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OCA Seeking Candidates for Civic Engagement Associate

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OCA Seeking Candidates for Civic Engagement Associate (Deadline Extended to 8/14)!





13 July 2015                               




Kham Moua | Policy and Communications Manager


202 223 5500 |                                                     


WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates seeks qualified candidates for its Civic Engagement Associate position.


OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. For 42 years, OCA has embraced and advanced the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.


To fulfill its mission, OCA has established the following goals:

·       to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment;

·       to promote civic participation, education, and leadership;

·       to advance coalitions and community building; and

·       to foster cultural heritage.


Position Description:


The Civic Engagement Associate will collaborate with OCA Chapters in coordinating the nationwide campaign to increase voter engagement, education and participation within the Asian Pacific American community. The ultimate objective of this program is to create an APA movement that embraces a vision of robust community participation that will strengthen our society for generations to come. An informed and engaged electorate is vital to the protection of our civil rights and advancing social justice.


The methodologies used to promote civic engagement include:


·       Volunteer mobilization activities

·       Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts

·       Community leadership summits and town hall meetings


The Civic Engagement Associate will lead the Policy and Communications Department’s Community Organization and Mobilization Program (COMP); and will be responsible for its grassroots organizing and base-building, civic engagement, election monitoring, and campaign management. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Policy and Communications Manager in the development of OCA’s organizing projects and campaigns to advance our national priorities.


Candidate Requisites:


·       Strong cross-sectional analysis around civil rights issues related to civic engagement activities (including naturalization process and voter mobilization), race relations, immigration, economic development, access to institutional and non-institutional resources and hate crimes within the framework of these issues impacting AAPI communities. 

·       A proven track record of successful community or labor organizing (AAPI) or at least 3 years leading campaigns.

·       History of demonstrated experience in leading community based advocacy efforts within culturally diverse communities.

·       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.

·       Experience with presentation, facilitation and training to small as well as large groups.

·       Demonstrated ability to write in an accurate, concise, and audience appropriate manner on complex public policy issues. 

·       Serve as the primary staff liaison and support to the advisory groups for each of the projects/programs assigned.


Additional Qualifications:


·       At minimum, undergraduate degree in political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, a related field, or commensurate experience.

·       Strong public speaking and presentation skills.

·       Strong organization and time management skills.


The following are a plus, but not requirements:


·       Experience with legislative, electoral, and/or statewide organizing strongly preferred.

·       Proficiency with databases, volunteer management systems, including the Voter Activation Network.

·       Ability to communicate orally and in writing at a high professional level.

·       Proven ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

·       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.

·       Interest and commitment to Asian Pacific American advocacy issues.

·       Willingness to work nights/weekends and to travel periodically as required




To be based in Washington, DC at the OCA National Center. The applicant must be able to relocate for this opportunity after acceptance—no relocation costs are included.




$35,000 to $40,000 per year depending on experience, plus benefits and paid time off.



Interested individuals should apply online below or by submitting the following:

  1.     Cover Letter

2.     CV or Resume

3.     Four (4) Professional References and two (2) Personal References

4.     Work sample (preferably a field advocacy plan)


The completed packet must be:

·       Submitted electronically online to Kham Moua at

·       The completed packet must be received at the OCA National Office by 6 PM EST August 14, 2015.

·       All applications submitted by the due date will be issued an e-mail confirmation verifying receipt.

·       Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview



For additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact or call 202.223.5500. ext. 115




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