Current Opportunities

Program Coordinator
Posted on 3/13/2019
SAADA creates a more just future, so that the struggles of past and current generations for equality, inclusion, and representation are not the same struggles we leave to our children. Since its founding in 2008, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) has enabled academics, artists, journalists, students, and community members to write books, create new content, and shape public understanding about the South Asian American community. SAADA’s collection is the largest publicly accessible South Asian American archive. Through our digital storytelling initiatives, events, programming, and educational outreach, we work to reimagine the potential of community archives in the digital era. Learn more at
Public engagement is fundamental to SAADA’s mission. As SAADA's second full-time employee, the Program Coordinator will work closely with SAADA's Executive Director to both expand the archive and share stories from the archive with the broader community, raising public awareness and understanding about the South Asian American community and its history. During a time when immigrant lives are being threatened and devalued, SAADA's work serves as a powerful response to the question of who belongs.
Digital Media, Storytelling, and Archiving
  • Process materials for inclusion in SAADA's digital archive by editing images, creating and harmonizing metadata, etc.
  • Update SAADA's website with new content and moderate user-generated content.
  • Conduct interviews with community members for participatory storytelling projects.
  • Supervise remote digitization projects by interns and volunteers, ensuring that appropriate preservation standards are met.
Event Planning and Coordination
  • Oversee and participate in all aspects of organizing events, including planning, securing venues, coordinating with vendors, pursuing sponsorship opportunities, creating marketing materials, arranging travel, communicating with participants, etc.
  • Manage and lead all aspects of event-day preparation and coordination, and supervise details related to the successful running of events.
  • Promote events through social media, emails, and personal outreach to individuals and organizations around the country.
  • Research, curate, and create visual content for sharing through SAADA's website, regular email updates, and social media on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Draft press releases and conduct targeted outreach to individuals and organizations to promote SAADA content and expand the organization's reach nationwide.
  • Plan and pursue new opportunities for social outreach and building awareness about SAADA content with new audiences.
  • Participate in meetings and communication with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities and training.
  • Support other projects and carry out additional tasks, as assigned.
Desired qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and at least three years of professional experience, ideally in an archives or arts and culture related position.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility, as well as willingness to adjust to job duties as organizational needs dictate.
  • Experience with event planning and coordination.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to work on a number of tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Strong commitment to public service, particularly to working with underrepresented communities.
  • High level of digital competency.
  • Strong skills in graphic design, including knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Salary & Benefits
This is a permanent full-time exempt position with a salary of $40,000. Benefits include health insurance reimbursement and paid time off. Evening, weekend work, or travel to support events will be required, on average 2-3 times per month.
SAADA’s office is located at 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
To Apply
Submit your resume and cover letter by email to with subject line "Program Coordinator Position." In your cover letter, please explain your interest and why you are a good fit for this position. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.