April 25, 2015

Job Posting: AALDEF Anti-Trafficking Community Organizer

Editor’s Note: The below is from our friends at the AALDEF in NYC.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Community Organizer, Anti-Trafficking Initiative

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a 38-year old New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy and community education. AALDEF has a 21-person staff and is supported by foundation and corporate grants, individual contributions, and special events. For more information about AALDEF and its activities, visit our website at http://www.aaldef.org.

AALDEF’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative provides legal assistance to trafficked Asian women and girls by giving immigration assistance, engaging in criminal justice advocacy, and filing civil actions pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

The Community Organizer will be involved in the following activities:

  1. Work with attorneys to enforce the rights of human trafficking survivors, and coordinate with case managers to secure a broad range of services;
  2. Develop and conduct community education trainings for workers’ organizations and groups, present at panel discussions and conferences;
  3. Interpret for intakes and client representation, and proofread translations.
  4. Participate in local and national anti-trafficking networks, and organize briefings on proposed federal, state, and local policies affecting trafficked persons;


  • Detail-oriented, independent, and focused.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in community organizing or policy advocacy.
  • Knowledge of human trafficking, labor and employment rights, and human rights issues.
  • Familiarity with Asian American community issues preferred.
  • Ability to speak an Asian language.
  • Ability to travel and work on evenings and weekends.

Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:

Community Organizer Search
99 Hudson St Fl 12
New York, NY 10013-2815
fax: 212-966-4303
Email: (put “Anti-Trafficking Initiative” in the subject line)

DEADLINE: August 31, 2012. Applications will be read on a continuing basis and the position will be filled as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Ivy O. Suriyopas at 212-966-5932 or .

–AALDEF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer–

DCCC Field Organizer Training

Editor’s Note: The below is a reposting of Field Organizer Training from our friends at the DCCC. It stands for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and not to be confused with the similar DNCC, Democratic National Committee Convention. That said, look for our upcoming coverage here of the DNCC!

Want to help turn the House blue? Interested in working on a campaign? Sign up for a DNCC Field Organizer Training!

2012 is here, and the time to win back the majority has arrived. We need to make sure that we turn the House blue so we can pass legislation that matters to middle class Americans. Building strong field programs in districts across the country is crucial in 2012. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is searching for top level Field Organizers to help in our efforts to win our most competitive congressional campaigns.

We will be hosting Field Organizer Trainings in all regions of the country throughout the month of May. This training is for applicants who are interested in gaining the skills to organize communities for Democrats in Congressional Districts around the county. If you are interested in participating, you must complete the application at http://dccc.org/field-organizer-training by Saturday, May 5th. Sign up now and help us win in 2012.

The training will cover:

Organizing Best Practices
Working with other departments on a campaign
Volunteer Management
Training on the VAN and other Field software

Field Organizers on a congressional campaign are the most important element of a successful field program. They are the prime point of contact between a campaign and prospective voters. Organizers are responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, voter contact, and overall execution of the field program in a defined area. In addition, field organizers are responsible for recording results, cutting turf, and training volunteers on the field program. They are responsible for
coaching and motivating volunteers, who are the engine of the field program. Field Organizers must have strong leadership skills plus the ability and desire to work with people. Most importantly, they have to have the desire to win and do whatever it takes!

Please remember to complete your application at http://dccc.org/field-organizer-training by Saturday, May 5th for consideration. We will let applications know if we have a space by Sunday, May 6th. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

Is Tech Racist?

The below came to our attention from multiple avenues:
Tech is Racist

An analysis of the infographic reveals the usual problem of statistics being (ab)used out of context to fit an argument. As always, we post this to promote thought & discussion, not to advance a particular firm rule or ideology. All responsible comments welcome.

SAALT: Hiring New Policy Director

The below is a re-posting of Policy Director. For more positions at SSALT, see here.

SAALT is Hiring!

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Policy Director

Priority Deadline:  April 30, 2012
(Applications will be considered and interviews conducted on a rolling basis) 


Other versions of this posting: PDF | Website


SAALT is pleased to invite applicants for the position of Policy Director.  Our current Policy Director, Priya Murthy, who has been with the organization for six years, will be relocating to San Francisco this summer and continue to support SAALT’s policy work as a Strategic Policy Advisor. The incoming Policy Director will work closely with the entire SAALT team to advocate for policies that will improve the lives of South Asians in the United States. Please forward this announcement to all interested applicants. 

Position Title: Policy Director

Job Status: Full-time position with benefits (including health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend)

Date of Posting: March 26, 2012

Location: Takoma Park, MD

Reports To: Executive Director

Last Date to Apply: April 30, 2012 (Applications will be considered and interviews conducted on a rolling basis)

Start Date: June 1, 2012


SAALT seeks an experienced policy professional with a background in immigrant or civil rights to serve as a full-time Policy Director as part of our team.

The Policy Director will develop, direct, and implement the organization’s legislative, administrative, and public policy activities. The Policy Director will report to SAALT’s Executive Director and work closely with programmatic and communications staff as well as local consultants. For more information on SAALT’s policy priorities, we encourage interested applicants to review SAALT’s three-year strategic plan and policy reports, available at www.saalt.org.

Primary Duties Include:

  • Tracking and analyzing relevant federal and state legislation and administrative policy, particularly related to immigration and civil rights
  • Developing and maintaining a broad network of contacts with key federal policymakers and staff (including at the White House, Congress, federal government agencies)
  • Developing organizational and coalition statements, Congressional testimony, and letters to policymakers to support SAALT’s policy goals
  • Organizing Congressional briefings and panel discussions on policy-related issues
  • Developing, researching, and writing policy-related reports, community education factsheets, newsletters, webinars, and action alerts
  • Developing and organizing policy-related programming for SAALT’s biannual South Asian Summit conference, including SAALT’s Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and with federal government agencies
  • Working closely with programmatic staff to promote community mobilization around organization’s policy efforts
  • Integrating policy work into complementary social change strategies in a creative manner
  • Identifying and coordinating opportunities for National Coalition of South Asian Organizations members’ involvement in policy-related activities both nationally and at the state level
  • Organizing conference calls and webinars among National Coalition of South Asian Organization members and to discuss policy issues
  • Training National Coalition of South Asian Organizations and community members policy advocacy events lobbying events
  • Responding to requests from individual community members seeking assistance and requests for information
  • Engaging in coalition building and helps find opportunities to form alliances that help advance the mission of the organization
  • Speaking at conferences, briefings and meetings as well as with the media about policy issues
  • Coordinating and supervising consultants, including those located remotely
  • Being prepared to travel within the United States
  • Performing other duties, as assigned

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Law or public policy degree (J.D. or M.P.P.) required
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of policy advocacy, legislative, or government affairs experience required; background in immigration and/or civil rights policy strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Understanding of and experience using online advocacy tools
  • Skilled in working within coalitions and representing organizational interests
  • Experience working with a base of individuals and organizations to which one is accountable
  • Ability to think strategically while also ensuring successful implementation in fast-paced non-profit environment
  • Excellent writing, analytic, and verbal/presentation skills with the ability to summarize information and connect with a variety of audiences
  • Successful track record of articulating, evaluating, measuring, and reporting goals and successes/areas of improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and handle and prioritize multiple tasks/roles
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and in a collaborative team-based environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a rapid-paced setting, have a flexible approach to policy work, and quickly adapt and pivot to changing needs
  • Exceptional email management skills and ability to thrive in a high-volume email office
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly learn other basic programs
  • Commitment to and passion for social justice issues and to a career in the non-profit sector
  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing and enhancing SAALT’s mission
  • Commitment to a work environment where creativity and diversity are celebrated

A successful candidate will demonstrate a background in all required qualifications and present a balance of enthusiasm and dedication to social justice work with professional experience and skills in policy advocacy.


SAALT will provide compensation for this position, commensurate with experience. Health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend benefits will also be provided.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail your cover letter detailing your policy experience, resume, and an unedited policy-related writing sample (maximum 5 pages) to info@saalt.org and indicate “Policy Director” in the subject line. We are accepting applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, and will give priority consideration to applications received by April 30, 2012. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

SAALT is an equal opportunity employer.


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White House Internship Opportunities for AAPI Youth

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Washington, D.C.- The White House is looking for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) interns for Summer 2012.

The White House Internship Program
From the White House: “This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Interns are placed in various offices throughout the White House, and are given varying tasks, such as conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos. Apply HERE.”

The deadline for White House Internships is January 22, 2012 for the Summer Term (5/29/12-8/10/12). Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and veterans. To learn more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships.

White House Initiative on AAPIs (WHIAAPI) Internship Program
From the Initiative: “The WHIAAPI Internship Program offers students the opportunity to work on a wide range of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues, including education, health, sustainable neighborhoods, economic development, civil rights, and labor and employment. In addition to assisting with research on those topics, interns will help write policy memos and proposals, coordinate events, and conduct outreach to national and local AAPI organizations, elected officials, and ethnic media outlets. Apply HERE.”

Applications are due March 15, 2012 for the Summer Term (June through August) and May 15, 2012 for the Fall 2012 Term (August through December). Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. To learn more, visit www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/aapi/internships or email whitehouseaapi@ed.gov.

Asian Pacific Community Fund Paid Internships

Asian Pacific Community Fund

Paid Internships Available

The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) is seeking two dynamic individuals to fill its Special Events Intern position and Scholarship Program Intern position. We are looking for individuals who are committed to the Asian and Pacific Islander community and have a passion for making a difference through resource development for APCF and its 29 Affiliate Agencies in Greater Los Angeles.
APCF was founded in 1990 as an alternative fund for donors to directly support Asian and Pacific Islander communities in need. Today, APCF is a vital link that connects donors to those in need by building a community of giving – one donor at a time. For more information on APCF and its Affiliate Agencies, please visit www.apcf.org.

Position: Special Events Intern
Length of Commitment:
January 16, 2012 – August 31, 2012
16 hours per week with additional hours required around the event date
$1,000 paid at the completion of the internship
This PAID internship position provides hands-on experience working in special events coordination for an Asian American non-profit organization and is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop skills in non-profit fundraising which is highly sought after in the industry.

Oversee Silent Auction for fundraising event including donor research, solicitation, tracking, creation of auction displays, bid sheets, auction catalog, etc.

Assist the Executive Director with the following:
  • Event design & production
  • Secure guests, track attendees and process payments
  • Build strategic partnerships & solicit sponsors
  • Program development
  • Coordination the day of the fundraising event
  • Follow up after the event
  • Event website and online marketing and processes
This position also allows for exposure to the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s 29 Affiliate Agencies providing services to over 250,000 people every year in 27 Asian languages plus English and Spanish in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Language Skills:
  • Must be fluent in English and have excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to speak, read & write Chinese, Japanese, Korean and/or Spanish a plus but not necessary.
  • College degree or active enrollment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self starter with strong interest in the fundraising arena.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Attention to detail is a must.
  • Intermediate/advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel and internet research.
  • Functional knowledge in creating websites and graphics programs a plus.
Contact Person: Kristin Cheung, Development Manager
Phone: 213-624-6400 ext. 8
Email: kcheung@apcf.org
Application Instructions:
kcheung@apcf.org with subject header “Special Events Internship” or fax to 213-624-6406.
Application Deadline:
December 31, 2011 or until position is filled.

Position: Scholarship Program Intern
Length of Commitment: February 1, 2012-July 31, 2012 (16 hours/week average).
Compensation: $1,000 stipend paid at the completion of the internship
Duties: This PAID internship position provides hands-on experience overseeing the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s scholarship program. This internship is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop experience planning and running a program in a non-profit.
Responsibilities (may include some or all of the following):
  • Conducting outreach to Asian and Pacific Islander communities throughout California, Oregon and Washington to promote program and obtain applications
  • Write, design and create announcement and flyer
  • Assist in development and creation of scholarship application
  • Answering questions about the program and assisting with application process
  • Organizing applications as they arrive
  • Recruit, train and organize teams of readers to review applications
  • Acknowledging applicants of receipt of application
  • Notifying award winners
Skills / Qualifications:

  • Fast learner, critical thinker and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-starter with strong project management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate project with maturity, initiative and timeliness
  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Intermediate/advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel and Internet research
  • Ability to manage and update website content
  • College degree or active enrollment
  • Minimum of 18 years of age, US citizen or permanent resident status
  • Must have transportation to attend meetings and events throughout LA County
  • Understanding and familiarity of the Asian/Pacific Islander community in Los Angeles County
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some nights and weekends may be required)
Contact Person: Christine Ma
Phone: 213-624-6400 x6
Email: cma@apcf.org
Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and 3 references with “Scholarship Internship” in the subject line emailed or faxed to: Christine Ma, cma@apcf.org or Fax 213-624-6406. Please be sure to include ALL requested information (cover letter, resume and references).
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 6, 2012 or position is filled.

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Job Posting: AAJC Executive Director/President

Ed.’s Note: The below is from our friends at the Asian American Justice Center.

AAJC: Advancing Equality

Asian American Justice Center is recruiting an Executive Director/President to lead the organization into the future. We seek a visionary leader and strong advocate who will advance AAJCs mission and implement a bold strategic plan, which includes creating a strong and unified voice for the Asian American community. The new ED/President will have a demonstrated track record and passion for advancing social justice. The application deadline is October 21, 2011.

See the description and application for more.

Job hunting? Be Careful What you Post to Facebook

If you’re looking for a new job, you may want to rethink posting those party pictures on your Facebook profile.

Over at The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal explains:

1) 95 percent of employers say they use social media sites to ferret out more information about job candidates. 2) If these employers informed these job candidates why they were dropped, Facebook as we know it might not exist.

Work at APALC

Editor’s note: Our friends at APALC are hiring! See below for more information and to apply. Good luck!

Dear friends & colleagues:

Please share these 3 advocacy positions!  As part of APALC’s exciting recent expansions, we are revamping how we think about civic engagement and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).  Our vision spans everything from immigration and citizenship, to engaging our community members on issues that affect them, to educating and mobilizing voters in key elections.

As we look to next year’s elections, we are excited to announce that we have added a new unit to our policy team: the Voter Engagement Project, which will seek to foster a progressive AAPI electorate, empower AAPI voters to hold policymakers accountable, and win policy change that benefits low-income and immigrant communities.  We are hiring 2 new staff to establish and run this new area of work: a project director and a coordinator.

In addition, we are also hiring a health policy advocate, who as part of our Health Access Project and policy team will work on health care reform education and policy issues as well as coalition-building.

More information about APALC on our website and Facebook page.  Interested candidates should apply as instructed in the job postings (click the position title for pdfs of the job postings).

Apply to be a DCCC Fall Fellow!

*Editor’s note: We received this announcement from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

DCCC Fall Fellows Needed Immediately!

Are you looking for an opportunity to break into politics? Do you want to establish lasting connections and gain campaign experience? Would you like to work on behalf of a future Member of Congress? The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) serves as the official national Democratic campaign committee charged with recruiting, assisting, funding, and electing Democrats to the U. S. House of Representatives. We provide services ranging from designing and helping execute field operations, to polling, creating radio and television commercials, fundraising, communications, and management consulting. The DCCC is supported by the contributions of individuals and other groups from throughout the country. The DCCC Drive to 25 Fellowship Program is designed to give people substantial exposure to practical, campaign-style politics on a national level. This is a great opportunity to help Democrats win back the Majority in 2012 and learn the ins and outs of a Congressional Campaign.

Who are we looking for?
•     Proven leaders who are committed to taking back the House in 2012
•     Smart, energetic and fun people who are interested in gaining
experience and involvement in politics

What are the benefits of the DCCC Fellowship Program?
•     An unprecedented opportunity to work day to day with top political operatives in the country who are passionate about winning back the House
•     Receive first hand experience with how professional campaigns are run and how they function
•     The opportunity to network with leaders in the field

To apply for this program, please visit: http://www.dccc.org/page/s/Drive_to_25_Fellowship_Program

Applications are due by 9/9/11.

The DCCC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the DCCC, including opportunity for employment and treatment as a DCCC employee. The DCCC is an equal opportunity employer and will comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment.