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CAA Program and Administrative Assistant (Bilingual English/Cantonese)

Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) 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 Pacific Islander community. We advocate for public policy that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial injustice. At the grassroots level, our activities include leadership development for monolingual public school parents, employment services for limited-English proficient newcomers, outreach for immigrant legal services, and community and voter education on issues that impact our community.

Position Overview

The Program and Administrative Assistant plays an important role in CAA’s work. In addition to providing critical administrative and bookkeeping support for the entire organization, the position is responsible for maintaining a welcoming environment for all visiting community members. The Program and Administrative Assistant represents CAA to a wide range of stakeholders and must be very familiar with our values, activities, campaigns, and partnerships. The person in this position must be able to represent CAA with compassion, fairness and knowledge about our causes. Responsibilities include:

  • Welcome visitors to CAA in person and on the phone. Answer bilingual inquiries about available services and programs, and CAA campaigns and advocacy positions. Direct calls to staff and make community resource referrals when needed.
  • Assist program clients with intake procedures, screen for eligibility, and register clients for workshops. Enter and track client data on a weekly basis and support CAA research and analysis on community issues.
  • Perform light bookkeeping including processing check and cash receipts and accounts payables using QuickBooks.
  • Assist with written translation of documents (English and Chinese).
  • Maintain safe and orderly office space and conference rooms. Order office supplies and monitor inventory. Sort and distribute incoming/outgoing postal mail.
  • Contribute to administrative and program team efforts by performing administrative and support tasks as needed.


  • Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of CAA.
  • Oral fluency in English and Cantonese required, Mandarin a plus. Ability to read and write Chinese and English.
  • Strong computer software skills. Experience with Chinese language and tablet software a plus.
  • Two years administrative assistance experience. Well-organized and attentive to details.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with diverse constituencies including low-income and immigrant communities.

Working Hours: Full-time or Part-time

Salary:  DOE. Health, dental, vacation, and retirement benefits.

Application Process:

Please email your cover letter and resume to   employment[at]caasf[dot]org   with  “Program & Administrative Assistant application – (Last Name)”  in the subject line.  Please do not call.  Position is open until filled.

CAA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workplace. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals encouraged to apply.

Part-time CAA Employment Program Assistant (Bilingual English/Cantonese)

Chinese for Affirmative Action is a civil rights organization that advances and protects the rights of Asian and Pacific Americans. Rooted in San Francisco’s Chinese American community, CAA also works within the broader Asian and Pacific American (APA) community and has forged strong alliances with other communities of color and historically disenfranchised groups to advance civil rights.


Under the supervision of the Program Manager–Employment, the Program Assistant provides support to limited English proficient job-seekers participating in CAA’s employment programs:

  • Conduct assessment (skills, industry interest, language) of clients.
  • Assist clients with development of employment goals.
  • Conduct mock interviews for clients and provide feedback.
  • Assist clients with online applications and follow up with employers.
  • Set-up and maintain client progress files.
  • Coordinate hotel visits and demonstrations for program participants.
  • Coordinate industry guest speakers for presentations.
  • Write monthly reports on services provided and client progress.
  • Meet with clients as needed to provide one on one interview training.
  • Attend monthly collaborative meeting with partner agency.
  • Assist with translation of documents (English and Chinese).


  • Bilingual in English and Chinese required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to provide exceptional community service.
  • Strong Windows and Microsoft Office computer skills. Experience with Chinese software and Chinese tablet input a plus.
  • Previous work experience with limited English job-seekers preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of CAA.

Working Hours: Up to 24 hours a week, with potential to grow into a full time position in the future contingent to funding availability.

Salary:  DOE. Health, dental, vacation, and retirement benefits.

Location: Chinese for Affirmative Action, San Francisco, CA

Application Process:

Please email a cover letter and resume to   employment[at]caasf[dot]org   with “Part-time Employment Program Assistant – (Last Name)” in the subject line.   Please do not call.   Position is open until filled.

CAA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workplace. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals encouraged to apply.

CAA 2014 Summer Internship Program

Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) is seeking highly motivated, self-starting individuals for our 2014 Summer Internship Program. Program Interns will work with CAA staff members in various programs areas including:

  • Immigrant Rights
  • Employment/Workforce Development
  • Grassroots Leadership Development and Organizing
  • Policy Research and Advocacy

The goals of the internship program is to expose interns to diverse issues impacting immigrant communities, how a grassroots civil rights organization operates, and how to build lasting professional relationships. Depending on skills and interests, interns will be assigned to a program area, but additional opportunities will be provided to create a well-rounded experience for all participants.

About Our Organization

CAA was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans in the interest of advancing multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. We advocate for systemic change that remedies racial injustice, ensures equal opportunities for communities of color, and reduces barriers facing immigrants. Though our constituency encompasses the broader API community, we prioritize the needs of low-income, immigrant, and limited-English proficient individuals.

For more information about CAA, please visit our website

About the Internship Program
The program will run from the beginning of June through the end of August. CAA will work with the intern’s schedule to determine exact start and end dates. If accepted, interns are expected to complete a minimum of 20 hours per week for a 2-month period, which includes an orientation and exit interview. The Internship Program offers a stipend to all accepted applicants; the amount of the stipend will be determined upon the applicant’s enrollment in the program. In addition, CAA may offer academic credit if requested and accepted by the participant’s school.


Interns can expect to support the following work areas, with additional options based on the intern’s skills and CAA’s available projects:

  • Support staff with coordination of campaign canvassing, outreach, and advocacy.
  • Assist with tracking data systems (database, precinct lists, phone banking lists, etc.).
  • Assist with research on immigration, civil rights, and other CAA policy areas.
  • Assist with coordination of community events and workshops.
  • Support in translation and interpretation, as needed.
  • Assist with event planning.
  • Assist with special projects as necessary.


  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
  • Understanding of diverse viewpoints.
  • Ability to work independently and also in team settings.
  • Strong critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Great organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Preferred: Experience in social justice organizations (including student groups). Knowledge of Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights issues, a plus.
  • Preferred: Fluent in Cantonese or Mandarin (oral, written).

How to Apply

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Please email your cover letter, resume, and a 2-3 page writing sample to internship(at)caasf(dot)org with the subject line “CAA 2014 Summer Internship Program.” In your cover letter, please state why you are interested in interning at CAA, what skills and qualifications you bring as an applicant, and your approximate start and end dates. All qualified applicants will be invited for a first round interview. If you have questions about the program, please email internship(at)caasf(dot)org.

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