Organizing Fellowship/Internship

Job Title: Organizing Fellow/Intern

Hours: 10-20 hrs a week; flexible; 6 months OR 5-10 hrs a week; flexible; 12 months

Stipend: $500 including gas and/or bus cards

 

Asian American Organizing Project seeks a team of organizing fellows/interns to do community outreach and issues organizing with Asian residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The organizing fellow’s main role is to develop their community/cultural organizing skills, and lead and research a self-select issue affecting Asian community or existing issues AAOP have identified. The Fellow will outreach and engage in community dialogues, and develop educational workshops and articles on their selected issue(s). Fellows/interns are expected to integrate and connect their issues into the 2017 local Election. Please submit a resume along with cover letter addressing questions below to jobs@aaopmn.org with Organizing Fellow in email subject.

 

Duties:

  • Research, outreach and engage with Asian residents about community issues, and events
  • Organize and participate in phone bank, door knock, community meeting, and educational workshops and articles
  • Engage and recruit with volunteer base, leader, resident/community member, and community partners
  • Outreach about the 2017 local Election and integrated voter engagement
  • Attend cohort meeting, shape narrative, and messaging.

Skill Sets Developed:

  • Community outreach, engagement, and facilitation
  • Organizing and managing phone banks, and door knocks
  • Script writing, and messaging
  • Train the trainer on phone banking, and canvassing
  • Utilizing the Voter Action Network (VAN)
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Active listening, interpersonal skills, and communication building skills
  • Community relationship building

Knowledge Gained:

  • Issues affecting MN Asian communities
  • Non-partisan electoral & civic engagement
  • Voter registration guidelines & legality
  • Basic Voter Activation Network (VAN) platform
  • Asian cultural nuances related to gender justice

Experience:
At least 1-2 year experience and/or willingness to learn

  • Canvassing, and phone banking, conducting short surveys
    • Phone bank and door knock planning, management and training
    • knowledge in non-partisan, voter registration guidelines and legalities
    • Data compliance and privacy
    • Asian language(s) and/or transportation assistance at events and at the polls
    • Community relationship building, volunteer recruitment, outreach, and management
  • Strong commitment to civic engagement, community organizing, and empowerment of underrepresented Asian communities
  • Strong commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice
  • Self-starter, excellent communication skills, good time management, and meeting deadlines
  • Enjoys meeting and interacting with new people, and people of all background and identities
  • Works well in challenging environment both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to stay on task and problem solve
  • Ability to work in non-English speaking communities
  • Ability to speak Asian languages is a plus; Hmong, Vietnamese, Karen, Khmer, Lao, Mandarin, Hindi, and Tagalog.
  • Asian language(s) writing skills is a plus

Please include a 1 or 2 page cover letter answering the questions below:

  1. Why do you think it’s important for Minnesotan Asians and Asian Americans to be active in voter engagement and community building?
  2. How does economic, racial, and gender justice lens shape your values and practices in your approach to community organizing?
  3. Why do you want to be a community organizing fellow, and what do you hope to achieve?

AAOP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. We strongly encourage persons who are Asian & Pacific Islanders, queer, trans, and women of color to apply for the positions.

Organizing Fellowship/Internship

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