About the Position:
Damayan seeks an individual that can align with and take ownership of Damayan’s vision, mission, Theory of Change, strategies, and organizational values. The ideal new Executive Director (ED) will have a track record of community organizing, preferably dealing with workers and immigrant rights and labor and human trafficking. The position requires excellent leadership abilities and a strong interest in guiding development work, financial management, programs, coalition work, and overall operations. In addition, the new ED will demonstrate linguistic ability and cultural sensitivity to listen to and engage with the Damayan members and the local Filipino community members  in-person, when conditions permit.  The new ED will be accountable to the Board and will work with the Board to ensure Damayan’s strategic funding and sustainability.

Anticipated Start Date: December 2022

Location: Damayan currently utilizes a hybrid work model with office space in New York City (Manhattan); programming occurs virtually and in person, mainly in the Filipino immigrant communities in Queens.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Mission and Theory of Change – Work with the Board, staff leadership, and
  • member leaders to ensure that all the organization’s work aligns with Damayan’s mission and Theory of Change.
  • Programs and Strategies – The ED will work with program staff to ensure service programs are connected to and promote Damayan’s anti-labor trafficking campaign and programs.
  • Development Work – The ED will partner with the Board and relevant staff to build its institutional and grassroots fundraising and ensure Damayan’s sustainability.
  • Financial Management – The ED will work with the Bookkeeper/ Accountant and Board Finance Committee to oversee financial planning, budgeting, and the implementation of Damayan’s customized Financial Policies and Procedures.
  • Human Resources Management – The ED will work with the Human Resources staff to foster a robust internal staff culture designed to promote staff development, morale, wellness, and retention. The ED will model applying an equity lens across the organization’s HR practices.

Desired Skills, Experience & Values:

  • Strong commitment to Damayan’s mission and its Theory of Change.
  • Clear and finely honed point of view around Filipino forced migration and labor trafficking of migrant workers. Lived experience of and/ or directly impacted by labor trafficking is a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 years of on-the-ground experience as a community organizer
  • A commitment to fostering a culture of staff trust, empowerment, and team development.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and genuine comfort working with individuals and groups representing the diversity of our community.
  • Ability to work with and develop strong Board leadership.
  • Strong communicator and relationship-builder.
  • Ability to lead and grow the financial health and sustainability of Damayan, including the ability to develop a strong understanding of existing and potential funding opportunities.
  • Experience around financial management and budgeting and/or an ability to grow this as a competency.
  • Ability to understand and speak Tagalog.

To apply for this job email your details to asalamealbrigo@crenyc.org

About Damayan

Damayan empowers low-wage Filipino workers, particularly women domestic workers, to fight for their labor, health, gender, and immigrant rights. Damayan's purpose is to build a membership base, develop social justice leaders and mobilize them to combat labor trafficking and wage theft, and demand fair labor standards towards economic and social justice for all. Read more about Damayan and its programs at damayanmigrants.org.

The new ED will succeed the outgoing ED, Linda Oalican, who co-founded Damayan in 2002 and has led Damayan to become a sanctuary for labor trafficking survivors, a powerful voice on labor trafficking and forced migration, and a leader in the local and national domestic workers movement.