Director of Programs


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Programs is responsible for the development, management, and delivery of the organization’s programs.

The ideal candidate has ability and vision to further develop and enhance CAUSE programs. The position calls for an individual with experience in program curriculum development, management, and execution as well as personnel management. CAUSE seeks candidates with a solid understanding of the political landscape in Southern California as well as a strong desire to empower Asian Pacific Americans (APA) to participate in civic and political spaces.


Programming (60%)

Programming Development:

  • Develop the overall direction and vision of CAUSE programs in accordance with the organization’s mission and goals

  • Consistently engage relevant stakeholders in discussion and strategizing for program development purposes  

  • Establish short and long-term program goals and objectives

  • Develop key curriculum building materials

  • Incorporate past program evaluations, data, and feedback into program curriculums to ensure continued growth

  • Oversee the development and implementation of an outreach strategy for the purposes of program participant and facilitator/speaker recruitment purposes

  • Support with the development of program-related marketing materials

  • Cultivate, manage, and maintain key relationships with community partners; media contacts; program-related speakers and workshop facilitators; program participants and alumni; and potential donors/funders

  • Conduct market and community research when necessary

  • Produce memos for all program related research/analyses

Program Management:

  • Direct regular program impact analysis

  • Routinely modify and improve program curriculums, structures, and processes as deemed necessary by results of program analyses

  • Set key deadlines to ensure the quality outcomes for all programs

  • Oversee the production of program materials and details

  • Maintain an awareness of overall program budget

  • Ensure program details are communicated to all relevant stakeholders

  • Ensure the overall high quality and success of the organization’s core programs

Program Execution:

  • Lead and direct program speakers and/or workshop facilitators

  • Ensure the quality of day-of program details, vendor coordination, and management of program participants

  • Monitor and control program schedules and deadlines  

Personnel Management (30%)

  • Manage and train supporting program staff

  • Ensure high quality of work and productivity of supporting program staff

  • Conduct performance evaluations for program staff


  • Lead and direct program speakers and special guests

  • Ensure the quality of day-of program details, vendor coordination, and management of program participants

  • Manage production of annual fall fundraising appeal, mail out and distribution, call lists, and overall fundraising goals

  • Monitor and control fundraiser schedules, deadlines, and run of show (day-of events)


  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree

  • 3-5+ years of personnel and nonprofit program management preferred

  • Fluency in an Asian language is desirable

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • High proficiency in Google Apps (Mail, Docs, Calendar, Drive)

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills

  • Attention to details and deadline-oriented


Full Time Exempt, 40 Hours/Week*


Salary is commensurate with experience. Health and retirement benefits included.
Retirement benefits effective after 1 year vesting period.


The position is based in Los Angeles, CA.
* Employee expected to travel and work extended hours and on weekends as necessary


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Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the civic and political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.

Founded in 1993, CAUSE is comprised of committed professional, business, community and political leaders, and has established itself as a unique nonpartisan APA organization dedicated solely to APA civic and political participation. Based in the Greater Los Angeles area, CAUSE’s influence reaches throughout the nation.


CAUSE celebrates and encourages diversity. CAUSE provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.