The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipino/a/xs to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of activities, goals, and strategic plan for AFIRE and its mission. The Executive Director will ensure the organization moves toward realizing the vision of AFIRE by working with the Board of Directors, staff, members, and volunteers. Specific responsibilities are listed below.
Personnel Management (25%)
Oversee a staff of six people (four full-time and two part-time)
Directly supervise the Program & Operations Manager, two Community Organizers, and Outreach Coordinator
Conduct work plan meetings, supervisory check-in meetings, mid-year evaluations, and annual performance reviews
Program Administration (20%)
Oversee all AFIRE programs including their development, management, and evaluation
Create budgets for programs and monitor their progress
Assign and delegate responsibilities to staff
Advocacy & Community Organizing (10%)
Lead AFIRE’s advocacy and community organizing strategy and implementation
Advance AFIRE’s advocacy and developing issues from grassroots community leaders
Supervise Community Organizers in the areas of immigration, workers rights, membership development, and grassroots leadership development
Maintain and develop relationships with advocacy and community organizing partnerships
Represent AFIRE at coalition meetings on various issues of immigration, workers rights, and general issues that impact Asian Americans/Filipinx/Filipinx Americans
Develop relationships with Filipino community stakeholders including other community groups, church groups, government officials, and Filipino media
Create articles and press releases for media contacts
Board Development (5%)
Work closely with the board to develop and monitor organization policies and practices
Update board about financial and legal status related to the organization
Provide information to the board during board meetings
Support the Board of Directors in annual Board evaluations, board development, recruitment, and onboarding
Resource Development (20%)
Research foundation prospects
Write Letters of Inquiry, grant proposals, and evaluation reports for foundations and other funders
Develop fundraising campaigns such as special events, Giving Days, end-of-year appeal letters, and other opportunities to generate revenue
Finance & Administration (20%)
Coordinate with contractual bookkeeper to ensure sound fiscal management
Create and monitor organizational budgets, revenues, expenses, and cash flow
Prepare financial reports for Board review on a regular basis
Ensure financial and fiduciary protocols are followed
Ensure the financial audit is prepared annually
Maintain organizational operations and legal compliance for non-profit organizations
Supervise human resources including personnel policies, payroll, benefits, and health insurance
Issue payments and reimbursements to contractors, vendors, and staff
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life experience
5+ years of experience in non-profit, business, or management
Experience in fundraising, program management, operations
Commitment to immigrant rights, workers rights, and social/racial/economic justice
Comprehensive understanding of advocacy, civic engagement, and community organizing
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to provide leadership to staff, board, and members
Access to reliable transportation throughout the City of Chicago (vehicle preferred) and ability to meet a flexible schedule as needed
Filipino language (Tagalog or Bisaya) and English proficiency strongly preferred; native speaker is desired
Depending on experience
Excellent benefits including health/dental insurance, sick/vacation time
HOW TO APPLY
Please email a Cover Letter and Resume addressed to:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only qualified applicants will be contacted directly.
AFIRE is an equal opportunity employer to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ability level, or marital status, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include health/dental insurance, sick/vacation time
About AFIRE Chicago
The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipino/a/xs* to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth.
AFIRE was founded by Filipino immigrants in 2006 and we carry with us the legacy of People Power. We believe that the people most affected by structural injustice should be at the forefront of our movements.
* We use Filipino/a/x as shorthand for Filipino/Filipina/Filipinx to honor all gender identities.