Civic Engagement Coordinator, SEAMAAC

Posted by SEAMAAC on January 30, 2017

SEAMAAC welcomes applications for the full-time position of Civic Engagement Coordinator. SEAMAAC (a nonprofit organization founded in 1984, as the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc.) has 32 years of experience serving and advocating for Philadelphia’s immigrants and refugees. Our mission is “to support immigrants, refugees, and their families as they seek access to opportunities which would advance the condition of their lives in the United States.” Throughout our history, SEAMAAC has worked to bring issues affecting immigrants/refugees to the forefront for policy makers and other service providers, while offering a variety of programs to meet the needs of community members. Currently, our programs include English as a Second Language (ESL) and computer literacy classes, afterschool and summer camps, truancy prevention, domestic violence prevention, elderly services, health insurance and public benefits enrollment assistance, health education, civic engagement, refugee services, neighborhood building, and women’s health.

Primary Function:
The Coordinator will manage SEAMAAC’s non-partisan Civic Engagement Program. This position coordinates SEAMAAC’s voter registration, voter education, Get out the Vote, and voter protection efforts. The Coordinator will be responsible for organizing civic engagement activities, recruiting and training volunteers, and mobilizing staff, volunteers, and community leaders around these activities. The Coordinator provides weekly task-supervision to the Student Immigrant Leadership Coordinator around civic engagement efforts, manages organization-wide staff civic engagement involvement, coordinates in-services, and manages project data and content. The coordinator will plan and facilitate state-wide Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Civic Engagement partnership meetings, oversee sub-grantee contract implementation, provide technical assistance to sub-grantees, attend and actively participate in Pennsylvania Voice statewide partnership meetings and campaigns, and engage in national API Civic Engagement activities.

Qualification Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
 Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Social Work, Social Policy, Labor Studies, City Planning, Urban Studies, or related field required.
 Minimum one year community organizing and/or social service experience preferred.

Language Requirement:
 Fluency in English is required. Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual in English and either Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Khmer, Lao, Indonesian, Korean, Burmese, or Nepali.

 Coordinate and meet all deliverables for the non-partisan civic engagement efforts
 Recruit, train, and supervise a canvassing team comprised of staff and volunteers
 Build relationships with partner organizations, community organizations, and faith organizations around civic engagement
 Mobilize communities around civic engagement, voter registration, voter education, voter protection, and get out the vote work
 Support candidate forums planning and implementation
 Create and facilitate translation of Civic Engagement materials
 Plan and facilitate state-wide Asian and Pacific Islander (API) partnership meetings
 Collect reports, provide technical assistance, and monitor work of sub-grantees
 Actively participate in Pennsylvania Voice statewide partnership meetings and campaigns
 Engage in national API Civic Engagement activities
 Responsible for civic engagement data management
 Actively participate in organization and community work efforts and events
 Other duties may be assigned from time to time.

Essential Functions/Competencies:
 Experience mobilizing communities and building coalitions around social issues
 Experience recruiting and training volunteers, especially around voting rights
 Excellent multi-tasking skills
 Attention to detail, and ability to create, collect, and analyze data collection tools
 Excellent public speaking and group facilitation skills
 Excellent computer and data management skills
 Ability to ensure program deliverables and evaluation outcomes are met
 Ability to work with diverse staff as well as a strong commitment to supporting the collective efforts of the team in accomplishing program objectives and goals.
 Experience supporting individuals and communities to grow in their leadership
 Experience in program quality assurance
 Ability to manage coalitions, re-granting, and monitoring sub-grantees
 Knowledgeable about the issues facing Asian, African, and Caribbean refugee/immigrant communities and/or urban immigrant/refugee communities in general
 Excellent organizational and planning skills
 Ability to interact positively with a wide range of people at different levels including those on opposite sides of sensitive issues.
 Grant writing, fundraising, and reporting experience desirable

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters
while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Potential for unpredictable and violent clients. Inside and outside work with exposure to weather conditions

This description is intended to describe the essential job functions. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and requirements. Other functions may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the duties at any time.

Hours: Flexible, and primarily during business hours. This position may require some travel, nighttime or weekend assignments.

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Benefits: This position offers health insurance, paid vacation, sick and personal leave

SEAMAAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer Interested applicants should submit a resume and detailed cover letter to:
Nguyen Ho
Human Resources Coordinator
1711 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
P: (215) 467-0690
F: (215) 467-5301
E-mail: [email protected]

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