Education Policy Advocate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States



Education Policy Advocate

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) seeks a full-time Education Policy Advocate to lead our national education advocacy activities through policy analysis, advocacy, community engagement and organizing, and coalition building. The position’s goals include building key policy champions on the national level, and engaging, educating, and mobilizing SEARAC’s community to make national change through SEARAC’s Southeast Asian Visibility in Education (SAVEproject. SEARAC’s education work focuses on the unique needs and rights of Southeast Asian American (SEAA) students, including data disaggregation, support for English language learners, college access and completion, as well as other education policies that impact SEAA communities.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to foster engagement among diverse—and even competing—groups, ranging from policymakers to local partners. He/she/they will be an exceptionally quick learner, thrive in a collaborative environment, and be able to work both independently and as a team. The ideal candidate will have experience in education and/or issues affecting SEAA communities and other communities of color, and will also be experienced at managing and executing campaigns. The ideal candidate will also be able to execute legislative and community awareness campaigns effectively, as well as work productively in coalitions and partnerships. The individual reports to the Director of National Policy and is a critical member of SEARAC’s policy team.

This position is based in Washington, D.C.


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 SEAA community. Our advocacy is grounded in deep engagement with community partners and individual advocates, as well as in solidarity with other communities of color and social justice movements.


Policy Analysis and Advocacy

  • - Conduct policy analysis and provide recommendations around education policies that impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, especially SEAA communities.
  • - Work with National Policy Director and Director of Field and Outreach to plan and execute advocacy campaigns in collaboration with the SAVE network.
  • - Develop education policy resources, such as fact sheets, policy briefs, webinars, and other policy materials and recommendations.
  • - Work with the Policy Team to create cross-cutting analysis and resources on immigration, mass incarceration, health, and boys and men of color.
  • - In collaboration with the National Policy Director, request and lead meetings with Congressional, administrative, and other decision-making offices to advance advocacy efforts.
  • - Collaborate and lead as needed on numerous coalition initiatives to advance SEARAC’s policy priorities. Coalitions include but are not limited to: the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights.
  • - Represent SEARAC at policy roundtables, briefings, conferences, and community events.

Community Engagement and Mobilization

  • - In partnership with the Director of Field and Outreach, lead in coordinating national campaigns to increase community engagement and mobilization to advocate for the needs of SEAA and AAPI students.
  • - Manage partnerships with local community-based organizations across the country including the SAVE network.
  • - Provide education, training, and technical assistance on education policy to SEARAC’s partners and SAVE network.
  • - In collaboration with SEARAC’s Policy Team, provide training design, training materials, and evaluation for SEARAC’s trainings, such as the annual Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT), as well as trainings and convenings related to SEARAC’s education work.

  • Program Management, Communications, and Administration
  • - Monitor completion of grant-funded activities and outcomes related to education.
  • - Administer subgrants with local partners.
  • - Assist with fundraising and program reporting.
  • - In coordination with the Director of Communications and Development, draft press releases,
  • community announcements, action alerts, and social media posts on education.
  • - Work with other SEARAC staff and board members in support of SEARAC’s overall mission.


  • - Support other duties as specified by the National Policy Director or Executive Director.

Experience/Skills Required

  • - Minimum 3 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, education policy, issue campaigns, or other relevant experience.
  • - Campaign management and execution experience, especially through engaging and mobilizing community-based organizations.
  • - Knowledge of education and/or racial equity policy issues as they pertain to SEAAs.
  • - Experience working productively within coalitions.
  • - Program planning, management, and implementation experience.
  • - Superior verbal and written communication abilities.
  • - Group facilitation and training.
  • - Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • - Demonstrated passion for social justice.

Experience/Skills Preferred

  • - Legislative advocacy and policy analysis, including familiarity with the federal legislative process, experience communicating with policy makers, and ability to communicate complex policy issues to local communities and community-based organizations.
  • - Media and communications experience, including writing press releases or press advisories.
  • - Ability to travel and work weekends as required.
  • - Budgeting and project reporting.


  • B.A. or equivalent four-year degree required. 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.

Application Deadline

  • Priority deadline: July 9, 2018
  • Preferred start date: September 3, 2018

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, no more than 3 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include “Education Policy Advocate” in the subject line of emails and faxes.
  • Please address all application materials to: Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
1628 16th Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20009
  • E-mail:

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Generous benefit package

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume, and a brief writing sample (preferably policy-related, no more than 3 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include “Education Policy Advocate” in the subject line of emails and faxes.