Civic Participation Associate
Title: Civic Participation Associate
Program Area: Civic Participation
Supervisor: Civic Participation Manager
Location: Flushing, NY (mostly remote due to COVID-19 with some essential in-office work)
Salary: starting at $38,000 per year, DOE
Benefits: Medical/Dental Coverage, Paid Time Off, Comp Time, Invitations to Trainings, Conferences, and Other Career-Building Opportunities
Employment Type: Full-Time Union Position with TWU Local 241
ORGANIZATION HISTORY AND MISSION
The MinKwon Center for Community Action is a dynamic, mission-driven, and people-powered nonprofit organization that serves, educates, and organizes the Korean American, Asian Pacific American (APA), and immigrant communities in New York and around the country. The MinKwon Center offers free assistance for immigration and public benefits, provides free legal representation for immigration and housing, promotes civic participation with voter and census registration and outreach, and organizes campaigns with other local, state, and federal coalitions. By prioritizing the needs and voices of low-income, undocumented, youth, senior, and limited English proficient residents, we are building a multilingual, multi-generational base of engaged community members to achieve social and economic justice for all.
We are seeking a dedicated and talented individual to serve as a Civic Participation Associate. The Civic Participation Associate will have the opportunity to develop an informed, active base of community members who are civically engaged in voting and elections and making government more representative of the community.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
• Execute and improve voter registration and voter education initiatives which include giving informational talks to newly naturalized citizens and voter registration applicants, maintaining the databases of these voters, following up on voters who need assistance, and coordinating a voters’ network
• Engage in voter-focused outreach and education, including developing materials, canvassing, and encouraging community participation in elections and issue advocacy, including redistricting after the 2020 census
• Assist in voter education activities to keep voters informed about important issues impacting the community
• Support and organize GOTV campaigns targeting Korean American, APA, and immigrant voters
• Utilize mainstream and ethnic media to keep voters informed about important civic issues impacting the community and important dates
• Perform research on voter and demographic issues impacting the APA community, as well as analyses of demographic data
• Work in coalition with other Korean American, APA, and immigrant organizations to empower voters
The minimum required qualifications for this position include the following:
• Bachelor's degree or higher (degree in social sciences or government a plus)
• Excellent oral and written administrative, research, notetaking, and other communication (written and verbal) skills, including an openness to public speaking
• Ability to work well independently, in teams, and in collaboration with outside organizations
• Flexibility in working nights, weekends, and outside normal office hours
• Knowledge, interest, and commitment towards concepts and issues of social, political, and economic justice and positive social change in the U.S., especially in the context of Korean American, APA, and/or immigrant communities
The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred qualifications:
• Work experience in ethnically and/or racially diverse nonprofit organizations
• Experience in using online demographic tools for voter research, including Factfinder, Catalist, and the Voter Activation Network
• Spoken and written fluency or proficiency in the following languages: Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, other Chinese dialects, and/or Spanish
• Proficiency in using Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and social media
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to:
Civic Participation Manager
Please write 'Civic Participation Associate' in the email subject line, and please specify in your email how you found out about this position. (website, LinkedIn, Indeed, Facebook, etc.) Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled and this posting is removed. Due to the high volume of applications, the MinKwon Center will only contact applicants who have been selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The MinKwon Center for Community Action welcomes people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to consider working with us. We encourage Black, Indigenous, and people of color, immigrants, women and gender nonbinary people, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities to apply.
The MinKwon Center for Community Action does not discriminate against current or prospective employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, martial status, family or dependent status, criminal record, disability, mental illness, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, credit score and history, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
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