Chinese-American Planning Council

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Founded in 1965, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) aims to promote the social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities. Today, CPC is the nation's largest Asian American social services organization and strives to be the premiere social service and leadership development organization.  CPC serves over 60,000 community members each year through more than 50 programs at over 30 sites throughout New York City, including early childhood education, school-age care, youth services, workforce development, community services, and senior services. In 2017, CPC launched Advancing Our CommUNITY, its organization-wide strategy to expand services to address persistent needs and emerging trends and to improve leadership skills among staff and community members.



The Director of Policy is responsible for policy formulation, implementation and evaluation in order for CPC to more effectively promote social and economic empowerment among Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities. The Director of Policy works closely with the Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer to ensure that priority positions and targeted advocacy outcomes are achieved on the local, state and federal level, and that policy areas align with CPC’s strategic blueprint and the priorities and needs of the communities that CPC serves.




Policy Formulation and Advocacy

       Assist with the development and implementation of CPC’s policy agenda at the city, state, and federal levels, including strategy and evaluation

       Identify new and emerging policy priorities that impact the communities that CPC serves

       Work with CPC staff and clients to engage them in the creation and execution of CPC policy agenda

       Conduct timely analysis and maintain on-going monitoring of relevant proposed and enacted legislation and regulations on the city, state and federal levels

       Conduct research, create recommendations and strategy, and brief CPC stakeholders on policy, budget, legislative and regulatory issues impacting CPC and its subsidiaries

       Develop internal capacity to conduct independent research and policy analysis, including producing high-quality policy documents (e.g., policy statements, articles, testimony, memos of support or opposition, etc.) that are well researched, written, and strategic

       Assist with the execution of policy advocacy actions and events, as well as discretionary and capital funding processes


Government Affairs and Coalition Building


       Cultivate and maintain strong, effective relationships with key legislators and staff so that CPC is looked to for policy and advocacy direction

       Represent CPC internally and externally as required including coalitions, federations, task forces, panels, committees, media, etc, as required

       Take leadership positions in coalitions; engage Board, staff, and constituents; and seek new allies and partnerships in the nonprofit, business, and philanthropic sectors

       Liaise with Development and Communications Team to ensure strategic use of media to promote CPC’s positioning and increase engagement of stakeholders



       Research, strategy and government affairs around key issue areas, including health and senior services, particularly CPC’s Home Attendant Program regulations

       Work closely with Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer to build out Policy and Public Affairs Department, including: developing an advocacy vision and agenda, and building advocacy processes, resources and capacity

       Coordinating CPC’s existing budget and legislative advocacy efforts, assessing strategic opportunities and areas for participation, as well as areas to sunset

       Build leadership capacity on coalitions and federations, as well as identify new opportunities





Policy Advocacy – demonstrated advocacy skills and experience; knowledge of policy issues that impact low-income, immigrant and Asian American communities; understanding of city, state and federal legislative processes; proactive in prioritizing and selecting among numerous issues worthy of advocacy


Nonprofit Experience – at least three years in the nonprofit sector; experience with working in coalitions; demonstrated experience with not-for-profit policies and issues; knowledge of the social services fields in New York


Commitment to Social and Economic Justice- and understanding of policy issues and areas of need impact Asian-American, immigrant and low-income communities in New York; committment to building transformative policy change


Project Management – proven leadership skills as evidenced by program and/or project management, ability to facilitate teamwork; ability to think strategically and anticipate future consequences and trends; capacity to incorporate changes into program plan.


Action Oriented- enjoyment of working hard and looking for challenges; ability to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; a high degree of independence, flexibility, initiative, commitment and ability to work as part of a team.


Effective Partnerships – Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders; ability to develop effective partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team


Communication Ability – excellent writing, analytical, research and speaking skills; ability to work as part of a team; experience facilitating meetings and workshops; ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders; ability to develop effective partnerships; demonstrated media skills and experience preferred.


Relevant Educational Background  Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in policy, public administration, law, social work, or related field preferred




Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package including paid holiday, sick and personal time off. Medical insurance coverage including Dental and Vision; Basic Life Insurance coverage; 403(b) Retirement

Salary Information

Excellent benefits package including paid holiday, sick and personal time off. Medical insurance coverage including Dental and Vision; Basic Life Insurance coverage; 403(b) Retirement

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Carlyn Cowen,
CPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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