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NAPABA is seeking a highly skilled association professional to oversee the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Reporting directly to the Board of Governors, this seasoned leader is responsible for advancing the mission and vision of NAPABA while ensuring financial growth, ethical integrity, and relevant service to the APA legal community.


The executive director will manage and develop a staff of six employees and supervise a team of outside consultants. Key responsibilities include resource development and maintenance; policy and program development and implementation; community and public relations; fiscal management; and coordination with the Board of Governors.


Board Governance: Work with the Board to fulfill NAPABA’s mission.

  • Lead NAPABA’s operations in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Governors.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of NAPABA’s work.

Financial Performance and Viability: Develop and maintain resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of NAPABA.

  • Direct fundraising and develop other revenues necessary to support NAPABA’s mission.
  • Prepare and submit to the Board a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements that accurately reflect the financial condition of NAPABA.
  • Manage NAPABA’s finances in a manner that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget and ensures maximum resource utilization.

Organization Mission and Strategy: Work with Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Direct the implementation of programs that carry out NAPABA’s mission.
  • Engage in strategic planning to ensure that NAPABA can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
  • Enhance NAPABA’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations.

Organization Operations: Oversee and implement appropriate resources to ensure consistent achievement of NAPABA’s mission and financial operations.

  • Hire and retain competent, qualified staff.
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Develop policies and procedures that result in consistent, high quality services to NAPABA’s members, sponsors and related organizations.
  • Review and approve all notes, contracts, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on the behalf of NAPABA.

Membership: Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of membership recruitment, engagement and communications.

  • Expand and retain NAPABA’s membership by developing strategic programming and communications to draw young professionals, law students, and attorneys in diverse practice settings nationwide.
  • Leverage the expanding membership to develop and implement highly creative fundraising initiatives.
  • Plan for the future through the introduction of new programs and services in response to the needs of members and stakeholders.
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with NAPABA affiliates and encourage affiliate members to activate NAPABA membership. 


Reports directly to the Board of Governors. Supervises NAPABA staff and outside consultants.


  • Five or more years’ senior nonprofit management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required; JD preferred
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Governors
  • High-level strategic thinking and planning
  • Ability to envision and convey NAPABA’s strategic future to the staff, Board, volunteers, members, and sponsors
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
    History of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results
  • Active fundraising experience and understanding of sponsorship relations
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy


  • Must be physically present on-site and available throughout the annual Convention and other NAPABA events. Travel is estimated at two to three weeks in a 12-month period.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) represents the interests of approximately 50,000 legal professionals and more than 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. NAPABA is a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.


Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to NAPABA Interim Executive Director Jill Werner with the subject line, “Executive Director” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

NAPABA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.

Dated: JANUARY 27, 2019

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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Washington, DC 20006


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