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Job Announcement: OCA Seeks Communications Assistant

Thursday, January 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kham Moua
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Job Announcement:
OCA Seeks Communications Assistant

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is seeking a skilled individual with a strong background in communications, marketing, and community engagement.The ideal candidate would have at least 2 years working or similar experience/knowledge in the creation of advertisements, press releases, and media strategies. The Communications Assistant position reports directly to the Policy Associate and is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, D.C.

OCA is a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, touching tens of thousands of individuals each year through its extensive network of over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners from around the country. Its headquarters in Washington, D.C. gives the OCA National Center an effective vantage point for monitoring legislation and policy issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans.

Job Description and Duty Statement

Position Outline

Reports to: Policy Associate

Position type: Entry level, full time, exempt

Salary: $35,000/year

Duration: One and a half year

Location: Washington, DC


Job Description

The Communications Assistant will lead tax aide outreach for low to medium income Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) primarily through the development of advertisements for television, radio, and newspapers. Additionally, the Communications Assistant will assist the Policy Associate in the development of a long-term strategic communications plan, as well as develop and sustain relationships with different national, local, and ethnic media outlets.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead tax aide volunteer and community outreach projects.
  • Produce and create tax aide advertisements aimed at low to medium income APAs.
  • Assist the Policy Associate in the creation of a strategic communications plan.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with different national, local, and ethnic media outlets.
  • Create uniform standards, guidelines, and templates for press releases, informal statements, and newsletters.
  • Draft press releases and statements for all departments
  • Manage OCA’s primary social media accounts.

Minimum Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in communications, marketing, public relations or a related field.
  • Experience developing and maintaining positive organizational relationships with journalists and new outlets.
  • Proficiency in the use of informational technology to fulfill the work requirements including common work productivity software and hardware, i.e. MS Office suites, Adobe Acrobat, etc.
  • Proficiency and/or experience working with Photoshop, InDesign, and Publisher
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently to provide hands-on project management through all phases of project development process: Research, planning (development of time-lines, work plans, and budget), implementation, tracking, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in an accurate, concise, and audience-appropriate manner on complex public policy issues.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Interest and commitment to Asian Pacific American advocacy issues.
  • Willingness to work nights/weekends and to travel periodically as required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong cross-sectional analysis around civil rights issues related to civic engagement activities (including naturalization process and voter mobilization), race relations, immigration, access to institutional and non-institutional resources and hate crimes within an Asian Pacific American (APA) framework.
  • History of demonstrated experience in leading community based advocacy efforts within culturally diverse communities.
  • Capacity to maintain professional demeanor while working under significant pressure.
  • Capacity to work in a fast paced and flexible environment.
  • High level of personal energy.



Interested individuals should email the following to Kham Moua at

  • Cover Letter
  • CV or Resume
  • Four (2) Professional References and (2) Personal References
  • Two writing samples

The completed packet must be received by the OCA National Office by 6 PM EST January 30, 2015. All resumes submitted by the due date will be issued an e-mail confirmation verifying receipt.


OCA does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factor.


Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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