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AAJA seeks executive director

On behalf of AAJA

The Asian American Journalists Association is seeking a nonprofit manager or experienced journalist to serve as its executive director, to begin no later than November 30, 2009

AAJA is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists with 2,000 members. The national office is based in San Francisco, Calif. Our mission is to increase the number of Asian American journalists and insure fair and accurate coverage of the Asian American community.

The executive director will fundraise for AAJA, supervise a small staff, implement programs such as our national convention, work closely and be accountable with AAJA’s Governing Board and serve as ambassador to the industry and the Asian American community. This job is for you if you are passionate about diversity, giving back, journalism and its evolution on all platforms, and have the operational and fundraising skills to back it up.

·Fund development, including grant writing and cultivating individual, foundation and corporate donors to meet its $1.2 million annual operating budget and its $2 million National Endowment campaign goal.
·Develop and manage AAJA’s budget.
·Supervise staff and work with chapters.
·Program planning, including our annual National Convention and other programs adopted by the Board.
·Community representation.

·Bachelor’s degree with experience in journalism or related communications field.
·Minimum of five years experience, including supervisory and budget responsibilities.
·Experience in fundraising for non-profit organizations of $500,000 a year.
·Documented work or volunteer experience in planning and implementing conventions, meetings and special events.
·Excellent organizational skills.
·Ability to communicate effectively in person, orally and in writing.
·Comfortable with community outreach and public speaking.
·Understanding of new and future technologies and how journalism is evolving on all platforms.
·Demonstrated interest or experience in working with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and in the non-profit environment.

AAJA is offering a competitive salary and benefits package.  Compensation will be based on the selected candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in the position, as well as their salary requirement and history to by Sept. 30, 2009.  Projected start date is November 30, 2009 or sooner. No phone calls please.
AAJA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

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