The Local Policy Coordinator provides policy research, advocacy, analysis and education in partnership with APEN staff and community members to advance our environmental and social justice agenda. This includes working towards Just Transition policies and projects that move beyond fossil fuel as well as building towards resilient communities.

This role is a bridge builder between passing transformative climate, energy, and housing policies, and implementing state policy and resources to local models of Just Transition rooted in local design and decision making of APEN’s immigrant and refugee leaders. In addition to providing for local implementation of state policies, the Local Policy Coordinator plays a crucial role in advancing local policy driven by our members’ priorities, tracks Oakland and Richmond policy landscape and ensures integration of policy and base building. This position reports to the Richmond Organizing Director, which strives to integrate bold and authentic Asian immigrant and refugee leadership throughout the organization.


Primary Roles and Responsibilities
Policy development and implementation

Research and develop strategic local policy campaigns that advance our strategic pathways of decommissioning refineries and building resilient communities through  housing stabilization, resilience hubs, land and housing projects, etc..
Analyze policy proposals and make recommendations, in conjunction with members, around APEN’s local policy positions
Collaborate with APEN’s state and local teams and others to further policy campaigns.
Lead local implementation of state policies.
Meet with policymakers and stakeholders, serve as a spokesperson on technical and policy issues and represent APEN at various public forums and events.
Advocate APEN’s policy agenda with legislative and administrative bodies, non-governmental organizations and business groups, prepare regulatory and legislative comments and testimony, and represent APEN before media and public.
Represent APEN’s policy priorities on local boards and taskforces as needed to ensure equitable implementation that increases benefits for community
Leadership Development

Work with APEN’s leaders to develop policy recommendations and proposals to inform decisions for the organization’s statewide and local policy campaigns.
Develop trainings to educate community members and stakeholders about the policy process and priority policy topics.
Work with community leaders and members to deepen understanding of local and relevant state policy, build advocacy skills, develop local policies, and shape local implementation of policies.
Work with local organizers to facilitate member testimony and lift up member stories and priorities in policymaking and public forums.
Work with Local Organizing teams and leaders to identify key messaging and social media engagement, develop leader narratives for potential media pieces, and supporting on developing spokespersoning skills
Campaign & Alliance Building

Develop campaign strategy, goals & activities in collaboration with members
Develop/Implement local alliance-building strategy to move campaigns towards a common vision
Share, learn and exchange with other social justice allies
Build relationships, alliances and coalitions to move campaigns
Attend and support with the coordination of coalition meetings
Organizational Responsibilities

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
Fund Development:  Engage in grassroots and/or foundation fundraising
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

Successful track record of at least 3-5 years in policy, legislative, and/or campaign experience
Understanding of campaign strategy, organizing and advocacy techniques, and policymaking
Ability to analyze quantitative data and technical information
Embodies self-confidence and the capacity to proactively create and independently move forward a complex agenda while rooted in community vision and demands
Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) with the ability to facilitate understanding across multiple audiences
Ability to manage details, meet deadlines and produce high-quality materials
Excellent project management skills
Preferred Experience

Commitment to the mission and principles of APEN and social justice; and shares the commitment of black and indigenous peoples and the broader environmental justice movement to work toward a Just Transition, defined as shifting from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy that provides well being for all.
Working knowledge of environmental justice, climate policy, organized labor, and the political landscape in Bay Area
Ability to identify and set priorities in line with our goals and strategic direction
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public
Direct knowledge and understanding of how to build grassroots and political power through base-building, civic engagement, transformative policy, and movement building
Ability to develop a team-oriented environment; commitment to democratic decision-making
Familiarity with legislative and ballot measure process and strategy, advocacy techniques, and policymaking
Familiarity or experience with refinery regulations and enforcement mechanisms
Familiarity or experience with regional governance structures
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary starting at $70,000 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.


Accessibility and Working Conditions
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, and other digital platforms.  APEN will provide a computer and other equipment needed to fulfill basic job responsibilities.

This position will be hybrid with 1 day per week in the office and will follow APEN’s COVID safety policies and protocols regarding in-person work.

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


Application Process

This position was posted on October 11 and will be open until filled. Applications are due electronically. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please email with subject line “Local Policy Coordinator ” to hiring@apen4ej.org. The email must include three enclosures:

Cover letter describing interest in the Local Policy Coordinator  position and qualifications
Three references, including at least one previous supervisor.
APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, individuals with disabilities, people of color, queer, and gender non-conforming people strongly encouraged to apply.

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

About Asian Pacific Environmental Network

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.