Civic Engagement(CE) Project Lead

The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is an environmental justice organization with deep roots in California’s Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Since 1993, APEN has built a membership base of Laotian refugees in Richmond and Chinese immigrants in Oakland. Together, we have fought and won campaigns to make our communities healthier and just places where all people have the resources we need to live full, dignified lives. We are growing our local roots and building power to make decisions at the state level that have real local impact. By building an organized movement, we’re leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies that benefit everyone.



APEN seeks to hire an experienced civic engagement project team lead to participate in APEN’s civic engagement programs. This is a temporary part-time, non exempt position and will report to the Oakland Local Political Coordinator. This program’s goal is to increase the civic participation of low-income Asian immigrant communities in California. The Team Leader will be leading a team of Bilingual Outreach Workers in talking to voters and convincing them to take action on issues that impact poor people, immigrants, and communities of color in California.



Talk to hundreds of people a day about issues facing low-income communities as needed
Lead state ballot endorsement process with members, staff and board while coordinating with the local team on local ballot endorsement process.
Collaborate with our staff and or coalition partners to run civic engagement programs.
Supervise and schedule a team of 10-15 outreach workers.
Complete daily reports based on results from the outreach team.
Provide support and troubleshooting for technology used by the outreach team.
Train outreach team on policy, technology, and canvass skills.If able, support interpretation of team meetings and activities.



Commitment to the mission and principles of APEN and environmental economic, racial, gender justice.
Fluent in English, bilingual/biliterate in an Asian language preferred.
Strong motivation and adaptability, including ability to work under pressure and with deadlines.
Basic computer skills, ability to complete web forms.
Able to work our full canvass shifts Monday to Friday (10 AM to 4:30 PM) or evening (3 PM to 9:30 PM) including additional weekend hours. Exact hours to be finalized.



Experience working in Asian immigrant communities
Able to give and receive constructive feedback
Mandarin/Cantonese applicants preferred



This is a part-time, non exempt position with an hourly rate of $28/hr and a Sunday-Friday schedule of 10 to 25 hours per week. The exact schedule is TBD. Work schedules are expected to begin during the morning to early afternoon, or late afternoon to the early evening. The position can start as early as the position is filled and will end on December 16th, 2022.

This position is eligible for the following benefits if eligibility requirements are met.

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangements)
  • Vacation and sick time
  • Paid holidays
  • 401k with 5% employer match
  • Commuter benefits



This position will require applicants to work on a computer daily for long periods of time, and collaborate with colleagues and coalition partners through Zoom, email, Slack, and other digital platforms and when it is safe, in-person. APEN will provide a computer and other equipment needed to fulfill basic job responsibilities.

This position will be remote until APEN returns to in-person work, currently planned for Spring 2022 starting with a hybrid in-person work model. This position will follow APEN’s COVID safety policies and protocols regarding in-person work, including a mandatory COVID vaccination policy or alternatively, weekly COVID-19 testing.

This position may occasionally require work during irregular hours including on nights or weekends, and will require occasional travel within California.

This position will not require applicants to carry or move heavy equipment, regularly ascend or descend a ladder, or stand or sit for long periods of time. This position will not require working in hazardous or unusual conditions such as outdoors in inclement weather.



Applications are due electronically to hiring@apen4ej.org. Please use “Project Team Lead” in the subject line. The email must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing interest in the position and qualifications
  • Two references, including one supervisor

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Application Deadline: Open until filled

APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, gay, lesbian, transgender and gender nonconforming persons are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to hiring@apen4ej.org