$140,000 - $160,000

About CAA and AACRE

Chinese for Affirmative Action was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive, leading voice in and on behalf of the broader AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial and social injustice.  

In 2014, CAA helped launch the Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) network that focuses on long-term movement building, capacity infrastructure, and leadership support for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders committed to social justice. Including CAA, there are currently 11 partnering member groups with unique strengths.  Fiscal sponsorship, administration, and operational support are provided centrally for all of these groups so they can focus on their core programs. 

More recently, CAA, along with AAPI Equity Alliance and the San Francisco State University Asian American Studies Department, launched the Stop AAPI Hate coalition to document and respond to incidents of hate at the local, state, and national levels. The Stop AAPI Hate coalition advances equity, justice, and power across AAPI communities. Our online reporting center, which has documented close to 11,000 hate incidents affecting AAPIs, has enabled us to shape conversations around anti-Asian racism; capture the attention of lawmakers; and bring a nationwide movement to life. Stop AAPI Hate also advances education justice, community safety, and civil rights for Asians Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the United States.

CAA, the AACRE network, and Stop AAPI Hate are all in a significant growth phase, and this requires significant operational planning, development, and implementation of a host of new systems.  

Position Overview

Reporting to one of the CAA Co-Executive Directors, the AACRE Deputy Director has both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from stakeholder management and project management to administration (information technology, operations, facilities), and human capital (human resources, recruiting, mentoring, career progression). The Deputy Director partners closely with the Co-Executive Directors to chart our strategic and expansive growth and manage our ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services. 

The Deputy Director is part of AACRE’s and CAA’s senior leadership team which sets the organization-wide strategy for implementation of the vision and mission using a social equity framework. The Deputy Director supervises the Director of Operations, Director of Finance, and Director of Information Technology and oversees operations across all 11 AACRE network groups, including CAA and the Stop AAPI Hate Coalition, and human resources for 75+ full-time employees. 

We seek an experienced, strong leader with extensive people and operational management experience. Background and experience with the development of operational systems that serve multiple stakeholders, address growth, and emphasize organization culture would be ideal.  

Key Responsibilities

Strategy & Leadership

  • Serve as a senior leader working to plan, build, and ensure success for the staff throughout the AACRE network, the AACRE Trustees, and our partners and stakeholders
  • Partner regularly with the CAA Co-Executive Directors to develop strategies, and detail the progress and status of various priorities, and to report on such to the AACRE Trustees, partners, and funders
  • Participate in and help lead the development of strong organizational and network goals, planning, and strategic development
  • Lead integration of operational and capacity-function teams to best serve the programs and AACRE network
  • Actively engage with and support AACRE  partner leaders including staff and volunteers
  • Create a strong culture of management and supervision across the organization and network
  • Develop thought leadership around specific topics/emerging issue areas
  • Lead annual operational and capacity work-planning and budget development process 


  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with the goal of understanding and meeting future needs and budget realities
  • Coordinate the multitude of projects at the executive level and escalate as needed to the CAA Co-Executive Directors 
  • Continually foster a culture that encourages collaboration between AACRE and internal and external partners and recognizes positive contributions
  • Organize, motivate, coach, and mentor internal team leaders cross-functionally to strategically grow AACRE’s impact, programs, fundraising, and to effectively fulfill its mission


  • 10+ distinguished years in a senior management position in a nonprofit organization, foundation, government agency, or relevant social enterprise
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of AACRE, including a commitment to social justice, equity, and civic engagement
  • Success in roles requiring execution and management of multiple tasks while advancing  our stated priorities
  • Management experience inspiring a highly collaborative team 
  • Demonstrated experience planning and implementing systems change and major projects within an organization
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Highly relational with strong ability to build relationships with staff, partners, and other stakeholders
  • Impeccable attention to detail and ability to develop and improve systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Strong desire to learn and grow professionally
  • Highly organized with the ability to deliver on commitments in a timely manner
  • Strong computer proficiency with comfort using and/or learning in Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Salesforce, and a variety of other software platforms
  • Strong familiarity with rules and regulations of nonprofit governance and operations preferred

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to employment@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “AACRE Deputy Director.” In your cover letter, address the following questions:  What about our mission or values inspires you? What has been your most impactful work and/or life experience so far, and why? For more information, visit our website at www.caasf.org.

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