Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Policy Director

Position Summary:  
The Policy Director leads the development, execution, and evaluation of Advancing Justice-LA’s policy work and works closely with organizational partners and strategic collaborations to influence legislative and budget outcomes to positively impact the AANHPI communities. The position serves as a liaison and overseer of the work to ensure that priority positions and targeted local, state and national advocacy outcomes are effectively achieved. (With a strong emphasis on state policy)  The Policy Director collaborates and coordinates across the organization to determine policy and advocacy priorities.  
Responsibilities and Duties:
% of time  

Lead collaborative engagement with organizational leadership to uplift a policy agenda and strategy aligned with the organization’s priorities


Build and manage a team of staff within the Policy Unit, as well as train and work collaboratively with staff in other program areas to engage effectively in policy advocacy

10% Keep abreast of pressing legislation and regulations that will significantly impact issues related to the organization’s ongoing work
  Measure the effectiveness of policy/work initiatives
  Define and lead work plans to meet objectives 
  Provide leadership and ongoing support to key coalitions, networks and collaborations
10% Collaborate with the Communications and Development teams to strengthen Advancing Justice-LA’s positioning across its core areas of focus and increase engagement of stakeholders
20% Serve as an ambassador of Advancing Justice-LA’s mission and policy advocacy priorities; Develop and maintain relationships across constituents and partners
100% All other duties as assigned 
Education and Experience
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience in policy advocacy work at the local, state and/or federal levels
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and a strong understanding of the issues impacting the AANHPI communities 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Subject matter experience on policy issues impacting AANHMPI communities and AJ-LA’s priority areas a plus, such as immigration, education equity, and voting rights
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and an ability to help shape broader communications strategies 
  • Experience working with diverse coalitions and collaborations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with decision makers, community partners and diverse stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated management and supervisory experience
  • Able to regularly travel once it is deemed safe to do so 
Full-Time, Exempt
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Application Process
Position will remain open until filled.  No phone calls please.  


Agency Description: 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice-LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice–LA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation. 

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Advancing Justice - LA only accepts resumes as PDF or Microsoft Word files with no macros enabled.


Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employement, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.