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AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity) is seeking an experienced Communications Coordinator to support a comprehensive strategic communications program to advance the Stop the Hate program. Reporting to the Stop the Hate Project Director, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for all communications activities for the Stop the Hate program, including managing daily communications activities, media relations and roundtables, social media and digital platforms, website updates, and content development.

The Communications Coordinator will interface with AAPI Equity’s staff, the Stop the Hate team, partner organizations, and vendors.  There may be opportunities to engage on AAPI Equity’s wider strategic communications work and on AAPI Equity’s initiatives, including Stop AAPI Hate; health-related and domestic violence prevention initiatives; and civic engagement programs such as voter engagement and redistricting.

The ideal candidate possesses excellent written, oral, and organizational skills and is experienced in communications strategy, community engagement and project management in a nonprofit environment. Experience and knowledge of issues impacting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and current events is essential. This is an opportunity to work with a small, close-knit team in a values and mission-driven environment.


Communications Strategy

  1. Implement a comprehensive strategic communications plan designed to increase understanding and awareness of the Stop the Hate program and its partner grantees among target audiences
  2. Promote and manage the Stop the Hate brand through multiple channels and platforms
  3. Update the website, as needed
  4. Develop a storybank including stories from the work of our Stop the Hate partner organizations 
  5. Build a culture of storytelling and communications across the program and partners
  6. Manage media roundtables, including preparatory coordination and follow-up
  7. Develop and implement media and digital media strategy, including media outreach, digital marketing, social media, and website
  8. Develop strategies to measure impact, influence, and reach of communications activities
  9. Identify, and maintain knowledge of industry trends and issues and best practices in communications for the nonprofit field and policy organizations
  10. Manage AAPI Equity’s Stop the Hate mailing lists and stakeholder communications

Media Relations and Social Media

  1. Work with the Senior Communications Specialist and media relations consultant to develop and implement media relations strategy
  2. Manage creation of press kits, media pitching, interview preparation
  3. Develop and leverage media relationships, coordinate media requests, identify newopportunities including placement of news stories, op-eds digital, broadcast and radio coverage
  4. Maintain editorial calendar and manage social/digital media strategy across all platforms,including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, blog, newsletters
  5. Coordinate media tracking and analysis

Content Management

  1. Writer and editor for external communications (e.g., remarks, messaging, talking points, presentation decks), including drafts for the Stop the Hate team as needed
  2. Develop and manage the production of communication collateral, liaison with website developer
  3. Create and implement email content to diverse audiences including Stop the Hate grantee partners, community leaders, and policymakers

Skills and Abilities

  • Experience and knowledge of issues impacting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and current events is essential.
  • Well-organized, self-directed, highly motivated, ability to work independently and in a team, and handle multiple tasks. Ease at managing competing demands and determining top priorities independently
  • True team player with excellent teamwork and collaboration skills; willing to support team members as needed across the organization for high-priority projects or events 
  • Strong analytical, research, and verbal and written communication skills, with an emphasis on an ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences using multiple mediums
  • Solid background in information technology, including proficiency in MS Office and G- Suite, graphic design software, and social media platforms
  • Ability to work flexible hours which include some evenings and weekends
  • Knowledge of cultural norms and nuances affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities
  • Willingness to engage with diverse AAPI communities and faith-based groups
  • Understanding of AAPI issues and concerns
  • Professional conduct and ability to abide by confidentiality and HIPAA rules
  • Reflective and a life-long learner
  • Strong work ethic and high level of integrity

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, non-exempt position (40 hours/week). The salary range is $55,000-65,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, reimbursement for health and dental insurance, and a budget for technology.  This position is currently hybrid (90% remote, 10% in-person). Position available immediately.

To Apply

Candidates should send an email to Kiran Bhalla, Project Director, at and Darin Tokunaga, Director of Finance & Administration, at with the subject line “AAPI Equity Alliance Communications Coordinator STH – [Your Name]”. The email should attach, in one PDF (do not send separate PDFs), the following items:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages) 
  • Resume (1-2 pages)
  • Writing sample (3-5 pages)
  • References (2-3)

In your cover letter, please describe an example of one of the following: 1) how you’ve developed relationships to provide communications support for a large number of organizations or people, 2)  when you conducted a series of interviews with the goal of creating a story bank;  or 3) when you’ve pitched stories of community-based organization work to media outlets.

Candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP as applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

AAPI Equity Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status, disability, or marital status. 

Organization: AAPI Equity Alliance
Salary: $90,000 – $140,000
Hours: Full-time
FLSA status: Exempt
Location: Washington D.C.
Deadline: Open until filled
Posting: Fall 2023

Position Overview

The national coalition Stop AAPI Hate seeks a Director of Federal Policy to lead Stop AAPI Hate’s fight at the federal level for people-centered, data-based policy solutions that address systemic racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). This person will devise, lead, and execute on the coalition’s federal strategy and engage federal-level stakeholders, such as Congress, the executive branch, and allied partners, to advance core priorities for Stop AAPI Hate such as civil rights.  

A member of the Policy & Advocacy team at Stop AAPI Hate, the Director of Federal Policy reports to the Managing Director of Policy and Counsel at AAPI Equity Alliance (a co-founding partner of Stop AAPI Hate) and works closely and collaboratively with cross-functional teams across the coalition. While the AAPI Equity Alliance office is in Los Angeles, members of the Stop AAPI Hate team work remotely nationwide and it is expected that the Director of Federal Policy will be based in Washington, DC. Some travel may be required, including to participate in periodic staff convenings in California. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Stop AAPI Hate leadership team to create a strategic vision for advancing Stop AAPI Hate’s policy and advocacy priorities at the federal level and provide ongoing strategic guidance 
  • Direct and execute on the federal strategy 
  • Serve as chief liaison to Congress, the White House, and federal agencies and lead engagement, from lobby visits to long-term relationship building
  • Participate on behalf of Stop AAPI Hate in coalition spaces with allies
  • Represent Stop AAPI Hate at key events to grow our presence and visibility in Washington, DC
  • Research, analyze, and monitor federal policy developments and provide timely updates and counsel to the coalition  
  • Draft talking points, hearing testimony, letters, public comment, and other products
  • Contribute to Stop AAPI Hate research reports, social media posts, and other publications
  • Complete other responsibilities as assigned


  • At least 5-7 years of professional experience in public policy at the federal level, whether in government or in a policy, advocacy, or government relations role outside of government
  • Deep understanding of federal legislative and regulatory processes, policy issues related to Stop AAPI Hate’s work, and political landscape
  • Strong pre-existing relationships with federal stakeholders
  • Superb communication skills, including ability to clearly and impactfully communicate Stop AAPI Hate’s positions and quickly establish credibility and rapport 
  • Proactive, self-motivated problem solver who can take initiative, balance multiple priorities simultaneously, and use sound judgment in ambiguous, fast-changing, and unpredictable environments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including proven ability to work effectively both in person and remotely with teammates and a diverse set of stakeholders 
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Stop AAPI Hate

About Stop AAPI Hate

Stop AAPI Hate is a U.S.-based coalition dedicated to ending racism and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAs & PIs). We strive to advance the multiracial movement for equity and justice by building power for our communities, working in solidarity with other communities of color, and advocating for comprehensive solutions that tackle the root causes of race-based hate.

Since our launch two years ago, our reporting center has documented over 11,000 acts of hate against AAPIs and enabled us to raise awareness and shape conversations around anti-AAPI racism. Our efforts have captured the attention of lawmakers and catalyzed them into action and spurred a broader movement for progressive change. Going forward, Stop AAPI Hate’s work in research and data, policy advocacy, narrative change, and community capacity building will address core issues areas including education equity and ethnic studies, community safety and resilience, and civil rights and racial justice. Learn more at  

About AAPI Equity Alliance

AAPI Equity Alliance (formerly, the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council or A3PCON) is a coalition of community-based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of the AAPI community in Los Angeles County and beyond. We are dedicated to improving the lives of AAPIs through civic engagement, capacity building, and policy advocacy. Learn more at

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and 3-5 page writing sample in one pdf to by November 10, 2023. In the subject line,  please write “SAH Director of Federal Policy.” In the cover letter, please propose how you would strategically advance Stop AAPI Hate’s work at the federal level in either civil rights or anti-Asian scapegoating

AAPI Equity Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status, disability, or marital status. We will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above? Please apply anyway! If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application.