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Director of California Policy & Programs

Training Manager

Aging Consultant

Strategic Planning Consultant


Director of California Policy & Programs

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) seeks a passionate advocate with a strong background in community engagement and non-profit management to lead SEARAC’s California policy and program strategies, joining a dedicated team working on social justice issues impacting Southeast Asian American (SEAA) communities. The ideal candidate will have a combination of both strategic thinking and implementation skills, including experience developing long- and short-term strategic goals and objectives, program development and management, staff supervision, building and working in coalitions, advocating with a diverse set of stakeholders, and providing training and technical assistance to community-based partners, as well as deep familiarity with the SEAA community in California. The Director of California Policy & Programs joins our Health Policy Advocate and our Boys & Men of Color Coordinator as part of a growing and dynamic Sacramento-based team, and reports to the Executive Director. The position is located in SEARAC’s Sacramento, CA office.

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 Director of California Policy & Programs 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 Director of California Policy & Programs 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, potential funders, and local partners.

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 & Program Management

  • Provide leadership in developing program and organizational plans with the Executive Director, and implement plans in coordination with the Executive Director and support staff.
  • Oversee California-based advocacy targeting health equity and boys and men of color, implemented by 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 in collaboration with SEARAC’s Health Policy Advocate and Boys & Men of Color Coordinator.
  • As needed, 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 and men of color.
  • Lead and collaborate on numerous coalition initiatives to advance SEARAC’s policy priorities, ensuring that SEARAC’s priorities remain an integral part of coalition work.
  • Engage AAPI community-based organizations in sustained advocacy.

Visioning and Strategic Planning

  • In collaboration with SEARAC’s Executive Director, develop both short- and long-range strategies for California policy and programs.
  • Work in close partnership with SEARAC’s Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement SEARAC’s 3-5 year strategic plan. 

Development, Operations, and Staff Management

  • Supervise at least two full-time staff and additional interns, volunteers, and consultants. 
  • Work with the Executive Director to annually review staff performance and work plans.
  • Oversee all California 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

  • 3-5 years of experience in non-profit management.
  • 3-5 years of experience with one of SEARAC’s major policy areas (health, immigration, education, or boys & men of color) as they pertain to SEAAs.
  • Community engagement through community-based organizations.  Demonstrated effective grassroots public policy strategies a plus.
  • Familiarity with the CA legislative system.
  • Budgeting, financial management, and project reporting.
  • Program planning, management, and implementation.
  • Strategic planning and/or organizational development.
  • Superior verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Group facilitation and training.
  • Deep familiarity with CA’s SEAA communities.
  • Ability to travel throughout California on average once per month, 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: March 7, 2016

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 “Director of California Policy & Programs” 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

 


Training Manager

SEARAC seeks a detail oriented and highly organized Training Manager with a background in event planning and program management to coordinate our annual Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT), our Leadership, Empowerment, and Advocacy Fellowship (LEAF) program, and our first-ever Southeast Asian American Equity conference in 2017. Qualified candidates will have experience planning and executing events, experience or demonstrated interest in policy advocacy, and familiarity with Southeast Asian American (SEAA) communities.

Responsibilities

Training and event management

  • Work in collaboration with SEARAC’s Policy Team to coordinate, plan, and implement annual trainings and conferences, including the annual Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT), the Leadership, Empowerment, and Advocacy Fellowship (LEAF) program, and the first Southeast Asian Equity Conference in 2017, as well as other trainings or events in collaboration with staff.  Major responsibilities include:
    • Coordinate services for events, including accommodations and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing, and event security
    • Negotiate contracts with service providers and suppliers such as hotels, convention centers, and speakers
    • Conduct outreach and recruitment
    • Manage training and conference web presence
    • Work with the policy team to review and process applications for trainings
    • Communicate with applicants throughout the application process, during the training, and after the training
    • Coordinate registration of conference participants
    • Recruit volunteers, speakers, and facilitators for events
    • Conduct and compile participants’ pre- and post- training surveys
    • Evaluate events for reporting and ongoing improvement

Grant Management

  • Manage sub-grants for financial literacy training programs
  • Prepare grant reports for funders

Supervision

  • Periodically supervise one dedicated intern
  • Manage event volunteers

Experience/Skills

  • 1-3 years of experience in event management as a professional, student, or volunteer
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including developing systems for organizing large amounts of information
  • Ability to create complex workplans, including benchmarks and timelines, and to coordinate with multiple staff and volunteers
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Superior written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience facilitating groups and meetings
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Familiarity with Google Drive and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends, if needed
  • Familiarity with Southeast Asian American communities preferred

Education

BA/BS degree required. 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: April 15, 2016

Estimated Start Date

May 1-15, 2016

Application Process

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume, and a brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include “Training Manager” 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

E-mail: application@searac.org

 


Aging Consultant

SEARAC seeks a passionate consultant with background in aging policy and community engagement for a short-term project to conduct research on the needs of Southeast Asian American (SEAA) elders, and develop training materials to help State Health Insurance Assistance Programs and Senior Medicare Patrol grantees to better understand the needs of SEAA communities. This short-term project is in collaboration with the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and SEARAC. Qualified candidates will have experience conducting community research and developing training materials, experience with program management, experience or demonstrated interest in policy advocacy, and familiarity with SEAA communities.

Responsibilities

Community Research and Engagement

  • In collaboration with SEARAC’s Policy Team, conduct three focus groups with Southeast Asian American communities, or work in partnership with determined partners to carry out focus groups.
  • Compile and submit focus group data to NAPCA program managers.
  • Update SEARAC’s list of aging organizations nationwide. 

Training Materials

  • In collaboration with NAPCA and other partner organizations, develop materials about the Southeast Asian American community.
  • Work with community partners to translate materials into three Southeast Asian languages.
  • Develop and execute an outreach plan to disseminate information to 100 Southeast Asian American elders.

Program Management

  • Participate in regular meetings between NAPCA and SEARAC.
  • Manage and monitor program budget.
  • Develop program reports as needed.

Experience/Skills

  • 1-3 years of experience in program management as a professional, student, or volunteer
  • Experience conducting community focus groups and recording focus group information
  • Experience working with community-based-organizations
  • Ability to manage workplans, including benchmarks and timelines, and to coordinate with multiple community-based-organizations and consultants as needed
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Superior written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience facilitating groups and meetings
  • Familiarity with Google Drive and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends, if needed
  • Familiarity with aging policy and Southeast Asian American communities preferred

Education

BA/BS degree required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Compensation and Duration

$34.00 an hour

Estimated at 40 hours per month between May 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: April 15, 2016

Estimated Start Date

May 1-15, 2016

Application Process

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume, and a brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages). Electronic application packages are encouraged and should be sent in PDF or MS Word format. Please include “Aging Consultant” 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

E-mail: application@searac.org

 


Strategic Planning Consultant: Request for Proposals

SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society.

Our four core strategic areas of work include:

  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Research
  • Infrastructure and Organizational Capacity Building

We are engaging in a process to develop a five year strategic plan for 2017 – 2022. It will serve as a roadmap for our work and will inform our supporters, partners, stakeholders, and constituents of our aspirations and endeavors for the future.

Scope of work

SEARAC is seeking an organizational consultant to help shape and steer its Strategic Planning process, working closely with its staff, executive director, Board of Directors, and community partners. 

SEARAC envisions the Strategic Planning process to include the following activities:

  • Engage intensively with SEARAC’s strategic planning committee including staff, Board of Directors, and community partners to design and implement the following research to inform SEARAC’s strategic plan including:
    • Community needs assessment - integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches to understand current demographics and socioeconomic indicators, including analysis of current quantitative data (e.g., Census), regional focus groups, in-depth interviews, and a community needs survey.
    • Funders analysis - including in-depth interviews with existing, current, and prospective funders.
    • Internal/External assessment - assess and clarify SEARAC’s existing competencies and areas for improvement, and assess external opportunities and challenges to inform potential growth including regional presence, Board development, and other potential areas of growth.  Meet intensively with staff and Board to obtain a deeper understanding of SEARAC’s current priorities, its strategies, and its key outcomes.
  • Coordinate strategic planning committee meetings to facilitate consensus and to keep the planning committee on track and on schedule.
  • Identify or update SEARAC’s vision statement/Theory of Change, working closely with staff and Board of Directors.
  • Identify priorities and goals for the organization in specific categories of its work.
  • Identify objectives for each of the goals and work with staff to develop a workplan in each category.
  • Present preliminary and final findings with SEARAC Board, staff, and community partners.
  • Develop an extensive 5-year Strategic Plan for internal organizational use with an implementation plan.
  • Develop a shorter version of a Strategic Plan that outlines core strategies, organizational competencies, and outcomes for public distribution

Desired qualifications from applicants:

  • Extensive experience with organizational development, strategic planning, group facilitation, and proposal writing for non-profit organizations
  • Experience working with organizations of similar size (roughly $1 million budget) and sources of support (roughly 80-85% foundation support)
  • Experience with organizations staffed by and that engage with people of color

Timeline

Deadline for proposals: April 29, 2016

Timeline for strategic planning: June - November 2016

How to Apply

Interested parties should submit a brief proposal, including a budget for their proposed scope of work, to Quyen Dinh, Executive Director (quyen [at] searac.org) that outlines their vision for embarking upon a process with SEARAC, including specific strategies and approaches. Interested applicants should also include 3 references of past or current organizational clients, ideally in the nonprofit sector, who have engaged in a similar process with the applicant. No phone calls please.


 

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