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Policy Associate  



Title: Policy Associate

Division: Central Administration - Policy and Public Affairs

Reports To: Director of Policy and Advocacy

Status: Full Time Exempt


Founded in 1965, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) aims to promote the social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities. Today, CPC is the nation's largest Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) social services organization and strives to be the premiere social service and leadership development organization. CPC serves over 60,000 community members each year through more than 50 programs at over 30 sites throughout New York City, spanning childhood development services, education and career services, community services, and senior services. In 2017, CPC launched Advancing Our CommUNITY, its organization-wide strategy to expand services to address persistent needs and emerging trends and to improve leadership skills among staff and community members.


The Policy Associate will contribute to policy formulation, direction, and implementation of campaigns focused on promoting legislative and budget policies that improve the social and economic empowerment of AAPI, immigrant, and low income New Yorkers. CPC's current strategic plan, Advancing Our CommUNITY, has three goals:

  1. to connect CPC social services work to social change work,
  2. to address persistent issues and emerging trends in CPC communities, and
  3. to develop leadership among constituents and staff.

The Policy Associate will be a critical position in carrying out the strategic plan.


  • Assume responsibility for policy analysis and implementation of advocacy campaigns in key CPC community issue areas, such as education, healthcare, immigration reform, and others. Represent CPC on in coalition meetings and report back.
  • Conduct research, compile data on issue areas and campaigns, research government affairs and strategy in key areas
  • Assist with planning and implementing policy and advocacy events including scheduling and preparing for legislative meetings, maintaining targets database, assisting with planning advocacy days, etc.
  • Monitor legislation, budget, and regulations on the city, state and federal levels and conduct analysis.
  • Produce high-quality policy documents (e.g., policy statements, articles, testimony, memos, briefs.) that are well researched, strategic and well written.
  • Contribute to CPC thought leadership through writing for newsletter and website, helping and helping manage CPCs social media presence.
  • Develop and and maintain strong and effective relationships with key legislators and staff.
  • Represent CPC at policy and advocacy events, including legislative meetings, advocacy days, rallies, press events, public hearings, etc.
  • Help create in-language content and materials (traditional or simplified) and deliver workshops and trainings for CPC community members (Mandarin or Cantonese).

One to Two Year Priorities

  • Work with policy team to develop and implement CPC policy and advocacy agendas, calendar, and strategy, including researching issue areas, assisting with planning legislative meetings and advocacy events.
  • Help build CPCs social media presence through our website, Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms in key issue areas.
  • Serve as point person on coalitions and campaigns (with support from policy team) and keep policy team up to date


Excellent benefits package including paid holiday, sick and personal time off. Medical insurance coverage including Dental and Vision; Basic Life Insurance coverage; 403(b) Retirement

Position Requirements

Commitment to Social, Racial, and Economic Justice- understanding of policy issues and areas of need that impact Asian-American, immigrant and low-income communities in New York; commitment to building transformative policy change to combat systems of oppression.

Policy Advocacy – previous advocacy experience preferred; knowledge of policy issues that impact low-income, immigrant and AAPI communities; understanding of city, state and federal legislative and budget processes

Research and Writing – Proven research and analysis skills, especially for budget and legislative bills. Strong writing skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues to a public audience. Ability to contribute to rapid response analysis and statements.

Language- Bilingual Cantonese or Mandarin speaking candidates, especially those able to write and translate policy content and/or facilitate presentations in-language, are strongly preferred.

Project Management – Ability to manage multiple priorities and ensure that key stakeholders and staff are kept in the loop, high level of organization and tracking multiple issues areas, targets and actions.

Action Oriented- ability to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; a high degree of independence, flexibility, initiative, commitment and ability to work as part of a team.

Effective Partnerships – ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders; ability to develop effective partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team

Communication and Social Media – Strong writing and speaking skills; able to communicate complex issues in a simple manner, experience in social media preferred.

Relevant Educational Background – Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in policy, public administration, law, social work, or related field preferred.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Manhattan Community Services  
About the Organization Vision: To advance and transform communities

Mission: To promote social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities

Purpose: To be the Premier Social Service and Leadership Development Organization

As the largest Asian American social services agency in the United States, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) provides culturally sensitive programs for all ages. CPC currently serves over 8,000 people daily through 50+ contracted programs in 30+ locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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