Lead Community Organizer

10 Nov, 2022


Lead Community Organizer

South Asian Network
Artesia, CA

Lead Community Organizer,

Civic Engagement and Civil Rights (CEC)


About SAN:

The South Asian Network (SAN) is a 32-year old grassroots, community-based, nonprofit organization

dedicated to advancing the health, well-being, and civil rights of South Asians living in Southern

California. It is the only South Asian organization of its kind, providing outreach, direct services, and

advocacy in three key areas: health and well-being, civic engagement, and violence prevention and

intervention. SAN embraces the diversity of the South Asian American community as strength and

builds unity among South Asian immigrants in Southern California that does not exist in South Asia

itself. It also strives to build alliances among the South Asian community, other immigrant communities,

and communities of color in order to advance a shared progressive agenda for Southern California.

The SAN team is composed of highly dedicated, resourceful, accomplished and diverse individuals

who are passionate about issues such as social justice, empowerment, and diversity and inclusivity.

While our work atmosphere is casual, we employ the utmost levels of professionalism, excellence and

integrity in our work. For more information about SAN, visit www.southasiannetwork.org.

About the Lead Community Organizer, CEC Role:

Type: Full Time, Exempt

Salary/Wages: 52,000-55,000, plus health insurance, paid leave, and opportunity to contribute to

the organization’s 403b retirement plan.

The Civic Engagement & Civil Rights unit at SAN is an important and growing program at the South

Asian Network, particularly in today’s political climate. We engage the South Asian American

community in key areas such as, but not limited to:

• Anti-Hate Crime Education, Advocacy, and Training

• Immigration Support and Services

• Non-Partisan Voter Registration, Engagement and Access

• U.S. Naturalization Assistance

The Lead Community Organizer will serve as the program lead and report to the Executive Director &

Deputy Director.


This position is funded through a contract with the California Department of Social Services –

Stop The Hate Program for Survivors and Prevention to provide education and support services

to address the growing hatred and hate crimes against the South Asian community. Providing

assistance to community members on pertinent civil rights issues such as discrimination, hate

crimes and profiling.

The responsibilities of Lead Community Organizer will include, but are not limited to:

● Anti-Hate crime education, awareness, prevention & intervention

○ Prevention

■ Individual and community safety planning

■ Education and outreach in community and religious centers, senior service

centers, student groups in schools and colleges throughout Southern California.

■ Coordinate arts based wellness and community healing workshops (with MH


■ Provide bystander intervention and de-escalation training to faith and community

leaders so that they will in turn educate their communities and congregations

■ Work across racial groups and other impacted populations to strengthen alliances

and promote understanding; create partnerships

■ Host community town halls with other BIPOC community leaders to address

hate, gain knowledge and share best practices

■ Create anti-hate educational materials and resources in multiple formats (print

+video+social media) and in multiple languages (Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Punjabi).

■ Develop educational curriculum about the elements of hate incidents and hate

crimes, services for survivors, and the rights of survivors

■ Organizing educational and healing workshops on hate violence in diverse


○ Intervention

■ Community crisis response/support

■ Represent SAN in anti-hate crime forums, round tables, etc

■ Collect and analyze hate crime data, culminating in an annual report

○ Direct Services

■ Liaise with SAN’s MH Program to support hate-crime victims/survivors

■ Referral support to legal services &/or law enforcement and partner organizations


● Organize South Asian community to build power in public square

● Train South Asian community in Civic Engagement-101

● Build relationships with student groups, Community Centers and Places of Worship

● Build collaborative partnerships with BIPOC organizations doing Civic Engagement work

● Develop and implement non-partisan voter registration and engagement programming

● Assisting undocumented South Asians, in the form of one-on-one counseling and legal referrals.

● Support advocacy efforts at local, state, and national levels on behalf of South Asian


● Working closely with the outreach coordinator to recruit and train volunteers and interns for the

Civil Rights Unit.

● Maintaining and tracking data, monitoring and analyzing trends, community needs, and overall

impact of CEC program.

● Serving as an effective ambassador and thought leader of the South Asian Network and the

South Asian community through outreach, public-speaking engagements, and articles/blogs.

● Must be able to work evenings and weekends and have reliable transportation.


In an eight-hour workday, the employee must be able to bend and crouch occasionally, sit continuously

and stand or walk frequently.


● Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience organizing in either political, non-partisan, issue-based

or candidate campaigns on the national and/or state level.

● Deep commitment to civil rights and racial justice.

● Detail oriented, with strong organizational skills, able to manage multiple projects

simultaneously, and prioritize tasks effectively.

● Ability to complete timely, confidential, and ethically appropriate documentation.

● Comfort and competence in working independently as well as part of a team.

● Strong PC skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

● Excellent communication and time management skills.

● Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional weeknights and weekends

● Valid California driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle that may be used during working hours.

● Bilingual skills (English + South Asian language)

● Ability to support the mission and philosophy of the South Asian Network.


• Previous experience working with the South Asian community strongly preferred;

• Experience working with institutional partners to develop funding opportunities;

• Experience developing data tracking systems and setting metrics for success; and

• Understanding of technology, including volunteer and client databases.

• Self driven with the ability to work independently and creatively

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume with salary expectations, and writing sample to:


Application deadline: AS SOON AS FILLED

The South Asian Network is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels.

Job posted: 2022-11-10