$100,000 - $145,000

About Stop AAPI Hate and Chinese for Affirmative Action 

Stop AAPI Hate is a national coalition of AAPI Equity Alliance, Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the San Francisco State University Asian American Studies Department. 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 (SAH). Due to the extraordinary demand and support for our work, we are poised to deepen and expand our reach and engagement throughout the country. This evolution will include the deployment of new strategies, additional programs, and increased staffing.  

Since its launch two years ago, the Stop AAPI Hate online reporting center has documented close to 11,000 hate incidents affecting AAPIs and enabled us to raise awareness and shape conversations around anti-Asian racism.  Our efforts have captured the attention of lawmakers and catalyzed them into action and spurred a broader movement for progressive change. Going forward, Stop AAPI Hate’s work in research and data, policy advocacy, narrative change, and community capacity building will address core issues areas including education equity and ethnic studies, community safety and resilience, and civil rights and racial justice infrastructure.  

Chinese for Affirmative Action is one of the founding partners of Stop AAPI Hate and also serves as its fiscal sponsor. With a legacy of more than five decades of achievements in civil rights and community progress, CAA continues to be a leader in and on behalf of the broader Asian American community.  

Position Overview 

Reporting to the Co-Executive Director of CAA, the Director of Community Capacity leads and manages the planning, development, and implementation of activities to achieve the following goals for our Community Safety and Transformation issue area: 1) to build the capacity of communities to respond and prevent harm; 2) to harness and lift up their knowledge, experience and skills; and, 3) to identify potential areas of collaboration across SAH’s other issue areas (civil rights and education equity) and strategies (research and data, policy and advocacy and narrative change). 

The Director works closely with SAH issues and strategy working group leads to ensure the work is impactful and well integrated. The Director endeavors to support AAPI-led community partners to co-create learning and relationship building opportunities in order to increase, strengthen, and make visible language and culturally competent models of anti-racism, racial healing, multi-racial coalition building, and equity work.

The Director supervises one to two Program Managers and works collaboratively across SAH issue areas to further the coalition’s understanding and integration of diverse community safety approaches and solutions. 

An exempt position housed at CAA, the SAH fiscal sponsor, the Director of Community Capacity can work at CAA’s San Francisco office, remotely, or a combination of the two including potential access to other designated partner offices. Though subject to change, Stop AAPI Hate team members are expected to participate in periodic staff convenings primarily in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and contribute to a strong vision for our community safety and transformation work, articulating analyses through a racial justice and movement building framework
  • Lead the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of our community safety and transformation activities, in partnership with identified community partners and relevant SAH stakeholders 
  • Contribute to SAH community education, strategic communications, and policy analyses and advocacy 
  • Collate and curate alternative approaches to violence, hate, and harm for different audiences 
  • In partnership with community partners, develop approaches and strategies to advance our community safety and transformation goals and narrative strategy, including but not limited to stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, and engaging in legislative processes
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with stakeholders, leading in formal and informal collaboratives, amongst community leaders, with public officials, and funders on key strategies to advance community safety and transformation and SAH’s other core issue areas
  • Lead, manage, monitor, and negotiate funding grants and contracts associated with the program including tracking progress on contract deliverables, ensuring goals are met, monitoring compliance, and submitting reports and evaluations to funders
  • Represent SAH in community meetings, public hearings, in the media, and other spaces as needed
  • Lead the planning, development, and implementation of special projects as they relate to community safety
  • Contribute to organization-wide activities and programming that support SAH’s strategic priorities


  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, values, aspirations, and goals of the coalition
  • Movement building/capacity building experience a must
  • Experience working with community-based organizations responding to or addressing community insecurity, discrimination, and/or other forms of harm 
  • At least three to five years experience in developing and managing issue-based campaigns, which includes policy advocacy, grassroots/grasstops organizing, and strategic communications
  • Strong familiarity with community safety and/or justice initiatives, including violence intervention and prevention programs, social support infrastructure, wrap-around services, community healing, and/or restorative justice
  • Experienced and culturally competent working with low-income, newcomer, and immigrant AAPI communities in a social justice context
  • Proven track record of managing external relations and building meaningful partnerships within community coalitions/alliances
  • Proven ability to work on a dynamic team – practice shared leadership, build consensus, take initiative, and build working partnerships 
  • Demonstrated experience in and comfort with external communications, including public speaking and media engagement
  • Experience developing original content for event-related materials and organization-wide communications 
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weeknights and weekends as needed

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to employment@caasf.org. In the subject line, please write “SAH Director of Community Capacity.” In your cover letter, please address the following questions:  What about our mission or values inspires you? What has been your most impactful work 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.