New Vacancy: Executive Director


Saheli Boston is seeking a dynamic and passionate individual to lead the organization as Executive Director. Saheli is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting South Asian women and families in the Greater Boston area, with an office in Burlington, MA. Our mission is to empower South Asians to lead healthy and safe lives. With over 21 years of experience, Saheli offers a range of free and confidential services geared specifically toward the challenges faced by South Asians and other immigrants. At this time Saheli is in transition from a primarily board-led to a staff-run agency.

Saheli provides services in the areas of domestic violence, career and economic empowerment, physical and mental health resources, safety plans, legal and immigration assistance, and social and cultural volunteer opportunities.

Saheli is run by 10 Board Members, part-time staff and volunteers. The ED will be expected to diplomatically coordinate activities across the organization. An ability to effectively delegate activities be energetic, creative and enthusiastic about working in teams is essential. The Saheli Executive Director (ED) will provide strategic and organizational leadership to Saheli’s services, increase outreach to the South Asian community, document and communicate Saheli’s accomplishments, and mobilize resources towards the organization’s sustainability.

The ideal candidate will have a background in—and passion for— gender equity, social work, domestic/intimate partner violence, and community development. He/she should demonstrate expertise with managing staff, interacting with both domestic violence clients and community members, and leading as the face of a mission-driven South Asian organization.

The ED’s main priorities will be to systematize a range of services, events and programs; raise funds; and to facilitate Board and volunteer engagement. He/she will ensure that financial and billing systems are in compliance. The ideal candidate will possess excellent and ethical communication skills, a commitment to excellence, uphold the mission of the organization and demonstrate grace under pressure and a tolerance for ambiguity.


Responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring and evaluating the organization’s Domestic Violence Prevention Programs and communicating results to board, staff, volunteers and supporters
  • Managing Saheli’s domestic violence client database
  • Managing Saheli’s Economic Empowerment Programs, which include adult literacy classes, programs for girls, and financial aid to low income women
  • Managing Saheli projects by working with project managers
  • Cultivating and coordinating with Saheli’s Board of Directors and Advisory Committee
  • Coordinating monthly board and member meetings and circulating minutes
  • Managing Saheli staff – direct reporting and oversight, manage paid time off, maintain office schedule and conduct regular performance evaluation
  • Complete domestic violence advocacy training within one year of appointment
  • Building and enhancing the organization’s public profile through speaking engagements, social media, and participation in South Asian community events
  • Assisting with fund development including cultivating donors and writing solicitation letters
  • Researching and writing grant applications to foundations, state and federal agencies, and reporting on grants
  • Reviewing and contributing to communications materials including the quarterly newsletter, outreach and campaign materials, and messaging to the community
  • Assisting with organizing events including Nirbhaya, the fundraising gala, smaller fundraising initiatives and other development activities
  • Organizing educational workshops
  • Identifying and creating professional development (training) opportunities for staff, Board members and volunteers
  • Compiling and developing the organization’s Annual Report
  • Program budgeting and strategic planning
  • Managing Saheli’s Men Against Violence Campaign to secure commitments from men in the Greater Boston South Asian community to stand against violence.


Criteria for selection:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field of work (public policy, public administration, social work, public health, non-profit management, business, communications) or a BA with at least 5 years experience in a leadership capacity
  • Experience working in a non-profit or community-based organizational setting
  • Passion for, and knowledge of, women and gender issues, particularly intimate partner and domestic violence
  • Knowledge of budgeting, grant writing, financial reporting, and organizational reporting
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • Ability to publicly represent the organization to community members, supporters and donors
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Access and Excel), online social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn), website management and Google Groups, donor databases and other software
  • Creativity, attention to detail, flexibility and leadership capabilities
  • Proficiency in a South Asian language a plus
  • Cultural understanding of the South Asian community a plus
  • This is a full-time appointment, with flexibility to work from home one day per week, in return for availability to work some weekend hours two weekends per month.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Board Member Ms. Usha Vakil at

Position is open till filled. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Saheli does not discriminate against people based on gender, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.