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Now Hiring: Executive Director

Job Description


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Narika’s personnel, programs, development, and execution of its mission. The ED oversees the programmatic aspects of all direct client services, including outreach, the Helpline, support groups, case management, and the SEED program. Manages the planning, development, implementation, delivery, and evaluation/improvement of quality services that are integrated with community standards of practice, meet regulatory requirements and aligned with organizational goals/objectives. The ED is the principal agent that maintains fiscal responsibility and leads revenue generating activities for Narika.

Essential Functions:

Leadership, Program Operations, & Organization Development

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and operations; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Develops strategic plan for growth and expansion of program operations
  • Expand and direct fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion;
  • Actively pursues funding opportunities; including Grant writing, applications, preparation, compliance, and reporting, with special emphasis on seeking out new grant sources.
  • Actively engage and energize Narika team members, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction
    • Develops the program budget and monitors contract budgets to ensure contract compliance
    • Manage the daily operations and delivery of client services for the helpline, outreach, support groups, case management, and SEED programs
    • Responsible for detailed planning and tracking of staff schedules and budget, ensuring timely execution of invoices and reimbursements

Human Resource Management

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Narika’s management team. Ensures and provides ongoing professional development for Narika staff and volunteers
  • Determines the appropriate staff mix for client service programs and develops processes to screen, interview, hire, train, and maintain the competency of all program staff
  • Provides strategic direction to recruit, manage, train and deploy volunteers to execute Narika’s outreach programs, including fundraising opportunities.
  • Manages and resolves human resource, employee and program safety, and risk management issues
  • Actively works with Narika staff to develop SEED and support group curriculum training and case management services for clients

Quality Assurance

  • Develops and implements/monitors departmental policies and procedures which support the organization’s goals/business objectives and ensures they are met
  • Regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Ensures the implementation of processes to improve finances, cost effective operations, and client outcomes across the Narika continuum of services

Collaboration & Community Partnerships

  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Designs and leads meaningful and effective community outreach to raise awareness of Narika’s mission, vision, and services
  • Collaborates with community partners to establish, implement, and maintain quality service standards to meet clients’ needs and expectations and to maintain a strong donor /funding source.
  • Attends conferences and events to aid in the development and growth of Narika programs and resources.
  • Attends weekly staff meetings and participates in Narika events
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum three year experience in program development and management; progressive leadership growth required
  • 40 hour DV trained candidates required; this training must be completed within one year of being hired as Executive Director
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in strategizing and coalition building
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office and Excel is required
  • Familiarity with South Asian culture and community is required
  • Ability to uphold the mission, vision and ethical standards of Narika
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to exceed goals and commitments
  • Attention to detail as well as ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness and ability to work with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstance, religion, culture and sexual orientation.
  • High-level organization and prioritization skills and ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours
  • Must be able to meet multiple deadlines
  • High tolerance for ambiguity and change
  • Must possess valid California driver’s license and evidence of insurability


  • Experience volunteering or working in a related field strongly preferred
  • Experience in case management is preferred
  • Bilingual/bicultural experience preferred

WORK HOURS: EXEMPT full time position

Now Hiring: Client Advocate

Job Description
The Client Advocate provides culturally specific services to women affected by domestic violence including outreach, the Helpline, support groups, and case management. Provides high quality, accessible, cost effective, and client­centered services which comply with local, state, and federal requirements. Under the direction of the Program Manager, ensures services are integrated with community standards of practice, and service priorities, as well as aligned with organizational goals/objectives.

● Responds to crisis and non­urgent calls on Narika’s helpline during business hours and after hours based on coverage needs
● Provides crisis intervention, safety planning, peer counseling, and advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence on the helpline
● Provides information, psycho­education, and referrals on the helpline to promote clients’ emotional and economic independence
● Provides in person support, linkages to referrals, and case management services to clients around medical, legal, social service, shelter/housing, employment, and mental health needs
● Under the direction of the Program Manager, develops and maintains Narika’s intervention services, including the helpline, support groups, and case management services
● Provides court accompaniment and in person support during civil (restraining order) and criminal hearings
● Provides translation and interpretation services, as needed

● Facilitates domestic violence support groups utilizing evidence based curriculum emphasizing empowerment, self sufficiency and life skills
● Trains volunteers for all intervention programs, including developing training manuals, community resources manuals and other documentation
● Maintains comprehensive and timely client files and accurate, up­to­date documentation on all program activities
● Completes and submits reports to the client management tracking system in a timely and accurate manner
● Provides write­ups of client profiles and other documentation to support legal partners and grant submissions
● Provides community outreach and education on domestic violence in South Asian cultures, including representing Narika within the local community and at conferences
● Provides cultural sensitivity training to community partners/victim service providers
● Must maintain a high degree of confidentiality for the organization and its’ clients
● Participates in internal quality improvement efforts as needed
● Maintains and assists with building community partnerships and networks
● Participates in weekly case reviews
● Attends staff meetings and training related to domestic violence advocacy
● Other duties as assigned

● Bachelor’s degree required
● Completion of CA mandated 40­hour domestic violence training and certification
● Strong knowledge and understanding of the impact of domestic violence, sexual assault,
and oppression
● Strong problem solving skills required
● Have the right personality and disposition for this job ­ be empathetic, non­judgemental
and sensitive to client needs
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required
● Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office and Excel is required
● Familiarity with South Asian culture and community is required
● Ability to uphold the mission, vision and ethical standards of Narika
● Demonstrate a strong desire to exceed goals and commitments
● Attention to detail as well as ability to work independently and as part of a team
● Willingness and ability to work with people of diverse ethnicity, socio­economic
circumstance, sexual orientation, religious and cultural backgrounds
● High­level organization and prioritization skills and ability to maintain a calm,
professional demeanor
● Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours
● Must be able to work independently and to meet multiple deadlines
● High tolerance for ambiguity and change

● Must possess valid California driver’s license and evidence of insurability
● Experience in case management is strongly preferred
● Experience volunteering or working in a related field strongly preferred
● Knowledge of community resources and referral agencies strongly preferred
● Bilingual (Hindi or other South Asian language)/bicultural experience preferred


Press Release: Narika & HCCC Workshop at the Shiva Vishnu Temple

On October 17 and 18, Narika in collaboration with the Hindu Community and Cultural Center (HCCC) Human Services, offered a two-day workshop for women, at the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Livermore. The workshop was designed to cover a variety of lifestyle, wellness and empowerment topics such as budgeting, credit monitoring, art, yoga, mindfulness and inter personal communication techniques. The workshop was open to women of all ages and communities and attendees came from wide-ranging backgrounds. Attendees built a sense of community and partnership even as they learned. There was a definite sense of knowledge and achievement. In the words of an attendee: “Great job in finding the speakers/ presenters. I really enjoyed the yoga, mindfulness and communication sessions.. Thank you for making this an invigorating, energizing weekend!” Another attendee also extolled the financial literacy session Its really an informative session. The instructor explained all the important information about credit, budgetting and investing. I was unaware of all the things and now I have gained lot of knowledge.”
About Narika: Narika is a registered non-profit that has been serving the Bay Area since 1992. Narika’s mission is to promote woman’s independence and economic empowerment by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support, information, referrals, and education.
About HCCC: HCCC was established in 1977 with the goal of offering religious, cultural and community services. In the last 35 years the HCCC has evolved into an established institution as a place of worship with the needed services for the community.

Join NARIKA’s Healing Circle in Fremont!

Narika announces the launch of Healing Circle: a support group for DV survivors in Fremont. Please join us starting on Oct 21, 2015. The group will run every Wednesday evening 6:30-8 PM at a confidential location.

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Please email  or call 510-444-6048 for more information or to make a referral.

Women’s Workshop: Speaker Line Up

Our FREE! Women’s WVISA_Logoeekend Workshop on Oct 17- Oct 18 is offered in partnership with HCCC Human Services at Livermore Temple, Livermore. We thank the Livermore temple authorities for enabling this workshop and also extend our heartfelt thanks to Visa for their generous donation in support of this workshop.


We are proud to announce our speaker line up as follows:

About Meenakshi Ramanan:

Meenakshi Ramanan is a Yoga Instructor certified by Yoga Alliance, the International organization for yoga professionals, with over 300 hrs of training. She has been teaching yoga to kids and adults in the Bay Area for over 7 years. She has experience practicing yoga for over 20 years, both in India and the US. Her sessions typically include Asana practice, Pranayama and Meditation, with special emphasis on breath awareness and mindfulness. Apart from her private group adult and kids classes she has volunteered extensively to teach yoga for  kids at the Public Elementary Schools in San Ramon and Foster City, at Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon as part of their PE program and at Balagokulam, Foster City.

Ms. Meenakshi will be co-leading the Mindfulness and Yoga session on October 18, at Narika’s Women’s Workshop in Livermore.


About Surinder Harish: 

Mr, Surinder is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with practice in Pleasanton and Fremont. He has distinguished experience in working with adults, families, and children at multiple organizations such as Pathway Society, Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Bill Wilson Center, and Fremont Youth and Family Services providing counseling for a variety of mental disorders. He volunteers at Kaiser Permanente Hospice working with terminally ill clients. He has native proficiency in Hindi, and Punjabi with working proficiency in Urdu.
Mr. Surinder will be co-leading the Mindfulness and Yoga session on October 18, at Narika’s Women’s Workshop in Livermore.


About Anjali Rao:

Anjali Rao is a corporate training specialist with over 10 years of experience. Her areas of expertise include global management strategies, intercultural team formation and best practices for international team development. She has trained all over the country and her clients include high tech companies like Intel, LSI Logic, Netapp etc. She has been a consultant for the top home building companies and has worked with them to build the marketing strategies and messages that are culturally sensitive and pertinent. She also has taught communication and public speaking courses at Santa Clara University, Portland State University and University of Phoenix. She believes that diversity is a true competitive advantage and coaches her clients to utilize this  potential to optimize their human resource effectively.

Ms Anjali will be leading an interactive session on effective personal communication and self-presentation techniques on October 18, at Narika’s Women Workshop in Livermore


About Dr. Pallavi Sharma:

Born in India, Pallavi Sharma immigrated to USA in 1997. She received her BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India and her Ph.D. in Art History from India’s National Museum Institute of History of Art and Conservation.  She is a multidisciplinary artist and her research interest concerns Asian American women’s cultural production, feminist pedagogy and activism.

She has exhibited her work nationally at various venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Aicon Gallery, NY, Bishop Museum, HI, and Women Made Gallery, IL. She is founder and Director of Inner Eye Arts, a non-profit Art Organization, and Board member of Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA). She is also the Head of Art Core an Art Consulting Firm specializing in South Asian Art.

About Sandeep Gandhi:

Sandeep Gandhi is a finance professional with eight years of experience in the investment industry. He currently works as a Quantitative Analyst at an investment management firm. Prior to his current role, he worked as a Quantitative Research Analyst with a bank, and as a Consultant with a management consulting firm. He has a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder. He has been a co-instructor for the Financial Literacy class at the SEED program since 2014.  Sandeep is originally from India and has studied, lived, and worked in Singapore and Hong Kong, prior to moving to the U.S. about six years ago.  He enjoys movies, music, food, nature, reading, and riding his motorcycle.

Mr.Gandhi will be co-leading the interactive financial session on October 17, at Narika’s Women Workshop in Livermore

About Harris Moten:

Harris Moten is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Manager in Deloitte & Touche’s advisory practice based in San Francisco, CA. He has over 6 years of experience working in the financial services industry and currently assists companies prepare for their IPO or other regulatory filings and other complex accounting and valuation transactions. His primary focus is on banking and asset management client. Harris grew up in southern California and attended college at the University of California, Irvine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Accounting. During his free time, Harris is an avid sports fan and enjoys travelling and being outdoors as often as he can. He also volunteers with Narika, a non-profit organization which provides assistance to domestic abuse survivors and Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization which provides financial literacy education to children through hands-on curriculum in a classroom setting.

Mr. Harris will be co-leading the interactive financial session on October 17, at Narika’s Women Workshop in Livermore.

About Kanika Radhakrishnan:   Managing Partner, Evergreen Valley Law Group, San Jose Ms. Radhakrishnan is a registered Patent Attorney in the US and is a member of the State Bar of California. She received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Delhi in India. She also holds a graduate degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in Intellectual Property (IP) and a graduate degree from the University of Warwick in England specializing in Law in Development. Ms. Radhakrishnan has extensive experience working as a litigator and patent prosecutor at law firms in the Bay Area including; Morrison & Foerster, and Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly. Ms. Radhakrishnan is a Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee at South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) since 2014 and is responsible for running monthly clinics at Columbia Neighborhood Center in Sunnyvale and India Community Center in Milpitas. She has also handled pro bono cases involving asylum and/or immigration issues.

About Arati Vasan: Ms Arati has been a Staff Attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach since 2011. She provides legal representation and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Prior to joining API Legal Outreach, Arati had her own family law practice.  She was also a family law pro bono and contract attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid. She received her domestic violence counselor certification with Asian Women’s Shelter in 2009. She started volunteering with Narika in 2008.  Arati has been working on issues of intimate partner violence, gender-based violence and human rights for more than a decade. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law.  She has been licensed to practice law in California since 2008.

Dr.  Shubha Kashinath:   Dr. Shubha Kashinath is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the  Department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders at California State University, East Bay. She has over 15 years of experience serving families of young children at risk for and with identified disabilities. Her teaching and research focus on early communication and literacy development, autism across the lifespan, and  family centered practice.

*Anuradha Mookherjee

*Dr. Bhuvana

Meet NARIKA at Family Justice Center in Concord on Tuesdays!


We are thrilled to announce that Narika advocates are now available onsite at the Family Justice Center in Concord every Tuesday, 9AM- 1PM.
Walk ins are welcome or you can contact us at 1-800-215-7308 or to make an appointment.
For further information on services provided by the Family Justice Center please visit:

Women’s Weekend Workshop Schedule

Narika in collaboration with HCCC Human Services is delighted to offer a FREE two-day motivational workshop for women, on Oct 17-18 in Livermore.

To register, please write to or call 510-444-6068. You can register for one or both days.

Please spread the word- seats are limited. This is going to be an amazing opportunity to learn, de-stress and grow!

Women's Workshop Flyer
The workshop schedule is as follows:

Oct 17: My Life
9:00 AM: Arrival, Meet & Greet
9:30-11:30 PM: Money 101– introduction to personal budgeting & planning
11:30-11:45 AM: BREAK
11:45 AM- 1:45 PM: Credit 101– information on credit card application & monitoring
1:45-2:30 PM: LUNCH BREAK
2:30-4:30 PM: HeArt’s Palette- a transformative art workshop

Oct 18: My Style
9:00AM: Arrival, Meet & Greet
9:30-11:30 PM: Mind, Body, Health & Wellness- an interactive talk
11:30-11:45 AM: BREAK
11:45 AM- 1:45 PM: Yoga & Mindfulness- a working session
1:45-2:30 PM: LUNCH BREAK
2:30-4:30 PM: Personal Communication & Self- Presentation– basic tips & techniques


Call for Direct Client Service Volunteers!

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life? Sign up to be a Direct Client Service volunteer today! You may choose to answer calls on the Helpline or do client accompaniments, and Narika may be able to assist you in completing the required 40 hour training. Please email for more information and get started on making a difference today!

Join us (#teamnarika) at the ICC Sevathon on July 12th!

Let this summer be about doing something for yourself, having fun with friends and standing up for a cause – all at the same time. Come and join Team Narika (#teamnarika) – walk, run or do yoga at the ICC Sevathon on Sunday July 12th.

Being part of Team Narika not just allows you to get your exercise in but makes a statement – we will work together to stop violence against women in our community, we will work together to ensure that all girls and women in our community feel empowered and we will work together to make a difference.

Get your friends and family together and be a part of Team Narika. Register at Choose Narika as your supporting organization. Send us an email at and we will find you a team near you to train with and send you training tips and even check on how your training is going.

If you are unable to join us at the Sevathon on July 12th, please consider making a donation to support Team Narika at

Thank you Euphoric Delights for your support!

On May 31, Euphoric Delights held their annual Bay Area get-together in Fremont. Narika was delighted to be a part of the celebrations Euphoric Delightsand we appreciate the generous contributions showered towards our cause by ED members. Your support and goodwill are vital in boosting our services to our clients.