Oakland Community Organizer


The Community Organizer is a member of our Oakland Organizing Project team 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 Lead Organizer and works within the local organizing component of APEN, which strives 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 well as Energy Democracy and Climate Justice Initiatives. Key Strategies we engage in are tenant protections and connecting community with free legal services, policies and projects that preserve existing affordable housing and policies and projects that promote equitable development.


APEN was founded in 1993 with the belief that all of us have the right to a clean and healthy environment, in which we can live, work, learn, play and thrive. APEN amplifies the voice of low-income community members, setting the agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. By building an organized movement, we are bringing fundamental changes to economic and social institutions to make them prioritize public good over profits and honor the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people.


1.   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

2.   Project Development and Management

  • Manage projects that create local economic alternatives to advance Just Transition*
  • Conduct research and leverage relationships with existing resources and models
  • Engage our members in furthering Just Transition strategies

3.   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

4.   Organizational Development

  • Contribute to overall organizational integration and planning processes, including yearly & strategic planning
  • Participate in grassroots and foundation fundraising as needed
  • Build new narratives, act as a spokesperson, and engage with communications work
  • Manage volunteers and interns when needed
  • Contribute to the APEN culture of team-building, emotional intelligence and feminisms
  • Develop personal and professional growth and leadership


  • Commitment to the mission and principles of APEN and social justice
  • Fluency in Cantonese required, Mandarin proficiency also preferred. Confident with interpretation and translation
  • 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
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a car with valid insurance

Preferred Experience

  • Working within Social/Environmental Justice movement
  • Outreach and recruitment; willingness to talk to strangers
  • Facilitation in small to large groups (5-100 people)
  • Working with API community, especially elders
  • Supporting community members in building up their confidence to participate


Salary DOE, competitive salary range.  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.


Applications are due electronically to: Jing Jing He at apenATapen4ejDOTorg. Please use “Oakland Organizer hire” in subject line. The email must include:

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

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, queer and gender non-conforming people are encouraged to apply.

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