Executive Director

APACE (501c4) and APACEvotes (501c3) are looking for an Executive Director who is passionate about social justice and expanding racial, economic and political equity in the democratic process. APACE is poised for the next level of organizational development with an entrepreneurial individual who will develop capacity and new tactics that transform mainstream organizing and expand representation of AAPIs in Washington. If building grassroots power in communities of color ignites you, you should apply!

While Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are among the fastest growing communities in our state, we do not have access to economic and political power that our numbers would indicate. AAPI communities must be brought into the political process, have access to decision making power, and ultimately champion progressive policies that make our daily lives better. We work to transform our democracy by empowering the diverse AAPI communities through civic engagement and political action. We increase access and participation in civic affairs so that we are well-educated on the issues, informed of the political process and mobilized to participate in our democracy.


The duties listed illustrate various types of work that may be performed but are not intended to be a final statement of work.

Coalition and Relationship Building - 10%

  • Attend coalition meetings and foster strong community partnerships
  • Manage external communications that includes an active engagement pipeline year-round for our volunteers, donors and voter targets.

Operations and Internal Infrastructure - 25%

  • Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of annual work plans
  • Develop standard operating procedures and policies
  • Manage staff and complete annual performance evaluations
  • Develop and oversee annual budgets and Board communication
  • Ensure that program activities operate within the defined Memorandum of Understanding between
  • APACE & APACEvotes

Programs - 30 %

  • Provide strategic leadership, planning, execution and evaluation of campaigns, field and data programs
  • Supervise the recruitment, training and stewarding of volunteers and interns
  • Ensure all campaign and program activities align with APACE’s racial equity lens
  • Research and execute organizing strategies to reach diverse AAPI communities

Fundraising - 35%

  • Develop annual budget and fundraising plan in partnership with the two Boards of Directors
  • Prospect, cultivate and steward new individual donors, foundations, key stakeholders and funders
  • Manage existing grants and individual donor portfolios
  • Support events, research and write grant proposals

The Executive Director will report to APACE (501c4) and APACEvotes (501c3) Boards of Directors.


  • At least four years of non-profit or campaign experience
  • Two years experience of demonstrated success in grant writing/fund development
  • Prior experience organizing in immigrant, refugee and POC communities
  • Experience working with political candidates, policymakers and media
  • Deep knowledge of our communities as demonstrated by experience with legislative processes and public policy impacts on AAPI communities
  • Highly motivated, entrepreneurial self-starter
  • Strong commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Flexibility to accommodate some evening and weekend work
  • Access to reliable and flexible transportation and Driver’s License


  • Relevant experience or four-year degree in a related field or
  • Bi-lingual skills in AAPI languages


  • Understanding IRS rules and management of 501(c3) and 501(c4) organizations
  • Understand and ability to manage fiscal sponsorship relationships
  • Strong strategic thinking, problem-solving and prioritization
  • Understand non-profit HR compliance standards and practices
  • Excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Ability to work independently
  • Understanding of integrated civic engagement
  • Proficiency with voter data bases, including NRG VAN


Salary range is between $60,000-$75,000, full time exempt 40 hr/wk. Benefits include medical, dental retirement, and holiday, vacation and sick leave.


Send a cover letter and resume with three references to Akemi Matsumoto at akemiseattle@gmail.com. In your cover letter, please answer the following supplemental questions:

  1. How has your personal and professional background prepared you for this position? Please highlight how you meet or exceed the qualifications and skills identified.
  2. What does civic engagement mean to you?
  3. What is your understanding of racial justice and what do you believe the role of AAPIs in advancing this work?
  4. How did you hear about this position?

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews will be conducted as applications arrive. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at APACE and APACEvotes, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. Women and Persons of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Community Organizer

Employment Type: Temporary (40 hours/week, expires in November)

Program Area: Community Outreach and Organizing in AAPI Communities, Civic Engagement, Political Engagement, Program Implementation

Reports To: Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) (501c4). APACE is fiscally sponsored by Win/Win.

APACE, a 501c4 nonprofit organization, envisions a just America that assures social, economic, and political equity for the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community.  It works to transform our democracy by politically engaging and empowering the diverse AAPI community, and holding our leaders accountable to progressive values of racial, social, economic, and political justice. 


This is a full-time organizing and community organizer role based in an office in Seattle, WA. The position will implement outreach and civic engagement strategies targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in the 45th Legislative District. The Community Organizer will implement programs to increase AAPI voter turnout in support of a progressive agenda in the aforementioned district.


•       Implement community outreach and engagement strategies;

•       Manage interns and volunteers to achieve goals and objectives;

•       Expand community support by recruiting, training, and supporting a community of volunteers;

•       Develop and adapt field strategic plans;

•       Collaborate with community agencies and civic engagement efforts to share and leverage resources;

•       Work with the board to design and launch multi-lingual voter education campaigns and advocacy efforts; 

•       Work with ethnic media outlets and various vendors on media production and purchases;

•       Develop, implement, and evaluate various community outreach strategies in the AAPI communities;

•       Mobilize community members and allies to advocate on issues;

•       Work closely with other civic organizations and groups to advocate for AAPI voter education and protection and increase AAPI voter registration and participation;

•       Identify and engage key community leaders who share and promote agencies’ vision and messages.

•       Plan and implement a social media component of the campaign;


Required Qualifications:

•       Some prior experience organizing in immigrant communities, with a minimum of one year in community, labor, or electoral organizing;

•       Ability to work independently with minimal supervision: a highly motivated self-starter;

•       Interpersonal, volunteer management, organizational and coalition-building skills; ability to develop strong relationships with diverse allies and constituents and invest key stakeholders in critical outcomes;

•       Excellent verbal, listening, and written communication skills;

•       Willingness to travel and accommodate community-based scheduling needs in the evenings and on weekends;

•       Access to reliable and flexible transportation and WA Driver’s License;

•       Ability and willingness to work with policymakers, allies, media, and partners;

•       Familiarity of the legislative process, from municipal level to state;

•       Understanding of and experience with how public policy impacts Washington’s AAPI communities;

•       Comfort with basic community and electoral organizing concepts;

•       Strong commitment to racial equity and social justice.

Preferred Qualifications: 

•       At least two years of organizing experience in social, economic, political, racial justice;

•       Familiarity and a working knowledge of the electoral processes;

•       Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suite;

•       Keen strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities;

•       Bi-lingual skills preferably in Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) or Punjabi AAPI languages are a plus; 


•       Competitive salary (~3,000 per month)

•       Flexible work schedule


Send a cover letter and resume, with three references, to Rick Polintan at rick.polintan@gmail.com. In your cover letter, indicate how your personal and professional background informs why you are interested in this position. Please highlight how you meet or exceed qualifications.  No phone inquiries, please.

The final application deadline is June 1, 2017. However, applications and interview invitations will be processed and extended on a rolling basis.