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Vice President of Programs & Community Engagement

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is seeking a dynamic professional to serve as its Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement. The qualified candidate will be responsible for overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas, which are related to advancing the political pipeline and leadership of the Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander community.  The position will be a part of the senior management team that drives the overall strategy for the organization and represents APAICS on a local, regional, and national basis. With a program budget of $1.6 million and a staff of 2+, the VP, Programs & Community Engagement will initially develop deep knowledge of each project and program operations and will focus on the following three areas: program leadership and management, community engagement, and knowledge management.


The Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement reports directly to the President and CEO. Current APAICS programs include:

  • Congressional Fellowship program for graduates and post-graduates

  • Summer Congressional Internship program for undergraduates

  • Regional Leadership Academy trainings: multi-day trainings for elected officials, first time candidates & community leaders interesting in running for public office

  • National Leadership Academy: multi-day training for elected officials, first time candidates & community leaders

  • Women’s Collective program to encourage more Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander women into public service: includes an annual Summit, special events, and frequent collaboration with partner organizations

  • Mid-career legislative staff leadership development program to develop diverse leaders in legislative roles

  • Youth Leadership Academy for high school students to learn about public service in Washington, DC

  • Winter Kakehashi program for Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students on a cultural exchange in Japan


  • Planning, development, and implementation of in-person and virtual events, workshops, and leadership training programs for interns, fellows, high school students, legislative staff, candidates, and elected officials based on metrics driven outcomes

  • Analyze and deepen programmatic work to achieve excellence as established in APAICS’ strategic plan

  • Manage, lead, and mentor APAICS programs department staff and program participants

  • Promotion of APAICS programs, including recruitment through national, regional, and local community outreach

  • Collaborate with communications team for outreach including traditional and social media to promote programs

  • Build and maintain working relationships with partner organizations, congressional offices, and representing APAICS across various formal and informal working groups

  • Strengthen the implementation of APAICS alumni in programs

  • Identify creative programming opportunities to visibly increase AAPI representation in the political pipeline

  • Program monitoring, evaluation, and continuous improvement

  • Work collaboratively with senior leadership team to integrate cross program functions and activities 

  • Ensure that programmatic outcomes are evaluated and leveraged for maximum community and organizational impact

  • Manage relationships with community partners

  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control and performance


  • A minimum of ten to twelve (10-12) years of experience in a related field with progressively responsible management

  • Deep knowledge about Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities across the country

  • Experience in leadership training, workshop management, and curriculum development

  • Experience working with elected officials including at the federal level

  • Familiarity working in and around congress and/or political campaignns desired

  • Experience working with, inspiring, and guiding students, undergraduates, and young professionals

  • Knowledge of media strategy, marketing, and promotion

  • Ability to travel 



  • Strong leadership skills to develop and leverage resources, build partnerships and coalitions

  • Possesses clear vision and planning skills with attention to detail and follow-through

  • Proven oral and written communication and presentation skills

  • Team player and accomplished managerial skills

  • Must be creative and flexible to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities; works well under pressure in a fast-paced environment

  • Solid logistical and organizational skills required to prioritize various workloads and meet tight deadlines

  • Ability to work with individuals across different political ideologies

  • Sense of humor with a high degree of professionalism



  • Salary is $140,000 with healthcare premium reimbursement, 21 days of vacation and access to 401(k) plan after 90 days of employment, all federal holidays off, Christmas through New Year’s off, and transit benefits.

  • This full-time opportunity is located in Washington, D.C.



To apply for this position, please submit the following items by emailing

  • Resume

  • Two professional references

  • Answer to the essay question (What leadership quality would you encourage Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders to develop to enter public service?  Why?)



In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Additionally, all persons hired will be required to submit to and clear a background check prior to commencement of employment.

APAICS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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