Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

Location: Jackson Heights, NY, 11372


Do you have the drive to make a difference in people’s lives? Do you love working with diverse communities? If the answer is Yes, COME AND JOIN OUR TEAM AT AAFE!


Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all those in need.  Founded in 1974 to advocate for equal rights, AAFE has transformed in the past four decades to become one of New York City’s preeminent housing, social service,  economic development and community development organizations. AAFE is committed to preserving affordable housing throughout New York City and to provide new opportunities for the city’s diverse immigrant communities. 


Job Description


The Community Organizer – Housing serves AAFE’s mission to support and empower tenants in New York through organizing and advocacy services. The Community Organizer Organizer is also responsible to provide direct client services and meet contract requirements. This position will be under the supervision of the Program Manager for Housing.


Essential Duties:

The Community Organizer is responsible for the activities described below. 


  • Build a strong base of members through strategic community outreach (door to door, phone banking, mailings or event based) to educate neighborhood residents and groups about updated housing policies, rezoning process, community development plans, gentrification, anti-displacement strategies
  • Maintain the base through regular check-ins and engagement activities that motivate tenants to develop a sense of ownership of their communities
  • Work with tenants and resident leaders to organize tenant associations to collectively address and resolve housing issues
  • Establish and maintain tenant associations; provide facilitation and technical assistant to tenant associations
  • Organize and facilitate tenant Leadership Development Training to encourage tenant participation and ownership of the housing work in their communities
  • Create and maintain positive working relationships with community stakeholders, partners and organizations
  • Provide counseling service for tenants with housing issues if needed
  • Stay informed about current housing policies, rezoning process and housing landscape
  • Develop, identify, implement and/or support campaigns in collaboration with community partners to preserve affordable housing and combat harassment/displacement
  • Compile monthly report to capture activities, outputs and impacts
  • Maintains building, client, and activity records physically and digitally, in an up-to-date, accurate and organized manner
  • Assist Director and Program Managers in preparing regular reports to funders
  • Participate in department and staff meetings and training
  • Share light chores to maintain organization and neatness in the office
  • Coordinate community schedule in advance to ensure office coverage
  • Support office operation as needed
  • Other responsibilities as assigned



  • Experience in organizing, campaign planning/development 
  • Understand and committed to work with immigrant communities and culturally diverse communities and environments; strong sense of social justice and belief in youth power and potential
  • Bilingual in Spanish and/or Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin) is required
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to speak in public and conduct presentations
  • Experience canvassing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle multiple complex tasks
  • Highly motivated self-starter who is able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills including Google Suite, MS Suite, and social media


Job Type: Exempt, Full-time


Department: Community Services


Educational Requirement:HS Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree is preferred


Work Schedule: M to F – 9 am to 5 pm, Frequent evenings and weekends (Candidate must be extremely flexible with the work schedule)


Travel: Willing to travel 70% to 80% of the time to go to the communities where we provide services


Physical Demands: The position requires sitting, standing and walking in and outside of the office. Occasional lifting and carrying of a weight of 30 lbs of event materials and office supplies. 


Why you should apply?

  • You can make a difference in people’s lives
  • You will be immersed in communities with diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • You won’t feel left out because you will be a part of a collaborative and supportive team that will help you in each step of the way to succeed in this role
  • You will be receiving a competitive benefits and PTO package


How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter with salary expectations and a resume in PDF format, indicating “Community Organizer – Housing Application” in the subject line to **No phone calls, please.**


Asian Americans for Equality is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

People of color, community residents, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.