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Economic and Workforce Development Program Manager

Salary: $45,000 – $55,000 DOE, excellent benefits
Hours: Full-time; Exempt; 40 hrs/week
Deadline to Apply: Friday, November 30, 2018

About the Organization

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 the 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.

Position Overview

The Economic and Workforce Development Program, CAA’s longest standing program, advances policy that expands access to employment opportunities and training programs for historically marginalized communities, such as San Francisco’s local hire ordinance, while also connecting working class, limited-English proficient immigrants to high road jobs. The Program Manager plays an integral role in implementing CAA’s holistic approach towards the goal of developing a local economy that benefits all San Franciscans particularly those most marginalized. The Program Manager will lead program development, conduct direct services, support policy advocacy, and engage community members on issues of economic justice and other areas including civic participation, language access, discrimination, and immigrant rights.

Direct service coordination and provision are core responsibilities for the position including conducting and overseeing community outreach, recruitment, intake, job readiness services, placement, and tracking retention of clients. Additionally, the Program Manager will continue to develop and cultivate existing and new sectors for the workforce program in the hospitality, food service, custodial, and other emerging industries by developing relationships with employers and various stakeholders to improve the workforce pipeline in the City of San Francisco. The Program Manager also represents CAA as necessary with other stakeholders including funders, in coalition spaces, and on advocacy efforts.

The position supervises two Employment Program Community Advocates, reports to the Director of Programs, and works closely with other members of the CAA staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of program activities;
  • Lead, manage, monitor, and negotiate funding contracts associated with the program including ensuring progress, monitoring compliance, and submitting reports and evaluations to funders;
  • Provide direct services and case management to immigrant clients seeking employment and job readiness training, and services;
  • Supervise CAA Employment team staff;
  • Work closely with the advocacy staff to develop and pursue an economic development policy agenda that promotes access to high road jobs with healthy work environments in underserved, low income, limited English proficient, and undocumented immigrant communities;
  • Identify policy priorities that emerge from existing core areas of work and sector exploration in alignment with the overall strategic goals of the organization;
  • Participate and provide leadership in community meetings, public hearings, and community coalition work around economic justice and workforce development;
  • Establish and build upon relationships with employers, labor, adult education, workforce training programs, workforce service providers, and the local San Francisco workforce board to broaden programming in a way that improves our direct service provision to the community while also furthering our advocacy goals;
  • Engage with media on issues of economic and workforce development through interviews, press releases/statements, and media events, to cultivate relationships with media and further the program’s activities; and
  • Other duties as needed to lead the program, encourage integration across program areas, and support the development of the organization towards reaching our strategic priorities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field;
  • Oral fluency in Cantonese required; Mandarin a plus and literacy preferred;
  • Experience working with adult, limited-English proficient, low-income, immigrant communities;
  • Familiarity with employment, workforce training, and workforce delivery systems preferred;
  • Track record of managing external relations with employers, government entities, and community coalitions;
  • Experience supervising staff;
  • Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of CAA;
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team, build working partnerships and consensus, flexibly share leadership, and take initiative when needed;
  • Strong Windows, Microsoft Office, and Google platform computer skills. Experience with Chinese software and Chinese tablet input a plus; and
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
How To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment[at]caasf[dot]org. In the subject line, please write “Economic and Workforce Development Program Manager”. For more information about CAA and AACRE, please visit

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.

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Community Engagement Coordinator

Salary: $45,000 – $50,000 with benefits
Hours: Full-time; 40 hrs/week
Deadline to Apply: Friday, November 30, 2018

Position Summary

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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.
How To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment[at]caasf[dot]org. In the subject line, please write “Community Engagement Coordinator”. For more information about CAA and AACRE, please visit and

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.

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