Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Senior Program Coordinator, Community Safety

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.


The Asian American Federation (AAF) has been leading the response to anti-Asian violence in New York City since January 2020. We launched our Hope Against Hate Campaign in the spring of 2021 to provide immediate safety solutions to safeguard Asian New Yorkers.

As part of the Campaign, we are establishing a Community Safety Program in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens to train volunteers to serve as safety experts in Asian-majority neighborhoods, to develop relationships with small businesses to support their safety needs, and to build a safety coalition with other communities of color.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Programs, the Senior Program Coordinator will be responsible for planning and implementing various project areas under the Campaign to strengthen AAF’s network of community partners responding to the surge in anti-Asian violence. Primarily, they will lead AAF’s Safe Zones work to create a network of safe zones and safe zone connectors to ensure targeted Asian Americans have access to safety resources. They will also establish a coalition to build cross-community solidarity among communities of color, rooted in mutual understanding and care.


  • Contribute to strategic planning discussions and help to identify opportunities for capacity-building and growth in AAF’s work with community partners across NYC and NYS
  • Implement and coordinate multiple aspects of the Campaign by working with AAF’s members and partners providing services in the areas of: standardized and coordinated reporting; victim support services; community safety; safety trainings; safe zones; and youth programming
  • Develop and implement a workplan to redefine safe zones
  • Build and manage relationships with a number of community-based organizations, small businesses, and other community institutions to create a network of safe zones
  • Expand the Campaign beyond the Asian community by convening organizations serving communities of color to address the safety needs of diverse populations across NYC
  • Work closely with the Programs and Grants & Contracts teams to monitor program progress in order to ensure all deliverables and reporting requirements are met, including implementing evaluation tools to track progress of deliverables
  • Assist in evaluating the progress of grants on a quarterly basis and course-correcting when needed to ensure compliance with funder guidelines
  • Work with AAF’s Communications team to regularly update AAF’s website and social media platforms with Campaign resources and achievements
  • Perform other special projects and responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in program administration or related field
  • Experience with program development, coordination, and reporting
  • Superior relationship management skills, with ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Effective facilitation skills, with experience using a variety of techniques to engage a coalition or audience of different stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Exceptional organizational and prioritization skills, with demonstrated ability to manage concurrent assignments and meet deadlines
  • Fluency in an Asian language preferred (e.g., Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tagalog)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, G Suite, and Zoom
  • Demonstrated commitment to Asian American communities and alignment with AAF’s mission and values, especially as they relate to community safety

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 $58,000 – $62,000 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] Senior Programs Coordinator, Community Safety 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.

The Asian American Federation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.