Don't Lie And Tell Me You Haven't Actually Wanted To Be The Director of Community Initiatives For The CAA - Because That Would Just Be Wrong

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

If I already didn't have a job where I got my ass kicked each and every day purely for the love of what I don't even know, I might actually check this out myself, but since I apparently do like a little S&M in the office - consider me just one less person you don't have to go up against.

Check the job info:

CAA Director of Community Initiatives
Job Announcement

Position: Director of Community Initiatives
Salary: DOE + competitive benefits, including medical, dental, vision, sick leave, 403b plan, and vacation
Hours: Full-time, exempt

About the Organization

CAA was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial injustice.
At the grassroots level, our community building work nurtures the ability of immigrants to participate fully in civic life. These activities include leadership development for monolingual public school parents, employment services for limited-English proficient (LEP) newcomers, outreach for immigrant legal services, and community and voter education underscoring issues that impact our constituency.

In addition to our community engagement, CAA leads advocacy to improve public policy and inform public discourse. This includes producing community-based research, publishing policy analyses and recommendations, shaping opinion through ethnic and mainstream media, and organizing the community to engage and conduct advocacy with elected and government officials.

Lastly, CAA spearheads initiatives to grow and sustain a progressive API movement. These multi-strategy and multi-constituency change projects consist of efforts that strengthen the API civil rights movement, promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender inclusion within the API community, and support emerging progressive leaders and activists.

About the Position

The Director of Community Initiatives is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director with shared responsibility for managing and leading the local San Francisco community building, policy and analysis, and advocacy programs. These programs focus on CAA core issues including language diversity, immigrant rights, and racial justice.

The Director of Community Initiatives plays a leading role in helping to manage and build relationships with key local stakeholders including funders, individual supporters, and elected and government officials. The Director of Community Initiatives directly supervises two staff members, including a Community Organizer and a Community Advocate. This position also oversees the activities of stipend-ed parent organizers and research consultants or interns on special projects. The Director of Community Initiatives works closely with the CAA Director of Community Development to ensure local program activities are-well integrated and achieving maximum impact.

The Director of Community Initiatives also serves as a member of the organization’s senior management team, which is together responsible for developing new efforts to strengthen the organization’s broader movement building work. This includes participating in quarterly convenings with other partner organizations from throughout California, and ongoing internal coordination to ensure CAA’s various local and non-local projects including API Equality and Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality are as effective as possible.

This position is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, self-directed, and entrepreneurial person who is passionate about advancing social justice, building progressive movements, and addressing API concerns in San Francisco. The Director of Community Initiatives will be a leader in local immigrant rights, language diversity, and racial justice advocacy and a key team player with committed and passionate allies working for social change.


Community Leadership and Constituency Relations

· Articulate and provide strong progressive analysis and leadership on civil rights issues impacting Asian Pacific Islanders in San Francisco.

· Communicate CAA’s progressive vision to members, supporters and others in the community through public speaking, media outreach, and community education.

· Represent CAA to our diverse local constituencies and stakeholders that include partner organizations, the general public and the media, and elected and government officials.
Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

· Play a leadership role in the San Francisco civil rights and social change movement community.

· Effectively leverage CAA’s multiple local programmatic strategies including community building, policy research and analysis, and advocacy efforts to advance CAA’s mission.

· Work with the program staff to develop short and long-range work plans with clear objectives and timetables for achieving results;

· Work with staff to draft local legislation or public policies and develop strategies to bring them into effect.

· Participate in the development and implementation of local media strategies to promote CAA’s civil rights agenda and respond to press inquiries.

· Coordinate efforts with and provide support to other local community-based organizations and individuals to achieve shared goals.

· Supervise and coach two community advocates, organizers and volunteers to carry out program activities. Supervise consultants as needed for specific projects.

· Participate in the preparation and management of budgets, ensure timely submission of progress reports

Fundraising Responsibilities

· Work with the Executive Director and development team to implement fundraising strategies

· Participate in developing and maintaining relationships with local foundations, major donors, members, corporations, government agencies, and other supporters.

· Help develop, draft, and review institutional proposals and reports.


· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

· 8-10 years of increasing responsibility in social change or social justice organizations.

· Track record of effective leadership on civil rights issues.

· Complex awareness and analysis on issues impacting API communities.

· Strong organizational and analytical skills. The ability to analyze data and produce effective analysis and reports.

· Excellent interpersonal skills, including proven ability to work effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders and community leaders.

· Demonstrated ability to take initiative, use sound judgment and solve problems effectively.

· Strategic and detail oriented.

· Excellent written and oral communication abilities.

· Commitment to the mission and programs of CAA.

To apply

Please send resume and cover letter to the Executive Director at For more information about CAA, visit our website at To learn about some of the projects we lead, visit, and