Community Organizer-Richmond, CA.
Organization: Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Location: Richmond, CA
Hours and Compensation: Full time
Application Deadline: Position open until filled.
The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is looking for a motivated and driven community organizer to build the power of grassroots Asian and Pacific Islander communities to advance environmental, social and economic justice. APEN was founded in 1993 to bring together a collective voice among diverse API communities to fight for the right of all people to a clean and healthy environment in which to live, work and play. API immigrants, refugees, and working class families most impacted by climate change are at the forefront in fighting for local clean renewable energy. APEN’s key strategies are designed to build power necessary to make progressive change – base building and leadership development in Oakland Chinatown and the City of Richmond, a statewide electoral infrastructure, and campaigns to advance our environmental justice agenda.
The community organizer supports working class Asian Americans and immigrants in Richmond to lead campaigns that fight against dirty fossil fuels and build a new community-controlled and generated renewable energy economy. The organizer plays a crucial role in organizing and developing the leadership of community members to engage in advocacy, campaign, and electoral actions as well as leading our local coalition and campaign work. This position is full-time, based in our Richmond, CA office. The Campaign & Organizing Director will be the direct supervisor of this position; however, the organizer will work closely in a team with other staff organizers.
PRIMARY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Basebuilding: Outreach, Organizing, Sustaining & Leadership Development • Contribute to setting organizing goals and plans for recruitment • Conduct outreach and various activities to gain new members and new constituencies • Ensure member participation in various leadership development and campaign activities • Contribute to developing organizing systems and methods • Coordinate & implement logistics for various activities, including providing transportation, arranging childcare • Document & track the participation of members • Support members to improve needed skills (e.g. public speaking, grassroots fundraising, critical thinking & analysis, campaign strategy, electoral phone-banking) • Work with members to deepen political consciousness (e.g. critical analysis of political context; understanding of the importance of transformative organizing; shared commitment to vision; exposure to different social justice issues)
2. Campaign & Alliance Building • Support local and state campaigns, including local and state ballot measures • Conduct research and analysis of policy/legislative changes that are needed • Work with members to identify counter-hegemonic campaign demands • Plan and implement campaign goals & activities • Support members to lead campaign strategy & implementation • Build relationships, alliances and coalitions to move campaigns • Share, learn and exchange with other social justice allies
3. Organizational Development • Contribute to overall organizational integration and planning processes, including yearly & strategic planning • Participate in grassroots & foundation fundraising when needed • Manage volunteers and interns when needed
• Commitment to the mission and principles of APEN and social justice • Experience working in the API community and social justice movement • Experience doing direct organizing and base building • Experience working on campaigns and conducting advocacy strongly desired • Experience working with labor unions and/or on worker’s rights issues strongly desired. • Strong communication skills (written & verbal) • Self-motivated, responsible, proactive, and disciplined • Team-oriented, with a commitment to principled struggle • Willing to work some evenings and weekends • Willing to travel • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a car with valid insurance
SALARY & BENEFITS:
Salary DOE. APEN also offers a generous benefits package which includes: health, dental, vision, vacation and sick time; and an opportunity to qualify for a sabbatical. APEN is a family-friendly employer.
HOW TO APPLY:
APPLICATION PROCESS Applications are due electronically to Mariko Masaoka-Drew, Operations Coordinator at apen [at] apen4ej [dot] org and must include: – Resume including chronological employment history – Cover letter describing interest in the position, qualifications, salary history, and expectations – Three references – A subject line titled “Community Organizer”
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, queer, and gender non-conforming people strongly encouraged to apply.