Thursday, January 29, 2009


Please find the following job announcement for SEARAC's new Community Organizer position.

If you have any questions about the position, you may contact me, Naomi Steinberg, at 202-667-4690 or

Please distribute this announcement widely among your networks.

***Position Announcement** **Community Organizer** **Organization Background:*The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), founded in 1979, is a national organization advancing the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans through leadership development, capacity building, and community empowerment.

SEARAC fosters the development of nonprofit organizations led by and for Southeast Asian Americans and serves as a coalition-builder and leader, carries out action-oriented research projects, and strengthens the capacity of community-based organizations such as mutual assistance associations (MAAs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs).

We also foster civic engagement among Southeast Asian Americans and represent our communities at the national level in Washington, DC.*

**Position Summary:* Reporting to SEARAC's management team, the Community Organizer will provide a wide range of organizing and training and technical assistance to Southeast Asian (SEA) American communities and organizations in California. S/he will be a highly skilled professional with a broad range of community organizing, project management, and training skills. S/he will have primary responsibility for working directly with SEARAC community partners throughout California in order to help them incorporate community organizing into their programming.

This will include helping community partner organizations either start or improve community organizing programs; offering community organizing trainings to organizational partners' staff/volunteers and community members; monitoring the development of the organizational partners' community organizing efforts; and, engaging community partners in actual community organizing efforts. In addition, s/he will assist SEARAC's community partners in their fundraising efforts to sustain their community organizing work. S/he will also work in cooperation with SEARAC staff to develop a community organizing curriculum for use with community partner organizations.

*Location of Position: *SEARAC California Office* - *Sacramento, CA* *

*Major Responsibilities:* * Develop and foster strong relationships with SEARAC's community partners * Design a community organizing curriculum for SEARAC to use when working with community partners * Provide training and technical assistance to community partners in order to help them holistically incorporate community organizing techniques into their civic engagement/social change work * Work in partnership with SEARAC community partners to design and actually implement community organizing efforts * Help SEARAC's community partners sustain their community organizing work by assisting the organizations fundraise in support of this work * Take the lead on data collection, drafting and submission of narrative and financial reports to funders, and other administrative duties as required * Carry out additional duties as directed by supervisors

*Required Qualifications:* * Relevant community organizing experience with immigrant/refugee groups * Relevant experience working with Southeast Asian American communities and/or community- based organizations in California * Experience providing training and technical assistance to community-based groups * Experience with program planning and administration * Excellent verbal and written communication abilities *

Experience in budgeting, financial management, and project reporting * Demonstrated ability to work with minimal direction supervision *

Undergraduate degree * Knowledge of SEA cultures and languages* *

*Compensation: *Commensurate with experience, plus a strong benefits package.

*Starting Date: *As soon as possible.*

**Application Procedure:

*Please e-mail, fax, or mail all three - resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:

Naomi Steinberg


Attn: Community Organizer Job Search*

1628 16^th Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

Phone: 202-667-4690

Fax: 202/667-6449


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