$75,000 - $100,000

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 voice in and on behalf of the broader 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 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 is 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 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.

About the Position

The Policy Manager is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Managing Director of Policy. The Policy Manager plays an important role in researching and analyzing policy and systemic change solutions and works very closely with the Managing Director of Policy to achieve CAA’s organizational mission and goals.

The Policy Manager is a policy generalist with familiarity in all of CAA core civil rights issues, especially language diversity, economic justice, immigrant rights, and national security scapegoating. This role also supports policy efforts related to Stop AAPI Hate’s work.


  • Lead on civil rights issues through public policy and community-driven initiatives at primarily the local and to a lesser degree at the state and federal levels
  • Implement CAA’s public policy agenda through research, writing, and producing public-facing content and materials,
  • Prepare policy analyses, reports, and recommendations on language access, immigrant rights, economic justice, and other issues,
  • Work with staff to help draft local legislation and public policies, and to develop community-based advocacy strategies to implement them,
  • Support community engagement initiatives including by coordinating and leading local coalitions and collaboratives,
  • Develop and adapt policy content for community education and external communications purposes,
  • Execute on internal and external policy-related projects as determined by the Managing Director of Policy,
  • Supervise policy staff, volunteers, or fellows,
  • Fulfill other roles and responsibilities as required.


  • Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of CAA
  • Demonstrated ability to be persuasive on controversial and/or complex issues
  • Ability to represent CAA’s values, positions and framing on policy issues 
  • Strong awareness and analysis on issues impacting API communities
  • Superb written and oral communications skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner
  • Proactive, self-motivated problem solver who can take initiative and use sound judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including proven ability to work effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders and community leaders

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to employment@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “CAA Policy Manager.” In your cover letter, please address the following questions: What is the most pressing issue facing the community and why? What has been your most impactful work and/or life experience so far, and why?

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.