Program Coordinator, Preventing & Combatting Racial Profiling Project

This role supports our work by responding to the government's targeting of scientists and students of Asian descent.

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 research, policy advocacy, public education, community capacity-building/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 them their civil and human rights.

Advancing Justice-AAJC is a member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation. With our affiliates in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta, 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.

Based in Washington, D.C., Advancing Justice-AAJC has a budget of approximately $4 million and a staff of 20.

Title:               Program Coordinator

Reports to:     Director of Immigration Advocacy

Term:             Immediately

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

Position Summary: The Program Coordinator will help administer a new civil rights project (“the Project”) responding to the government’s targeting and surveillance of academics, scientists, researchers, other professionals, and students of Asian origin or descent, as well as assist the Communications team in Chinese ethnic media and social media engagement.

The Program Coordinator will be primarily responsible for coordinating the Project, which will entail outreach, intake and referral services for Asian American academics, scientists, researchers, other professionals, and students who are seeking legal advice and/or counsel related to government profiling and surveillance investigations, particularly related to alleged connections to China. The Program Coordinator will be trained to conduct intake for legal matters, and work with Advancing Justice-AAJC staff to provide referral information. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for raising awareness of the intake program through traditional and social media, including WeChat and coalition spaces, supporting the development of targeted messaging and communications materials, and seeking public speaking opportunities on the Project and Know Your Rights trainings for Advancing Justice | AAJC staff. The Program Coordinator will assist the Policy & Programs team with other tasks, as needed.

The Program Coordinator will also assist the communications team in Chinese ethnic media engagement including with drafting press releases, outreach to press, monitoring and engaging in WeChat on key issue areas including but not limited to, immigration, affirmative action, data disaggregation, census, and voting rights.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Act as a thought partner to Policy and Programs staff on issues related to civil rights, communications, and field outreach.
  • Work closely with the Policy and Programs team to develop and execute a workplan. 
  • Work closely with the Communications team to develop and execute a communications strategy and workplan.
  • Work closely with community outreach staff to develop and execute an outreach strategy to publicize the hotline and Know Your Rights information.    

Core Areas of Responsibilities

  • Manage the intake program and provide resources such as basic Know Your Rights information.
    • As necessary, conduct screening and intake for individuals seeking legal assistance under the close supervision of legal staff and/or consultants.
    • Create a database of screenings and intakes conducted as well as referral information.
  • Monitor news related to the Project, monitor news trends and events to identify opportunities for response or partnership, and conduct research, as needed.
  • Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Communications, monitor WeChat and identify opportunities for engagement in priority areas. 
    • Monitor Chinese language ethnic media and research journalists for potential outreach; conduct outreach to Chinese language ethnic media and identify opportunities for engagement in traditional media, WeChat, and other digital channels.
    • Draft blogs, press releases, pitch letters, fact sheets, issue briefs, and other communications and community education documents as assigned.
    • Assist with the development of new materials for Advancing Justice | AAJC's social media sites.

Engage in Community Education, Relationships and Partnerships

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with affiliates and relevant Asian American, civil and human rights coalitions.
  • Participate and in coalition spaces raising awareness of the Project and present Know Your Rights information to community leaders. Identify new community organizations and leaders to connect with and grow our network. Identify opportunities for presentations and speaking engagements for Advancing Justice-AAJC staff and/or consultants. 
  • Coordinate the creation of written materials such as Know Your Rights factsheets, flyers, press releases, blogs and other advocacy materials, including encouraging staff and volunteers to conduct timely review. Translate written materials into Chinese.

Fundraising

  • Support the Development team on content/information for donor communications and materials (donor newsletters, action alerts, special reports from the executive director, social media postings, etc.)
  •  Attend meetings coordinated by Development with prospects/donors with an interest in our policy areas.
  • Work with the Development team on written proposals or funder reports relating to the policy or program activities in areas of responsibilities.

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, 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, 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, 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, Political Science, or Public Policy. 
  • One to two years of relevant work experience in a nonprofit organization is highly desired.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Fluency in spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin) is required for the position.
  • Knowledge of and experience with WeChat and similar apps such as Weibo or WhatsApp.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or willingness to learn.
  • Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change.
  • Must be able to work directly with community members and members of the media.
  • Strong communicator and writer with willingness to be trained as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences, including the media.
  • Translate policy matters in a way that is accessible to community members.
  • Highly motivated self-starter, who is able to work in a fast-paced environment and handle a diverse workload.
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail. Able to manage up and ensure that colleagues are meeting deadlines.
  • Strong people skills and ability to conduct outreach to diverse people and establish new relationships for the organization.
  • Experience working with diverse organizations and/or people.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.
  • Experience, knowledge of (including coursework), or strong interest 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.

Advancing Justice-AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.