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 AAPIs.

The key components of this program include: 

  • Interacting with career professionals working in public policy and civil rights

  • Advocating about AAPI civil rights issues

  • Planning the signature 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.

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DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 6, 2017

Finalists will be contacted by the end of September 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.

  • 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 or 1-2 year of work experience.

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

  • Interest and commitment to AAPI advocacy issues.

  • Proven history of developing and maintaining positive organizational relationships with community based organizations, government agencies, or corporations

  • 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 AAPI 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.

  • Previous experience in organizing or student organizing, a plus
  • Additional language skills, Mandarin language skills a plus

  • Knowledge of digital organizing, a plus

Location and Duration

To be based in Washington, DC at the OCA National Center for 12 Months, starting in October 2017. The fellow must be able to relocate for this opportunity after acceptance—no relocation costs are included in the fellowship.


Salary based experience, plus health and retirement benefits (the Fellow may elect to enroll in dental benefits at their expense), and two weeks of paid 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 AAPI community? What are some strategies for engaging with communities that you are not familiar with? (500 words or less)

  2. Please write a one page issue brief on Affirmative Action. This writing sample mirrors the type of work done in this role and should demonstrate not only your writing skills, but research and analytical skills. (1 to 2 pages max)

The completed packet must be:

  • Submitted electronically online.

  • The completed packet must be received at the OCA National Office by 6:00 PM ET October 6, 2017.

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



For additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact kmoua@ocanational.org or call 202.223.5500. ext. 115