Director of National Policy

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



United States




The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) seeks a full-time Director of National Policy to lead our national advocacy activities by building and maintaining deep community engagement with community partners and individual advocates, while building key policy champions on the national level.


The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to foster engagement among diverse - and even competing - groups, ranging from policy makers to local partners. He/she/they will have a combination of both strategic thinking and implementation skills, including experience developing long- and short-term strategic goals and objectives, staff supervision, and building and working in coalitions, and should also have a deep familiarity with the Southeast Asian American (SEAA) community. The Director of National Policy supervises our Education Policy Advocate and Immigration Manager as part of our DC-based Policy Team. The individual reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the management team.


The position is located in SEARAC’s Washington, DC office.




Founded in 1979, SEARAC is a national civil rights organization whose mission is to empower Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society. As representatives of the largest refugee community ever resettled in the United States, SEARAC stands together with other refugee communities, communities of color, and social justice movements in pursuit of social equity. 


We are a leading national advocacy voice on issues that deeply affect the Southeast Asian American community. Our advocacy is grounded in deep community engagement with community partners and individual advocates, as well as in solidarity with other communities of color and social justice movements.


Major Responsibilities


Visioning and Strategic Planning

  • In collaboration with SEARAC’s Executive Director, develop both short- and long-range strategies for advocacy policy and programs.


Policy and Program Management

  • Oversee DC-based education, immigration, and health advocacy.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key decision-making offices and allies to advance advocacy efforts in collaboration with SEARAC’s policy advocates.
  • Request and lead meetings with legislative, administrative, and community decision makers on policy issues affecting SEAA communities.
  • Represent SEARAC in national coalitions around health equity, immigration, and education.
  • Lead and collaborate on numerous coalition initiatives to advance SEARAC’s policy priorities, ensuring that SEARAC’s priorities remain an integral part of coalition work.

Community Engagement and Training

  • Support the development of national and statewide training initiatives, including the annual Leadership & Advocacy Training program.
  • Represent SEARAC in the media as a surrogate for the Executive Director as needed.
  • Represent SEARAC at conferences and prepare conference presentations.

Development, Operations, and Staff Management

  • Supervise at least two full-time staff, one intern, and one consultant. 
  • Work with the Executive Director to annually review staff performance and work plans.
  • Oversee all advocacy grants and work with Executive Director to modify budgets as needed.
  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Communications and Development to identify, pursue, and develop strategies for program expansion/sustainability.
  • Work with other SEARAC staff and board members in support of SEARAC’s overall mission.


  • The Director of National Policy may have other duties as specified by the Executive Director.


Experience/Skills REQUIRED

•      7-10 years of experience in non-profit management, ideally in grassroots public policy strategies at the national or state level, and experience with one of SEARAC’s major policy areas (health, immigration, education, or boys & men of color) as they pertain to SEAAs.

•      Able to apply strategic, creative, and sound thinking, while being persistent, motivated, and energetic to produce results.

•      Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work appropriately and adapt easily to changing priorities.

•      Demonstrated ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders ranging from policy makers to community partners. Ability to work effectively across diverse and marginalized communities, and to bring in allies from across diverse communities.

•      Community engagement experience through community-based organizations. Demonstrated effective grassroots public policy strategies a plus.

•      Management experience including human resources (supervising interns, staff, and/or consultants), financial and grant management (budgeting and project reporting), and strategic planning (setting annual and long-term goals).

•      Superior verbal and written communication abilities.

•      Group facilitation and training.

•      Ability to travel on average once per quarter, and to work weekends as required.


Advanced degree or equivalent in public policy or administration, social sciences, or other relevant fields. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.




Competitive, plus a strong benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Application Process

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume, and a brief writing sample (preferably policy related, and no more than 3 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include “Director of National Policy” in the subject line of emails. Note: For positions where an internal candidate(s) exist, it is our policy to interview internal candidates prior to interviewing external candidates.

Please address all application materials to:

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

ATTN: Quyen Dinh, Executive Director

1628 16th Street, NW | Washington, D.C. 20009