Deputy Director, Greater New York City Area

The Asian American Foundation (TAAF)

New York, NY 10001




Jun 14, 2023

The Deputy Director will play a key leadership role in cultivating and broadening TAAF’s Greater New York regional presence (TAAF-NY). They will work closely with the Regional Director to help define and execute TAAF’s programmatic goals; develop and strengthen TAAF’s burgeoning network of grantee nonprofits; and execute critical administrative, grant-making and communications efforts for the organization. The Deputy Director will also represent the Regional Director in high-level meetings and speaking engagements as needed. The optimal candidate will believe in working strategically with transparency and accountability, embrace a culture of learning, work respectfully with compassion, kindness and gratitude, and seek to be inclusive and collaborative in decision making.



  • Work with the Regional Director and other TAAF team members to identify goals, priorities, strategies, and timelines for TAAF-NY
  • Provide support, guidance and input to the Regional Director in navigating the political and organizational landscape
  • Play supportive internal and external leadership roles to achieve overall TAAF-NY priorities.

Relationship Management

  • Play a key role in building and maintaining a strong network of diverse AAPI organizations in the greater New York area
  • Engage grantee and Anti-Hate Collaborative Network partner organizations to play leadership roles in TAAF program work and pillars, including Anti-Hate Campaign work, communications/media work and more
  • Convene regular calls and meetings of TAAF-NY grantees and Collaborative Network partners to share best practices, updates and resources
  • Lead efforts to expand portfolio of existing TAAF grantees, including doing research into potential new grantees, holding site visits and performing due diligence checks to ensure that the TAAF grantee portfolio is robust
  • Work with the Regional Director to support engaging grantees in successful coordinated outreach and/or campaigns to stakeholders on city, state and Federal levels
  • Assist with developing and managing relationships with strategic allies and stakeholders


  • Partner with other TAAF team members to provide communications support, both to TAAF-NY staff and for grantees, such as engaging with media, preparing TAAF-NY partners for media opportunities, and planning events
  • Under the direction of Regional Director, lead execution of important administrative and operational initiatives such as successful grant-making efforts, standing up operations and internal systems, and holding successful events
  • Work closely with other TAAF team members to support TAAF-NY’s successful grant-making efforts to a wide variety of grantees
  • Serves as spokesperson for TAAF-NY when necessary

Compensation and Benefits

  • TAAF provides competitive compensation and benefits including health insurance (including dental and vision) and a 401k retirement plan to all employees
  • Anticipated salary for this role is $100,000


Experience, Skills and Knowledge

  • Graduate degree in a related field of study and/or the equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Minimum of three years of management experience, preferably in a social justice setting
  • Strong organizational management skills, experience and a commitment to goal-oriented approaches and to clarity in roles
  • Excellent strategic judgment, with the proven ability and experience to look at the strategic landscape, judge threats and opportunities and chart a path moving forward
  • Ability to manage large, complex projects overall, maintaining a strategic view while following through on execution of details, and to create strong systems and protocols to ensure success
  • Experience working in different areas such as grant-making, communications, coalition management
  • Strong conflict management skills, with experience in managing challenging dynamics, the foresight to identify and defuse conflicts before they occur, and proven ability to resolve conflicts or disagreement with partners
  • Understanding of AAPI communities, issues affecting the community and experience in New York’s AAPI community landscape is required
  • Strong knowledge of the political landscape and elected officials on local, state and Federal levels is helpful
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Strong cultural competence and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Understanding of the start up dynamic of TAAF, and the NY region in particular, and the ability to work in a sometimes ambiguous environment that will be iterative, requiring creativity, flexibility, and humor

Working Hours

  • Requires occasional weekend, off-hours, or evening work

Application Instructions

Apply via the job application portal