Announcing an Executive Director Transition at SAN

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SAN Board of Directors
Announces an Executive Director Transition

The SAN Board of Directors announces today that Manjusha (Manju) P. Kulkarni is stepping down from her role as Executive Director. Manju has been with SAN since 1996. Manju first served as a volunteer, spearheading the Hate Crimes Task Force; in 2001, she joined the Board of Directors and became its chair in 2007; in 2010, she was hired as SAN’s second Executive Director.

“Through Manju’s leadership and the efforts of SAN’s dedicated staff, board, council and volunteers, SAN has become the go-to South Asian organization in Southern California, serving the needs of the community in the areas of health and health care access, mental health services, violence prevention and civil rights for over 25 years,” said Neetu Pahal, Chair of the SAN Board of Directors.

In her time as Executive Director, Manju has strengthened programming in all areas of SAN’s work; new initiatives have included Covered CA enrollment assistance and patient navigation, comprehensive services for sexual assault survivors, one-on-one citizenship application assistance, and a South Asian women’s leadership program. The success of these efforts helped secure national media attention for SAN in PRI’s The World, Marketplace, Huffington Post and the LA Times. In 2014, SAN was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for its work to bring the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to South Asians in Southern California. At this high point in our organization’s history, Manju felt that she was ready to step down and support new executive leadership at SAN.

SAN’s Board of Directors has been engaged in a transition planning process since late 2015 and is working to identify a new Executive Director for the organization. Manju will stay on until her replacement is hired to ensure a smooth transition.

“It has been such an honor and privilege for me to serve as SAN’s Executive Director and to work with the passionate and hard-working SAN staff, board, council and volunteers for the past five years,” Manju stated. “And I am grateful to have interacted with the amazing community members and clients we serve. Through the transition, I will continue to stay engaged and active with the organization.”


Job Announcement for
SAN Executive Director

South Asian Network (SAN) is seeking a progressive, visionary individual for the Executive Director (ED) position. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility of SAN’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of the core programs, operations, and business plan and provide a leadership role in shaping the future of SAN.

About the Role: The ED is an executive management position that has the authority and responsibility to oversee the administrative, operational, fiscal, fundraising, personnel, and program functions of the organization. The ED is responsible for working with the staff and board to set strategic direction and for the successful leadership and management of the organization based upon the strategic direction. The ED serves as the voice of the organization with members of the community, collaborative partners, business leaders and policymakers.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

Leadership and Management

  • Provide overall vision and direction, serving as a credible voice for the South Asian Network in both internal and external settings
  • Model and champion SAN’s values, mission, and vision
  • Ensure that staff and volunteers live up to SAN’s mission, vision, core values, and organizational policies
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the organization’s strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize SAN’s volunteers, board members, funders, and partnering organizations
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations; and keep board informed of the condition of the organization and important factors influencing it
  • Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and reporting requirements
  • Develop and manage SAN’s budget, coordinate budgeting and forecasting processes and provide general oversight on all financial matters

Operations and Program Supervision

  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, the board and funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization, and agency administration including office operations, technology, and human resources
  • Supervise Office Manager and administrative and programmatic staff
  • Ensure that the office, equipment, and systems are in place so that staff can be effective
  • Implement and communicate agency policies and procedures
  • Supervise grant research, proposal development, timely submissions of grant reports, and contract compliance
  • Coordinate staff representation at relevant community, regional and statewide coalitions, networks and events consistent with mission and vision

Human Resources Planning and Management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Put in place appropriate HR systems
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices, including the development of job descriptions for staff
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff, which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
  • Maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse and high performing staff

Fundraising and Communications

  • Work with staff and board to raise funds to meet annual operating expenses of SAN by cultivating individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and future program enhancements to meet the growing need of the South Asian community
  • Ensure the continued growth of donor funding appeals and other giving programs
  • Maintain and further develop relationships with foundations and individual donors
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, from web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand

Organizational Planning and New Business

  • Complete strategic planning; and operationalize existing and new programs to meet the emerging needs of the South Asian population
  • Provide strategic direction for the organization on policy advocacy, community organizing, and capacity building
  • Lead strategic planning and implementation on an ongoing basis
  • Continue to enhance existing working relationships and collaborative partnerships, as well as develop new relationships/partnerships with funders, business, political, and community leaders to help achieve the goals of the organization
  • Build relationships and strategic coalitions locally, regionally, and nationally in line with SAN’s mission
  • Provide local presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and/or national replication

Qualifications: The ED will be thoroughly committed to SAN’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience


  • Graduate Degree required (e.g. MD, JD, MPH, MSW)


  • A minimum of five years of management and supervisory experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability

  • Strong working knowledge of budgeting, forecasting, and actual to budgeted analysis (required)
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget (required)
  • Proven success in writing grants and soliciting donations (required)
  • Proven success in fundraising with unrestricted fund development and foundation fundraising (required)
  • Strong understanding of the South Asian communities, including an in-depth understanding of the South Asian immigrant population (required)
  • Strong leadership development, relationship building, and program development skills (required)
  • Strong working knowledge of strategic planning (required)
  • Ability to coordinate organization wide-activities such as setting objectives, developing vision and strategies to better achieve SAN’s mission (required)
  • Grassroots community organizing experience (strongly preferred)
  • Experience with communications planning and public relations (preferred)

Proficiency in the use of technology

  • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook; Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and Powerpoint; Mailchimp; Quickbooks; Exceed; and Salesforce

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits package provided, including paid leave, medical, and dental insurance

Application Information

  • Position is open immediately until filled
  • Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references as an attachment via email to:; No phone calls, please.

South Asian Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status.

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