ABOUT US

The Asian American Advocacy Fund is a grassroots 501(c)4 social welfare organization dedicated to building a politically-conscious, engaged, and progressive Asian American base in Georgia. The Asian American Advocacy Fund’s mission is to advocate for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in Georgia. Through a combination of policy advocacy at local, state, and federal levels, and by supporting candidates that believe in our values, we fight to create a better Georgia for us all. Our vision is a Georgia where Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians voices are represented in elected leadership and progressive policies across the state. 

Asian American Advocacy Fund has helped to re-engage registered voters who haven’t voted in many years by growing our community level of political understanding and knowledge, helping them to understand their impact on the political space, and how local politics impacts their day-to-day lives. 

Asian American Advocacy Fund – Political Director 

The Asian American Advocacy Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(4) social welfare organization based in Norcross, Georgia, is currently seeking an experienced individual to join its team in the position of Political Director. The individual selected as Political Director will report directly to the Executive Director.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The Political Director, who is based in Georgia and reports to the Executive Director, is responsible for the following: 

Political & Partnership Planning, Direction, and Coordination: 30%

  • Helping to define the political strategy for 2022 and beyond by interfacing with program staff to ensure Asian American Advocacy Fund meets organizing and political goals for the year 

  • Help to ensure that programs will run with a clear political strategy, that organization and community values are represented 

  • Help lead the team through processes on a regular basis to align on strategy and develop plans for implementation and execution

  • Manage and coordinate projects across the team and across the movement

Organizational Planning, Direction, and Coordination: 25%

  • Maintaining and growing Asian American Advocacy Fund partnerships with other Asian American organizations in the state while creating new partnerships

  • Work collaboratively with organizational leadership and movement membership to guide overall organizational direction

  • Engage in and guide rapid response to key political moments across the organization

Engagement with Partners, Elected Officials, Campaigns, and the Public: 25%

  • Representing Asian American Advocacy Fund in multiple “rooms” to ensure the organization's needs are part of the conversation and strategize how to move forward with policy or endorsements

  • Will work collaboratively with the organizing and communications teams to set the overall direction of our political and partnerships strategy and work with the organization to support our members across the state to develop political skills, strategy, and knowledge

  • This person will hold and build relationships with key partners, politicians, candidates, and political campaigns

  • Engage in some public facing spokesperson responsibilities to the movement, the public, and the press to advocate Asian American Advocacy Fund’s political and policy positions and priorities

Management & Administration: 20%

  • Oversee the day-to-day work of the political team to ensure the overall yearly goals are met

  • Facilitate the workflow, along with keeping an ear to the ground for possible local and world events that could impact and shape the work of the Asian American Advocacy Fund

  • Help set and manage budgets

  • Work with the Organization and Communications team to achieve the political strategic goals of Asian American Advocacy Fund 

To thrive in this job you must be agile to change, have a deep drive on making a real impact on your community, and get energized working with and mentoring young organizers. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Must Haves: 

  • Experience working in/with a base-building organization, 501(c)4, and PACs

  • A minimum of five years of grassroots community organizing experience with issue-based or community organizations, including two years of electoral campaign experience

  • Proven ability to plan and execute strategies with team members, while providing opportunities for growth and accountability

  • Experience organizing in AAPI or AMEMSA communities, or other immigrant spaces

  • Proven skills in relationship-building among community partners, and other stakeholders

  • Commitment to immigrant justice, and the values of the Asian American Advocacy Fund

  • Dependable, detail-oriented, and well organized – able to multitask, meet deadlines and adapt to the changing political dynamics

Nice-to-haves: 

  • Understanding of Georgia politics and regional landscape, with experience in national political strategy  

  • Enjoys going to events to network and build relationships to represent Asian American Advocacy Fund in the community

  • Wants to help build Asian American political power in Georgia

  • Someone who is growth-oriented and has a growth mindset, who enjoys looking at and strategizes how to improve upon systems and processes 

  • Has a strong tie to the Asian American community

POSITION DETAILS

Position:  Political Director, Full-Time

Salary Range:  $85,000 – $110,000, Dependent on Experience

Benefits: Fully covered Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage, Paid PTO & Holidays, and 401K. Relocation stipend available if appropriate. 

Start Date:  Early 2022

Apply By:  November 5, 2021, Until Filled

Location: Atlanta, Georgia 

To apply for this position, please send a resume, along with one page answering the following questions (in lieu of a cover letter): 

  1. Why are you applying for this job?

  2. What is your tie to Georgia? 

  3. What are your visions for the political strategy in Georgia? 

    1. What is your vision for mobilizing Asian Americans given the current political climate in Georgia?  

to Chiyomi McKibbin at Movement Talent (chiyomi@movementtalent.org) and be sure to include “AAAF Political Director” in the subject line.

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The AAAF is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. We afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. All are encouraged to apply.

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