Job Opportunity @ The Asian American Commission in Massachusetts




The Asian American Commission represents the interests of Asian Americans throughout the Commonwealth and is dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Asian Americans throughout Massachusetts. The Commission’s goal is to recognize and highlight the vital contributions of Asian Americans to the social, cultural, economic, and political life of the Commonwealth; to identify and address the needs and challenges facing residents of Asian ancestry; and to promote the well-being of this dynamic and diverse community, thereby advancing the interests of all persons who call Massachusetts home. The 21 Commissioners of the Asian American Commission, appointed by the constitutional state officers, make up this governing body. The ED is a Commissioner-appointed position. The ED reports to the Commissioners and is responsible for the Commission’s financial stability and achievement of its mission. Some of the ED’s activities include, but are not limited to:

Organizational responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute current and long-term organizational goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures.
  • Cultivate open and active communications between the Commission and state offices
  • Promote state officer support of Commission initiatives, activities, and events.
  • Encourage an active Commission where all members will participate fully.
  • Ensure the Commissioners’ terms are kept current and lead the recruitment process of new Commissioners.
  • Convene regular meetings and prepare agenda items.
  • Review and update internal policies to maintain compliance with state laws.
  • Work closely with the Executive Officers of the Commission
  • Manage and oversee fundraising efforts.
  • Other administrative duties as necessary

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Manage fundraising goals and activities, including the annual Unity Dinner.
  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices.
  • Explore alternative funding and grants from government and nonprofit sources.

Community Responsibilities:

  • Provide quality programming that promotes the Commission’s identity.
  • Establish working relationships with community organizations.
  • Respond to and manage incoming and outgoing communications and be an effective voice for the Commission.

Applicants must have a college degree. A successful candidate should be articulate, energetic, and enthusiastic about being an active participant in the Massachusetts Asian American community. Strong project leadership and interpersonal skills are essential. 3-5 years of experience, or the equivalent, in the management of a community non-profit and/or for-profit organization, government agency, or business, is preferred. A graduate degree in business management or government is a plus. Good working knowledge of Boston-based, regional, and state Asian American community organizations is optimal.

Salary is $40K with benefits.
Time commitment is 0.75 Full Time Equivalent (around 30 hours)

Texas Stands with Gaza this Saturday

The atrocities committed by the Israeli regime keep piling up in Gaza, with more than 1,300 Palestinians murdered at the time of this writing, an estimated 85% of whom are civlians, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is threatening that “the worst is yet to come!”

In response to this ongoing massacre and siege, organizations from all over Texas have joined to organize a rally and march in Austin demanding an end to the siege of Gaza and an end to unconditional U.S. aid and support for Israel while it continues to violate international law. We call on people of conscience everywhere to show their solidarity with the Palestinian people and demand an immediate end to the massacre in Gaza.

WHAT: Texas Stands With Gaza Rally & March

WHERE: Capitol Building South Steps, Austin (11oo Congress Avenue)

WHEN: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014  1:00-5:00pm


1:00 Rally

2:30 March to City Hall

3:00 Music and spoken word organized by Austin Artists Against Apartheid

7:00 Talk by Dr. Rania Masri at 5604 Manor (free and open to the public)

Join us and people of conscience around the world in showing solidarity with the Palestinian people and demanding an immediate end to the ongoing siege and massacre in Gaza.

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Women’s Community Center of Central Texas Paid Internship Opportunity

Paid Development/Fundraising Internship @ the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas
1704 San Antonio, Austin, TX 78701
$11 per hour


The mission of the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas is to promote the well being of Texas women and girls and to build positive connections among people and organizations that do the same.

We envision and work for a central Texas community in which all women and girls have the resources they need to build the lives they want. The Center will be a hub where women, girls, and allies from all walks of life come together to support each other and find empowerment.

Requirements/Skills: Development interns will be actively enrolled in a university. Students will preferably have at least sophomore standing. The individual must demonstrate the ability to undertake basic development research and writing assignments and possess an understanding of basic development (fundraising) skills, an ability to interact professionally with clients.

A working knowledge of computers, as well as word processing, excel, powerpoint is needed. The director will help the intern prioritize tasks, projects and deadlines. Interns will work between 5 and 10 hours a week depending on their school schedule.

Responsibilities: We are looking for an paid intern to work with us on a variety of individual donor partnerships. Our intern:

• Processes donations and prepares acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
• Helps establish and maintain files.
• Creates monthly fundraising reports as needed.
• Continually updates and corrects database records.
• Conducts preliminary research on prospective donors.
• Coordinates production and mailing of specialty appeal letters.
• Tracks donations in the database and maintains records.
• Sends appropriate documentation to acknowledge donations to donors.
• Helps support fundraising events.
• Helps handle administrative details associated with committee meetings of the Board.
• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to:

Julie Gillis
Director of Development
Women’s Community Center of Central Texas
1704 San Antonio, Austin TX 78701

Book talk: “Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America” by Vivek Bald, MIT

Fri, September 26, 2014 • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Vivek Bald is a scholar, writer, and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on histories of migration and diaspora, particularly from the South Asian subcontinent. He is an Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the director of three documentary films: Taxi-vala/Auto-biography, Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music, and In Search of Bengali Harlem (forthcoming). More information can be found at His book Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America was published in January 2013 by Harvard University Press and won the 2014 Saloutos Book Award.

Hosted by the Center for Asian American Studies with generous support from Institute for Historical Studies in the History Department, British Studies and the South Asia Institute.

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Become an E3! Ambassador

The White House Initiative on AAPIs has launched its 2014-2015 E3! Ambassadors Program, which seeks to “Educate, Engage, and Empower” young leaders to increase awareness and outreach around education, mental health, pathways to public service, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  E3! affords young leaders the opportunity to brainstorm and implement their own unique ideas to help improve the quality of life and opportunity for young AAPIs.  Up to 150 applicants (15 per federal region) will be selected as E3! Ambassadors, who will serve for one academic year between September 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

The deadline to apply is August 17.  For more information, please visit the Initiative’s website.

Please click here for more information about becoming an  E3! Ambassador.

Part-time position @ the AARC

The Asian American Resource Center is seeking applicants for part-time, special event workers. Hours of work may vary depending on schedule of events. Must be able to work nights and weekends and event experience preferred. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Visit our get involved page for the full job posting.

Austin SAALT Circle: Secure Communities

Austin is hosting its first SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) Circle! A SAALT Circle is a community-driven space for individuals to come together each quarter and explore issues affecting South Asians in the U.S.

This SAALT Circle will be focused on “Secure Communities” and its impact on the Austin area.  Ranjana Natarajan, professor and Director of Civil Rights Clinic, UT School of Law and Richard Jung, Attorney at Law will speak on the constitutional aspects of the policy, and local efforts and impact. Come learn about “Secure Communities” and learn how you can make a difference with this policy!

Topic: Secure Communities 

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014


Where: Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.

RSVP here!

OCA Accepting Applications for 2014 Fall Internship Program

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership – driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), announces growth in its OCA Internship Program.

As OCA continues to celebrate the 25th Year Anniversary of its Internship Program, we invite student advocates from all across the nation to apply for the opportunity to be engaged in advocacy and professional development through a national organization.

“For 25 years we’ve been seeing our interns gain valuable professional experience through OCA’s Internship program.  We have seen our interns redefine their goals and careers with these placements and want to see the continuation of the success of the OCA internship program,” said Ken Lee, OCA Acting CEO.

OCA interns are placed in a full-time job and are assigned to a variety of positions in federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, congressional offices, and in public affairs units of corporations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Placements of the interns are based on individual background, interest, and skill level. Gaining working experience, while being exposed to advocacy efforts has led program participants to become active on their local college campus. Candidates should be recent graduates, juniors or seniors from two-year and four-year institutions. Interns are provided a living stipend for the 10 week program.

For more information on the OCA Internship Program as well as the application, visit OCA’s website at and click ‘Internship’ tab under ‘Programs Section’. Click here to directly access the on-line application. Applications and support materials must be submitted by Wednesday August 20, 2014; 11:00PM PST.

SAALT is hiring a Community Partnerships Coordinator

Position: Community Partnerships Coordinator, Full-time
Priority Deadline: July 31, 2014 

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. SAALT is pleased to announce an opening for a Community Partnerships Coordinator position. SAALT is located in Takoma Park, MD (near Washington, DC) and is accessible by the Metro. See our website at or email us at for more information.

The Community Partnerships Coordinator will be responsible for leading or providing support to programs, policy, and administrative activities related to the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), and representing SAALT in broader immigrant and civil rights coalitions at the national level.

The Community Partnerships Coordinator will report to SAALT’s Director of Programs & Operations.

Primary Duties

Initial point of contact for activities and communications related to the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a national coalition of 49 member organizations across the United States that engage, educate, and mobilize our communities to ensure that South Asians are afforded equal rights, protections, and dignity. Duties may include the following:


  • Building and maintaining relationships with current NCSO members and identifying potential new members.
  • Conducting quarterly calls with each NCSO member to capture work updates, share NCSO information, and provide technical assistance around capacity building.
  • Organizing and/or supporting field campaigns that include participation of NCSO members.
  • Developing and conducting a regional landscape assessment to identify areas to enhance regional presence according to community need and NCSO partner interest.
  • Building strategic regional presence in partnership with NCSO partners.
  • Organizing regional/local trainings and events on civic engagement and other initiatives with NCSO partners
  • Organizing and delivering quarterly webinar trainings and conference calls for the NCSO.
  • Supporting capacity building sub-grant programs, such as We Build Community, and other programs serving the NCSO, such as the biannual National South Asian Summit.
  • Representing SAALT at external events as appropriate.


  • Assisting Policy Director with providing policy updates to and between NCSO members; developing advocacy toolkits for NCSO members; and organizing town halls, forums, and regional Advocacy Days.
  • Assisting Policy Director with developing updates related to issues included in SAALT’s policy platform and where NCSO members are currently engaged, including the National Action Agenda
  • Ensuring that issues and policy proposals SAALT engages with at the national level are consistent with NCSO member priorities for their communities.
  • Connecting NCSO members with national government agencies and policymakers and assisting in trainings and preparation around government engagement to that end.


  • Maintaining the NCSO listserv and posting information and updates to the listserv.
  • Developing an NCSO quarterly newsletter.

Qualifications and Experience  

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working with community-based organizations, coalitions, campaigns, or projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and handle and prioritize multiple tasks and roles.
  • Exceptional email management skills and ability to thrive in a high-volume email office.
  • Well-developed vision and ideas for supporting local efforts and partners from the standpoint of a national organization.
  • Interest in community organizing, civic engagement, and developing and sustaining partnerships with local organizations. Experience partnering with non-profit organizations and demonstrated ability to move partners toward action highly preferred.
  • Excellent writing, analytic, and verbal/presentation skills with the ability to summarize information and connect with a variety of audiences.
  • Successful track record of articulating, evaluating, measuring, and reporting goals and successes/areas of improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, build internal and external relationships, exhibit a flexible approach to work, and quickly adapt and pivot to changing needs in a rapid-paced, non-profit environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly learn other basic programs.
  • Commitment to and passion for social justice issues and to a career in the non-profit sector.
  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing and enhancing SAALT’s mission.
  • Commitment to an office culture where creativity and diversity are celebrated.
  • Evening and weekend work and travel within the United States may be required.

SAALT will provide compensation for this position, commensurate with experience. Health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend benefits will also be provided.  

How to Apply

Please e-mail your cover letter detailing your relevant experience, resume, and an unedited policy-related writing sample (maximum 5 pages) as a single PDF document to and indicate “Community Partnerships Coordinator” in the subject line. We are accepting applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, and will give priority consideration to applications received by July 31, 2014. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

SAALT is an equal opportunity employer.