Executive Director

The MinKwon Center for Community Action is pleased to invite applications to serve as an Executive Director. This is a full-time, salaried position.

Organization History & Mission

The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 as the Young Korean American Service & Education Center (YKASEC) to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community.  Since our founding, we have made a profound presence through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies, voter rights, and cultural awareness.  The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.

MinKwon empowers the Korean American community, and works with the wider Asian American and immigrant communities, to achieve economic and social justice for all. We accomplish this mission by raising awareness of immigrant rights, ensuring access to resources and legal services, raising political consciousness and mobilizing a collective voice to effect systemic change.

Job Description

The Executive Director will work closely with our Board of Directors and senior leadership to execute the vision and mission of the organization; help strengthen, implement and expand core program work and operations; serve as liaison to coalition allies, other community groups and elected officials; and provide senior leadership to internal oversight, administrative, communications, and development efforts. Working with the Board of Directors and senior staff team, the Executive Director’s responsibilities include:


  • Develop and implement fundraising plans
  • Manage key donor relationships
  • Cultivate new donors to increase and diversify revenue and asset donations
  • Manage and oversee preparation of timely and complete grant application and monitor progress of grant-funded work
  • Work with the Board to build capacity to lead and participate in fundraising activities

Organizational Leadership:

  • Oversee programs, staff and responsibilities,
  • Monitor and evaluate organizational development for continuous improvement
  • Shape and implement organizational priorities to support strategic goals
  • Implement and execute long and short-term evaluation and planning cycles
  • Ensure that the highest level of organizational excellence is achieved and maintained

External Leadership & Representation:

  • Represent MinKwon in public, including public speaking and working with the media, community leaders, advocacy groups, and others
  • Expand and manage ongoing external relationships and serve as primary staff liaison with key stakeholders

Program Management:

  • Lead, develop, and implement strategic, operating, and capital plans, in accordance with Board policies and direction and in support of the mission
  • Monitor MinKwon’s progress against programmatic, financial, and operational goals
  • Work with community leaders, staff, volunteers and Board members to develop new programs, integrate all program activities, and oversee program implementation

Staff Management:

  • Recruit, manage, and lead full-time and part-time staff as well as consultants and volunteers
  • Monitor and evaluate performance
  • Create and manage a positive work climate that motivates staff performance
  • Represent the concerns and issues of staff to the Board on relevant issues

Board Relations:

  • Build and maintain productive working relationship with Board, and collaborate with Board to establish overall direction and priorities
  • Work with Board Chair to prepare board agenda and develop recommendations and support effective Board consideration and decision-making on governance, policy and significant financial commitments
  • Ensure Board is promptly and adequately informed and educated about MinKwon’s internal and external activities, and provide timely and accurate reports to the Board
  • Lead annual planning efforts with the Board and staff to set priorities, clarify expectations, and define goals

Finance & Administrative:

  • Track and monitor organizational budget, cash management and financial reporting
  • Establish and monitor effective personnel systems to support and motivate staff
  • Upgrade, organize, and manage the ongoing administrative operations
  • Ensure continued financial growth and stability by developing revenue streams and controlling spending


Job Requirements

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the following:

  • Ability and willingness to be the champion of MinKwon’s mission
  • 5+ years in relevant progressive experience, including in a leadership/management role
  • Experience in community activism and familiarity with Korean American, Asian American or immigrant community issues strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated interest, experience and commitment to working on social justice issues, such as immigrants’ rights and civil rights
  • Ability to work closely with Board, senior leadership and staff to set priorities and execute programs in a close-knit team environment
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future opportunities and consequences, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong group facilitation, public speaking and writing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills including detail orientation, multi-tasking, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines and proven ability to problem-solve
  • Strong project management skills with attention to detail, ability to execute and bring innovative ideas
  • Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and inspire participation and utilization of services with potential clients, board of directors, volunteers and staff
  • Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • Strong communication skills in Korean strongly preferred
  • Experience in fundraising including relationship development and management strongly preferred
  • Exceptional work ethic, committed and passionate about the mission
  • Ability and willingness to participate in regular evening/weekend events



The MinKwon Center will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Please prepare and send a detailed cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references to:


Yu Soung Mun


Email: yusoung.mun@minkwon.org with subject line titled: “Executive Director – Last Name, First Name”


Please call 718-460-5600 with any questions.

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