$65,000 - $75,000

Organizational Background

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.

In 2014, CAA helped to 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, administrative, 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 mission of Stop AAPI Hate is to advance equity, justice, and power by dismantling systemic racism and building a multiracial movement to end anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate. This is an exciting period of growth and impact for CAA, AACRE, and Stop AAPI Hate. Due to the extraordinary demand and support for our work, we are poised to deepen and expand our reach and engagement throughout the country.

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 leads advocacy, communications, and movement building work to improve public policy and 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 Economic Justice Community Advocate will prioritize direct services that help immigrant community members build economic stability and self-sufficiency in San Francisco.  CAA’s programs implement a holistic approach to economic development which recognizes the immediate needs of individuals searching for work, and also the longer term goal of developing a local economy that benefits all San Franciscans, particularly those who have been historically marginalized. To these ends, this position will focus primarily on direct service provision, community education, and civic engagement.

The ideal candidate is personable and has strong language skills. They are comfortable interacting with clients over-the-phone, virtually, and in one-on-one in-person settings. They are discerning when asking about sensitive/confidential information and are able to help clients make the best possible case for themselves in job applications and interviews. They are flexible and can think on their feet when troubleshooting questions from clients. They are patient and able to work with clients who face technical challenges.

This is a non-exempt position supervised by the CAA Economic Justice Manger. The Economic Justice Community Advocate will work both at CAA’s San Francisco office and remotely. The percentage of remote versus in-person hours will be determined by the Economic Justice Manager. However, as a position that works primarily with community members, the position must dedicate a significant portion of hours in-office, with increasing in-office hours as the pandemic subsides.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide a spectrum of direct services on workforce development and job readiness to working class, limited English proficient (LEP), Chinese immigrants:
    • Coordinate and conduct outreach and recruitment activities, including representing CAA and EJ team at various events as assigned;
    • Conduct intakes and assessments for community members seeking employment;
    • Support job seekers with job readiness services including application processes, resume writing, interview preparation, arranging interviews, job retention skills; and computer lab/digital literacy;
    • Refer qualified applicants to employers and training programs, and conduct necessary follow-up for placement and retention;
    • Establish relationship with OEWD partners and Employers to help create a pipeline of jobs for our clients
  • Administration
    • Create and maintain client files, physical and digital, to ensure that compliance forms are accurate and complete, and report on client progress; 
    • As needed, search employment websites for suitable job listings and compose Chinese-language emails of these listings for the client mailing list
  • Host and conduct virtual and in-person computer labs, workshops, and presentations as they relate to supporting economic stability;
  • Participate and represent CAA with employers, industry representatives, and union representatives, and also in community collaborations related to workforce development;
  • Based on the provision of direct services, and knowledge of the community, inform CAA’s economic justice advocacy efforts; 
  • Support the planning, coordination, and staffing of CAA events, cross-program and organization-wide, such as community workshops, outreach opportunities, leadership development training meetings, and CAA-wide events, which sometimes take place on evenings and weekends; and
  • Contribute to organization wide activities and programming that support CAA’s strategic priorities.


  • Oral fluency in Cantonese required, additionally, Mandarin a plus;
  • Chinese literacy, preferred;
  • Experience in providing direct services to low-income and/or limited English-proficient immigrant communities preferred (ie job counseling, assessment, and job placement);
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Google platform; Salesforce experience a plus;
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a larger team;
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to details;
  • Commitment to CAA’s mission and goals;
  • Knowledge of social justice issues impacting Asian Pacific Islander communities;
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed, with options for flex time or overtime pay.

How To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “Community Advocate, Economic Justice”.  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.