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.

This Community Organizer position is within APEN’s Organizing work in Oakland, working towards APEN’s vision of building healthy, fair and just neighborhoods.  The Community Organizer plays a crucial role in organizing low-income Chinese immigrants, developing their leadership to engage in advocacy, campaign, and electoral actions, and providing interpretation and translation to make these processes accessible to monolingual members.  The position reports to the Oakland Lead Organizer and works with other organizers across teams, to integrate bold and authentic Asian immigrant and refugee leadership throughout the organization.

The Oakland Organizing Project focuses on Anti-Displacement work and Housing Justice as a key part to developing Climate Resilient Communities. Key Strategies we engage in are tenant protections and connecting communities with free legal services, policies and projects that preserve existing affordable housing, policies and projects that promote equitable development, and building Climate Resilient Hubs.


Primary Roles and Responsibilities

Basebuilding: Outreach, Transformational Organizing, Leadership Sustaining & 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 that engages members in the Environmental Justice movement
  • Contribute to developing organizing systems and methods
  • Interpret and translate activities and materials or support interpreters/translators to do so
  • Coordinate & implement logistics for various activities, including providing transportation, arranging childcare, etc.
  • Data Management: Document & track the participation of members
  • Supporting general community members and APEN members in accessing necessary resources as is within the scope of APEN’s work
  • 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)
  • Contribute to culturally relevant and accessible curriculum and messaging towards leadership development
  • Support leaders in developing  strong communications and spokespersoning skills
  • Work with leaders to develop narratives and create media piece

Project Development and Management

  • Manage projects that create local economic alternatives to advance Just Transition*
  • Conduct research on demographics and community resources
  • Leverage relationships with existing resources and models
  • Engage our members in furthering Just Transition strategies
  • Communications & WeChat: Maintains weekly bulletin of community resources, events and announcements and supports driving digital engagement in WeChat groups and APEN official account
  • Tracks Chinese media around narrative regarding our APEN priorities as well as “hot topics” impacting our community
    Campaign & Alliance Building
  • Support local policy and electoral campaigns, including political strategy development and alliance building
  • Conduct research and analysis of policy/legislative changes that are needed
  • Work with members to identify progressive campaign demands
  • Plan and implement campaign goals and activities
  • Support members to lead campaign strategy and implementation
  • Build relationships, alliances and coalitions to win campaigns, integrating those relationship with APEN’s membership
  • Share, learn and exchange with other social justice allies

Organizational Development

  • 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
  • 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


  • Commitment to the mission and principles of APEN and social justice; and shares the commitment of 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.
  • Fluency in Cantonese or Mandarin is required, proficiency in the other dialect is also preferred. Confident with interpretation and translation
  • Proficiency in English communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Access and knowledge of using Wechat
  • Self-motivated, responsible, proactive, and disciplined
  • Team-oriented, with a commitment to principled struggle
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends
  • Willing to travel
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car with valid insurance is required within 1 year of employment

Preferred Experience

  • 2+ years experience working within Social/Environmental Justice movement and/or social service sector
  • Outreach and recruitment; skills and confidence in talking to strangers about different issues
  • Facilitation in small to large groups (5 -100 people)
  • Working with API immigrant community, especially elders
  • Supporting community members in building up their confidence to participate in public processes

Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary starting at $63,000 commensurate with experience. APEN offers a generous salary package commensurate with experience, and it also offers its staff a generous benefits package that includes the following:

Medical, dental and vision coverage
HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangements)
Vacation and sick time
Paid holidays
Fully paid 2 week winter holiday
401k with 5% employer match
Professional development
Commuter benefits
Sabbatical opportunity
APEN is also 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 remote until June 1, 2022. 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.

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 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.


Application Process

This position was posted in April 2022 and will be open until filled. Applications are due electronically. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please email with subject line “Oakland Community Organizer” to hiring@apen4ej.org. The email must include three enclosures:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing interest in the Oakland Community Organizer position and qualifications
  • Three references, including at least one previous supervisor.

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


*For more information about Just Transition, please reference:  https://climatejusticealliance.org/just-transition/

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