Civic Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator (Two-Year Fellowship)

This role will assist the Director of Community Engagement in developing, training, and engaging community organization and volunteer networks.

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

Organizational Profile: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1991 and located in Washington, D.C.  Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.  For 30 years, we have served as the leading Asian American voice on civil rights issues in our nation’s capital – fighting for the rights of our communities through policy advocacy, litigation, research, public education, and community engagement.  

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 multiracial democracy.    

Title: Civic Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator (Two-Year Fellowship)
Reports to: Director, Community Engagement 
Term: Immediately  
Status: Full-time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week.  
Salary: $60,000-$65,000 

Position Summary: The Civic Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator will be primarily responsible for assisting the Director of Community Engagement in developing, training, and engaging individuals, organizations, and networks of potential volunteers nationwide, to support community-based and grassroots organizations within our Community Partners Network. Additionally, the Civic Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator will help execute Advancing Justice | AAJC’s community education, outreach, and advocacy initiatives focusing on local and state-level engagement. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning 

  • Act as thought partner to the Director, Community Engagement on community outreach, training, and relationship building to support and implement our capacity-building, mobilization, and volunteer initiatives.  

  • Work closely with policy leads and all other staff to provide leadership and direction in setting program goals and strategies, advancing new ideas and innovation that align with our organizational mission and strategic plan. 

Volunteer Engagement 

  • In collaboration with the Director of Community Engagement, coordinate with local partners to support programs focused on increasing community member and corporate employee resource groups’ (ERGs) capacity to engage in volunteer activities and activism in their communities: 

  • Response and resources: Triage and respond to inquiries from individuals and groups on how to get involved in Asian American advocacy; as needed, working with local groups to source and/or create resources to educate communities about anti-Asian hate, anti-Blackness, affirmative action, immigration, and other issues. 

  • Training: Working with local groups to build grassroots and advocacy capacity, including potentially leading and/or setting up training opportunities within our Community Partners Network, or leading them in-house;  

  • Legislative and administrative advocacy: Support local and state efforts to advance policies to address and prevent anti-Asian hate and discrimination and engage with municipal and state government agencies.  

Community Partner Network Engagement 

  • In collaboration with the Director, Community Engagement, support Advancing Justice | AAJC to strengthen relationships with Community Partners in addressing issues including anti-Asian hate, voter suppression, educational equity, and family-based immigration; and engaging in broader racial justice coalitions. 

  • Support implementation and management of local and regional subgrants to expand and localize civic engagement and grassroots advocacy.  

Fundraising 

  • Assist with fundraising, grants management, and relationship management with funders and supporters. 

  • Work with Director, Community Engagement, and finance and development teams to craft project budgets and contribute to the development of grant proposals relating to civic and community engagement programs. 

  • 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 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 their 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. 

  • At least two to four years of work experience in a related field. 

  • Experience in social work, legal services, or other fields that involve providing direct support to individuals. 

  • Experience in policy advocacy, campaigns, and/or field organizing. 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment, and lead change.  

  • Successful track record of forging alliances and coalitions and moving people to take collective action and engage in advocacy. 

  • Facilitative and collaborative leadership style with strong people skills.  

  • Experience working with diverse groups from various sectors. 

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 

  • Fundraising experience including building and developing relationships. 

  • Excellent communicator and writer who can articulate messages to different audiences, including translating law and policy into plain language. 

  • Proven ability to work collegially with management and team members. 

  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary. 

Desired Qualification: 

  • Experience and knowledge in Asian American, civil and human rights issues on both the local and national level. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Send resume with references, short writing sample and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org or by mail. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.