Employment and Internship Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) seeks a highly skilled individual with a strong background in policy analysis, advocacy, and community engagement 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 immigration and/or criminal justice issues affecting SEAA communities and other communities of color and will be able to effectively manage and produce program outcomes, as well as work productively in coalitions and partnerships. Minimum 3 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, immigration policy, issue campaigns, or other relevant experience. The Policy Manager reports to the Executive Director and is a critical member of SEARAC's policy team. This full-time position is based in Washington, D.C.

The Policy Manager will be responsible for leading policy analysis, advocacy strategies, coalition work, evaluation, training/technical assistance, and community engagement as they relate to SEARAC's immigration and racial healing work. The Policy Manager will advocate for the unique needs and rights of SEAAs and other LPRs who are subject to mandatory detention and deportation because of old criminal convictions, as well as other immigration policies that impact SEAA communities. Our work on deportation is grounded in an intersectional and historical perspective that incorporates the unique SEAA refugee experience, educational inequity, the U.S. criminal justice system, and immigration policy with a social justice and racial equity orientation. This position assumes primary responsibility for SEARAC's immigration work and also helps develop programming on racial healing and mass incarceration.


Policy Analysis and Advocacy

  • Lead policy analysis and develop advocacy strategies on immigration issues that impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, especially Southeast Asian American (SEAA) communities.
  • Support policy and program work on racial healing and mass incarceration, including coordination with national and local partners, event planning, grant management, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Develop partnerships with other AAPI and ally organizations focused on immigration and the intersections of the U.S. criminal justice and immigration systems.
  • Lead development of immigration policy resources such as fact sheets, policy briefs, webinars, and other policy materials and recommendations.
  • Work with the California Policy Manager, Director of Education, and Communications and Development Director to create cross-cutting analysis and resources on deportation, mass incarceration, education, and boys and men of color.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key decision-making offices and allies to advance advocacy efforts.
  • Request and lead meetings with Congressional, administrative, and other decision-making offices.
  • Collaborate and lead numerous coalition initiatives to advance SEARAC's policy priorities. Coalitions include but are not limited to: the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Detention Watch Network (DWN), the Alliance for Citizenship (A4C), and Refugee Council USA.
  • Represent SEARAC at policy roundtables, briefings, conferences, and community events.
  • Supervise interns and volunteers as appropriate.

Training and Grassroots Support

  • Manage partnerships with local community-based organizations across the country.
  • 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 immigration and racial healing work.
  • Provide training and technical assistance on immigration policy to SEARAC's partners and immigration network.
  • Administer subgrants with local partners.

Resource Development, Communications, and Administration

  • Work with the Executive Director and Communications and Development Director to write grant proposals and develop strategy for program expansion/sustainability.
  • Assist with fundraising and reporting for program.
  • In coordination with the Communications and Development Director, draft press releases, community announcements, action alerts, and social media posts on immigration, deportation, mass incarceration, and racial healing policy areas.
  • Lead annual evaluation of SEARAC's immigration and racial healing policy work.
  • Work with other SEARAC staff and board members in support of SEARAC's overall mission.


  • The Policy Manager will have other duties as specified by the Executive Director.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, immigration policy, issue campaigns, or other relevant experience.
  • 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 immigration, criminal justice, and/or racial equity policy issues as they pertain to AAPIs, especially SEAAs.
  • Media and communications experience, including writing press releases or press advisories.
  • 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.
  • Cultural knowledge of SEAA communities.
  • Demonstrated passion for social justice.


  • Community engagement through community-based organizations.
  • Knowledge of immigration law a plus.
  • Ability to travel and work weekends as required.
  • Management of interns, staff, and consultants.
  • Budgeting, financial management, and project reporting.

B.A. or equivalent four-year degree required. Advanced degree in public policy, law, social sciences, ethnic studies, or other relevant fields preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Competitive, plus a strong benefits package.

Priority deadline: January 30, 2015.
Preferred start date: February 23, 2015

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. Please include "Policy Manager Position" in the subject line of emails.

Email: application@seaerac.org

Postal mail:
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

ATTN: Quyen Dinh, Executive Director
1628 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009


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 Phuong Do at phuong@searac.org