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.


Do you want to be part of one of the leading environmental and climate justice organizations serving Asian immigrant and refugee communities in the country? Are you ready to collaborate with a solid, committed development team, including experienced co-directors, in a supportive and inclusive work environment? APEN is looking for an experienced leader to grow our resources and lead our Development Team. The Development Director is responsible for co-designing and managing APEN’s fund development strategy. They lead the Development Team, oversee all fundraising and manage a portfolio of donors, and contribute to organizational leadership and strategy. The Development Director is  someone with a demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice and serving immigrant and refugee communities. This senior-level position reports to the Co-Director and supervises the Grants Manager, Development Associate, and development consultants.


Development Team Management (40% FTE)

  • Co-design and manage APEN’s fund development strategy to raise funds across multiple revenue sources in collaboration with APEN’s Co-Directors.
  • Implementation of long and short-term fund development strategies in collaboration with APEN’s Co-Directors, Board of Directors, development staff and Leads Team.
  • Supervise the Grants Manager, Development Associate, and consultants and oversee the development and production of foundation and government funding proposals and contracting to meet annual fundraising goals.
  • Support the Development Team to ensure the timely submission of proposals, letters of inquiry and reports, which includes maintaining a grants calendar and complying with all reporting requirements.
  • Support the Grants Manager and consultants to develop compelling case statements, program proposals, and grant budgets.
  • Organize & support APEN staff and consultants to create and implement foundation and government fundraising goals, strategies and evaluating mechanisms.
  • Help identify foundation prospects and develop appropriate strategies for approaching prioritized foundations in coordination with the Co-Directors.
  • Oversee the development, administration, and maintenance of CRM systems for foundation, government, donor, and supporter tracking and ensure the development of effective reporting formats.

Individual Donor Program Management (35% FTE)

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of individual donors
  • Oversee donor communications, in partnership with the Digital Manager, to ensure that donors and prospects are engaged, informed, and thanked for their participation in a timely manner.
  • Co-design and oversee all fundraising, cultivation and stewardship events including direct mail campaigns, special events, monthly donor program, phone banking, and other strategies.
  • Create and coordinate strategies to cultivate and partner with higher-level donors working closely with the Co-Directors, APEN staff and Board.
  • Create plans to train and involve APEN staff, board, members and volunteer components to engage in individual fundraising work.
  • Oversee the design, production and mailing of direct mail appeals, and other donor mailings
  • Ensure the regular updating and maintenance of APEN database, donor tracking, and donor acknowledgement process.

Organizational leadership (10% FTE)

  • Participate in board development by attending board meetings and committee meetings as needed, and preparing fundraising updates.
  • Provide leadership in long-term fund development planning to diversify APEN’s funding sources


  • Strategy and Planning: Contribute to overall organizational coordination and planning processes, including strategic planning, yearly workplan and budgeting, annual board + staff meeting, bi-weekly staff meetings and component meetings
  • Organizational Culture: Contribute to the APEN culture of team-building, emotional intelligence, feminisms, and leadership development
  • Basebuilding and Member Engagement:  Support organizing events with APEN members
  • Communications:  Act as a spokesperson and engage with communications narrative framework
  • Cross Component Support: Support various areas of organizational work, events, or campaigns as identified and participate in organizational committees and teams as needed
  • Supervision: Manage volunteers, fellows, and interns as needed

Required Experience and Qualifications

  • A track record of strong fund development work for non-profit organizations
  • 3-5 years development experience
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to develop compelling stories
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with immigrant and refugee communities of color and for racial and economic justice
  • Ability to lead organization-wide processes to advance fund development
  • Familiarity with grassroots organizing, advocacy and electoral engagement techniques
  • Strong time management and work planning skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Flexible and team-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • Familiarity with 501 c3 and 501 c4 structures a plus
  • Willingness to travel, within California and nationally a plus

Salary Range: $85,000-$100,000 commensurate with experience.

APEN also offers its staff a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and vision; vacation and sick time; 401k contributions and an opportunity to qualify for a sabbatical. APEN is a family-friendly employer.

This position will require applicants to work on a computer daily for long periods of time, and collaborate with staff through Zoom, email, and other digital platforms.  APEN will provide a computer and other equipment needed to fulfill basic job responsibilities.

This position is expected to be remote until further notice. In addition, this position will also follow APEN’s COVID safety policies and protocols regarding in-person work. Masks are required to be worn in APEN offices and indoor events, with the exception of eating and drinking. All employees also are required to be vaccinated as part of our safety policy or be subject to weekly testing.

APEN will continue to closely monitor local and state health officials guidance around COVID and any additional guidelines around safety for people to return to offices and gather in-person as needed.
This position may occasionally require work during irregular hours including on nights or weekends, and will require some travel within California.

Applications are due electronically to: hiring@apen4ej.org. Please use “Development  Director” in subject line. The email must include:

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

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, individuals with disabilities, people of color, queer and gender non-conforming people are encouraged to apply.



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