About CAA

Chinese for Affirmative Action was founded in 1969 to protect the civil rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) community. We advocate for systemic change that advances equity and addresses challenges facing our community.

At the grassroots level, our community building work nurtures the ability of immigrants to participate fully in civic life. These activities include employment services for limited-English proficient newcomers, outreach for immigrant legal services, and community education underscoring issues that impact our constituency.

CAA also leads advocacy to improve public policy and to inform public discourse. We produce community-based research, publish policy analyses and recommendations, shape opinion through ethnic and mainstream media, and organize to engage elected and government officials.

Lastly, CAA supports social justice movement building through its participation in Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE), a network of progressive Asian American groups that share resources and support collaborative work.

Scope of Work

The Chinese Digital Organizer consultant leverages Chinese digital and social media strategies to engage, educate, and activate Chinese language community members. Using digital platforms such as WeChat, they will build, manage, and coordinate progressive Chinese language networks through Wechat Groups, educate and engage communities on public policy issues, and share and help create Chinese language content.

  • Establish progressive AAPI digital presence on Wechat to influence Chinese language community engagement on policy and advocacy campaign(s);
  • Disseminate CAA assets, CAA-sponsored content, and other relevant campaign material to boost visibility of policy and advocacy efforts on Wechat;
  • Outreach, and recruit local partners, stakeholders, and influencers to serve as surrogates of policy and advocacy campaign(s); 
  • Organize virtual town halls, events, and engagements aimed at public education and mobilization local Chinese language communities on campaign initiatives;
  • Leverage and develop local earned media partnerships as additional digital content sources; and
  • Fulfill additional tasks and responsibilities as required.

Term of Engagement:  The engagement will be for 12-40 hours per month tied to specific CAA campaigns, and can be renewed on a monthly basis depending on programmatic need and the interest and availability of the Digital Organizer. This temporary consultant engagement is scheduled to end on November 3, 2020.

Compensation: $25/hr

How to Apply

Please send a one-page narrative and a curriculum vitae or resume demonstrating the following qualities:

  • Knowledge of civil and immigrants rights and understanding the diverse issues impacting API communities;
  • Experience working on political campaigns and ability to execute grassroots organizing and/or digital strategies;
  • Cultural and linguistic competency to engage Chinese language communities on wedge political issues; D
  • Ability to learn about, navigate, and engage Chinese language communities in one or more of the following geographies:
    • California: San Gabriel Valley, Silicon Valley, and San Diego (closed)
    • US: Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania (accepting applications)
  • Excellent writing skills, Chinese language fluency and literacy required, and a strong preference for bilingual and biliterate proficiency in English and Chinese;
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously and in a timely manner.

Send to: CDE@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “Chinese Digital Engagement Consultant.”  For more information about CAA, please visit www.caasf.org.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.  CAA will also consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

$21.50 per hour, As a temporary position, statutory benefits are available, Temporary position - March through September 2020

Administrative Assistant

Chinese for Affirmative Action was founded in 1969 to protect the civil rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) community. We advocate for systemic change that advances equity and addresses challenges facing our community.

At the grassroots level, our community building work nurtures the ability of immigrants to participate fully in civic life. These activities include direct services, leadership development, and civic engagement with limited-English proficient newcomers and immigrants on issues that impact our community. At the systemic level, CAA also leads advocacy, communications, and movement building work to improve public policy and to shape public discourse. We produce community-based research, publish policy analyses and recommendations, influence opinion through media, organize to engage elected and government officials, and nurture a range of progressive coalitions.

Position Overview

The Administrative Assistant plays an important role in CAA’s work, particularly as we move into operationalizing Census 2020. In addition to maintaining a welcoming environment for all visiting community members and providing critical administrative and bookkeeping support for the entire organization, this position will prioritize supporting community members coming to CAA with informational inquiries and seeking one-on-one assistance with the 2020 Census. The position draws on a variety of skills ranging from detailed record keeping to helpful interactions with community members. The Administrative Assistant represents CAA to a wide range of stakeholders and must be familiar with our values, activities, campaigns, and partnerships; and able to represent CAA with compassion, fairness and knowledge about our causes. The position will be supervised by the Director of Operations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist front desk staff in welcoming visitors in person and on the phone, and answering inquiries about services and programs as well as CAA campaigns and advocacy positions directing calls to staff and making community resource referrals when needed;
  • Provide information, assistance, and referrals to community member walk-ins and phone calls regarding 2020 Census:
  • Support community members in completing the 2020 Census form online, via phone, or on paper;
  • Assist program clients with intake procedures and form filling, screen for eligibility, and register clients for workshops; 
  • Perform light bookkeeping including processing check and cash receipts and accounts payables using QuickBooks;
  • Maintain safe and orderly office space and conference rooms, including ordering office supplies and monitoring  inventory, and sorting and distributing incoming/outgoing postal mail;
  • Help with scheduling that includes community use of CAA’s Community Room, translation equipment, and coordinating logistics for meetings involving multiple team members and for CAA events; and
  • Contribute to administrative and program team efforts by performing administrative and support tasks as needed.
  • Provide other administrative tasks as needed.

Qualifications

  • Fluent and literate in Cantonese/Chinese required, Mandarin a plus;
  • Experienced and excellent interpersonal skills with diverse constituencies including low-income, limited-English proficient, immigrant communities;
  • Two years administrative experience;
  • Strong computer skills including familiarity with and ability to navigate Microsoft Office Suite, Google platform, familiarity with Salesforce a plus;
  • English writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a larger team;
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to details; and
  • Commitment to CAA’s mission and goals.

How To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “Administrative Assistant”.  For more information about CAA, please visit www.caasf.org.

CAA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants are encouraged to apply. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Please see here for our volunteer opportunities!

Key Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of designated full-time staff, volunteer interpreters are responsible for interpreting/translating written documents, events, and individual meetings as requested.

Qualifications

  • Ability to exhibit exemplary interpersonal skills and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive verbal and written information 
  • Cultural competence and knowledge of other factors that may have an effect on community communications.
  • Ability to work well with individuals throughout the organization
  • Must possess high verbal and written skills in both English and Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese)

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment[at]caasf[dot]org. In the subject line, please write “Volunteer Interpreter/Translator.”

Key Responsibilities

This is an undergraduate internship opportunity available for a volunteer or work-study student to serve as a volunteer office clerk. The office clerk will support the Chinese for Affirmative Action administrative and program team by:

  • Entering data and recording information into web-based database
  • Organizing online files
  • Updating inventory spreadsheets
  • General research
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

Qualifications

College student or college graduate with a strong commitment to and enthusiasm for the mission of Chinese for Affirmative Action.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Strong computer proficiency, particularly in using G Suite
  • Ability to learn Salesforce
  • Experience working with non-profit or advocacy group(s) is valuable
  • Individuals with bilingual skills are especially encouraged to apply

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment[at]caasf[dot]org. In the subject line, please write “Internship: Office Clerk.”