About the Organization

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 advance equity and address the 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 public opinion through ethnic and mainstream media, and organize to engage elected and government officials.

Position Overview

 Immigrant rights are under attack on a daily basis, yet we believe that there is power and resilience within immigrant communities to resist and fight back. The CAA Immigrant Rights program takes a multi-prong approach towards immigrant rights that include direct services, community engagement, political education, community empowerment and policy advocacy on immigrant rights issues facing low-income, monolingual/LEP, immigrants. Through community partnerships and coalitions, working closely with immigrant rights advocates and service providers, city departments, elected officials, and other stakeholders, CAA supports the diverse immigrant communities to assert their rights, access crucial services, and make their voices heard in support of all marginalized immigrants. We do this work in ways that are culturally and linguistically relevant, with accurate information, and with a critical social justice lens rooted in CAA’s values of inclusion, compassion, and equity. 

Specifically, the Community Advocate in Immigrant Rights will work to engage low-income, monolingual/limited English proficient, Chinese immigrant community members on immigration issues as directly impacted community members, but also as community leaders. This includes in-language individual meetings and direct service appointments to conduct referrals, coordinating and conducting in-language community education and outreach, and working closely with directly impacted staff to implement programming. The Community Advocate plays a crucial role in addressing the direct service needs of community members, and supporting the development of community members to become their own advocates and leaders within their communities, moving them from the recipients of services and information, to community leaders. This position will report to the Immigrant Rights Program Manager.

Key Responsibilities

● With guidance from Immigrant Rights Program Manager, conduct direct services on immigration issues and staff immigration hotlines to provide high quality services to low-income, LEP, monolingual Chinese immigrant communities; 

● With guidance from Immigrant Rights Program Manager, plan, coordinate, and conduct CAA outreach and community education (in-person and virtually) primarily on immigrant rights issues including immigration policy, language access, non-citizen voting, Census, and economic justice; 

● Ensure new immigrants are aware of local public services and community resources available ; 

● Work closely with the Civic Engagement Program Manager and CAA Outreach Specialists to plan and implement immigrant rights outreach and community education at the intersection of civic engagement and leadership development; 

● Develop linguistically and culturally accessible informational materials, fact sheets, and fliers, regarding relevant programs and updates to immigration policies, that promote a progressive API perspective on immigrant rights; 

● Build and maintain relationships within CAA’s networks and other immigrant serving community organizations and groups to expand CAA’s reach for community education and outreach; 

● With guidance from the Immigrant Rights Program Manager, support the implementation of communications, civic engagement campaigns, and political education plan that aligns with the organization’s larger advocacy agenda; 

● Work with the Chinese Language Media Specialist to ensure organization wide immigrant rights work is accurate, aligns with our values, and mobilizes people towards action; 

● Track and report program activities and deliverables for contracts reporting purposes; 

● Track trends and concerns on immigration within low-income, monolingual and LEP Chinese immigrant communities to inform community education curriculum, and CAA advocacy efforts; 

● Other duties as needed in relation to planning, coordination, and staffing of CAA events, cross program and organization wide, which often take place on evenings and weekends.

Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree in relevant field preferred; 

● Oral fluency in Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) required, written fluency in Chinese a plus; 

● Experienced, culturally competent working with, and familiar with issues facing low-income, limited English proficient, newcomer, immigrant & API communities in a social justice context; 

● Experience providing direct services to Chinese immigrant community members, particularly navigating complex systems and bureaucracy; 

● Experience coordinating logistics, as well as developing and delivering in-language curriculum, for community workshops that reflect community-centered messaging; 

● Experience participating in and leading civic engagement campaigns; 

● Ability to manage external relationships with other community based, immigrant serving organizations; 

● Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations, and goals of the organization; 

● Ability to work in a dynamic team – share leadership, build consensus, take initiative and build working partnerships; 

● Strong Windows, Microsoft Office, and Google platform computer skills. 

● Experienced with Chinese digital media and Chinese word processing a plus; and 

● Ability to work flexible hours, including weeknights and weekends as needed.

How To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “Immigrant Rights Community Advocate”. For more information about CAA, please visit http://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.