Assistant Director, Telecommunications, Technology, and Media

This role is responsible for developing and providing public policy research, strategies, analysis, and education on telecommunications, technology, and media.

Organizational Profile: Founded in 1991, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC (Advancing Justice-AAJC) works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.  To achieve our mission, we engage in policy advocacy, research, public education, community capacity-building and mobilization, and litigation strategies to advance public policies that enable Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities to reach their full potential and address unfair and discriminatory structures and institutions that systematically deny Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities their civil and human rights.

Based in Washington, D.C., Advancing Justice-AAJC is a member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation.  With our affiliates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, we work together as equal and independent partners, operate under one name, and strive to speak with one unified and powerful voice to promote justice, empower our communities, bring local and national constituents together, and strengthen our multi-racial democracy.  

 

Title:               Assistant Director, Telecommunications, Technology, and Media

Reports to:     President and Executive Director

Term:             Immediately

Status:            Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week.

 

Position Summary:  The Assistant Director for Telecommunications, Technology, and Media (“Assistant Director”) will be primarily responsible for developing and providing public policy research, strategies, analysis, and education on telecommunications, technology, and media diversity.  An advocate for fair and equal representation of Asian Americans in the media and fair and equal access to telecommunications and technology law and policy, the Assistant Director will work to advocate for reforms that will benefit the broader Asian American community.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Act as thought partner to the President & Executive Director on issues related to telecommunications, technology, and media diversity.
  • Work closely with the Executive Team, all organization staff, and board of directors to provide leadership and direction in setting budgets, program goals and strategies, advancing new ideas and innovation that align with our organizational mission and strategic plan.

Plan and Strategize Activities Related to Telecommunications, Technology, and Media Diversity

  • In consultation with the President & Executive Director, identify, organize and implement strategies related to telecommunications, technology, and media diversity;
  • Work with key legislators and executive branch officials to advance fair laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies that benefit the Asian American community;
  • Provide public policy research and analysis on issues related to telecommunications, technology, and media diversity;
  • Monitor and analyze legislation, regulations, and other policy developments; prepare testimony, comments, and other relevant material;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic communications plans related to telecommunications, technology, and media diversity; including providing content support, responding to press inquiries and making public speaking appearances as necessary and appropriate;
  • Draft blog posts, press releases, testimony, agency comments, and legal briefs and memoranda.

Develop, Implement and Maintain External Relationships and Partnerships

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with affiliates and the relevant legal and advocacy groups within the civil rights and Asian American communities nationally and locally;
  • Develop community education materials; conduct community outreach and education;
  • Coordinate program planning and implementation with Advancing Justice-AAJC affiliates to identify areas for potential legislative or administrative reform;
  • Administer and organize the AAPI Technology and Telecommunications Table that is made up of 10+ AAPI non-profit organizations coming together to raise AAPI voices in technology and telecommunication conversations; and
  • Build strong and effective relationships with key industry stakeholders, allied organizations, coalitions, and Congressional Members and staff.

Fundraising

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a development supported growth strategy for telecommunications, technology, and media diversity, including the identification of donor prospects through work with peer organizations and other professional contacts;
  • Assist with fundraising, grants management, and relationship management with funders and supporters;
  • Work with the finance and development teams to craft project budgets and contribute to the development of grant proposals relating to telecommunications, technology, and media diversity;
  • Collaborate with development team to identify opportunities for engaging with funders;
  • Provide content/information for donor communications and materials (donor newsletters, action alerts, special reports from the executive director, social media postings, etc.); and
  • Attend meetings with prospects/donors as necessary and appropriate.

General AAJC Roles

  • Live and exhibit the Core Values of Advancing Justice-AAJC, by contributing to an environment that promotes trust, teamwork, and transparency among staff, board, National Advisory Council, affiliates, and community partners.
  • Contribute to, establish and follow policies and procedures, including maintenance of confidentiality, to ensure that the principles of Advancing Justice-AAJC are implemented.
  • Participate fully in, and lead decision-making processes; understand outcomes and be accountable for decisions made in, or affecting his/her area.
  • Understand the values and principles of Advancing Justice-AAJC and apply them fully in work responsibilities.
  • Participate in other activities and serve on ad hoc committees as requested.
  • Attend and contribute to Advancing Justice-AAJC and board of directors meetings.
  • Willing to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree in Public Policy or a Juris Doctorate Degree preferred but not required.
  • Seven-twelve years of relevant experience working in government or an advocacy organization preferred.  
  • Knowledge of telecommunications, technology, and media diversity issues, particularly as they pertain to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities preferred.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, and exercise good judgment.
  • Successful track record of forging alliances, working in coalitions, and moving people to take collective action.
  • Facilitative and collaborative leadership style with strong people skills.
  • Experience working with diverse groups from various sectors ranging from grassroots to policy institutions.
  • Fundraising experience, including building and developing relationships.
  • Excellent communicator and writer with experience as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences, including the media.
  • Strong supervisory skills and experience with proven ability to manage, coach and mentor staff and work collegially with management team members.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.
  • Experience navigating administrative and legislative processes.
  • Must have the ability to plan, organize, and help to oversee a comprehensive program. 

Application Process: 

Send resume with references, short writing sample and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.