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Advocacy and Policy Coordinator
The Asian American Federation (AAF), founded in 1989, is New York City’s most powerful leadership voice
for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian New Yorkers. Our mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research,
policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support.
In collaboration with 70 member and partner community-based organizations, we serve the interests of 1.7
million New Yorkers from 20 ethnic groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New
York’s Asian community, by providing expert research and unrelenting advocacy; working with lawmakers to
change policies; and training Asian nonprofits to better serve their communities.
We fight to keep the pan-Asian American community visible and to ensure our needs are met, our contributions are valued, and our stories are told.
AAF seeks a full-time Advocacy Coordinator to implement our policy priorities roadmap and budget advocacy strategy to increase the visibility of the pan-Asian American community’s needs and increase Asian nonprofits’ access to funding and other capacity-building resources. The Advocacy Coordinator will also play a key role in implementing AAF’s Access NYC: Building Mental Health Capacity for Asian New Yorkers Project to build advocacy capacity at our member and partner agencies to increase access to culturally competent mental health resources for low-income Asian New Yorkers.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Advocacy & Policy, this person will be responsible for executing a multi-year advocacy campaign to advance civic engagement, economic development, immigrant integration, mental health, nonprofit support, and senior services; outreaching to our member and partner organizations to build their advocacy and mental health service capacity; and serving as a key member of the Advocacy & Policy team.
Major responsibilities will include:
General Policy & Advocacy:
· Work closely with the Associate Director of Advocacy & Policy to develop and implement a multi-year workplan to advance the key objectives of AAF’s policy priorities and Access NYC
· Convene meetings with key city and state leaders to advance AAF’s policy agenda
· Coordinate, draft, and provide testimonies to City Council and State Assembly, as well as draft other advocacy materials and action-focused digital resources
· Track and follow committee meetings and hearings relevant to AAF’s legislative engagement
· Research and stay well-informed of city and state policies, procedures, and changes related to AAF’s policy areas
· Participate in advocacy campaigns and initiatives at the city and state levels to elevate AAF’s advocacy positions on issues pertaining to the Asian community
· Provide support for planning and executing virtual and in-person advocacy events
· Manage and expand a database of key contacts at the city and state levels
· Coordinate activities for the Asian American Mental Health Roundtable to create and advance a shared policy agenda to advocate for resources and policy changes to address the mental health needs of the community
· Create and facilitate partnerships and collaborations among the Roundtable members, city agencies, and other Asian-serving organizations based in neighborhoods with a growing Asian population to increase access to culturally competent mental health services
· Manage the administration of regrants to 8-10 Asian-serving organizations to build mental health advocacy and service capacity
· Work with the Associate Director of Development & Communications to coordinate funders briefings to galvanize more private support for culturally competent mental health services for low-income Asian immigrants
· Help to create and update program advocacy materials
· Prepare funders reports on the progress of Access NYC
- Bachelor’s degree required, with a background in public health, public policy, and/or public administration a plus
- 1-3 years of experience with New York City and State legislation, lobbying, or campaign organizing experience OR relevant experience in nonprofit advocacy, public health, program administration, or related field
- Experience with mental health programming and/or advocacy a plus
- Fluency in an Asian language a plus
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to analyze and articulate policy concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them to diverse audiences
- Exceptional organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to manage concurrent multiple assignments, meet tight deadlines, and prioritize accordingly
- Superior relationship management skills, with ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Highly motivated, proactive individual who works well under pressure and can maintain high standards when dealing with tight deadlines and high volumes and demands
Compensation: Salary is up to $55,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes generous paid time off, health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) plan.
To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample with [Last Name] Advocacy Coordinator in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will begin immediately. No phone calls, please.
Job posted: 2022-01-09