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.

The Director of Development is responsible for managing the organization’s fundraising initiatives. This position is based in Washington, DC, and will require frequent travel. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • Develop, implement, and manage fundraising objectives and activities to support APIA Scholars annual fundraising goals.
  • Increase the individual, corporate, foundation and government new prospect pipelines by working in close collaboration with Senior Vice President and Executive Director.
  • Support Senior Director of Development to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward cycles for current and prospective donors to ensure timely solicitation, renewals, acknowledgement, and delivery of return on investment.
  • Write and manage the submission of private and corporate foundation grant proposals.
  • Together with the Managing Director of Programs for the APIA Scholars and GMS Scholarships, work closely and regularly to align current student needs, organizational priorities, and grant obligations to department work plans.


Stewardship and Demonstration of ROI

  • Create and disseminate internal reporting for the department that includes but is not limited to presentations, weekly status updates to the Senior Director of Development and Executive Director.
  • Manage the submission of private and corporate foundation reports and ensure that metrics for success are not only met but are proactively being captured.


Liaison to Communications and Marketing Department

  • Working closely with the Director of Communications and Marketing, oversee the conceptualization, planning, implementation and follow-up of fundraising-related events that include but are not limited to APIA Scholars’ Annual Scholarship Benefit, 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.



  • Train and supervise Development Manager(s) and Associate(s). Motivate and encourage growth, competence, and professional development. Assist the Senior Director of Development with organizational strategic initiatives.



  • Oversee the tracking of pledges and donations received against annual financial goals.

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


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
  • Candidate must have 10 + years of proven development and/or sales and marketing experience closing multiple five and six figure gifts and developing relationships with senior management, executive level contacts, and high net worth donors.
  • Candidate must have demonstrated experience working with Corporate giving and/or Foundations to secure multi-year six or seven figure gifts.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Candidate must have a strong understanding of Social Return on Investment and an ability to articulate the organization’s relevance and value to all current and prospective donors.
  • Candidate must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and be knowledgeable about diverse communities and issues in higher education.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced work environment, balancing multiple demands and responsibilities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity skills
  • Ability to work seamlessly across the organization and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite required; familiarity with Salesforce and/or other database programs strongly preferred.


How to apply:

  • Please submit cover letter and résumé to Leilani Pimentel, Senior Director of Development: lpimentel@apiascholars.org
  • Position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
  • Please provide three professional references.
  • Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits are offered for

this full-time position located in Washington, DC.


Position Title: Research & Policy Associate

Reports to: Director of Research & Policy

Status: Exempt


Currently remote until September 2021, after which location in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area is required.

Position Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Research & Policy, the Research & Policy Associate will manage department functions and execute projects that support the college to career pathway of our diverse community of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) college students and working professionals.  Working in partnership with a wide array of researchers, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) and Higher Education Institutions, and community organizations, this role will help APIA Scholars produce research and policy recommendations that policymakers and community stakeholders can use to increase educational opportunities and success in college and beyond for APIA students.

APIA Scholars Research & Policy agenda places our Scholars at the center of our work, in order to apply APIA-driven, research-based solutions to influence policies that directly impact APIA communities. This department aims to enable APIA student success in the following ways:

  • Educate by revealing the rich diversity of the APIA community and the hidden barriers and critical issues perpetuated by the model minority myth.
  • Elevate APIA student voices and leverage their passions and skills to examine the issues and develop applicable solutions for change. In this work, we also aim to Elevate institutions that are committed to increasing APIA student success on their campuses and advocate for better data to reveal disparities and calls for more equitable supports and resources.
  • Empower APIA Scholars, institutions, community organizations, and stakeholders with clear pathways to support APIA students, and to build strategic partnerships that influence policy and take action towards addressing issues most impacting APIA students today. We welcome all applicants with a passion for improving educational access, equity, and career success for AANHPI students and young professionals.


Key Responsibilities

Research and Policy Analysis (65%)

  • Collection and analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data, including producing literature reviews, conducting fieldwork (such as interviews and site visits, managing data, and using computer programs for data processing and analysis) and staying abreast of higher education and APIA student policy landscape.
  • Contributing to and/or editing various publications for different audiences
  • Developing resources such as policy briefs, reports, fact sheets, talking points, toolkits, and the production of tables, charts, infographics, visual analytics, and other materials for dissemination
  • When applicable, represent APIA Scholars in external meetings in support of stakeholder relationship development.
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities that are assigned.


Administrative/Operational Support (35%):

  • Support departmental operations such as managing department inboxes, records, document intake, organizing, prepping materials and documents, scheduling meetings, etc.
  • Manage administrative tasks such as tracking project timelines, project reporting, taking and summarizing meeting minutes, and other functions as assigned.
  • Collaborate with teams (and external partners) to prioritize and complete multiple tasks.
  • Complete logistical tasks for research proposals, internal and external research projects, and research management.
  • Provide logistical and event support for organization programs, including fundraising events, higher education summits, and other national convenings
  • Join team members at coalition meetings, and, when appropriate, participate on behalf of APIA Scholars



Content and Knowledge:

  • Minimum 1-3 years of related work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required or Associate’s degree with equivalent experience required, preferably in Public Policy, Data Science, Sociology, Economics, Statistics, Social Welfare, Education, Psychology, or related field of inquiry.
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative research skills and familiarity with data analysis tools and software such as Stata, R, or SAS.
  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and experiences, and the issues affecting these communities
  • Commitment to social justice causes, especially with an emphasis on working towards educational equity and providing resources for historically excluded student populations

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to tailor messaging
  • High level of organization and attention to detail with strong project and time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and can work effectively independently, in a team, and simultaneously on multiple projects.

Technology Proficiencies:

  • Command of Microsoft Office suite, Google Suite, Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms, Survey Monkey, Constant Contact or other mass email communication platforms, and Salesforce or other CRM platform.
  • Proficiency with publication, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software.

Benefits and Salary

The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included (Health Insurance, 401K Matching, Federal, Vacation and Paid Time off, Summer Fridays, etc.)

To apply, please submit the following materials to Florie Mendiola at Research.Policy@APIASF.org with “<YOUR NAME> Research & Policy Associate Application” (Example: Florie Mendiola Research & Policy Associate Application) in the Subject line for consideration:


  1. Resume (1-page max)
  2. A cover letter (1-page max) answering the following questions:
    1. Why are you interested in this opportunity with APIA Scholars?
    2. What previous experience do you have that is most similar to the job description/role?
    3. What are 1-3 skills you possess that will allow you to be successful in this role?


We are accepting applications until the position is filled.


APIA Scholars values the expertise of individuals who have received our APIA General or AANAPISI Scholarship as well as our Gates Millennium Scholarship and individuals who identify as first-generation college students.


Due to the large number of inquiries, we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


We are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, physical ability, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and more.