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Associate Program Manager, Mental Health

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 New Yorkers. 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 Associate Director of Programs, the Associate Program Manager will be responsible for implementing AAF’s overall Mental Health Program to increase access to culturally competent mental health resources for low-income Asian New Yorkers. This person will serve as a key member of the Programs team, working closely with the Associate Director of Programs, to plan and execute programming to address the mental health needs of the Asian community and execute a two-year advocacy campaign to build the capacity of AAF’s member and partner organizations to address mental health needs in the short- and long-term. The Associate Program Manager should be a self-starter with a proven track record of program administration and project management, preferably with experience in community mental health. This is a hybrid position.


Mental Health Advocacy:

  • Developing and implementing a multi-year work plan to advance key objectives of a two-year advocacy campaign called Access NYC: Building Mental Health Capacity for Asian New Yorkers Project
  • Outreaching to AAF’s member and partner organizations to build their advocacy and mental health service capacity by coordinating activities for the Asian American Mental Health Roundtable, whose purpose is to create and advance a shared policy agenda to advocate for resources and policy changes to address the mental health needs of the community
  • Convening meetings with city and state leaders to advance the Roundtable’s policy agenda, as well as coordinating, drafting, and providing testimonies to City Council and State Assembly, with support from the Advocacy & Policy team
  • Working with the Development & Communications team to coordinate funders briefings to galvanize more private support for culturally competent mental health services for low-income Asian immigrants
  • Creating and facilitating partnerships and collaborations among the Roundtable members, city agencies, and other Asian-serving organizations based in neighborhoods with a growing Asian population in order to increase access to culturally competent mental health services

Mental Health Programming:

  • Managing relationships with a number of community-based organizations to address the mental health needs of Asian communities through direct services and community education
  • Designing surveys and evaluating results to inform decisions on mental health programming and policies
  • Monitoring program progress to ensure all deliverables and reporting requirements are met, including implementing evaluation tools to track progress of deliverables
  • Conducting outreach for and maintaining AAF’s Mental Health Directory to increase access to culturally and linguistically competent mental health providers

Grants Administration:

  • Managing the administration of subgrants to Asian-serving organizations to build mental health advocacy and service capacity, including drafting Memorandums of Understanding and reviewing program budgets
  • Evaluating the progress of grants on a quarterly basis and course-correcting when needed to ensure compliance with funder guidelines
  • Preparing funders reports on the progress of AAF’s mental health programming and advocacy efforts
  • Performing other special projects and responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree, with a background in mental health, psychology, sociology, behavioral therapy, or human services preferred
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience in mental health, nonprofit advocacy, public health, program administration, or related field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to manage concurrent multiple assignments, meet tight deadlines, and prioritize accordingly
  • Ability to problem-solve and adapt strategies as needed
  • Track record of developing and utilizing facilitation skills, with experience using a variety of techniques to engage a coalition and/or audience
  • Superior relationship management skills, with ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Fluency in an Asian language is a plus (i.e., Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tagalog, etc.)

All new hires must be vaccinated and must stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered a position with AAF, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by AAF.

Compensation: Salary is between $62,000 – $67,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes generous paid time off, health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a 403(b) plan.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample with [Last Name] Associate Program Manager in the subject line to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the right candidate is found. No phone calls, please.

The Asian American Federation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.