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Boys & Men of Color Coordinator

California Director


Boys & Men of Color Coordinator

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is seeking a highly skilled individual with a strong background integrating advocacy, training, community engagement, and program management to join a dedicated team of passionate professionals working on social justice issues impacting Southeast Asian American (SEAA) communities.  The ideal candidate will have expertise in working with Southeast Asian/Asian American boys and men or youth and issues affecting SEAA communities and other communities of color, and leading coalitions and partnerships to affect policy change.  The Boys & Men of Color Coordinator reports to the California Director, and is a critical member of SEARAC’s policy team. This full-time position is based in Sacramento, CA.

Major Roles

The Boys & Men of Color Coordinator will lead’s SEARAC’s initiative to amplify the voices of Southeast Asian and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) boys through coalition building, training/technical assistance, policy analysis, and advocacy.  The Boys & Men of Color Coordinator will advocate for the unique needs of SEAAs and AAPIs through local and state campaigns, manage coalition building with Asian American/Pacific islander organizations to advocate for AAPI boys and men, and support in the development of research and communications to shift the narrative about AAPI boys and men.  The Boys & Men of Color Coordinator will also support the development of the Southeast Asian American Young Men’s Collaborative, and work closely with the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color to identify and advocate for policies to support SEAA and AAPI boys and men. 

Responsibilities

Coalition Building and Training

  • Maintain relationships with SEAA Young Men’s Collaborative.
  • Be the lead in coordinating a larger AAPI coalition raising up voices of young men.
  • Work with partners to provide training and technical assistance to young men around advocacy, and mobilizing them for advocacy opportunities (meetings, town halls, etc.).  
  • Collaborate and participate in supporting coalition initiatives to advance SEARAC’s policy priorities. Coalitions include but are not limited to: the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).
  • In collaboration with SEARAC’s Policy Team, provide training design, training materials, and evaluation for SEARAC’s trainings such as the annual Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT), as well as trainings and convenings related to SEARAC’s racial healing work.

Advocacy and Policy Analysis

  • Conduct policy analysis and provide recommendations around supportive policies that disrupt the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline.
  • Work with the California Director to plan and execute advocacy campaigns in collaboration with the SEAA Young Men’s Collaborative targeting local or state policy makers.
  • Develop materials around SEAA young men, e.g. fact sheets, policy briefs, webinars, and other policy materials and recommendations.

Program Management & Communications

  • Monitor completion of grant-funded activities and outcomes related to boys and men of color.
  • Administer sub-grants with local partners.
  • Assist with fundraising and program reporting.
  • In coordination with the California Director and Director of Communications & Development, draft press releases, community announcements, action alerts, and social media posts on boys and men of color.
  • Work with other SEARAC staff and board members in support of SEARAC’s overall mission.

Other

  • Support other duties as specified by the California Director or Executive Director.

Experience/Skills Required

  • Minimum 3 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, youth development, advocacy, or other relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of education, health, immigration, criminal justice, and/or racial equity policy issues as they pertain to AAPIs, especially SEAAs.
  • Community engagement through community-based organizations.
  • Experience working productively within coalitions.
  • Program planning, management, and implementation experience.
  • Superior verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Group facilitation and training.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated passion for social justice.

Experience/Skills Preferred

  • Legislative advocacy and policy analysis, including familiarity with the California legislative process, experience communicating with policy makers, and ability to communicate complex policy issues to local communities and community-based organizations.
  • Media and communications experience, including writing press releases or press advisories.
  • Ability to travel and work weekends as required.
  • Budgeting and project reporting.

Education

B.A. or equivalent four-year degree required.

Compensation

Competitive, plus a strong benefits package.

Application Deadline

Priority deadline: September 14, 2015.

Preferred start date: October12, 2015.

Application Process

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume, and a brief writing sample (preferably policy-related, no more than 3 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include “BMOC Coordinator” in the subject line of emails and faxes.

Please address all application materials to:

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)


ATTN: Quyen Dinh, Executive Director

1628 16th Street, NW


Washington, D.C. 20009


Fax: 202/667-6449


E-mail: application@searac.org

 


Director of SEARAC's California Office 

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is seeking a highly skilled individual with a strong background in community engagement, non-profit management, and advocacy to join a dedicated team of passionate professionals working on social justice issues impacting Southeast Asian American (SEAA) communities.  

The California Director oversees SEARAC's comprehensive California strategy to amplify SEARAC's national voice. The ideal candidate will have experience managing grant-funded projects, building and working in coalitions, advocating with policy makers, providing training and technical assistance to community-based partners, as well as deep familiarity with the SEAA community in California. The California Director manages a small team, and serves as a key member of SEARAC's policy and management team. This full-time position is based in Sacramento, CA, and reports to the Executive Director. 

Major Roles

California is home to almost one million Southeast Asian Americans (SEAAs) who trace their heritage to Cambodia, Laos, or Vietnam, comprising the nation's largest SEAA community. The California Director works within coalitions such as the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and the California Immigrant Policy Center to identify and advocate for policies to support SEAA communities, and works to build the capacity of local community-based organizations to advocate for their community's needs and demands at the California-state level. The California Director will oversee SEARAC's health equity advocacy and boys & men of color (BMOC) work, provide training and technical assistance to community-based partners, and build strategic relationships with policymakers, local partners, and philanthropy.

Responsibilities

Community engagement and training

  • Strategically build and expand relationships in California with local partners, policymakers, and philanthropy to advance SEARAC's work and the interests of SEAA communities.
  • Oversee and implement state-wide training initiatives including regional and local trainings for community-based organizations and advocates to build their advocacy and organizational capacity. 
  • Lead development of advocacy training materials and training modules.
  • Represent SEARAC at conferences and prepare conference presentations. 

Policy and advocacy

  • Lead policy analysis and advocacy on select California state legislation, regulations, and guidance affecting SEAA communities.
  • Direct and implement SEARAC's advocacy campaigns on health equity and boys & men of color with the support of SEARAC's Health Policy Advocate and Boys & Men of Color Coordinator.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key decision making offices and allies to advance advocacy efforts.
  • Request and lead meetings with legislative, administrative, and community decision makers on policy issues affecting SEAA communities.
  •  Represent SEARAC in state coalitions around health equity, immigration, issues facing boys & men of color.
  • Lead and collaborate on numerous coalition initiatives to advance SEARAC's policy priorities. Ensure SEARAC's priorities remain an integral part of coalition work
  • Engage AAPI community-based organizations in sustained advocacy.

Management (Staff, Financial, and Operations)

  • Supervise at least two full time-staff and additional interns/volunteers. 
  • Work with the Executive Director to annually review policy staff performance and work plans. 
  • Oversee all CA grants and work with Executive Director to modify budgets as needed.
  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Communications and Development to identify, pursue, and develop strategies for program expansion/sustainability.
  • Manage CA office facilities, and communicate with the DC office to manage maintenance and billing.
  • Work with other SEARAC staff and board members in support of SEARAC's overall mission.

Experience/Skills Required

  • 3-5 years of experience in non-profit management.
  • Experience with one of SEARAC's major policy areas (health, immigration, education, or boys & men of color) as they pertain to SEAAs.
  • Ability to communicate complex policy issues to local communities and community-based organizations.
  • Community engagement through community-based organizations.  Demonstrated effective grassroots public policy strategies a plus.
  • Budgeting, financial management, and project reporting.
  • Program planning, management, and implementation.
  • Superior verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Experience supervising staff.

Experience/Skills Preferred

  • Familiarity with the CA legislative system.
  • Group facilitation and training.
  • Deep familiarity with CA's SEAA communities.
  • Ability to travel and work weekends as required.

Education

Advanced degree or equivalent in public policy or administration, social sciences, or other relevant fields. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Compensation

Competitive, plus a strong benefits package.  

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: July 17, 2015.

Application Process

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume, and a brief writing sample (preferably policy-related, no more than 3 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include "California Director"in the subject line of emails and faxes. 

Please address all application materials to:

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

ATTN: Quyen Dinh, Executive Director

1628 16th Street, NW | Washington, D.C. 20009

Fax: 202/667-6449 E-mail: application@searac.org

 


Internship Opportunities

SEARAC accepts internship applications on a rolling basis for our DC and California offices. Apply to the SEARAC internship program online here. For more information about SEARAC's internship program, please contact Mari Quenemoen at mari@searac.org