our resources, partnerships, and networks to also address the systems that continue to preclude APIAs from success on their journey.

                              APIA Scholars’ mission is supported through five core strategies: college access, student success, career development, building knowledge, and scaling systems. Through this approach we promote APIA inclusion, equity, and representation on the individual, institutional, and societal level. With a growing Alumni community of 7,500+ Scholars, over 160 eligible Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) serving over 40% of all APIA undergraduate students, and the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the country of 25 million and growing, APIA Scholars is positioned to educate, elevate, and empower a diverse community that reflects the country’s increasingly diverse future.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Senior Director of Development

Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

Target Start Date: March 1, 2022

 

The Development Manager serves a key role in growing APIA Scholars’ national reach to individual and institutional philanthropic partners. This role’s primary responsibilities are two-fold: 1) to lead online giving and campaigns and 2) to independently manage a portfolio of funders toward a multi-million dollar annual organizational goal. This is a full-time exempt position working out of APIA Scholars’ office in Washington, D.C. Due to the current pandemic numbers in the region, APIA Scholars’ staff is working fully remote with a phased return to office policy set to begin on March 7th resulting in eventual transition to a hybrid role.

 
As Development Manager, you will:

Lead Online Giving & Campaigns

      • Lead ideation and execution of APIA Scholars’ annual giving campaigns, including Give in May, Giving Tuesday, and End of Year Giving.
      • Stay informed of trends in online giving and philanthropy
      • Track and analyze campaigns, recommending new and innovative ideas
      • Setting and executing towards a strategy with attention to detail and results
      • Independently draft compelling copy, sourcing content from across APIA Scholars’ Programs, Research & Policy, and Scholarships departments.
      • Liaising with APIA Scholars’ Communications department on production of visual and multimedia content

       
      Manage a Portfolio of Funders  

            • Manage a portfolio of funders including individuals, groups, and associations
            • Grow portfolio through consistent outreach to prospective partners
            • Conduct research on potential partners, sourcing from publicly available data and APIA Scholars leadership.
            • Track weekly moves management, translating meetings to grants/gifts

             
            Write Grant Proposals and Reports

                    • Craft grant proposals that represent the vision, mission, and values of APIA Scholars
                    • Support efforts to liaise across APIA Scholars’ Finance, Operations, Programs, Communications, Scholarships, and Research & Policy departments to successfully shepherd reports and new grant opportunities
                    • Successfully track and execute completion of grant reports

                     

                    What You’ll Bring

                              • Deep commitment to APIA Scholars’ mission and strategy.
                              • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
                              • Exemplary writing and communication skills.
                              • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment
                              • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
                              • Motivation to innovate and creatively solve problems
                              • Related professional experience in philanthropy, individual giving, social media, and/or communications.

                               

                              How To Apply

                              To apply to this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to lpimentel@apiasf.org. Priority review deadline for this position is January 31st.

                                          • Cover Letter: Share your interest in this role highlighting key professional achievements related to this position and what you hope to attribute to the organization in this capacity.
                                          • Resume: Clearly outline relevant work experience and any prerequisites that make you the ideal candidate for this position. Please be sure to include the dates of your employment.
                                          • Writing Sample: Share a 1-3 page writing sample including a past campaign, solicitation letter

                               

                              What We Offer

                              The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. APIA Scholars provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, dental, 401k, life insurance, and generous paid leave including 15 vacation days, 10 PTO/flex days, federal holidays, and an additional one week winter closure. APIA Scholars is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

                               

                              About APIA Scholars

                              What was founded in 2003 as a scholarship fund has transformed over the past two decades into a leading national organization serving the unique needs of Asian and Pacific Islander (APIA) students through holistic college to career programming, research, and higher education convenings. As we enter our 20th Anniversary year in 2003, our focus on Scholars – and their authentic leadership development – remains at the core of our mission and vision. However, we know that our best efforts to uplift future APIA students will only be realized if we, as a national APIA voice for higher education equity, leverage our resources, partnerships, and networks to also address the systems that continue to preclude APIAs from success on their journey.

                              APIA Scholars’ mission is supported through five core strategies: college access, student success, career development, building knowledge, and scaling systems. Through this approach we promote APIA inclusion, equity, and representation on the individual, institutional, and societal level. With a growing Alumni community of 7,500+ Scholars, over 160 eligible Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) serving over 40% of all APIA undergraduate students, and the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the country of 25 million and growing, APIA Scholars is positioned to educate, elevate, and empower a diverse community that reflects the country’s increasingly diverse future.