National Board Application

For almost 10 years, Sparks Magazine, an Asian American student print publication and online platform, has been working towards providing a voice to APIA youth.  We strive to provide students with an opportunity to discuss and challenge their views on race, politics, and other issues. Also, we work towards giving students career experiences in the journalism and media industry.

We are currently looking for a passionate, creative, and self-starting volunteer team that can work towards our initiative to provide APIA students with more opportunities to learn about their community and tools to build a career in media.  Diversity and inclusion is an important value we uphold on National Board. We encourage anyone who upholds our values and is excited about our mission to apply.

What is National Board?

The National Board works toward the overall vision of Sparks Magazine. Whether it be assisting a new chapter at a university or securing sponsorships to support current chapters, this group shapes the future of the organization.

What are the general requirements for all members?

    • Currently seeking or have received a bachelor’s degree
    • Organized and detail-oriented
    • Commit 2-4 hours per week to the organization (may vary depending on time of the year)
    • Demonstrate strong leadership and team communication skills

If you have any questions about open positions, please contact jason@sparks-mag.com.

 

Click here for the application.

 

National Board Open Positions

EXECUTIVE TEAM

The Executive Team is composed of the Director-Level National Board positions.  The Executive Team is responsible for leading day-to-day projects and operations.  They will also oversee their own respective teams to support Sparks’ long and short term strategies.  

 

OPERATONS DIRECTOR

The Operations Director manages the Executive Team and internal communications between directors and teams.  

Position Duties
  • Uphold overall mission of the organization
  • Mangages and provide support for directors in projects and goals
  • Lead internal communications between directors and teams
  • Act as second-in-command to the Executive Director
Position Requirements:
  • Currently seeking or have received a bachelor’s degree
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Commit 2-4 hours per week to the organization (may vary depending on time of the year)
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and team communication skills
  • Ability to oversee multiple teams

STAFF DIRECTOR

The Staff Director leads the internal leadership development of National Board.  The position will oversee a team that will support the position’s goals in staff development and recruitment.

Position Duties:
  • Establish and maintain staff on-boarding and off-boarding processes
  • Manage staff relations, training, and programs
  • Oversee staff recruitment process
  • Provide support for directors/teams in projects and goals
  • Uphold overall mission of the organization
Position Requirements:
  • Currently seeking or have received a bachelor’s degree
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Commit 2-4 hours per week to the organization (may vary depending on time of the year)
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and team communication skills

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

The Development Director leads the organization’s fundraising strategy and manage the Development team in grant and sponsorship management.   

Position Duties:
  • Uphold overall mission of the organization
  • Oversee all fundraising strategy including managing grants, development of sponsorship materials, and other fundraising opportunities
  • Advise on budgets for various Sparks programming and initiatives
  • Guiding the Development team to complete team objectives
Position Requirements
  • Currently seeking or have received a bachelor’s degree
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Commit 2-4 hours per week to the organization (may vary depending on time of the year)
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and team-building skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising

 

ADVOCACY DIRECTOR

The Advocacy Director leads in Sparks’ advocacy initiatives throughout the organization including chapters.  The position will also oversee the advocacy team which will assist in developing programs and print and online topic development.  

Position Duties:
  • Uphold overall mission of the organization
  • Leading team expert in APIA issues
  • Oversee advocacy programming/initiatives throughout the organization including chapters
  • Assist in topic development of online and print content
  • Organize Sparks’ overall advocacy strategy
  • Guide the Advocacy team to complete team objectives
Position Requirements:
  • Currently seeking or have received a bachelor’s degree
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Commit 2-4 hours per week to the organization (may vary depending on time of the year)
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and team communication skills
  • Thorough understanding of APIA issues

 

MARKETING DIRECTOR

The Marketing Director serves as the organization’s Chief Brand and Marketing Officer.  This position oversees the Marketing team in implementing the organization’s brand and media strategy including online and print content, events, digital and email marketing, and public relations.  

Position Duties:
  • Uphold overall mission of the organization
  • Oversee the quality of content produced through the website and print magazines
  • Spearhead the national branding and key messages for the organization
  • Lead implementation of the Marketing and Brand strategy – including style guides, campaigns, events, digital and email marketing, and PR.
  • Manage digital and email marketing presence and lead programs that would increase social media impressions, email lists, and website views and overall media recognition
  • Guide the Marketing team to complete marketing objectives
Position Requirements:
  • Currently seeking or have received a bachelor’s degree
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Commit 2-4 hours per week to the organization (may vary depending on time of the year)
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and team communication skills
  • Proficiency in Adobe programs including Photoshop and InDesign
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Understanding of AP style
  • Experience using WordPress