MinKwon Center for Community Action Seeks Community Organizer

Job Description

The MinKwon Center for Community Action invites applications for a Community Organizer. The Community Organizer would work in the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities as part of the Civic Engagement Team to grow an informed, active base of community members who are fully engaged in the electoral process and in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform, fairer allocation of city and state budgets, and housing rights. This is a full-time position.

Job Responsibilities

The Community Organizer would have the following responsibilities:
Organizing & Advocacy

  • Engage in different forms of community outreach.
  • Mobilize community members to participate in campaigns.
  • Develop community members’ leadership’ abilities.
  • Coordinate regular member meetings, workshops, and other community-building and education forums.
  • Engage in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and tenants’ rights.
  • Provide support for Civic Engagement events.
  • Represent MinKwon Center and participate in meetings with other coalition groups.
  • Coordinate media and publicity to raise awareness.

Job Requirements

  • Interest and experience in working on social justice and immigrants’ rights issues
  • Spoken fluency or proficiency in Korean
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and in teams
  • Flexibility in working evenings and weekends

Organization History and Mission

The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 as the Young Korean American Service & Education Center (YKASEC) to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies, voter rights, and cultural awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.

The MinKwon Center will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please prepare a detailed cover letter and resume describing your interest in the organization and the position and email to:

Hyun-Jung Kim, Community Engagement Coordinator
[email protected]

NOTE: Make subject line of email “Application to Position: Community Organizer – [YOUR NAME]”

AALDEF Seeks Community Organizer

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Community Organizer, Anti-Trafficking Initiative

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a 38-year old New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy and community education.  AALDEF has a 21-person staff and is supported by foundation and corporate grants, individual contributions, and special events. For more information about AALDEF and its activities, visit our website at http://www.aaldef.org 


AALDEF’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative provides legal assistance to trafficked Asian women and girls by giving immigration assistance, engaging in criminal justice advocacy, and filing civil actions pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

The Community Organizer will be involved in the following activities:

1.  Work with attorneys to enforce the rights of human trafficking survivors, and coordinate with case managers to secure a broad range of services;

2. Develop and conduct community education trainings for workers’ organizations and groups, present at panel discussions and conferences;

3. Interpret for intakes and client representation, and proofread translations.

4. Participate in local and national anti-trafficking networks, and organize briefings on proposed federal, state, and local policies affecting trafficked persons;



—  Detail-oriented, independent, and focused.

—  Strong organizational and communication skills.

—  Experience in community organizing or policy advocacy.

—  Knowledge of human trafficking, labor and employment rights, and human rights issues.

—  Familiarity with Asian American community issues preferred.

—  Ability to speak an Asian language.

—  Ability to travel and work on evenings and weekends.


Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Community Organizer Search

99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10013-2815
fax: 212-966-4303

Email: [email protected] (put “Anti-Trafficking Initiative” in the subject line)

DEADLINE:  August 31, 2012.  Applications will be read on a continuing basis, and the position will be filled as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Ivy O. Suriyopas at 212-966-5932 or [email protected].