New American Leaders

New York City based, with flexibility    |   January 7, 2021

About New American Leaders

New American Leaders (NAL) believes a strong democracy is an inclusive democracy. The organization is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second generation Americans to use their power and potential in public office.

Headquartered in New York, NAL is the only national, nonprofit organization to do this democracy-saving work across the country. NAL has a strong track record of recruiting and training immigrants of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds to run for public office and working with New American elected officials once they are in office, who are at the frontlines of creating transformative policy environments for educational, economic, and political equity.

Together with New American Leaders Action Fund (NALAF), the 501(c)(4) political arm launched in 2018, the two organizations provide a suite of programs carrying emerging leaders throughout the journey from general campaign skills, to voter outreach along the campaign trail, to advancing progressive policy change once elected.

NAL exists to ensure that New Americans have the skills and support they need to run, win, and lead at every level of our democracy.

For more information on New American Leaders please visit its website.

The Opportunity

New American Leaders is at an exciting moment of transition and is seeking an ambitious, forward-thinking, and innovative leader to take the helm of the organization and lead it to even greater levels of strategic influence and national leadership – knowing that these external indicators derive from a healthy organization with talented staff, strong partnerships, and a solid reputation in the field. This is a unique opportunity to assume leadership of an organization on the precipice of becoming a premier democracy building organization during a time when the current political and social moment is ripe for New American Leaders to continue its trajectory of extraordinary impact.

The President of NAL is the president of both the 501(c)(3) and the 501(c)(4) entities. The President reports directly to the Board of Directors. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Strategic Leadership and Vision

  • Drive strategies from all areas of New American Leaders’ c3 and c4 work towards its mission of creating an inclusive democracy by bringing New Americans into the political process;
  • Oversee all long-range planning for program development and expansion with a focus on impact;
  • Serve as an inspirational leader in the progressive movement, providing thought-leadership in inclusive policy and movement-building;
  • Push and equip movement partners and allies to empower New Americans and build a democracy that works for all people;
  • Establish a positive and collaborative working relationship with the entire network of NAL alumni.

Fundraising and External Affairs

  • Partner with the Development staff and Board of Directors to cultivate and steward key donor relationships in the c3 and c4 spaces, soliciting funds to support NAL’s mission and work;
  • Leverage the President role to build NAL’s brand and serve as a leading representative of the mission in public settings of all sizes with donors, political leaders, partners, press, and other stakeholders;
  • Act as the chief spokesperson for the organization, representing NAL and the movement to the media and the public, clearly articulating the organization’s position and communicating its mission to increase the organization’s visibility and public understanding of the work;
  • Advance NAL’s small donor fundraising while also establishing and building major donors and foundation funding relationships;
  • Identify, develop, and engage key staff and allies who can speak on behalf of NAL and further the organization’s goals publicly.

Organizational Management

  • Provide empowering and supportive leadership of a highly skilled staff of professionals across multiple locations;
  • Champion and value diversity, equity, and inclusion and lead with authenticity and accountability;
  • Apply a focus on thoughtful and intentional organizational development with a commitment to professional growth for team members at all levels; demonstrate transparency, availability, and willingness to invest in staff development and organizational culture;
  • Manage the balance of external responsibilities alongside internal leadership through high levels of communication and collaboration.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for the position of President with New American Leaders will be a highly strategic and engaging leader who can represent the organization’s mission to a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Successful candidates will bring previous experience as an organizational leader, exceptional external relations skills, and a deep belief in the importance of New Americans being energized and empowered to participate in the full fabric of American democracy.

The inclusive nature of New American Leaders’ work allows for successful candidates to come from a variety of professional and lived experiences. Candidates may have experience in public policy, organizing, advocacy, politics, movement building work, or a combination of all of the above.

The ideal candidate will have many, if not all, of the following characteristics:

  • Experience translating strategy and vision into actionable, ambitious goals; ability to lead with influence and inspiration, and build collaboration and buy-in toward a common vision; a history of centering the people and issues too often excluded from political power in their work;
  • A compelling and credible voice, backed by an understanding of how to influence and advance the voice of NAL in the social justice movement; willingness to act as a spokesperson for NAL across a spectrum of communication mediums including social media and TV; ability to grow the brand and profile of the organization;
  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising, ideally with knowledge of and existing relationships with relevant and aligned funders; experience as a public speaker and storyteller; capable of establishing, deepening, and leveraging relationships with donors and other key stakeholders;
  • Commitment to leading with humility, approachability, and authenticity; understanding of the importance of building and maintaining a strong staff; willingness to enthusiastically partner with senior leaders to develop the strengths and leadership of the staff;
  • Multicultural competence and demonstrated ability to work with people from a variety of ethnic, racial, socio-economic, educational, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, as well as people of various physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and generations; experience building diverse, equitable, and inclusive movements;
  • Ability to appropriately and strategically balance the internal and external aspects of the role through a founder transition; pinpoint and capitalize on opportunities during the transition and beyond to further the mission of New American Leaders.

New Americans (first- and second-generation immigrants and refugees) and individuals that identify with a working-class background are strongly encouraged to apply.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, up to $200,000.


Trisha Sutrisno and Amber Gomes of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email [email protected] and [email protected] directly. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


New American Leaders is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from New Americans, people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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