Director of Policy and Civic Engagement

24 Sep, 2019

Jobs

Director of Policy and Civic Engagement

Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Seattle, WA

PURPOSE:Responsible for leading agency’s federal, state, and local policy, advocacy, and civic engagement work. Leads the civic engagement team in promoting the growth of statewide civic engagement capacity and cross-generational leadership, through the strategic goals of increased AAPI engagement, visibility, action, and leadership within its communities in collaboration with statewide partners.

PRIORITY ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Plans, organizes and oversees the agency’s policy and advocacy work. Works under the direction of the Executive Director and in partnership with Leadership Team, and state-wide community partners to identify and strategically respond to critical public policies, issues, and opportunities consistent with agency mission and values, and that relate to agency operations, local and national AAPI communities, and other marginalized communities.
Plans, organizes and oversees the strategic operations of the agency’s civic engagement program, including oversight of year-round civic engagement programming, building ACRS internal capacity to fully integrate civic engagement work, and providing resources and support to community partners to promote infrastructure growth and capacity building state-wide. Effectively collaborates with the Communications and Development teams to increase engagement of stakeholders and communities through the strategic use of messaging and diverse media platforms.
Plans, supervises, and directs work assignments for bilingual, culturally competent direct-service staff: monitors performance of assigned staff and conducts timely performance reviews; approves salary increases per agency budget and policies. Takes formal, corrective action to ensure high quality consumer services, including input to dismiss employee; resolves complaints and grievances lodged by supervisors.
Monitors overall staff performance and assists department staff through individual and group conferences in understanding of program issues, effectiveness and goals. Directly supervises program staff, conducts performance reviews. Enforces agency personnel policies and procedures, resolves departmental personnel issues; oversees staffing, participates in hiring/firing process. Evaluates staff training needs, develops in-service training schedule, and ensures access to appropriate training.
Manages program contracts. Conducts contract negotiation. Assures contract compliance and achievement of contract objectives, submits contract reports as needed. Oversight of program audits/reviews/site visits. Develops and maintains relationships with funders.
Conducts program planning and development to meet the program needs and resources. Develops program policies and procedures. Monitors overall quality of services, works with staff to achieve department-identified goals. Develop and prepares proposals for new and/or expanded services and funding. Implements new and/or expanded services.
Develops, monitors, analyzes, and is accountable for all program service and financial reports related to programming and activities. Working with Executive Director, develops and oversees the budget for P&CE programs.
Represents agency in community planning processes. Promotes and maintains working relationships with other agencies. Maintains critical relationships with coalitions and other groups in advocating for AAPI and marginalized communities.
Attends all agency, program and team meetings, in-service trainings, and supervision.
Other job-related duties as assigned by management.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Regularly required to walk; use hands and arms to reach and operate objects, tools, or controls. Must occasionally lift up to/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Some work will be performed offsite (e.g. home visits or external meetings). The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Law, Social Work or related field. Two (2) years in non profit, social justice or civil rights environments and two (2) years of supervisory, planning and/or administrative experience in related field;

OR

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Law, Social work or related fields and five (5) years management experience and five (5) years supervisory, planning and/or administrative experience in related fieldexperience. Some substitutions of experience and training for academic degree may be allowed.

Knowledge of national and local policy issues that impact AAPI communities and other marginalized communities
A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing AAPI, immigrant communities, and communities of color;
Experience in electoral and voter engagement and year-round civic engagement particularly in AAPI communities;
Demonstrated understanding of federal, state, and local policy and lawmaking processes,
Experience with large scale or statewide issue campaigns;
Familiarity with political and community data, latest technologies, and best practices in the field;
Independent and strong leader that is able to drive project and programs to completion;
Ability to work within a coalition of diverse organizations and partners;
Effective ability to navigate a personal computer. Competency in use of the Microsoft Office and other relevant software for word processing, calendaring, email, and data entry. Efficiently research and perform various tasks via the internet.
A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing AAPI, immigrant communities, and communities of color;
Experience in electoral and voter engagement and year-round civic engagement particularly in AAPI communities;
Demonstrated understanding of federal, state, and local policy and lawmaking processes,
Experience with large scale or statewide issue campaigns;
Familiarity with political data, latest technologies, and best practices in the field;Independent and strong leader that is able to drive project and programs to completion;
Ability to work within a coalition of diverse organizations and partners;

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EOE STATEMENT Asian Counseling and Referral Service is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to persons of disability. ACRS does not and will not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, parental status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, use of a service animal, military or veteran status. Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons. Those individuals requiring accommodation should notify ACRS in advance. ACRS is a Tobacco-Free Campus.

Job posted: 2019-09-24