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Board Recruitment: 2020-2022

July 13, 2020

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Are you interested in leading the strategic direction and growth of a nonprofit that has served Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) for more than 30 years?

Apply to join our Board of Directors! The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is recruiting mid-career Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders with a passion for public service and leadership development.


Why apply?

  • Contribute your expertise and strategic counsel to CAPAL’s organizational priorities, program management, and financial and legal decisions
  • Contribute to the growth and success of emerging AANHPI leaders
  • Advance CAPAL’s mission of increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline
  • Increase equitable AANHPI participation and representation throughout all levels of government and public service
  • Deepen your relationships with the vast AANHPI community, especially in the DMV area


Who should apply?

Ideal candidates possess:

  • A minimum of 4 years of professional experience
  • Experience leading or advising organizational or enterprise-level decision-making
  • Demonstrated expertise or skills in one or more of the following areas:
    • Program Evaluation (nonprofit measurement and evaluation experience, long-term strategic organizational planning)
    • Human Resources (familiarity with non-profit board/governance, professional HR experience, DEI experience)
    • Development/Financial Management (fundraising/development, accounting/financial management)
    • Communications (strategy, marketing, graphic design, web design, social media)
    • Community Engagement (fundraising/development, strong connections with peer organizations, sustained relationship-building)
  • A keen ability to see the big picture of an organization, to work with internal and external stakeholders, and to plan and drive strategic projects through implementation
  • Experience engaging AANHPI sub-groups and/or the wider AANHPI community 
  • A passion for and deep understanding of key issues affecting AANHPIs nationally
  • A strong sense of personal responsibility, accountability, and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices in the nonprofit and public sectors
  • A solutions-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • A Bachelor’s degree

Remote candidates from across the United States and its territories are invited to apply, with a preference for candidates who are based in or able to travel to the D.C. Metro Area to participate in required annual events. Those from historically underrepresented AANHPI communities — South Asians, Southeast Asians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Central Asians — are strongly encouraged to apply.


Board Expectations

  • Actively engage in monthly Board meetings and regular strategic planning meetings that shape CAPAL programs
  • Participate in two retreats annually, one scheduled over a weekend in the fall/winter and another half-day retreat in the spring
  • Serve on at least one Board “Task Force” and fulfill its associated responsibilities
    • Task Forces in the 2019-2020 term included Human Resources and Board Management, Communications, Community Engagement, and Program Evaluation
  • Serve as a passionate advocate and ambassador for CAPAL by attending and supporting CAPAL programming regularly, in addition to occasional partner events
  • Contribute personally significant financial support and engage others in your networks for financial and in-kind support
  • Leverage and cultivate personal and professional networks to recruit donors, partners, speakers, volunteers, and program applicants and participants
  • Oversee fiscal and legal responsibilities, including determining budget allocations, program budgets, and staff salaries
  • Support staff with programmatic planning and implementation when necessary
  • Check emails and other communications daily and respond in a timely manner
  • Board Directors are expected to serve a minimum term of two years and may serve up to six years. Board Directors commit an average of 3-5 hours a week, with the time commitment varying throughout the year.
  • This is a selective volunteer leadership position, with no monetary compensation provided.


To apply, submit an application by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 17, 2020


Contact us at boardapplications@capal.org for any questions.