Details: Competitive salary range based on experience.
Founded in 1988, Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) is a dynamic non-profit organization
dedicated to ending domestic violence and promoting the social, economic and political
self-determination of women. AWS is recognized as a local, regional, and national leader in
its field, known for its commitment to shared leadership, building effective collaborations,
and movement based services and cultural change work.
AWS provides comprehensive services in over forty-two languages through its Direct
Service component, including a 24-hour crisis line and shelter program, Multilingual Access
Model, and culturally specific initiatives like the Queer Asian Women and Transgender
Support Program and the Arab Women’s Services Program. AWS’s Community Building
component works to change values, practices, systems and policies through strategies such
as grassroots mobilization, systems reform, and inter-organizational community and
In addition to upholding its programs with a dedicated Board of Directors and strong staff
of 19, AWS builds and sustains 45 volunteers, and 100 on-call language advocates and
community members through its Support of Communities and Services component. AWS
maintains sound fiscal, personnel and administrative management through its Grants,
Reporting and Fundraising & Finance component, and strengthens its consensus decisionmaking,
internal capacity building, strategic planning, program evaluation and teamwork
culture through its Organizational Development component.
Learn more about the Asian Women’s Shelter at www.sfaws.org.
The Executive Director (ED), working in conjunction with and reporting to the Board of
Directors, provides leadership, vision and overall management to AWS. The ED is
instrumental in establishing and implementing the long-term planning and direction of the
organization. This position holds responsibility for fundraising, financial integrity, and
strategic planning for AWS. The ED oversees and supervises the Associate Director, Finance
Director, and Grants, Reporting, and Fundraising and Finance Team (GRAFF). Together
with the Associate Director, the Executive Director also oversees and supervises other
Program Coordinators to ensure organizational stability and effectiveness.
An overview of the position, including the breakdown of the Executive Director’s primary
responsibilities and approximation of allocation of time, follows. This is a generalist
management position that is directly involved in all of the key areas of running the
40% Fundraising and Development. The ED is a strong leader in AWS fund development
efforts and takes particular responsibility for AWS’s larger federal and state grants. The ED
works closely with key staff and the Board to design and implement a comprehensive
development program that secures government and foundation support and cultivates
donor stewardship and engagement. The ED secures grant funding, and manages, develops
and maintains relationships with major donors and funders.
30% Management, Operations and Fiscal Oversight. The ED is responsible for the dayto-
day general and fiscal management of the organization and its operations. This work
includes developing and managing the annual budget and overseeing all financial
operations and audits. Supervisory responsibilities include supervising the staff, setting
salaries, and overseeing human resources. While the ED and Associate Director work
closely together on human resources and organizational development, the ED holds the
bottom line for hiring, evaluation, and personnel action. The ED holds responsibility for
grants management and implementation of all contracts; and ensures compliance with
20% Leadership and Board Relations. This includes carrying out AWS’s mission and
philosophy; setting the operational and cultural tone for the organization; ongoing
collaboration with the Board of Directors, including active participation on several board
committees; strategically planning and contributing to the success of AWS’ mission, goals,
and fundraising; and preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the Board of
10% Communications and Program. The ED supports the Associate Director and
program teams to develop and maintain quality programs, evaluation and information
systems. The ED is responsible for communicating strategically about the organization to
General Shelter Support & Program Development
Participate in and contribute to staff retreats, staff meetings, trainings, and
Take a regular shift in staff rotation of crisis line and emergency coverage
Provide a welcoming and supportive environment for shelter residents and participate
in shelter activities
Share office duties and general maintenance of office and shelter space
We are seeking candidates with any combination of experience and education to
successfully perform the responsibilities of this important position. Candidates must
possess thorough knowledge of domestic violence and/or violence against women, and
feminist, LGBTQ, social justice, and immigrant/refugee issues; the principles of modern
management, including fiscal and budget management; public relations; sound fiscal and
fundraising practices; and supervision. Candidates must possess the skills and abilities to
successfully support and interact with a Board of Directors, lead a vital and innovative
domestic violence shelter, and interact with a complex set of stakeholders. Candidates must
be computer literate and highly skilled at verbal and written communication. Outstanding
interpersonal skills are necessary.
A typical way to gain the necessary experience, skills and knowledge for this position is:
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in non-profit management as an executive
director, development director, senior manager of equivalent, including a working
knowledge of the laws governing charitable organizations;
• Knowledge of domestic violence, violence against women, womens’, LGBTQ,
trafficking, social justice, and immigrant/refugee issues. Strong interest in and
commitment to working with marginalized populations. Ability to network and
speak about these issues to a wide range of stakeholders.
• Substantial record of leading successful fundraising and grants management from
public and private sources to support nonprofit agency programs.
• Strong experience managing a senior team; knowledge of budgets and finance,
administration, program management, evaluation, and strategic planning strongly
preferred. Familiarity with Microsoft Office required.
• Exemplary communication skills including public speaking and writing, and an
ability to network with mainstream and underserved communities, community
partners, government representatives, business executives, foundation officials,
donors, and the media.
• Possess integrity, strong work ethic, and demonstrated commitment to upholding
AWS mission, values, philosophy and practice in areas of survivor-centeredness,
anti-oppression, anti-homophobia, and non-violence.
SPECIAL ADA REQUIREMENTS:
Asian Women’s Shelter is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will
make reasonable accommodation when necessary.
For the purposes of ADA, the “Responsibilities” and “Qualifications” are essential job
The work environment includes settings of the shelter home, community places and
office environments. The noise level in these settings is moderate.
Both standing and sitting are required, the majority of each day of the job time is spent
sitting and using a computer keyboard.
Various types of equipment/supplies are used to accomplish the job requirements and
include, but are not limited to, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone,
Required to drive personal auto to provide services and to travel to other sites for
meetings, conferences, etc.
Generous benefits and vacation package.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
We hope to fill this position in early May. Interested candidates should submit via email to
EDsearch@sfaws.org their resume, a two-page or less cover letter that provides
information on why you are interested in the position and a brief overview of your
experience that you believe most directly relates to the duties of this position as you
understand them, and three professional references. Application material will be accepted
until a sufficient number of qualified individuals have applied for interviewing purposes.
Prompt response is recommended to ensure that your application is timely and eligible for