Website adhikaar Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice


Adhikaar, meaning “rights,” is a New York-based nonprofit organizing the Nepali-speaking community to promote human rights and social justice for all. We create access to information, build community leadership, and grow collective power to win rights for our communities and dignity and equity for all. Established in 2005, Adhikaar is the only organization providing essential services and mobilizing the Nepali-speaking community to raise our voices and take collective action against injustices on issues affecting us. We achieve this through organizing, community education, grassroots advocacy, leadership development, and direct services. Our program areas are workers’ rights, immigrant rights, access to healthcare, and language justice.

Based in New York City, Adhikaar is a member-based organization with over 6,000 participating members, which directly supports more than 15,000 people and engages more than 50,000 people a year. Our members are mostly workers in informal sectors of the economy and are the driving force behind Adhikaar. Over 80% of our members are based in New York City, and Adhikaar has a growing membership in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and, to a lesser degree, 10 other states across the country. We are growing into an organization with a national presence and the potential to expand our work into numerous cities across the U.S. Adhikaar is powered by a growing staff of 14+ people, including full-time and part-time staff, 10+ fellows, and a robust team of skilled consultants who support our team. Our work is focused on membership development and organizing to build power to face the issues that impact our community.

*At Adhikaar, we define the Nepali-speaking community as descendants of Nepal, Bhutan, India, Burma, and Tibet who speak Nepali. 


The Executive Director (ED) has overall responsibility to lead Adhikaar and oversee and manage Adhikaar’s staff, programs, development activities, and administration. The ED provides vision and leadership while ensuring the day-to-day operations of Adhikaar are effectively implemented. They provide oversight to program development, campaigns, public policy, community relations, media relations, finance, budgeting, fundraising, operations, human resources, and infrastructure development. As we near our 20th anniversary, we seek a leader who can step into and lead our dynamic and evolving organization–someone who promotes collaboration amongst an intergenerational, multilingual team. 


  • A bold visionary who understands Adhikaar’s purpose, takes risks and is deliberative;
  • A leader who listens to staff, board, members and other stakeholders;
  • Someone who leads with love and integrity;
  • A leader who serves as a role model and mentor for staff and members;
  • A leader who honors a membership base;
  • A leader who understands servant leadership;
  • A powerful and strategic fundraiser who can maintain and grow Adhikaar’s financial resources;
  • A leader who develops Adhikaar’s political power; and,
  • A leader who empowers the community as they move.
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Adhikaar is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from Nepali- speaking women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

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