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Senior Program Coordinator, 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 Senior Program Coordinator for Mental Health 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 Senior Program Coordinator 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.

This is a hybrid role reporting to AAF’s Wall Street office and will be required to be in the office at least 2 days a week. Special events or convenings may require this person to work in the office more than 2 days a week or on weeknights/weekends.


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
  • Monitoring program progress to ensure all deliverables and reporting requirements are met, including implementing evaluation tools to track progress of deliverables
  • Designing surveys and evaluating results to inform decisions on mental health programming and policies
  • Developing, planning, and executing large-scale mental health events to increase mental health knowledge and access to culturally competent services

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
  • 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

Grants Administration

  • 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
  • 3-4 years of relevant experience in mental health, nonprofit advocacy, public health, program administration, or related field
  • Fluency in an Asian language is a plus, but not required (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 and Benefits: Salary is between $67,000 – $71,000 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 uphold organizational parity and pay equity, AAF will use a non-negotiable salary structure that takes into consideration the entire breadth of a candidate’s experience, employment, and education to arrive at their base salary.

To Apply: This search is being managed by TalentED Advisors, a talent strategy and management firm which partners exclusively with non-profit organizations. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in our mission and qualifications for the position using this link.

The Asian American Federation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.