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06.11.2021

KINETIC Summer Program 2021

Are you an immigrant or refugee CPS high school student? Do you want to develop yourself as a community leader this summer? Join Advancing Justice | Chicago’s KINETIC summer program from July 6th to August 12th! We’re looking for 15 dynamic young people to learn and grow with us this year.

Through our KINETIC summer program, you will have the chance to build community with your fellow leaders from high schools all over the city while expanding your knowledge and analysis of political issues, developing organizing skills, and getting involved in our ongoing city and state-level campaign work.

As a KINETIC leader you’ll become familiar with immigrant and refugee advocacy and organizing in the context of Chicago public schools, and gain organizing skills/knowledge. You’ll build your own analysis of racial equity, education equity, and local school politics. You’ll also understand the importance of culturally relevant education and language access in our schools, and have the opportunity to take on roles in our organization’s campaign work, like our work to implement the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) in our schools. The program will be a mix of interactive workshops, skill/knowledge building sessions, facilitated discussions, and creative projects. There will also be small-group and 1-1 sessions. (more…)

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05.14.2021

JOB POSTING: Grant Writer

Grant Writer Job Description

 

BACKGROUND AND MISSION

For nearly 30 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and create change in our communities. We are deeply committed to grassroots community organizing and we invest in the leadership of grassroots community members through trainings, community education, civic engagement, and collaborative issue-based campaigns. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Our advocacy work focuses on promoting racial, economic, and immigrant justice, including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, and immigrant rights.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is seeking a motivated Grant Writer to work in the Development department and report to the Director of Development.

The Grant Writer is a key member of a cross-functional development and communications team, responsible for supporting the organization’s fundraising goals by carrying out all grants processes including, but not limited to, researching and identifying new prospective donors, writing grant proposals and reports, and cultivating positive relationships with funders. This is a great opportunity for an individual with great attention to detail, a passion for persuasive writing and an interest in advancing the work and mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago.

The position requires a self-starter who is creative, takes initiative, and can shepherd a project from conception to execution. Excellent grammar and writing skills are required for this position.

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04.21.2021

JOB POSTING: Executive Director

Executive Director Job Description

 

BACKGROUND AND MISSION

For nearly 30 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and create change in our communities. We are deeply committed to grassroots community organizing and we invest in the leadership of grassroots community members through trainings, community education, civic engagement, and collaborative issue-based campaigns. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Our advocacy work focuses on promoting racial, economic, and immigrant justice, including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, and immigrant rights.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is seeking a new Executive Director with the passion and vision to advance the vision of this organization for progressive social values for Asian Americans and other underserved communities.

The ideal candidate will have the proven leadership, commitment, and skills to grow and lead Advancing Justice | Chicago through direct advocacy and an expansion of its programs and infrastructure, all while leading a talented and dedicated staff. The Executive Director will report directly to the Board of Directors, manage all aspects of day-to-day operations, oversee a growing budget of over $1 million, supervise a staff of 14+, act as the chief spokesperson and ensure that Advancing Justice | Chicago is well-positioned now and in the coming years.
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04.19.2021

A Message from our Executive Director

Dear Advancing Justice | Chicago friends and supporters,

I would like to share the news that at the end of June I will be transitioning out of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago to become the new Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition (PICC). A few months ago, my wife Cassie received an amazing career opportunity that is located on the East Coast. After her unequivocal support of me and my community work for the last decade – including caring for my parents in their final years – I was enthusiastic to likewise support her in this small way. It was fortuitous and perhaps destiny that shortly thereafter I was introduced to PICC and the critical challenges in Pennsylvania, many of which have national implications for the progressive movement.

For nearly the last decade, I have called Advancing Justice | Chicago home and have been privileged and blessed to learn from and advocate alongside some of the finest community organizers and grassroots leaders in the country. Together, we have built a vibrant, bold community that I have complete confidence will meet the challenges facing the Asian American community and live out a vision of active solidarity with other communities of color to work towards racial equity. We launched the Asian American Legislative Caucus (with no Asian American elected officials), advocated for life-saving state funding for Hepatitis B, strengthened Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, and passed the Illinois TRUST Act, VOICES Act, and Automatic Voter Registration. We have also protected our communities’ voting rights with our poll watching project on election day and improved language services for limited-English voters. These are but a few of the successes that I am so humbled to have been a part of. It is a deep honor to have been entrusted with this leadership position and one that has been rewarding beyond words. And yet, the work must continue with our KINETIC youth and A Just Chi leaders, federal immigration reform advocacy, anti-hate bystander trainings, language justice work, and the chance to make history by passing the TEAACH Act into law, the first-time ever any state has required Asian American history curriculum to be taught in public schools.

I pray that in the coming months, I will have the opportunity to personally thank and meet with many of you if and when the pandemic subsides, but please know that Chicago and Illinois will always be my home and in my heart.

With much love and thanks,
Andy
Executive Director

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03.25.2021

JOB POSTING: Communications Coordinator

Communications Coordinator Job Description

 

BACKGROUND AND MISSION

For nearly 30 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and create change in our communities. We are deeply committed to grassroots community organizing and we invest in the leadership of grassroots community members through trainings, community education, civic engagement, and collaborative issue-based campaigns. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Our advocacy work focuses on promoting racial, economic, and immigrant justice, including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, and immigrant rights.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is seeking a motivated Communications Coordinator to work in the Development department and report to the Director of Development.

The Communications Coordinator will work collaboratively across all departments within the organization to research, develop, and write content for print, digital, and social media platforms. This position will help set the organizational tone and voice through editorial and media content, including emails, social media posts, newsletter stories, press, marketing collateral, and other communication vehicles. This position also identifies and develops compelling stories that inspire and motivate others to engage, as well as prospects and maintains media relationships with Advancing Justice | Chicago.

The position requires a self-starter who is creative, takes initiative, and can shepherd a project from conception to execution. Excellent grammar and writing skills are required for this position.
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