Director of Communications and Development

Job Type

Full Time





Application Deadline:



District of Columbia
United States



The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) seeks a dynamic full-time Director of Communications & Development to lead our vibrant communications and fundraising strategies to amplify SEARAC’s presence and build organizational capacity to expand and sustain SEARAC’s work.


The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to produce exceptional communications materials for diverse audiences, and to lead a growing fundraising strategy including foundation, corporate, and grassroots fundraising efforts. He/she/they will also have a combination of both strategic thinking and implementation skills, including experience developing long- and short-term strategic goals and objectives, exceptional written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, and organizational skills.

The Director of Communications & Development works closely with all staff members (from administrative staff to policy staff) on intersecting areas of communications and fundraising. The individual joins our growing DC-based team as a member of the management team, and reports to the Executive Director.

The ideal candidate will be based in SEARAC’s Washington, DC office, but remote working options are available.




Founded in 1979, SEARAC is a national civil rights organization whose mission is to empower Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society. As representatives of the largest refugee community ever resettled in the United States, SEARAC stands together with other refugee communities, communities of color, and social justice movements in pursuit of social equity. 


SEARAC is a leading national advocacy voice on issues that deeply affect the Southeast Asian American community. Our advocacy is grounded in deep community engagement with community partners and individual advocates, as well as in solidarity with other communities of color and social justice movements.


Visioning and Strategic Planning

  • In collaboration with SEARAC’s Executive Director, develop both short- and long-range strategies for communications and development.


  • Work in close partnership with SEARAC’s Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement SEARAC’s external communications strategies to increase the visibility and reach of SEARAC’s work through traditional media (press releases, statements) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Develop SEARAC marketing materials, including annual report and updating and maintaining SEARAC website.
  • Manage SEARAC’s media relations, including building relationships with media contacts and proactively securing media opportunities for SEARAC.
  • Work in close partnership with SEARAC’s Policy Team to implement communications strategies directly related to SEARAC’s policy advocacy and mobilization.
  • Work with Executive Director and Field Director to manage internal evaluation and quality control processes, including updating internal style guides, and maintain client/customer relationship management systems to track advocacy, communications, and fundraising metrics.

Resource Development

  • Work with Executive Director to monitor and execute overall development strategies including foundation, corporate, and grassroots fundraising.
  • Oversee and execute donor engagement strategy to promote renewal.
  • Conduct research to expand prospective funding sources. 

Staff Management

  • Supervise on average 1 intern and 1 consultant.
  • Work with the Executive Director to annually review staff performance and work plans.
  • Work with other SEARAC staff and board members in support of SEARAC’s overall mission.


  • The Director of Communications & Development may have other duties as specified by the Executive Director.


Experience/Skills REQUIRED

•      7-10 years of experience in non-profit management, ideally in communications and development in a team lead role.

•      Able to apply strategic and creative thinking, while being persistent, motivated, and energetic, along with the ability to work in detail-oriented fashion.

•      Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize work appropriately and adapt easily to changing priorities.

•      Superior verbal and written communication abilities.

•      Demonstrated ability to work effectively across diverse stakeholders. 

•      Experience supervising interns, staff, and/or consultants.


Advanced degree or equivalent in communications, development, public policy or administration, social sciences, or other relevant fields. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.



Competitive, plus a strong benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Application Process

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume, and a brief writing sample (preferably fundraising or media related, and no more than 3 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include “Director of Communications & Development” in the subject line of emails. Note: For positions where an internal candidate(s) exist, it is our policy to interview internal candidates prior to interviewing external candidates.

Please address all application materials to:

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

ATTN: Quyen Dinh, Executive Director

1628 16th Street, NW | Washington, D.C. 20009