Employment Opportunities

About AAI:  Established in 1985 and based in Washington, DC, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization created to encourage, recognize, and celebrate Arab American participation in American civic life, and to cultivate and mobilize a strong, educated, empowered Arab American community that plays a meaningful role in the betterment of our country. AAI’s work focuses on two areas: civic engagement, and policy formation and research. Through ongoing meetings and forums with policy makers, a variety of publications and issue briefs, and media and direct member mobilization, AAI maintains a strong presence among policy makers on issues impacting civil rights and civil liberties. Our programming provides communities with the platform and hard data necessary to strategically and successfully combat xenophobia, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry.

About Our Team: AAI seeks to make positive change in a way that is both principled and impactful.  An ideal AAI team member will be a self-starter who has a strong commitment to the protection of civil and human rights and civil liberties for all, and is driven by a desire to advance AAI’s mission efficiently and effectively.  We are proud to be a small, scrappy team that does good work.

AAI provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

 Position: Campaign Organizer

 Job Type: Full Time

 Published: 9/10/2019

 Application Deadline: 11/15/2019

 Location: Washington, DC

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees, and ranges from $38-42k. AAI offers a competitive benefits package, including excellent health insurance, a retirement plan, and a generous leave policy.

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Campaign Organizer manages the various local campaigns AAI is leading in 2019 & 2020, ensuring the broad participation of our community members, stakeholders, allies, policy makers, and advocates to meet the goals of the campaign(s). The Campaign Organizer will lead and work in collaboration with field, policy, and program colleagues to produce actionable items for engaged supporters who will work to advance the campaign objectives. They will also be responsible for overseeing AAI’s five (5) local field organizers, communicating campaign updates with appropriate messaging both externally & internally, and maintaining strict data quality standards. The ideal candidate is a creative, adept communicator with strong attention to detail, and who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

The Campaign Organizer will manage the implementation of AAI’s state-based campaigns and supervise local field organizers. The Campaign Organizer is expected to build and maintain relationships with leaders in the Arab American community, recruit and manage volunteers for program implementation, and participate in cross-departmental programs and events. Specific tasks include:

  • Field Organizer Management: Oversee the work of five (5) state-based field organizers, including setting and evaluating their goals, strategizing and troubleshooting the implementation of campaign plans, and serving as the communicator between local and national field work.
  • Project Management: Take ownership of campaigns from gestation to fruition (from content conception, to production, and through execution); direct the implementation of AAI’s tailored field plans in each state; ensure publications, events, and other deliverables are reviewed by relevant internal stakeholders to receive a sign off and meet deadlines; in cases where AAI is a member of coalitions to advance campaign goals, must prioritize the effective collaboration between partners while also working to meet AAI campaign goals; ensure superior standards are maintained throughout the production and organizing process; and keep records of work and process to include in a final campaign report/transition materials.
  • Community Relations & Content Creation: Communicate with local volunteers and advocates interested in getting involved in the campaign(s); create and disseminate engagement resources based on volunteer need
  • Data management and list building: Prioritize the safe, secure handling of AAI’s database information & system access; ensure the input of data in a timely manner; build the list of viable contacts in the database through volunteer recruitment and outreach efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commitment to and understanding of AAI’s mission.
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • A self-starter, entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and team skills; demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Working knowledge of local politics and strong relationships with local community leaders preferred; a commitment to best practices in the field of organizing, including relational & digital organizing, canvassing, phone banks, and reporting. Experience managing staff is a plus.
  • Strong time-management skills and work ethic.
  • Ability to motivate interns and volunteers to reach goals.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to spend long hours on the phone and canvassing and willingness to work irregular hours.
  • Familiarity with NationBuilder is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree; preferably 2+ years of experience with community organizing and/or electoral campaigns encourage

HOW TO APPLY

http://www.aaiusa.org/job_application

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive when a position is posted, we are, unfortunately, only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process. Thank you.


 Position: Technology Associate

 Job Type: Full Time

 Published: 10/24/2019

 Application Deadline: 11/15/2019

 Location: Washington, DC

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees, and ranges from $45-47,000. AAI offers a competitive benefits package, including excellent health insurance, a retirement plan, and a generous leave policy.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Technology Associate will fully integrate into AAI’s diverse team and use their knowledge, talent, and skills to help AAI utilize institutional data for more effective communication with our community and allies. The Technology Associate will also be responsible for sharing and potentially training key staff so that our team may develop new skills and understanding when it comes to technology and how the organization applies it. The Technology Associate will work closely with the AAI field team to advance our mission of empowerment while helping to maintain and collect meaningful metrics. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, able to synthesize data, able to convey data analysis in easy to understand terms, able to work with a team, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

The Technology Associate will manage the integration of AAI’s existing digital assets to empower our outreach and communication. Using a strong background in analytics and data analysis, the ideal candidate would work with team members to create a communications strategy that allows AAI to reach its members and allies where they live online (platforms/email) with messages that resonate and spur action. Specific tasks include:

  • Data matching for voter engagement and potentially building a mechanism to effectively and accurately manage this important work.
  • Integrating data from digital and relational organizing tools into AAI’s database management system for maximum impact.
  • Create tools and resources to combat online misinformation for Arab American communities.
  • Conduct data discovery around new data sources or new uses for existing data sources.
  • Interpret and analyze data and generate reports as needed to understand flow of data.
  • Apply quantitative methods to derive actionable insights and outcomes from data.
  • Conduct trainings, information sessions on best practices and new technology to empower team members and community leaders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commitment to and understanding of AAI’s mission.
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • A self-starter, entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and team skills; demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Working knowledge of local politics including relational and digital organizing, canvassing, phone banks, and reporting.
  • Strong time-management skills and work ethic.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Knowledge and/or proficiency in basic coding, data visualization, digital security best practices, ad platforms, email metrics, social analytics, and Google Spreadsheets. Knowledge of full stack Javascript languages preferred. Familiarity with NationBuilder is a plus. Understanding of digital and relational organizing tools preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree; preferably 2+ years of experience with community organizing and/or electoral campaigns encouraged

HOW TO APPLY

http://www.aaiusa.org/job_application

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive when a position is posted, we are, unfortunately, only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process. Thank you.


 Position: MICHIGAN Field Organizer

 Job Type: Full Time

 Published: 10/25/2019

 Application Deadline: 12/1/2019

 Location: Michigan

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. AAI offers a competitive benefits package, including excellent health insurance, a retirement plan, and a generous leave policy.

About Yalla Vote: Launched in 1998, Yalla Vote is the foundation of our non-partisan integrated voter engagement campaign. With high concentrations of Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states, we know our community can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans. Beyond just election year organizing, Yalla Vote is our vehicle to make the Arab American community’s voice heard nationally and locally.

About YallaCountMeIn: Launched April 1st of 2019, YallaCountMeIn is the national bilingual campaign to Get Out the Arab American Count for the 2020 Census. Partnering across communities and with all local Arab American organizations and groups, YallaCountMeIn seeks to ensure Arab Americans, regardless of where they live, have the resources and means to be fairly and accurately counted on the 2020 Census.

POSITION SUMMARY

With administrative and programmatic support from AAI's national staff in Washington, D.C., the Field Organizer will work on multiple fronts to execute an effective Yalla Vote voter registration and engagement program, and an effective Yalla Count Me In Get Out the Count program in their state. This salaried position will be based out of Michigan, and is a limited duration assignment with a targeted start date of December 2, 2019, and end date of November 30, 2020. We expect to fill this position with an experienced, highly capable candidate able to meet the following responsibilities.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage AAI's Michigan field office;
  • Register new voters;
  • Recruit interns & volunteers on college campuses and to assist with field office;
  • Execute Yalla Vote/Yalla Count Me In events on multiple college campuses;
  • Execute Yalla Vote/Yalla Count Me In events in the community (voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, information tables, meet & greets, etc.);
  • Facilitate data management internally and data collected from volunteers;
  • Engage with the Arab American community to promote Yalla Vote, Yalla Count Me In, and AAI;
  • Attend community events to promote Yalla Vote, Yalla Count Me In, and AAI;
  • Develop relationships with key political players and opinion leaders, allied organizations and coalitions to promote Yalla Vote and AAI and to register voters;
  • Build a volunteer network to ensure the Yalla Vote program’s sustainability beyond the General Election, and Yalla Count Me In’s sustainability beyond the end of the Census Bureau’s campaign;
  • Collect "Commit to Vote" cards from Arab American community members;
  • Manage digital organizing tools and train volunteers to use new tools;
  • Participate in weekly check-in calls with DC Staff and weekly all-Field Staff calls;
  • Fill out weekly reports to track progress on volunteer recruitment;
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with community organizing and electoral campaigns encouraged;
  • Experience with digital organizing tools preferred;
  • Strong time-management skills and work ethic;
  • Ability to motivate interns and volunteers to reach goals;
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to spend long hours on the phone and canvassing and willingness to work irregular hours;
  • Ability to adapt quickly and accomplish goals as set forth by AAI;
  • Results-oriented, dependable, and proactive;
  • Working knowledge of local politics and strong relationships with local community leaders preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others;
  • Flexible, good sense of humor, creative, self-starter; and
  • Experience working with a database, such as NationBuilder, is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

http://www.aaiusa.org/job_application

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive when a position is posted, we are, unfortunately, only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process. Thank you.


 Position: Field Organizers in Iowa, Texas,
 Northern California, and Southern California

 Job Type: Part-Time

 Published: 10/25/2019

 Application Deadline: 11/15/2019

 Location: Varies

Compensation: This is a part-time stipend based position.

About Yalla Vote: Launched in 1998, Yalla Vote is the foundation of our non-partisan integrated voter engagement campaign. With high concentrations of Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states, we know our community can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans. Beyond just election year organizing, Yalla Vote is our vehicle to make the Arab American community’s voice heard nationally and locally.

About YallaCountMeIn: Launched April 1st of 2019, YallaCountMeIn is the national bilingual campaign to Get Out the Arab American Count for the 2020 Census. Partnering across communities and with all local Arab American organizations and groups, YallaCountMeIn seeks to ensure Arab Americans, regardless of where they live, have the resources and means to be fairly and accurately counted on the 2020 Census.

POSITION SUMMARY

With administrative and programmatic support from AAI's national staff in Washington, D.C., the Field Organizer will work on multiple fronts to execute an effective Yalla Vote voter registration and engagement program, and an effective Yalla Count Me In Get Out the Count program in their state. This stipend-based position will be based out of California (two positions, North & South), Texas, or Iowa. This part-time role requires a minimum of 20 hours per week, and is a limited duration assignment with a targeted start date of December 2, 2019, and end date of November 30, 2020. We expect to fill this position with an experienced, highly capable candidate able to meet the following responsibilities.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Register new voters;
  • Recruit interns & volunteers on college campuses;
  • Execute Yalla Vote/Yalla Count Me In events on multiple college campuses;
  • Execute Yalla Vote/Yalla Count Me In events in the community (voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, information tables, meet & greets, etc.);
  • Facilitate data management internally and data collected from volunteers;
  • Engage with the Arab American community to promote Yalla Vote, Yalla Count Me In, and AAI;
  • Attend community events to promote Yalla Vote, Yalla Count Me In, and AAI;
  • Develop relationships with key political players and opinion leaders, allied organizations and coalitions to promote Yalla Vote and AAI and to register voters;
  • Build a volunteer network to ensure the Yalla Vote program’s sustainability beyond the General Election, and Yalla Count Me In’s sustainability beyond the end of the Census Bureau’s campaign;
  • Collect "Commit to Vote" cards from Arab American community members;
  • Manage digital organizing tools and train volunteers to use new tools;
  • Participate in weekly check-in calls with DC Staff and weekly all-Field Staff calls;
  • Fill out weekly reports to track progress on volunteer recruitment;
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with community organizing and electoral campaigns encouraged;
  • Experience with digital organizing tools preferred;
  • Strong time-management skills and work ethic;
  • Ability to motivate interns and volunteers to reach goals;
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to spend long hours on the phone and canvassing and willingness to work irregular hours;
  • Ability to adapt quickly and accomplish goals as set forth by AAI;
  • Results-oriented, dependable, and proactive;
  • Working knowledge of local politics and strong relationships with local community leaders preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others;
  • Flexible, good sense of humor, creative, self-starter; and
  • Experience working with a database, such as NationBuilder, is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

http://www.aaiusa.org/job_application

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive when a position is posted, we are, unfortunately, only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process. Thank you.


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