17 Walter U. Lum Place
Chinese for Affirmative Action was founded in 1969 to protect the civil rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) community. We advocate for systemic change that advances equity and addresses challenges facing our community.
At the grassroots level, our community building work nurtures the ability of immigrants to participate fully in civic life. These activities include employment services for limited-English proficient newcomers, outreach for immigrant legal services, and community education underscoring issues that impact our constituency.
CAA also leads advocacy to improve public policy and to inform public discourse. We produce community-based research, publish policy analyses and recommendations, shape opinion through ethnic and mainstream media, and organize to engage elected and government officials.
Lastly, CAA supports social justice movement building through its participation in Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality, a network of progressive Asian American groups that share resources and support collaborative work.
Under the supervision of the Director of Programs, the Community Engagement Coordinator (Coordinator) will support the overarching goal of developing low-income, monolingual to limited-English proficient (LEP), Chinese immigrant community members to be more civically involved. The Coordinator will be responsible for guiding and supporting community leaders on a range of relevant activities and campaigns as part of a pathway towards greater civic participation at CAA and beyond. This will specifically entail providing ongoing political education and skills trainings, and creating hands-on opportunities to practice and deepen their leadership abilities.
The position requires the ability to design and lead culturally and linguistically competent skills-building and political education workshops as part of ongoing programming and grassroots advocacy campaigns, as well as to provide coaching and support to individuals and cohorts of leaders. The Coordinator is a key member of the CAA staff, working both internally on developing and implementing organization strategies and priorities across program areas, as well as interfacing externally with community groups, coalitions, and government entities in order to bridge gaps and facilitate opportunities for leadership development between these stakeholders and CAA community leaders.
The Coordinator will work across program areas to engage on a range of key issues including immigrant rights, racial justice, language access, educational equity, and economic and community development.
- Lead, develop, and manage LEP community members through a pipeline program that supports the community engagement goals of CAA;
- Nurture and support existing, and recruit new, limited-English proficient community leaders with a commitment to a progressive social change agenda;
- Lead the development of and implement regularly scheduled political education and advocacy skills building trainings for community members to effectively and meaningfully participate in various initiatives internally and externally;
- Coordinate outreach and other opportunities for meaningful participation in community change efforts between CAA community leaders and various stakeholders;
- Coordinate and facilitate spaces for community leadership, input, and feedback, on CAA strategies on priority areas including messaging and outreach, and on external efforts involving coalitions, government entities, and other stakeholders;
- Ensure that community members are on a path of deepening leadership skills and political analysis leading towards ongoing participation in civic life beyond CAA;
- Represent CAA and community members in collaboration meetings and at events as they relate to CAA community engagement, advocacy, and outreach efforts;
- Contribute to long-term planning for the organization as it relates to community engagement and leadership development;
- Participate in and coordinate community-engaged media strategies including messaging and spokesperson preparation;
- Participate in organization-wide processes to advance the work of CAA.
- Experience leading and supporting directly impacted, working class, limited to non-English proficient Chinese immigrant community members in community based outreach and grassroots advocacy campaigns.
- Experience in developing and delivering culturally competant popular education curriculum and trainings that facilitate community leadership development.
- Oral fluency in Cantonese required, written fluency in Chinese a plus.
- Excellent inter-group, communication, conflict resolution, and analytical skills.
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, ethnic studies, sociology or relevant field experience.
- Commitment to social justice and to CAA’s core values.
- Ability to work both independently and commitment to working as part of a team.
- Willingness to work flexible hours- including weeknights and weekends.
- Proficiency with the google platform, word processing, email, social media, and other technology.
- A valid driver’s license and access to a car a plus.
CAA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants are encouraged to apply. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Level of Language Proficiency
Oral fluency in Cantonese required, written fluency in Chinese a plus.
Minimum Education Required