Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Associate Director of Research

The Asian American Federation (AAF), founded in 1989, is New York City’s most powerful leadership voice for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants. Our mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support.

In collaboration with 70 member and partner community-based organizations, we serve the interests of 1.7 million New Yorkers from 20 ethnic groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New York’s Asian community, by providing expert research and unrelenting advocacy; working with lawmakers to change policies; and training Asian nonprofits to better serve their communities.

We fight to keep the pan-Asian American community visible and to ensure our needs are met, our contributions are valued, and our stories are told.



Reporting to the Research and Policy Director, the Associate Director of Research will be responsible for managing AAF’s research projects and products. Our current research agenda includes civic and economic empowerment, immigration, mental health, nonprofit support, and senior services.


Major responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with the Research and Policy Director to update AAF’s research agenda that supports the advocacy and program work of the organization;
  • Managing all research projects to ensure they are on time and within budget;
  • Supervising the work of the Research team staff;
  • Analyzing existing data, creating new research tools as necessary, and drafting reports, briefs, and research products;
  • Working closely with the Communications team to develop and implement strategic communications related to research products;
  • Keeping up-to-date on various sources of data about the Asian American community;
  • Engaging with governmental statistical agencies to ensure that Asian Americans are visible in their data; and
  • Promoting AAF’s research work among funders and donors.



  • Graduate degree in statistics, demography, public policy, or related field strongly preferred
  • 3-4 years of experience working with data and writing research reports on communities
  • Experience with research design and project management
  • Experience with qualitative research methods, such as focus groups and expert roundtables, preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to convey statistical ideas to general audiences
  • Demonstrated skills in accessing and analyzing large statistical dataset and presenting data in an easy-to-understand format
  • Expertise in statistical software, such as R or Stata, and GIS software
  • Experience with public speaking preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail, including high-level proofreading and editing abilities
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to manage concurrent multiple assignments, meet tight deadlines, and prioritize accordingly
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated commitment to Asian American communities and AAF’s mission


Compensation:  Salary range is from $70,000 to $75,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes generous paid time off, health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) plan.


To Apply:  Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample with [Last Name] Associate Director of Research in the subject line to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will begin immediately. No phone calls, please.