Immigrant Rights and Education Coordinator

For more than 35 years, AAU has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian American communities and in broader multiracial coalitions to ensure quality public education for all students, develop youth leadership, combat anti-Asian violence, advocate for immigrant rights, and support folk arts and reclaim cultural heritage.

Currently, AAU takes a multifaceted approach to community-building with programming primarily focused in three areas:

  • YOUTH LEADERSHIP: AAU maintains a consistent focus on working with young people — to harness their bilingual and bicultural skills, and to engage their critical thinking in the service of their communities. AAU currently runs 3 after-school programs and 2 summer youth leadership programs.
  • ADVOCACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: AAU advocacy focus areas include language access, neighborhood development, immigrant rights, and our Chinatown Vote civic engagement program. AAU works in broad coalitions to grow progressive API leadership in the electoral landscape in Philadelphia and across the state.
  • RECLAIMING CULTURE: AAU’s arts and culture work builds pride in cultural heritage through our Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival. AAU also supports folk arts programming at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS) as well as through the Inch By Inch community garden.

AAU is headquartered at the FACTS Charter School at 1023 Callowhill Street in Chinatown North.

THE POSITION

This position is located in Philadelphia, PA, primarily at AAU’s office located in Chinatown North at 1023 Callowhill Street. AAU is seeking a multi-lingual in Mandarin Chinese (additional dialects a plus), passionate, self-motivated individual committed to immigrant rights, leadership development, and community building to join our organization as the AAU Immigrant Rights and Outreach Organizer. This person will coordinate and lead our immigrant rights organizing and base-building work focused primarily in the recent immigrant, Chinese community. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

AAU’s immigrant rights and workers rights base building work is about ensuring rights and access to resources for our API immigrant and refugee communities, growing leadership, and building API power throughout the city of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. This position will be responsible for coordinating AAU’s immigrant rights work including detention/deportation support, know-your-rights education and outreach, policy advocacy and campaign participation, and API and immigrant network relationship-building. This position will also be responsible for deepening AAU’s base building work  focused in the recent immigrant Chinese community.

This organizer will:

  • Support Asian community members facing detentions and deportation proceedings in Philadelphia to attain legal assistance, language access, and a clear understanding of their rights and options; Participate in advocacy, policy, and campaign work in local, statewide and national coalitions /networks related to immigrant rights and worker rights;
  • Work with AAU staff and members to develop and carry AAU’s adult base building and leadership development organizing work particularly in the immigrant Chinese community among parents, workers, and others;
  • Work with AAU staff to develop AAU’s worker’s rights advocacy and organizing projects in Chinese and broader Asian immigrant communities;
  • Work with AAU youth programs to support youth to learn about immigrant rights issues and to be involved in AAU’s immigrant rights advocacy and service work;
  • Participate in AAU’s broader community building and advocacy work and issue campaigns (i.e. Mid-Autumn Festival, Anti-Asian violence advocacy, etc.)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong identification with the goals and mission of AAU and a deep commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities working collaboratively with diverse groups and people with the capacity to move them toward shared goals
  • Strong managerial and coaching skills for diverse staff and volunteer base
  • Particular ability and experience in working with young people
  • Experience in grassroots community organizing
  • Excellent verbal, written, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fundraising skills at various levels including grant writing/reporting, the ability to deal personally with funders, and the ability to cultivate donors
  • Capacity to deal with program planning from logistics to budgeting
  • Broad familiarity with social justice movements and institutions and the ability to work in coalition with them

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Multi-lingual in Mandarin and English essential: confidence and fluency in speaking, proficiency in reading/writing;
  • Strong commitment to social justice issues – especially those facing API communities;
  • Desire to empower the Asian American community;
  • Value justice across all low-income communities and communities of color;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently, requiring minimal supervision;
  • Strong interest in parents and/or worker organizing; 
  • Ability to work well with other staff and community members; 
  • Skilled at balancing and prioritizing multiple projects;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed.

STRONGLY PREFERRED

  • Experience in immigrant rights advocacy and organizing;
  • Experience in adult organizing around social justice advocacy base-building agenda;
  • Experience in leadership development skills building; 
  • Experience working with high-school aged youth doing advocacy and learning;
  • Writing skills to support grant and reporting requirements;
  • Access to reliable transportation with ability to move around Philadelphia;
  • Valid driver’s license with the ability to drive (personal vehicle not required);
  • Ability to make a minimum two year commitment to this position.

COMPENSATION

Part Time or Full Time. Compensation depends on experience and availability. Full time includes medical and dental benefits and paid time off. 

Asian Americans United will accept applications by email to aau@aaunited.org on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please title the subject matter of the email: Immigrant Rights and Outreach Organizer. Interviews will begin in September 2021. Please prepare a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the organization and position and a resume/cv to: Alix Webb, Executive Director, Asian Americans United, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

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