Organizing Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $47,000.00
Maximum: $54,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



2788 Southeast 82nd Avenue
United States


Position Description:

APANO is seeking an experienced, motivated team member to oversee APANO’s youth, immigrant and neighborhood community organizing programs. The Organizing Director is part of the organization’s senior leadership, supporting a growing, seasoned team of member-leaders and paid organizers working to win concrete change in the lives of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Oregon, and in the larger world. The position provides big picture direction, support and integration for APANO’s organizing programs in support of long-term movement building goals. Our ideal candidate is a strong mentor, manager and strategic thinker who brings proven experience in grassroots organizing, political analysis and staff supervision. This position reports to the Executive Director and will supervise at least three other full-time staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

Community Organizing and Leadership Development (50%)

  • Develop and support a skilled team of organizers in building and sustaining an organizing membership base of 1000 members across youth and immigrant organizing programs.
  • Support a team building power on the neighborhood level across businesses and residents most at risk of displacement.
  • Develop and manage organizer development trainings, fellowship/internships and individual staff development plans and in-the-field support to build a pipeline of organizers around APANO’s Organizing Model.
  • Develop and manage consistent political education and skill building, leading internal and external collaborations and preparing organizing staff to support APANO member leadership development.

Campaign Management and Movement Building (25%)

  • Foster, create, direct and win member-led campaigns, integrated into APANO’s annual organizational work plan.
  • Represent APANO as needed on key coalitions and committees overseeing implementation of past APANO campaigns or tied to future campaign priorities.
  • Connect and align with Political Team on year-round policy advocacy and civic engagement efforts.
  • Cultivate intentional, long-term relationships with movement-building organizations and groups that support and sync with APANO values, theory of change and strategic plan.

Organizational Development and Fundraising (25%)

  • Help envision, develop and monitor grant proposals, fundraising efforts and annual budgets for organizing, community development and campaigns.
  • Provide strong leadership and accountability to engage staff and grassroots leaders in fundraising for grassroots and foundation fundraising strategies.
  • Work closely with Directors to manage the development, communication and implementation of APANO’s values, theory of change and strategic plan, and anticipate and respond to internal and external opportunities and challenges.

Required Qualifications

  • Successful track record in community or labor organizing (particularly in Asian Pacific Islander, low income and/or immigrant and refugee communities), and at least 1 year leading and supervising staff and campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and collaborate with new and seasoned organizers
  • Ability to identify, set priorities, work plan and mobilize teams of staff and volunteers in line with our goals and strategic direction
  • Strong communication and conflict management skills with ability to connect and build relationships across multiple audiences
  • The ability to work on deadline and maintain close communication and coordination with supervisor, co-workers and volunteers with minimal supervision, and work well as a team in a collaborative, creative, open-office environment
  • Lived experience in Asian and/or Pacific Islander communities
  • Deep commitment to APANO’s mission, vision, and values, as well as the strategic


  • 90% Employer-paid Medical, Dental, Vision and Naturopathic health insurance
  • 401K plan with employer contribution
  • Subsidized transit pass
  • Data plan credit
  • Paid professional development opportunities
  • Paid time off starting at three weeks per year
  • Seven paid holidays annually
  • Flexible family-friendly schedule.

Level of Language Proficiency

The following are a plus, but not requirements:

● Asian and/or Pacific Islander language proficiency

● Experience with both community and labor organizing

● Experience or study in community development

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Only complete applications submitted by April 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time will initially be considered.

Applications should be emailed as a single attached document (PDF preferred) to with subject title “Organizing Director”. Complete applications include:

  • Cover letter (1 page max) clearly outlining the specific skills and knowledge that you bring to the job and how they are a good fit with the responsibilities of the position
  • A resume (2 pages max) with relevant experience, work history, education, and accomplishments
  • 3 references, with contact information, and your relationship to reference

For more information, please email APANO and APANO Communities United Fund are an equal opportunity employer.

All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other legally protected classification. APANO and APANO Communities United Fund encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ

people, and other minority groups.