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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.


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.
  • 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 an initial review beginning on November 29, 2021.
  • 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.

 

 

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 an initial review beginning on November 29, 2021.
  • 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.

 

 

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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Fundraising

  • 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.

Management

  • 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.

Administrative

  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

APIA Scholars is seeking a Development Associate. The Development Associate is responsible for supporting the development, implementation, coordination, and management of fundraising activities to ensure that budgeted funding goals of APIAS are achieved. This person will report directly to the Development Director.

Primary Duties And Responsibilities

  • Think creatively and strategically to develop approaches to engage prospects and improve relationships with existing donors. Identify, research and cultivate new corporate, foundation and individual prospects and funding opportunities to create incremental revenue growth.
  • Assist with APIAS’s grant proposal writing and submission process. Be involved with facilitation of relationships with funders, collaborate with staff in the strategic development of proposals and follow up with pending proposals in a timely manner.
  • Assist with stewarding existing relationships with existing donors.
  • Assist with the scheduling, production and dissemination of solicitations, event attendees, and other supporters
  • Assist with maintaining organizational database, increasing the efficiency and accuracy of database processes, donor tracking system, and filing system.
  • Support the Development Team with any and all of the administrative tasks to achieve the Development Team’s fiscal year’s goals.
  • Support the timely communication among the Marketing/Communications, Scholarships and Programs staff to ensure the success of APIASF initiatives.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree desirable.
  • Exemplary writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to develop a portfolio of new prospects.
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team to fulfill the funding goals of the organization.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects.

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.

Please submit cover letter and résumé to Leilani Pimentel, Senior Director of Development: lpimentel@apiascholars.org