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CAA Community Advocate

Salary: $40,000 – $45,000 DOE, excellent benefits
Hours: Full-time, 40 hrs/week
Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017, or until filled

Organization Background

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 advance equity and address 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.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Immigrant Rights Program Manager, the Community Advocate will work to engage low-income, limited English proficient, Chinese immigrant community members on immigrant services, rights, and other relevant issues that directly impact CAA’s constituency. This position involves in-language one-on-one client interaction and community outreach regarding immigration and language access assistance. The Community Advocate plays a crucial role in providing community members with culturally competent and accurate information with a critical social justice lens rooted in CAA’s values of inclusion, compassion, and equity. This position will engage with CAA’s collaborative partners as well in collaborations such as the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network, and the San Francisco Language Access Network.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide direct services for community members seeking immigration support including basic pre-screenings, form filling, situational assessments, supporting clients in communicating with governmental institutions, providing clients with information on their rights, and referrals to legal and supportive services;
  • Develop accessible outreach informational materials, fact sheets, and fliers, regarding relevant programs and updates to immigration policies, that promote a progressive API perspective on immigrant rights;
  • Support the Immigrant Rights Program’s systems and infrastructure for tracking and reporting of activities and service provision;
  • Ensure new immigrants are aware of local public services and available community resources; and
  • Provide support to CAA’s organizational outreach, language access work, and service provision.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, ethnic studies, sociology or related field desired.
  • Oral fluency in Cantonese required, written fluency in Chinese a plus.
  • Proficient knowledge of the US immigration system
  • Commitment to assisting limited English proficient immigrant families navigate government and institutions.
  • Experience with outreach and flyering.
  • Commitment to social justice and to CAA’s core values.
  • Experience working in low-income and immigrant communities.
  • Excellent inter-group, communication and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and commitment to working as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours- including weeknights and weekends.
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Cloud.
  • 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 “CAA Community Advocate”.

CAA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants encouraged to apply. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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CAA Director of Advocacy

Salary: DOE, with competitive benefits
Location: Chinese for Affirmative Action, San Francisco, CA
Application Period: Open until filled

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 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 leadership development for Chinese American immigrants, 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 shape public discourse, enact improvements to public policy, and build social justice movements. This advocacy includes community-based research; public policy, budget, and legislative recommendations; grassroots community education and media campaigns; and active coalition and movement building across a variety of communities.

With local work anchored at its San Francisco Chinatown headquarters, CAA also maintains an active State policy presence through an office and partnership in Sacramento, and national advocacy through a variety of active relationships with allies.

Position Overview

The Director of Advocacy is an external-facing senior position that plays a critical role in advancing policy and other social change with an emphasis on immigrant rights, language diversity, and racial justice in a manner that impacts community needs in education, employment, health, public safety, civic participation, and other issues. The Director of Advocacy identifies change opportunities, leads research and writing about policy concerns, develops and leads the organization’s participation in campaigns, and manages engagement with traditional and social media and a diverse set of community and coalition partners.

The Director of Advocacy reports to the CAA Executive Director and works closely with all members of the senior staff especially the CAA Director of Programs.

Key Responsibilities

Community Leadership and Relations

  • Articulate and provide strong progressive analysis and leadership on civil rights issues impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Communicate CAA’s progressive vision to members, supporters and others in the community through public engagement, media, and community education.
  • Represent CAA with diverse local, regional and national stakeholders that include partner organizations, the general public and the media, and elected and government officials.

Communications

  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Programs to spearhead development, implementation, and evaluation of external communications designed to increase the impact of CAA’s advocacy.
  • Work with CAA program staff and others to develop and manage dynamic content for CAA website, e-communications, blog and social media.

Policy

  • Develop and implement a strategic policy agenda for established issue priorities.
  • Partner with other CAA programs to identify and integrate legislative, community education, and communications strategies
  • Prepare policy analyses, reports, and recommendations within established priority issue areas.
  • Build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances at the local and statewide level on priority issues and campaigns.
  • Lead the development and management of effective working relationships with key public officials at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Coordinate statewide policy efforts in conjunction with CAA staff and partnerships in Sacramento.

Fundraising

  • Work with the Executive Director and development team to implement fundraising strategies for policy initiatives.
  • Participate in developing and maintaining relationships with local foundations, major donors, members, corporations, government agencies and other supporters.
  • Help develop, draft and review institutional proposals and reports.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of CAA.
  • Graduate degree in law, public policy or related field, or equivalent combination of work experience and education.
  • Thorough understanding and ability to perform complex analysis on issues impacting API communities.
  • Experience and cultural competence in working with low-income API communities in a social justice context.
  • Proven track record of managing external relations including community coalitions/alliances.
  • Strong writing and communications skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a dynamic team, develop effective working relationships, share leadership, and build consensus.
  • Willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekend.

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

CAA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply. We will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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CAA Economic & Workforce Development Program Manager

Salary: $45,000 – $50,000 DOE, excellent benefits
Hours: Full-time; 40 hrs/week
Deadline: Open until filled

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 challenges facing our community.

CAA employs multiple strategies – direct services, leadership development, community education and advocacy to help low-income and limited-English proficient community members attain economic security.

Position Overview

The Program Manager position plays an integral role in leading the CAA’s Economic and Workforce Development work. This position implements CAA’s holistic approach to economic development which recognizes the immediate needs of individuals to find work, but also the longer term goal of developing a local economy that benefits all San Franciscans particularly those who face multiple barriers to employment, including those who are immigrants, limited English proficient, or otherwise marginalized. The Program Manager will assist in program development, policy advocacy, and community education on economic and workforce development and other issues impacting all of CAAs community members including civic participation, language barriers, discrimination, and immigrant rights issues. Also, core responsibilities include overseeing and implementing community outreach, recruitment, intake, job readiness services, and placement of low-income, newcomer immigrant individuals in the hospitality, food services, custodial, and other emerging industries as well as developing job leads with employers and unions in these industries. The position reports to the Director of Programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Economic and Workforce Development program activities;
  • Lead, manage, monitor, and negotiate funding contracts associated with the program including 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;
  • Collaborate with community partners on service delivery and contract compliance;
  • Work closely with the Director of Advocacy to pursue economic development that promotes access to high road jobs with healthy work environments in underserved, low income, and limited English proficient immigrant communities;
  • Identify policy priorities that emerge from existing core areas of work and potentially in other sectors that are in alignment with the overall strategic goals of the organization;
  • Participate and provide leadership in community meetings, public hearings, and community coalition work around workforce development;
  • 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, and support the development of the organization as a whole.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field;
  • Experience working with adult, limited-English proficient, low-income, immigrant communities;
  • Familiarity with employment, training, and workforce delivery systems;
  • Three years experience in developing and implementing grassroots community building programs;
  • Proven track record of managing external relations including community coalitions and alliances;
  • Experience supervising staff is preferred;
  • Oral fluency in Cantonese preferred;
  • Written proficiency in Chinese preferred;
  • 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.

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, please visit www.caasf.org.

CAA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply. We will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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CAA Employment Program Assistant

Salary: $35,000 – $40,000 DOE
Hours: Full-time; 40 hrs/week
Deadline: Open until filled

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 advance equity and address 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.

Responsibilities

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

  • Work directly with limited English proficient community members in one-on-one settings to prepare them to enter/re-enter the workforce including: Client intake and assessment, and job readiness services such as resume writing, practicing interviewing skills, navigating online applications, etc.
  • Administrative support for Workforce Team including setting-up and maintaining client files and reporting on client progress.
  • Conduct outreach and coordinate workshops to recruit participants in the program.
  • Coordinate and staff skills building computer literacy workshops (e.g computer and financial literacy).
  • Assist with workshops related to improving English for job seekers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Oral fluency in English and Cantonese required.
  • Chinese/English biliteracy preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to provide exceptional community service in one-on-one or group settings.
  • Strong Windows and Microsoft Office computer skills, and familiarity with the Google Platform.
  • 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.

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

CAA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply. We will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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