Richmond Lead Organizer

The Richmond Lead Organizer is a member of our organizing team working towards APEN’s vision of building healthy, fair and just neighborhoods.  The Lead Organizer plays a crucial role in building an effective basebuilding program to organize and develop the leadership of Asian immigrant and refugee community members, supervising other organizing staff, and developing local organizing strategies and campaigns.  The position reports to the Richmond Organizing Director and supervises the Richmond Youth Organizer within the Local Organizing Component of APEN, which strives to integrate bold and authentic Asian immigrant and refugee leadership throughout the organization.

APEN’s organizing work in Richmond focuses on organizing a Just Transition away from an extractive fossil-fuel based economy towards a regenerative economy. We engage in strategic campaigns that “fight the bad” like targeting oil refineries, as well as campaigns and projects that “build the good” like creating local community-governed clean energy.


  1. Basebuilding: Outreach, Organizing, Sustaining & Leadership Development
    • Lead in setting organizing goals, strategy and plans for recruitment and organizing team
    • Participate in outreach and various activities to gain new members and new constituencies
    • Ensure member participation in various leadership development and campaign activities
    • Develop and implement organizing systems and methods
    • Document & track the participation of members
    • 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)
    • Lead development of Richmond Leadership Steering Committee (LSC) members and their engagement in the LSC.
    • Contribute to culturally relevant and accessible curriculum and messaging towards leadership development
  2. Project Development and Management
    • Spearhead the creation of local economic alternatives to advance just transition
    • Leverage relationships with existing resources and models
    • Engage our members in furthering the just transition strategies
    • Secure support from elected officials, community allies, and/or funders to move projects
  3. Campaign & Alliance Building
    • Lead local and state campaigns, including political strategy development and alliance building
    • Conduct research and analysis of policy/legislative changes that are needed
    • Work with members to identify campaign demands
    • 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
  4. Supervision
    • Maintain regular supervision and check-ins with staff
    • Create a learning environment that supports staff in doing their best work.
    • Motivate the team to achieve goals
    • Conduct hiring, staff evaluation, training and development
    • Monitor personnel policies and administrative processes
  5. Organizational Development
    • Engage in overall organizational integration, budget, and planning processes, including yearly & strategic planning
    • Develop workplans that align with organization-wide mission and activities
    • Present APEN’s vision and strategies to achieve our goals
    • Participate in grassroots & foundation fundraising
    • Manage volunteers and interns when needed
    • Build new narratives, act as a spokesperson, and engage with communications work
    • 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
  • Experience organizing working class communities of color, especially Asian immigrant & refugee communities
  • Outreach and recruitment; willingness to talk to strangers
  • Experience with supervision and team-building
  • Ability to manage simultaneous projects
  • Excellent Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • 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

  • Language proficiency in Nepali, Hindi, Tagalog, Lao, Khmu, Mien, Vietnamese or Cantonese
  • Connected to Richmond, El Sobrante, or San Pablo communities
  • Working within Social/Environmental Justice movement
  • Facilitation (small to large groups of 5-100 people)
  • Campaign & alliance experience
  • Experience with environmental justice policy in the energy sector
  • Experience with cooperative development and building models in the regenerative economy


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: Megan Zapanta, Richmond Organizing Director at Please use “Lead Organizer hire” in subject line. The email must include:

* Resume

* Cover letter describing interest in the position, qualifications and salary history

* Three references, with at least one current / most-recent supervisor

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Start date: July 2019

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