Hours: Full-time; 40 hrs/week, Exempt 

Deadline: Open until filled

About the Position

The Director of Policy will be responsible for formulating and leading the organization’s policy work on CAA core civil rights issues including language diversity, immigrant rights, economic justice, education equity, and community safety and justice. 

The ideal candidate should bring experience in developing and driving systemic change solutions through policy analyses, research and writing, issue content development, community education, and stakeholder engagement. We are looking for a strategic thinker and collaborative leader with a passion for racial equity and justice who can manage a team of policy and issue area managers. 

The Director of Policy reports to CAA’s Co-Executive Directors and collaborates closely with the Director of Advocacy, Director of Communications, Director of Programs, and Legislative Director on CAA’s broad strategies to  advance our  policy advocacy goals and long-term vision. This work will occur across CAA’s local, statewide, and national policy agendas and include substantial engagement with policy efforts related to our leadership in Stop AAPI Hate.

An exempt position, the Director of Policy will work 100% remotely until Winter 2021 but will eventually work hybrid in person and remote from Chinese for Affirmative Action’s San Francisco office.



  • Lead the research, development and implementation of a strategic local, state, and national policy agenda in conjunction with CAA’s programmatic leadership for established issue priorities
  • Direct the production and release of policy analyses, reports, and recommendations within established priority issue areas for a wide variety of audiences
  • Draft legislation and public policies and drive policy efforts in conjunction with CAA staff, partners, and stakeholders in San Francisco, Sacramento, and nationally
  • Supervise policy staff, consultants, volunteers, or fellows

Community Leadership and Relations

  • Articulate and provide strong progressive analysis on civil rights issues impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Help communicate CAA’s progressive vision to members, supporters, and others in the community through public engagement, community education, and media
  • Represent CAA with diverse local, state, and national stakeholders that include partner organizations, the general public and the media, and elected and government officials


  • Work with Co-Executive Directors and Director of Communications to coordinate development, implementation, and of external-facing policy research and analyses designed to advance CAA’s policy vision, agenda, and priorities
  • Work with CAA program staff and others to ensure policy content for CAA website, e-communications, blog, and social media


  • Support with the Co-Executive Directors and Development team to implement fundraising strategies for policy research and analyses.
  • Participate in developing and maintaining relationships with local foundations, major donors, members, corporations, government agencies and other supporters.
  • Help develop, draft and review institutional proposals and reports.


  • Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of CAA
  • 7-10+ years experience in policy related to language diversity, immigrant rights, economic justice, education equity, and/or community safety and justice
  • At least 3 years of experience in a senior or supervisory role
  • Graduate degree in law, public policy or related field, or equivalent combination of work experience and education
  • Thorough understanding and ability to perform complex analysis on issues impacting API communities
  • Strong knowledge of legislative and administrative processes at the local, state, and/or federal levels
  • Experience and cultural competence in working with low-income API communities in a social justice context
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills, including the ability to develop and advance long term goals, while being responsive to new developments and crises
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively across disciplines, and to conduct sound, creative and strategic policy work in the context of coalition work and in service of advocacy campaigns
  • Proven track record to analyze and communicate legislative and regulatory language and other complex issues to a variety of audiences 
  • Outstanding research, writing and communications skills
  • Ability to work as part of a dynamic team, develop effective working relationships, share leadership, and build consensus
  • Willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekend

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to employment@caasf.org. In subject line, please write “CAA Director of Policy”. 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.