Position: Coalition Director

Reports to: Co-ED of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), Cynthia Choi along with Coalition for Community Safety and Justice (CCSJ) Steering Committee


The Coalition Director will work closely with the CCSJ Steering Committee to  develop an effective AAPI community based safety initiative for the City of San Francisco. The Director will coordinate and advocate for the successful implementation of our 3-pronged approach, which includes: 1) Providing holistic victim services; 2) Building a public safety infrastructure; and 3) Developing cross-racial healing programming.The work of CCSJ can potentially serve as a model for the state and nation.

Organizational Structure & History:

The Coalition was founded by Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinese Progressive Association, Community Youth Center, Chinatown Community Development Center, and New Breath Foundation. Collectively, the Steering Committee has over 150 years of experience leading progressive racial justice initiatives in San Francisco.

Formed in response to long-standing incidents of violence, crime, racial tensions and anti-Asian racism, the Coalition for Community Safety and Justice (CCSJ) is committed to developing  community-centered solutions to mitigate violence across all communities of color. CCSJ has developed a 3-pronged approach, which includes the creation of a citywide rapid-response network, public safety infrastructure, and piloting cross-racial healing programs. It seeks to bring together communities of color affected by violence in San Francisco to provide services to survivors and victims and to press for and model the type of investments that will reduce hate and violence in the short and long term.

The Position: 

CCSJ seeks a full-time Director for the Coalition. The ideal candidate has experience working across sectors in community and government, has strong familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Area landscape, is familiar with the community stakeholders, and has deep leadership experience. S/he or they must be enthusiastic about CCSJ’s mission and work closely with leaders who implement the strategies aligned with promoting justice and dignity for under-resourced, limited- or non-English speaking, immigrants, and their families. S/he or they must also be able to grow revenue streams to advance the mission of CCSJ and support/sustain its operations. Additionally, given the demanding nature of CCSJ’s work, strong preference will be given to a candidate who has an extensive background in working with under-resourced, immigrant communities and has proven organizational leadership and fundraising skills. The position will be supervised by Cynthia Choi, Co-ED of CAA, will report to CCSJ’s Steering Committee members, and will be responsible for supervising the CCSJ manager, CCSJ consultants, and trainers.

Role and Responsibilities:

Outreach, Engagement, & Fundraising

  • Manage CCSJ budget and fundraising efforts to maintain a steady stream of revenue including relationship-building and development activities to secure funding from institutional and individual donors
  • Oversee CCSJ grants and revenues to ensure compliance with funder expectations and grant requirements
  • Manage relationships, collaboration, and communications across city entities and CBOs that support public safety for AAPI community members and beyond
  • Proactively identify, develop relationships with, and learn from other organizations and coalitional models (San Francisco and beyond) working to support marginalized communities of color

External Communications and Relations

  • Initiate and coordinate conceptual development of major projects, such as media strategy, public events, and communications via website and social media
  • Act as the primary spokesperson for CCSJ with policymakers, stakeholders, and the media
  • Establish and maintain an active CCSJ presence across platforms to grow and activate audiences
  • Raise the profile and elevate the voice of the coalition, providing communications, advocacy strategies and tactics to communicate key Coalition priorities and deadlines

Coalition Management and Support

  • Oversee CCSJ manager, consultants, and affiliated support staff
  • Conduct regular research and data assessments to inform strategy conversations, policy and decisions
  • Track data and progress of all 3 prongs and work in conjunction with communications to produce reports and memos
  • Develop strategies for the immediate, short-, and long-term transformation of the organization to be most effective in meeting its mission
  • Participate in and support Steering Committee member recruitment, succession, and orientation
  • Support coalition members and member base to actively seek new member base
  • Provide leadership and modeling of self-care and good health maintenance for coalition members, recognizing the secondary trauma impacts of this work.



  • Extensive (a minimum of 5 years) of organizational leadership experience focused on community-centered, high-impact programming
  • Extensive knowledge and experience advancing racial and social justice
  • Knowledge of issues affecting communities of color locally, specifically API communities
  • Knowledge/experience working within San Francisco’s political landscape
  • Experience with program planning and implementation, preferably in the area of violence prevention, non-carceral and restorative approaches, and social justice
  • Experience managing an organization’s budget and utilizing subcontractors
  • Experience working with government agencies and CBOs
  • Excellent facilitation and external relations skills
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong socio-emotional intelligence

Strongly Preferred:

  • Knowledge of restorative justice history and practices
  • Knowledge of San Francisco CBO landscape
  • Experience in large-scale fundraising and philanthropic work
  • Experience in scaling an organization


This position will be housed out of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), which is a member of the CCSJ. The full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  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.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to employment@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “CCSJ Coalition Director.”