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OCA Civil Rights Fellowship Application

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APA), is seeking qualified candidates for the OCA Civil Rights Fellowship.  


The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is a national advocacy fellowship based at the OCA National Center in Washington DC, which mobilizes OCA’s chapter networks across the country to support the building of individual and community capacity for the advancement of civil rights for Asian Pacific Americans.


The key components of this program include but are not limited to: 

  • Public Policy
  • Advocacy on AAPI Issues
  • JACL/OCA Leadership Summit

The fellow will build policy and advocacy expertise through hands on experience with influential and experienced staff, colleagues, and organizational partners in the nation’s capital. During the one-year term, the OCA Civil Rights Fellow works to address some of the most pressing issues that challenge the community today.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 15, 2016

Finalists will be contacted by the end of June for an interview. 



  • 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.
  • Monitor and analyze relevant activity on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch, and in peer organizations at the national level.
  • Supervise interns as assigned according to existing organizational policies and procedures as well as human resource best-practices.
  • When appropriate, interact with the public including the media—able to direct inquiries to the appropriate organizational spokespersons.
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison and support to the advisory groups for each of the projects/programs assigned.

Candidate Requisites:

  • At minimum, undergraduate degree in political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, law, public administration, or a related field, OR equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in an accurate, concise, and audience appropriate manner on complex public policy issues. 
  • Interest and commitment to Asian Pacific American advocacy issues.
  • Proven history of developing and maintaining positive organizational relationships with community based organizations, government agencies, and corporations through the use of communication media.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to work nights/weekends and to travel periodically as required

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong cross-sectional analysis around civil rights issues related to education, immigration, race relations, access to institutional and non-institutional resources, and hate crimes within the framework of these issues impacting Asian Pacific American (APA) communities. 
  • History of demonstrated experience in leading community based advocacy efforts within culturally diverse communities.
  • Experience in event planning and programming which requires management of logistics—especially for projects such as training, town halls, press conferences, panel discussions, etc.
  • Experience with presentation, facilitation and training to small as well as large groups.

Location and Duration

To be based in Washington, DC at the OCA National Center for 12 Months, starting in July 2016. The fellow must be able to relocate for this opportunity after acceptance—no relocation costs are included in the fellowship.


$35,000 per year, plus health and retirement benefits (the Fellow may elect to enroll in dental benefits at their expense), and two weeks of vacation.


Interested individuals should apply online below. Application requirements include the following:

  1. CV or Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Two (2) Professional References and two (2) Personal References
  4. Two (2) essays (Please see the essay prompts included in this packet)


Please answer the following questions in 500 words or less:

  1. How does your ethnic background inform your interest in advocating for the Asian Pacific American community? What are some strategies for engaging with communities that you are not familiar with?
  2. Identify an issue in the AAPI community and develop a national advocacy plan around this issue.


The completed packet must be:

  • Submitted electronically online.
  • The completed packet must be received at the OCA National Office by 6:00 PM ET June 15, 2016.
  • All applications submitted by the due date will be issued an e-mail confirmation verifying receipt.


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

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.


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