Executive Director Vayla New Orleans

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Details: Salary will be comensurate with experience.



Start Date



13235 Chef Menteur Hwy
Suite A
New Orleans
United States


VAYLA New Orleans’ Board of Directors announces its search for a visionary leader to succeed founding Executive Director, Mr. Minh Nguyen, as its new Executive Director.  


VAYLA New Orleans is a nonprofit, progressive multi-racial community-based organization that empowers youth and families through supportive services and organizing for cultural enrichment and to create positive social change.  Committed to youth development, community empowerment, higher education, and cultural awareness, VAYLA is composed of young people, mostly high school and college students, who want to engage and empower others, educationally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.


VAYLA is dynamic and has successfully transitioned from being a Vietnamese organization to becoming a multi-cultural organization that engages the full diversity of its community. VAYLA is now the link between the African American, Latino and Asian American community in New Orleans East. VAYLA is community owned and driven, they engage in their work authentically and in partnership.


VAYLA and its members have dealt with several issues that cut across intersections of race, class, and language. With a primarily Vietnamese, African-American, and Latino constituency, VAYLA has collectively engaged in campaigns that embraced multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual aspects, and challenged the educational, health, and economic disparities that have historically affected its community.


VAYLA’s initiatives include: environmental Justice, Civic engagement and voter engagement; Leadership Development; Increased access to: Reproductive health, education, rights and justice; Language access; Immigrant Rights; Returning New Orleans Schools to local control; Providing a supportive environment for young people who identify as LGBTQ and Evacuation and Disaster Response.


Attributes of Required for New Executive Director


The new Executive Director must have the demonstrated ability to be a leader within the community and to lead, mentor and manage a talented staff. Because VAYLA is youth centered, the new director must demonstrate a unique ability to lead and be led by young people. The director must share VAYLA’s passion for the issues championed by the organization and the community it serves. The ideal candidate will be a visionary as well as pragmatic.


The ideal candidate will be able to work in a culture where the opinions and ideas of everyone within the organization, staff and stakeholders, are valued. He or she will be a leader who is an effective bridge builder across cultures and generations and able to gather and apply human resources to solve problems. Partnerships and collaborations will be valued and advanced. The new director will be at the table with the community and elected officials and garner the respect of all.



It is essential that the successful candidate be able to demonstrate an ability to work with young people. Youth must be a passion for its leader. VAYLA’s next leader will share its commitment to being a youth centered organization and be able to build upon VAYLA’s foundation to develop programs that will support the growth of youth leadership.


The ideal candidate will also bring strong management skills to VAYLA and be able to demonstrate how they have led an organization and how their management style has contributed to staff and board growth and development and supported sustainable growth for the organization. Ideally the candidate will have experience working with a nonprofit board of directors, knowing how to tap into their potential to fully contribute to the organization and develop strong governance practices.


A successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to work with funders, be a responsible steward of these investments and be able to effectively communicate with funders to attract and retain financial support for VAYLA’s programs. Responsible resource development also requires ongoing accountability to funders, keeping them apprised of VAYLA’s accomplishments and adhering to reporting guidelines. 


Vayla pays 100% of health and dental benefits for the employee and one dependant.

Level of Language Proficiency

Because Vayla serves a diverse community that includes Hispanics and Vietnamese being bilingual is an asset, but not a requirement.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Please review the full Position Profile that is found at the Vayla website for a full description of the organization and profile of the ideal candidate.

Candidates shall send a resume and cover letter that responds to the requirements outlined in this Position Profile as soon as possible to nolaexecsearch@cox.net. Resumes will be held in confidence and will only be seen by the search consultant and VAYLA board until a pool of highly qualified candidates is identified. You will be notified before references are requested or contacted. The position will remain open until filled, however resumes will be reviewed as they are received.