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Higher Education Policy Advocate

Boys & Men of Color Coordinator


Higher Education Policy Advocate

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is seeking a highly skilled individual with strong background in policy analysis and advocacy to join a dedicated team of passionate professionals working on social justice issues impacting Southeast Asian American communities. The ideal candidate will have expertise in higher education issues affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and underserved communities and will be able to effectively manage and produce program outcomes as well as work productively in large coalitions and partnerships.  The Higher Education Policy Advocate reports to the Director of Education Policy as a member of SEARAC’s policy team. This full-time position is based in Washington, D.C.

Major Roles

The Higher Education Policy Advocate is a new position that will support SEARAC’s Director of Education in developing and implementing the infrastructure, process, and programs for SEARAC’s expanded work in higher education policy.  S/he will be primarily responsible for leading policy analysis, advocacy strategies, training and technical assistance, and community engagement as they relate to increasing college access, affordability, and attainment, with a focus on addressing the unique challenges and needs of Southeast Asian American (SEAA) students, first-generation college students, and English language learners.  The Higher Education Policy Advocate will work with national partners, local SEAA community partners, and institutes of higher education (IHEs) in advocacy campaigns at the national and local level.

Responsibilities

Policy and Advocacy

•       Conduct policy analysis and advocacy on select federal and state legislation, regulations, and guidance affecting AAPI students.

•       Participate in national coalition committees in higher education policy and grassroots campaigns.

•       Educate legislative, administrative, and community decision makers on higher education policy issues affecting AAPI communities.

 

Training and Grassroots Support

•       Manage partnerships with student and local community-based organizations across the nation.

•       Develop and manage a network of local advocates interested in higher education policy.

•       Conduct and coordinate research that focuses on educational barriers in AAPI communities, including best practices for supporting SEAA students to attain a college degree.

•       Organize and conduct national and regional trainings about educational challenges in AAPI communities and ways to address them.

•       Develop education advocacy training materials and training modules.

•       Develop education policy document(s).

 

Communications and Administration

•       Disseminate education policy information to community members on a consistent basis.

•       Support media strategies including but not limited to drafting media statements, developing a speaker’s bureau, and implementing social media campaigns.

•       Assist with reporting for programs.

•       Work with other SEARAC staff in support of SEARAC’s overall mission.

 

Experience/Skills Required

•       Legislative advocacy and policy analysis, including familiarity with the federal legislative process, experience communicating with policy makers, and ability to communicate complex policy issues to local communities and community-based organizations.

•       Knowledge of higher education policy issues as they pertain to AAPIs, specifically SEAAs.

•       Group facilitation and training.

•       Program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

•       Superior verbal and written communication abilities, including writing press releases and op-eds

•       Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

•       Cultural knowledge of SEAA communities.

 

Experience/Skills Preferred

•       Community engagement through community-based organizations. 

•       Demonstrated effective grassroots public policy strategies.

•       Experience with research design. 

•       Budgeting and project reporting.

•       Ability to travel and work occasional weekends as required.

 

Education and Experience

Advanced degree or equivalent in public policy, education, community organizing, or other relevant fields. Minimum 3 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, education policy, issue campaigns, or other relevant experience. 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

Apply by December 31.  Start date: negotiable, preferably by February 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 5 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include “Higher Education Policy Advocate Position” in the subject line of emails and faxes.

 

Please address all application materials to:

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)


ATTN: Rita Pin Ahrens, Director of Education Policy


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


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

 


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: October 12, 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

 

 


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