The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO is seeking a Civic Engagement Fellow to help our team build out local worker and civic engagement campaigns. The anticipated timeframe for the fellowship is October 2021 to October 2022 (1 year), part-time and with the option for full-time.

About the Position 

The Civic Engagement Fellow will advance our programs to build capacity with local APALA chapters in order to execute worker and civic engagement organizing campaigns. This role will have high-level exposure to an exciting world of labor organizing, community advocacy, and nonprofit coalitions. The Boston, MA fellow will be housed at Chinese Progressive Association Boston. The position is currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the fellow will be based in the Boston area.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with local labor and chapter leaders to design and execute organizing campaigns around workers rights and civic engagement, especially the Uber/Lyft worker misclassification campaign
  • Recruiting and engaging local APALA members into campaigns
  • Recruiting and training volunteers that will engage community members around campaign efforts
  • Strengthening AAPI participation in existing and future campaigns in conjunction with local labor unions
  • Liaising between APALA’s national office and the Massachusetts chapter
  • Working with local partners to uphold and strengthen collaborations with other AAPI organizations and networks
  • Tracking and data entering work to ensure data-driven campaign
  • Plan and coordinate membership events
  • Support other organizational work/activities

Job Requirements:

  • High working proficiency in Cantonese, Toisanese, or Mandarin.
  • Experience organizing in civic engagement and/or organizing campaigns, especially in economic justice and worker issues.
  • Experience in economic justice or labor organizations.
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the Asian American/Pacific Islander community.
  • Demonstrated passion working in low-income, working class, and communities of color around social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a relatable and persuasive communicator/organizer with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Nice to have but not necessary:
  • Experience working in a local or state-based organizations
  • Experience working in coalitions
  • Experience with technology like Voter Activation Network, Hustle


Hourly rate of $19.00/hour, expected 15-20 hours per week, with option for full-time. This is a one-year position. Benefits include a monthly cell phone and transit stipend.

About Chinese Progressive Association Boston / Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

About Chinese Progressive Association

CPA was founded in 1977 out of a series of community organizing campaigns around issues such as Chinese parents’ input into the Boston school desegregation process and organizing for community control over land development in Chinatown. Our membership is made up predominantly of Chinese immigrants and the Chinese-speaking; most are workers in low wage industries, working families, or low-income elderly. CPA has no single issue focus because we believe that people have many concerns–jobs, education, freedom from discrimination, a clean and safe living environment. We have seen that once people achieve their rights in one aspect of their lives, they will be more likely to actively participate in solving other community problems.

The Chinese Progressive Association is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Our activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect our lives.


Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union members and allies advancing worker, immigrant, and civil rights. Backed with strong support of the AFL-CIO, APALA has 23 chapters and pre-chapters in 16 states and a national office in Washington, D.C. In 2011 to ensure broader education, civic engagement, and capacity building for our communities, APALA established the Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement (IAPALA) as a 501(c)3.

To achieve our mission, we build power by:

  • Organizing members into unions, develop a pipeline of labor leaders, and build political power for our community;
  • Educating AAPI workers and allies about the labor movement, principles of trade unionism, and collective bargaining, as well as providing a vehicle for AAPI issues and concerns;
  • Activating our chapters across the country to advance social, racial, and economic justice through state-based campaigns; and
  • Representing the voice of AAPI workers on coalitions within the labor community and more broadly in the civil rights, AAPI, and racial justice communities.