Saturday, June 6, 2009

AAI Community Organizer job posting: application deadline June 19


Job Posting: June 3, 2009

The Asian American Institute was established in 1992 as a pan-Asian, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, by utilizing research, education and coalition building. AAI is seeking a full-time organizer to develop leaders to address issues impacting Illinois’ low-income and marginalized Asian American populations.

REPORTS TO: Director of Programs


* Lead and manage AAI’s community organizing program:

· Build and maintain relationships with Asian American community organizations and leaders,

· Work with Asian American community organizations to identify leaders and issues,

· Develop leaders by providing training workshops and conferences, including AAI’s annual Asian American Leadership Forum,

· Work with leaders to develop and implement organizing campaigns, including AAI’s current immigration reform campaign and its August 2009 Asian American Town Hall Meeting,

· Conduct outreach to elected officials and governmental agencies about AAI's campaigns and efforts to create policy change,

· Collaborate with AAI’s affiliate organizations (Asian American Justice Center, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific American Legal Center),

· Prepare program-related written reports, meeting summaries, press releases and other materials,

· Manage and supervise any organizing-related interns and volunteers, and

* Assist with program-related development; work with AAI’s development staff to maintain relationships with current funders and to help identify and build relationships with prospective program funders;
* Assist the Director of Programs with other tasks, as assigned.


* Experience working with Asian American communities,
* Experience in community organizing strongly preferred; experience in developing campaigns and strategic planning is an asset,
* Commitment to social justice and civil rights,
* Excellent written and oral communication skills,
* Ability to work independently, think creatively and prioritize multiple tasks,
* Openness and ability to adapt and respond to changes in the environment,
* Ability to work collaboratively with multi-ethnic, multi-generational or multi-sector communities,
* Bilingual skills in English and an Asian language are an asset,
* Flexible working hours including some evenings and weekends, and
* Reliable transportation required.

START DATE: July 2009 / as soon as possible

SALARY/ BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include health insurance coverage.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as soon as they are received. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by June 19, 2009, to Joanna Su, Director of Programs at the address below, via snail mail, fax, or email (

AAI is an equal opportunity employer.

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