EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary range based on experience.




San Francisco
United States


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

capacity building.

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

legal obligations.

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

program/organizational development

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.


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,

printers, etc.

Required to drive personal auto to provide services and to travel to other sites for

meetings, conferences, etc.


Generous benefits and vacation package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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