Join a Movement. Join ECAASU.
ECAASU, the oldest national Asian American student conference in the country, has enjoyed over 40 years of education, advocacy, and activism. We are looking for a volunteer team of passionate, open-minded students, recent graduates, and young professionals who will take the initiative on advancing a variety of issues and build the Asian American and Pacific Islander student community on the East Coast. As we are committed towards diversity and strive to be inclusive of everyone within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, we encourage anyone who is interested in contributing to apply.
Catherine Wong, Jim Chan, Maria Pitt, Al-Rashad Ali, Leangelo Acuna, Steven Wu, and Gurtegh Singh
The ECAASU Board of Directors
Please be prepared to provide the following on your application:
Copy of your most updated resumé, highlighting any relevant leadership, work, and/or AAPI community organizing experience
Applications for National Board are now open! See below for a full list of open positions. For priority consideration for Director-level positions, please submit your application by February 24, 2019. All applications must be submitted by March 10, 2019.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime if you have questions about a submitted application.
What is National Board?
ECAASU’s National Board oversees the day-to-day operations of our programming, communications, advocacy work, and capacity-building outside of our annual conference. We complete a wide variety of initiatives from reaching out to partner organizations to responding to current events.
What is the time commitment for National Board?
National Board positions generally require 2-5 hours a week. Director level positions may demand 5-8 hours a week. Each member is expected to at least attend bi-weekly National Board meetings and bi-weekly Team meetings with their Director as well as complete their ongoing projects.
Is this a paid opportunity?
ECAASU is run by an all-volunteer staff, so no one profits from our work except for our program participants!
National Board Positions
ECAASU strives to create a board that represents the many different backgrounds and perspectives within the AAPI community. As such, we especially encourage applications from members of Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and West Asian American communities as well as LGBTQ+, Disabled, immigrant, and low-income/first-generation applicants.
Below are descriptions of currently open positions.
The Executive Team leads ECAASU’s day-to-day strategy and operations. They lead cross-team initiatives such as data collection, liaising with the Board of Directors, leadership development, human resources, institutional memory, and long-term strategy.
The Secretary assists the Executive Team with the oversight of the National Board and foundational development of ECAASU. The role will focus on supporting internal communications and maintaining institutional memory within the organization. The Secretary is responsible for reviewing and updating documents — including the budget — as necessary, and ensuring all documents are properly stored and readily accessible. In addition, they will assist in coordinating the internship program.
The Data Analyst assists the rest of the Executive Team with tracking performance and improvement of various programs over time. This position will be responsible for working with the National Board to collect and analyze relevant data and create recommendations for further improvement. In addition, they collaborate on the Annual Report.
The Advocacy Team assists other teams in ensuring that all aspects of ECAASU's work are in line with our social justice values and advocacy stances. They are responsible for responding to current events, developing new research, and keeping the rest of the National Board updated on relevant social, racial, and equity issues involving the AAPI community.
Director of Advocacy
The Director of Advocacy leads development of ECAASU’s impact/advocacy strategy and is the primary in-house knowledge expert on AAPI issues. The Director of Advocacy leads the advocacy team and spearheads collaborative advocacy programming with peer organizations.
Advocacy and Policy Coordinator
The Advocacy and Policy Coordinator leads rapid response strategy to relevant current events. The Advocacy and Policy Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the writing of rapid response statements on behalf of ECAASU. This position also includes researching initiatives and statements for ECAASU to sign on to, tracking public policy issues that affect AAPI communities, and providing recommendations regarding future policy-related initiatives to the National Board.
The Research Analyst will develop public research projects to advance the Asian American student narrative. This position will coordinate the release of surveys and reports to the general public.
Civic Engagement Coordinator
The Civic Engagement Coordinator will create and implement civic engagement programming throughout the year. This position will be responsible for developing ECAASU’s civic engagement/impact strategy around the 2020 elections. Experience preferred in canvassing, voter education and engagement, and developing community-specific resources for AAPI communities.
Advocacy Content Manager
The Advocacy Content Manager develops and implements advocacy-centered curricula for all ECAASU Programs. This role will be in charge of overseeing the creation of workshops, fact sheets, and other relevant materials that help guide AAPI students through understanding social issues, developing as leaders, and making an impact with their work.
The Communications Team oversees all aspects of external communications for ECAASU. They lead brand development for ECAASU and are responsible for developing and archiving media assets.
Director of Communications
The Director of Communications leads the Communications Team and serves as chief brand officer, overseeing the release of all public communications such social media posts, blog posts, statements, workshops, packets, applications, and email digests. This role is responsible for brand management of materials produced, events put on, and the website, including overseeing the development of graphics standards by updating our written and visual style guide. This position leads mass media strategy to increase ECAASU’s social media presence, email list, website views, and earned media impressions from bloggers and journalists. The Director will also be responsible for fielding communications requests and inquiries from our website.
Advocacy Communications Coordinator
The Advocacy Communications Coordinator develops multimedia on Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. This position will also create original media like fact sheets, infographics, videos, and/or graphics and assist with statements.
The Graphic Designer works closely with the Director of Communications to manage ECAASU’s visual brand and streamline graphic standards across external communication. In addition, the individual will design visual communications for ECAASU across all National Board teams (and Conference / BoD teams, as needed).
Social Media Coordinator
The Social Media Coordinator curates social media content, develops a social media calendar, and responds to comments/questions on all of ECAASU’s social media. This role is responsible for building our social media presence and audience across multiple platforms and converting followers into donors, conference attendees, and program participants.
The Managing Editor steers ECAASU’s written brand and voice. This position oversees the ECAASU Editorial and is in charge of recruiting and coordinating a Writing Team to regularly produce content. This role will also manage the ECAASU newsletter throughout the year and is responsible for building the newsletter’s audience and converting subscribers into donors, conference attendees, and program participants. This position will also proofread all external communications for grammar, style, organization, and consistency.
The Development Team increases ECAASU's capacity through fundraising and partnership building. They also work closely with partners to develop Youth Leadership Week, a week-long mini-conference in the summer.
Director of Development
The Director of Development leads the Development Team and is responsible for overseeing grants, maintaining sponsorship and partnership relationships, overseeing development of sponsorship packets, and spearheading fundraising campaigns and projects. This position will be in charge of making sure ECAASU has the proper funding for its projects and annual conference. The Director will also work closely with the Executive Team in the creation and development of the upcoming year’s budget.
Community Partnership Coordinator
The Community Partnership Coordinator works directly with partner organizations and is responsible for maintaining strategic partnerships. This position will keep record of sponsors, search for and vet potential partners, and track collateral.
Special Events Coordinator
The Special Events Coordinator coordinates event planning for ECAASU and directs our annual Youth Leadership Week in the summer. The Special Events Coordinator will be responsible for event logistics, event budget, and recruitment of event planning committees if needed.
The Fundraising Coordinator spearheads ECAASU's fundraising campaigns and is responsible for coordinating National Board's participation in these fundraisers. The Fundraising Coordinator will take lead on coordinating ECAASU merchandise year-long.
The Development Coordinator spearheads alumnx engagement initiatives such as alumnx regional events and the alumnx newsletter. This role will work closely with the ECAASU Alumnx Committee and aims to develop relationships with past ECAASU members.
The Outreach Team runs many of ECAASU's external programs outside of the Conference, including Campus Summits, the Affiliates program, and the HS program. The Outreach Team works on building and strengthening the network of AAPI students.
Director of Outreach
The Director of Outreach is responsible for initiating, developing, managing, and expanding relationships with students and student organizations across the East Coast. They oversee Affiliate Organizations, the High School Program, Campus Summits, Awards, and Bid Coordination and will develop and maintain an engagement pipeline for students interested in becoming involved with ECAASU. The Director of Outreach will also work with the other teams to coordinate intersecting programming and curricula development.
Campus Summits Coordinator
The Campus Summits Coordinator directs the Campus Summits program, which gives university student organizations individualized support to develop a regional summit based around local needs and issues. The coordinator will oversee applications and selection and will work with organizations and student leaders to brainstorm, plan, and implement summit logistics and programming. This individual will also work closely with the Advocacy Content Manager to help develop workshops and programming that enhance the campus summit experience.
The Affiliate Coordinator directs the Affiliates Program, a network of AAPI student organizations across the East Coast that come together to learn, network, and leverage their collective power for common goals. This role serves as the main point of contact with Affiliate Organizations and is responsible for organizing and developing curricula for them. This role is also responsible for recruiting new organizations for the Affiliates Program. This role will manage and coordinate all National and regional Affiliate meetings.
HS Program Coordinator
The HS Program Coordinator direct the High School Program, which mentors and educates high school students on AAPI issues, social justice, and leadership. This position shall develop curriculum that is inclusive of AAPI advocacy, professional development, and leadership training. In addition, they will coordinate with high schools across the East Coast to recruit and develop the growth of high school students within the program.
The Outreach Coordinator manages Outreach programs like ECAASU Awards and the Annual Conference Bid Process. This position shall reach out to potentially interested bid groups and prepare them to submit a successful bid for conference. This position shall also work closely with the Director of Outreach to plan and execute new initiatives that are reflective of the mission and goals of ECAASU.