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Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans Seeking Executive Director

Announcement by Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans (PAAIA)

The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans, PAAIA, is seeking a qualified U.S. citizen for the position of Executive Director (ED). PAAIA is a non-partisan, nonsectarian national organization focused on creating a networked, cohesive IA community and projecting an accurate image that underscores the vibrancy, accomplishments, and contributions of Iranian Americans to life in America. It also seeks to build an influential community voice by promoting the participation of IAs in all spheres of American political life, including supporting their election or appointment as public officials. PAAIA is a grassroot membership organization with current membership of approximately 2,000 and with a goal of increasing that membership to 10,000 - 20,000 in the next few years.

PAAIA is organized as a central office where the Executive Director and a small staff (5-6) reside, and approximately 10 local chapters in major metropolitan areas run by local groups of civic-oriented IA volunteers. The location of the central office will be either in Washington DC or Los Angeles (to be decided based on the ED candidate, it is currently headquartered in Washington DC)

ED Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Strategic and operational planing - Work with the Executive Committee of the Board to develop and execute a strategic plan to further the goals of the organization as approved by the Board of Directors
  2. Team management - Lead a small, dedicated executive team with requisite expertise to execute the strategic plan
  3. Community building - Grow the membership of the organization; in consultation with the chapter leads set annual membership goals for each chapter and assist chapters in attaining their goals; maintain weekly interaction with all chapter leaders and provide central support as needed; share best practices and ensure consistency of policies across chapters; maintain a database of the membership and analyze to detect trends and demographics
  4. Development and fundraising - Work with the Development Committee of the Board to cultivate Trustees and other major donors, pursue grants, and stage events, as needed, to raise funds for the organization
  5. Financial management - Develop and actively manage an annual budget in conjunction with the Finance Committee of the Board, managing a stable cash flow to fund its various activities; ensure that the books and records of the organization are in order, working with external legal and accounting firms
  6. Content development - Manage the development of information and products (e.g., surveys, interviews, op eds, newsletters, etc.) valued by the membership
  7. Board communications - Interact with and keep the PAAIA Board of Directors informed; the ED is expected to report to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the PAAIA Board of Directors on a weekly basis
  8. Media communications - Be the public face of the organization, interacting with various IA and American media as needed to promote the interests of the organization
  9. Political communications - Work with PAAIA Legislative Director (who reports to the ED) to represent the organization with political circles; work with chapters to identify and support credible IA and American candidates for public office; serve as a liaison between the parent board and IAPAC

Proven Experience/ Competencies
  1. Strong bilingual communication skills - Ability to communicate effectively in both English and Farsi, both orally and in writing; engaging and impactful with both small and large crowds; ability to interact with media
  2. Management skills - Ability to develop both a strategic and operating plan for the organization; ability to prioritize, set goals, track progress, manage to budgets and timetables, and report on accomplishments; ability to delegate and motivate to accomplish work by leveraging other members of the team; ability to lead a geographically-distributed team
  3. Interpersonal skills -Ability to build rapport with all key constituencies (i.e., trustees, board members, chapter leaders, political leaders and staff, etc.); willingness to step in and do whatever is required in a start-up environment; people-oriented and effective in public relations; ability to multi-task
  4. Development competencies - Fund-raising experience
  5. Political knowledge - Practical knowledge of the American political system

Desired Experience/Competencies
  1. Experience leading a nonprofit organization
  2. Experience leading a membership organization
  3. Legal knowledge
  4. Tech-savvy

PAAIA engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender
or marital status.

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation will be in the range of $125k-175k commensurate with skill and experience level, in addition to health benefits.

Timing of Appointment
Initial consideration of candidates will begin immediately. The appointee will be selected and begin office no later than January 4th, 2010.

Selection Process
To apply, please send a current resume and a letter expressing your interest to You will receive a notification that we have your resume. Once the search committee has had a chance to study it you will receive a second notification either to inform you that this opportunity and your skill set are not a match or, to set up a phone interview to be followed by an in-person interview if there is mutual interest.

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