OCA National Civil Rights Fellowship

Headquartered in the nation’s capital, OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is seeking qualified candidates for the OCA Civil Rights Fellowship. Through its 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, OCA touches over 10,000 APA advocates by embracing the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans.
 
The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is a national advocacy fellowship based at the OCA National Center in Washington DC which seeks to organize and mobilize the chapter networks across the country to support the building of individual and community capacity for greater civic engagement among Asian Pacific Americans.
 
The key components of this program include but not limited to: 
- Naturalization Assistance
- Voter Registration
- Hate Crimes Education and Monitoring
- Public Policy
 
The Fellow will work directly and collaborate with the OCA Chapters through series of turn-key projects. The ultimate objective of this program is to create a movement of APAs that embrace the vision of robust civic engagement that fosters a strong democratic society for generations to come.
 
The methodologies used to promote civic engagement include: 
- Issue specific public education programming
- Volunteer mobilization activities
- Community leadership summits and town hall meetings
 
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 Asian Pacific American (APA) communities. 
  • 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. 
  • When appropriate, be prepared to interact with the public including the media—able to direct inquiries to the appropriate organizational spokespersons.
  • Supervise staff and interns as assigned by the Executive Director 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.

Additional Qualifications:

  • At minimum, undergraduate degree in political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, law, public administration, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred (i.e. MA/MS/MPA, MBA, JD, PhD)
  • Proven history of developing and maintaining positive organizational relationships with community based organizations, government agencies, and corporations through the use of communication media.
  • Experience in event planning and programming which requires management of logistics—especially for such project as training, town halls, press conferences, panel discussions, etc.
  • Ability to manage constituent database and website content software. 
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • 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.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.

Additional Qualifications (Continued):

  • Proven ability to manage, motivate and coach staff, interns and volunteers with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Ability to exercise creativity with consistency with utmost integrity.
  • 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
Location and Duration

To be based in Washington, DC at the OCA National Center for 12 Months, starting in July 2013.  The fellow must be able to relocate for this opportunity after acceptance—no relocation costs are included in the fellowship.

Compensation

$35,000 to $40,000 per year depending on experience, plus health benefits (the Fellow may elect to enroll in dental benefits at her/his expense) and two weeks of vacation.

Application

Interested individuals should apply by submitting the following:

  1. Copy of the official transcript from a degree issuing institution.
  2. Application
  3. CV or Resume
  4. Four (2) Professional References and (2) Personal References
  5. Two (2) essays (Please see the essay prompts included in this packet).
  6. Two (2) Work Product Samples:
    1. Work Plan with time-lines indicating assigned leads or person responsible for fulfilling documented activity.
    2. Budget for activities, projects, or programs managed.
Essays: 
  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. What two strategies can you offer for encouraging more Asian Pacific Americans to be civically engaged?  How can we change attitudes, cultures, and sense of importance for civic engagement?

The completed packet must be:

- Submitted electronically online or as a hard copy to:  OCA 1322 18th St. NW, Washington DC  20036.
- The completed packet must be received at the OCA National Office by 5 PM EST March 29, 2013.
- All application submitted by the due date will be issued an e-mail confirmation verifying receipt.

Questions
For additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact kkosai@ocanational.org or call 202.223.5500. ext. 121
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Essays: Please respond to the following prompts with an essay of no more than 500 words each:

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. What two strategies can you offer for encouraging more Asian Pacific Americans to be civically engaged?  How can we change attitudes, cultures, and sense of importance for civic engagement?


 

 
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