Manager, Census and Civic Engagement (“Manager”)

This role will assist with supporting community engagement efforts, policy advocacy, and development of targeted messaging/communications on voting and census.

*** COVID vaccination required. Exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis upon request ***

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:              Manager, Census and Civic Engagement

Reports to:     Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs

Term:             Immediately

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

Salary:           $45,000-$65,000

Position Summary:  The Manager will be primarily responsible for assisting with supporting community engagement efforts, policy advocacy, and development of targeted messaging and communications on voting and census. In addition, this position will assist with the development and implementation of nationally coordinated advocacy and public education campaigns on voting or census.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Act as a thought partner to the Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs on issues related to voting and Census policy, communications, and field outreach.
  • Work closely with the Executive Team and organizational staff to provide leadership and direction with setting budgets, program goals and strategies, advancing new ideas and innovation that align with our organizational mission and strategic plan. 
  • Work closely with the Executive Team to share responsibility to spearhead cross-organizational initiatives amongst our internal divisions.   

Plan and Strategize Activities Related to Voting and Census

  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, identify, organize, and implement strategies related to voting and census, including managing specific issues; 
  • Support development, translation, and distribution of outreach materials;
  • Work with the Senior Director of Strategic Communications to develop and implement plans for translated materials, social media, press, and other external communications;
  • Support logistics and programming for in-person and digital convenings;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Community Engagement, develop and implement nationally coordinated advocacy and field outreach on voting and census;
    • Work with key legislators and executive branch officials in developing laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies related to Census, data disaggregation, and voting that benefit the Asian American community;
    • Monitor and analyze legislation, regulations, and policies;
    • Prepare testimony, comments, and other relevant material;
    • Develop public policy research and analysis on voting and Census issues; and

Develop, Implement and Maintain Departmental Relationships and Partnerships

  • Working with the Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, build and maintain excellent relationships with affiliates and relevant Asian American and civil and human rights coalitions nationally and locally;
  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, coordinate program planning and implementation with Advancing Justice-AAJC and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates, and identify areas for potential litigation, including amicus briefs;
  • Working with the Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Director of Community Engagement, develop public education campaigns and community education materials; provide technical assistance to community-based organizations nationwide; conduct community training, outreach, and education.
  • Build and maintain relationships with legal and advocacy groups within the civil rights and Asian American communities; and
  • Assist with census and civic engagement press inquiries and speaking engagements as needed.
  • Actively assist with fundraising, grants management, and maintaining good relationships with funders and other supporters.
  • Contribute to the fundraising growth strategy for Advancing Justice-AAJC, including research on donor prospects.
  • Assist with written proposals and reports to funders with an interest in Census and data disaggregation.
  • Attend and provide assistance with organizational fundraising events and activities.
  • As requested, provide content/information for donor communications and materials (donor newsletters, action alerts, special reports, social media postings, etc.).

General Advancing Justice-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, campaign cabinet, 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 decision-making processes; understand outcomes and be accountable for decisions made that affect his or her area.
  • Understand the values and principles of Advancing Justice-AAJC and apply them fully in work responsibilities.
  • Participate in other activities, agency advocacy and serve on ad hoc committees as requested.
  • Attend and contribute to Advancing Justice-AAJC and board of directors’ meetings.
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferred in Government Affairs or Public Policy. 
  • One-three years of relevant experience working in a governmental affairs department at a nonprofit highly desired.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change.
  • Must be able to measure program outcomes and successes using logic model theory and redirect staff if warranted.
  • 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.
  • Excellent communicator and writer with experience in articulating messages to different audiences, including the media.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.
  • Knowledge of Census and voting issues, particularly as they pertain to Asian Americans. 
  • Experience navigating administrative and legislative processes.
  • Posses ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Must have the ability to plan, organize, and help to oversee a comprehensive program/campaign. 

Desired Qualification

  • Experience and knowledge in Asian American and/or civil and human rights issues.

Application Process: 

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

Advancing Justice-AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.