Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Deputy Director of Research & Policy

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.


AAF seeks an experienced professional to play a key leadership role within the organization, leading its research and policy efforts with the skills to support AAF’s advocacy role, helping guide the organization and ensuring the successful execution of strategic priorities.

The Deputy Director of Research & Policy will report to the Executive Director, and work with staff; AAF’s Board of Directors; member and partner agencies; and community leaders to execute the following responsibilities:


  • Work with the Executive Director and AAF leadership team to identify goals, key priorities, and strategies for the organization
  • Provide strategic guidance and direction for AAF, with an overall organizational lens
  • Lead and oversee AAF’s Advocacy & Policy team to drive policy development and analysis in a wide range of federal, state, and local issues impacting Asian American communities, as outlined in AAF’s strategic plan
  • Work with AAF’s Advocacy & Policy team to monitor and assess the impact of policy and budget issues at the city, state, and federal levels to assure that AAF’s policy agenda is responsive and relevant
  • Work with AAF’s Research team to direct research and the analysis and presentation of information about policy issues impacting Asian American communities
  • Using data, lead the development of AAF’s advocacy agenda by determining priorities in consultation with AAF’s leadership team; members and partner agencies; and Board
  • Work with AAF’s Advocacy & Policy team to identify key priorities, plan campaigns, and ensure their successful execution through advocacy strategies, including active engagement of members/partners and their constituents and other organizations and coalitions
  • Lead and direct efforts to develop and maintain relationships with elected and appointed public officials, other leaders, and media
  • Help lead, develop, and manage relationships with strategic allies, peer organizations, and key stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities to bring new allies from diverse sectors into AAF’s work; form and manage strategic alliances; and strengthen participation from member and partner agencies
  • Promote understanding and support of AAF’s policy work among funders and donors
  • Oversee the successful convening of the Policy Advisory Committee to measure impact on key policies
  • Supervise and direct the Advocacy & Policy and Research teams to successfully meet goals, manage performance, and guide professional development for direct reports


  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, social work, urban planning, or a related field, or equivalent professional experience; master’s degree preferred
  • 7-10 years of experience in research and advocacy in a senior position in government or a nonprofit organization
  • Minimum of 4-5 years of supervisory experience
  • Familiarity with multiple policy issues
  • Proven track record of fostering collaborations within Asian American communities and with other communities of color
  • Demonstrated record of initiative, problem-solving, and adaptability
  • Strong problem-solving, listening, and collaboration skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to Asian American communities and AAF’s mission and core values

All new hires must be vaccinated and must stay up to date with vaccines against the COVID-19 virus 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 range is between $110,000 – $125,000 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] Deputy Director of Research & Policy 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.