Job Opening

Advocacy Program Lead

October 17, 2017

Position:                  Advocacy Program Lead

Department:          Advocacy

Reports to:             Director, Advocacy & Development

Job Location:        Moorpark Avenue, San Jose

Work Hours:         Full-Time, Exempt

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) which was founded in 1973 has an amazing opportunity for the above position in the non-profit sector. AACI’s mission is to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian community. We do this by providing an array of high quality health and human services, sharing expertise about the Asian community’s needs and best services delivery practices, and providing Asian leadership in advocating on key health and human services issues. AACI has over 170 employees and an annual budget of over $16M.

Job Summary

The Advocacy Program Lead is responsible for helping to shape and executing the advocacy agenda of AACI, representing the agency at related external events, overseeing the Leadership in Education, Advocacy, and Democracy (LEAD) program, managing day-to-day operations of the Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition, managing all aspects of related grant proposals and reports, and coordinating joint advocacy efforts with community partners. The Advocacy Program Lead reports to the Director of Advocacy and Development.

Specific Functions

Advocacy Program:

  • Work with the Director of Advocacy and Development to advise on and execute AACI’s advocacy agenda.  Research, analyze, and make recommendations to management team on emerging advocacy opportunities.  Stay on top of health, social service, and social justice issues impacting the Asian community.  Assist in drafting public policy position recommendations for board approval.  Convene community forums, press conferences, and/or policy briefs as opportunities emerge.
  • Maintain relationships with elected officials and other policymakers who represent Santa Clara County, and represent agency at public hearings and other public policy meetings.  Build relationships with community partners and facilitate joint advocacy efforts when appropriate.
  • Manage all aspects of related grant proposals and reports, including identifying funding opportunities, conceptualizing proposals, budgeting, writing, editing, tracking results, reporting, managing deadlines, etc.  Oversee related grant reporting and compliance. 
  • Present advocacy-related updates, professional development, and opportunities at appropriate board and staff meetings.
  • Oversee the advocacy content of the AACI website and other communications.
  • Recruit and supervise advocacy volunteers as needed.

Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy (LEAD) Program:

  • Work on program development and curriculum for summer LEAD trainings.
  • Assist in student instruction and workshop facilitation for LEAD program.
  • Develop outreach plan for Fall and Winter Recruitment phases for LEAD program.
  • Run program, which includes weekends, in which students are exposed to social justice issues, professionalization seminars, organizing and advocacy training, and field trips.
  • Network and communicate with community partners to secure and coordinate summer internships for LEAD participants. 

Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition:

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition, including organizing meetings and calls, preparing agendas and minutes, drafting reports, maintaining files, and supporting Coalition volunteer leadership in implementing the Coalition’s strategic plan.

Patient Advisory Council:

  • Coordinate with Health Center staff AACI’s Patient Advisory Council.  Help to create a schedule of meetings, coordinate feedback to Executive Leadership Team, identify areas of advocacy for the community, and empower councilmembers to become advocates for their communities.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and lead projects.
  • Previous experience with government and/or community organizing is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to build long-term professional relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong project management skills.  Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Previous experience with community organizing and/or advocacy work.
  • Ability to create and manage program budgets.
  • Ability to attend weekend and evening meetings.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Minimum of two years relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of Asian/immigrant community issues preferred.
  • B.A. preferred.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

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AACI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.



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