Deputy Director


The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) has experienced rapid growth in the past two years, extending its advocacy beyond the San Diego region to state and national platforms. With this growth comes the need for a strong, executive team to lead increasingly more complex regional, state, and national campaigns that secure equal protections and opportunities for refugees to build meaningful lives and expand their political voice.

PANA seeks an experienced, innovative and collaborative leader to serve as its Deputy Director. The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director, and will be responsible for the organization’s high-level program strategy and implementation, including cross-functional integration of PANA’s legal, policy, civic engagement, and leadership development programs.


Supervisorial Responsibilities

  • Provide supervision and support to the policy, civic engagement, and organizing teams.

  • Support program staff in the use of integrated advocacy strategies across all teams.

  • Work with Executive Director on recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and training of new staff.

  • Develop work plans and job descriptions for all staff.

  • Foster a culture that promotes teamwork and professional growth while establishing clear performance standards and evaluation metrics.

  • Work with Executive Director to implement systems for staff performance evaluation, feedback, and compensation to ensure adequate development, retention and career progression. 

Internal Responsibilities:  Planning, Implementation, & Evaluation

  • Develop effective campaign plans, decision making processes, and oversee execution and evaluation.

  • Lead the organization in it house meeting and steering committee processes to engage stakeholders in program planning and goal setting, and to foster learning across issues and strategies.

  • Lead the organization’s local and state policy campaigns.

  • Ensure policy and campaign issues are in line with organizational messaging, goals, and obligations to the communities PANA serves.

  • Work with membership and staff in developing and implementing public relations strategies and securing communications support when needed to advance campaigns.

  • Work with the Executive Director on the development and management of program budgets.

  • Oversee the development of information systems and other critical aspects of infrastructure that support and improve delivery of programs.

External Responsibilities: State and National Relationships

  • Work with the Executive Director to develop and manage relationships with local, state, and national organizations that support and advocate for refugee and AMEMSA/MASA communities, asylum seekers, and immigrants.

  • Build and strengthen relationships with local, state, and national lawmakers and other stakeholders.

  • Represent PANA at public events, with funders, and with media.


The Deputy Director must be a highly driven, self-motivated leader who takes initiative, listens well, communicates clearly, and engages in strategic goal-setting and implementation.

The ideal candidate will have the following desired skills, knowledge and characteristics:

  • Commitment and passion for PANA’s mission and the communities it serves.

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience and at least 3 years in senior-management roles (relevant experience in any sector is welcome, including non-profit, campaigns, government, and for-profit).

  • Graduate degree preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in planning, implementation and evaluation to help an organization increase and sustain its impact.

  • Demonstrated experience in fostering and supporting organizational partnerships and working in a collaborative manner with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Experience and demonstrated track record working to advance equity, inclusion and racial justice in a professional capacity.

  • Experience researching and leading policy campaigns.

  • Experience in resource allocation, budgeting and resource deployment.

  • Excellent analytic, problem solving, coaching, skills; adept at overseeing and executing strategic projects with significant visibility and impact.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage effective teams in a fast-paced, rapidly changing, non-profit environment.

  • Solution-oriented, with strong strategic insight and professional judgment.

  • Tactical and inspiring leadership style with ability to create, effectively operationalize, and lead implementation of strategies.

  • Strong professional independence, discipline, and professional ethics and integrity.

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.