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Asian American Leaders Table (AALT) Manager

August 14, 2023 Job Listing

Asian American Leaders Table (AALT) Manager
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based In San Francisco or Remote
Exempt, Full-time position

Applications are due September 29, 2023


The Opportunity


Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks a full-time Asian American Leaders Table (AALT) Manager to manage and conduct key national projects, including administering the AALT with 70+ organizational members. ALC is launching a national democracy initiative this year which works to build the social justice movement in the Asian American and Arab, Middle. Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities by strengthening grassroots organizations through peer exchange, technical support and resource-sharing. It aims to support to, build strategic alignment among progressive organizations, and advance coordinated communications and advocacy efforts across the United States.

Founded in 2020 and convened by ALC, the AALT works to address the root causes of violence in Asian and Asian American communities with a transformative justice stance. The AALT’s goals are: (1) to provide rapid response support in response to crises related to anti-Asian violence and discrimination (2) to propel and influence narratives on anti-Asian violence towards transformative and healing justice; and (3) to strengthen movement infrastructure across progressive Asian American organizations. The AALT seeks to coordinate efforts with and among participant organizations around narrative, policy, solidarity, base building, and rapid response work and by sharing resources, information, and healing practices. The AALT has also serves as a space for members to find mutual support and community, and to explore generative tensions and dialogues that inform its actions and experiments. The AALT led by an Advisory Council comprised of member representatives leads the AALT; consultant assist int communications, facilitation and solidarity-building functions.

This new position calls for an experienced movement leader with network development, project management and facilitation skills. We seek a team player and leader with a collaborative and inclusive approach. The role requires passion for ALC’s mission, vision, and values and its growing national work. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of law, policy, and narrative change; engaging and organizing communities; and, operating within networks and campaigns. The AALT Manager will report to the director of ALC’s national democracy initiative.

The Organization


ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Workers’ Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, and Voting Rights. A growing staff of more than 50 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. As a civil rights legal organization, ALC works on issues of racial equity and justice at both the state and national levels.

Responsibilities

  • Work within ALC’s national democracy initiative team to develop and implement ALC’s national strategy
  • Collaboratively develop the strategy for the AALT with input from the AALT Advisory Council, planning team, and AALT membership
  • Support and facilitate meetings of the AALT Advisory Council and engage its members
  • Build and maintain relationships with grassroots organizations to expand and diversify participation in the national democracy initiative and the AALT. Manage relationships with coalition partners, including other national networks of AAPI, AMEMSA and other People of Color (POC) groups
  • Implement strategies of the AALT and track its progress and achievements
  • Develop a plan to align and weave the various parts of the AALT – individuals, organizations, communities, projects and actions
  • Design and implement engagement ladders, providing opportunities for AALT members and partners to get involved in activities
  • Design, drive, and implement AALT initiatives, projects, and programming, including solidarity projects with other communities of color and transformative justice strategies.
  • Catalyze and coordinate network-wide activities in alignment with current strategic priorities
  • Identify research or communications needs and develop ways to meet those needs
  • Hire and manage staff and consultants as needed
  • Provide administrative support to the AALT as needed, including managing the listserv, scheduling, coordinating working group meetings, and others as assigned
  • Manage AALT finances and budget

All ALC staff are expected to participate in regular check-in meetings with their supervisor/supervisees, staff meetings, team meetings, and other organization meetings, as required. This includes two (2) annual retreats, an anniversary celebration dinner, and meetings as needed in the San Francisco Bay area.

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions of the position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this posting.

Qualifications

  • At least five (5) years of experience in leading programming and/or campaigns to advance social justice
  • Strong project-management skills including attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to manage complex projects
  • Familiarity with and comfort in the field of narrative change practice
  • Experience in building and nurturing networks, coalitions, or communities of practice that encompass a range of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds, including experience growing an online/offline community through mobilization, and/or organizing
  • A commitment to anti-racism, transformative justice, and working in solidarity across communities. An understanding of restorative justice and healing justice is preferred.
  • Understanding of law and public policy, legislative and political processes, the ways outside forces impact government, and the role of media and social communications in driving change.
  • Openness to experimentation, learning, and adjustments along the way; ability hold complexity to deliver results
  • Passion for building and supporting relationships; skilled in lifting up the work of others, often in a behind-the-scenes way
  • Ability to work independently and think creatively about how to leverage resources
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate openly and directly with co-workers and community member
  • Comfort working in a quick-paced environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Google Drive, Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Office, etc
  • Experience with social media as an advocacy tool would be an advantage
  • Experience in law and public policy or public education campaigns in a social justice setting is strongly preferred

Salary and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, exempt, management position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range is $125,000 up to a maximum of $167,990.

ALC’s comprehensive benefits include the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage (ALC pays 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for qualified dependents); a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following by September 29, 2023:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (no more than ten (10) pages)
  • Three professional references

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Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including HIV, cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital or domestic partner status, reproductive health decision-making, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions) gender (including gender identity and gender expression), age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim and survivor status, political affiliation, height, weight, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.