Richmond Youth Organizer

The Youth Organizer is a member of our organizing team working towards APEN’s vision of building healthy, fair and just neighborhoods.  The Youth Organizer plays a crucial role in building an effective base building program to organize and develop the leadership of young Asians –including Asian immigrant and refugee community members, supervising other organizing staff, and developing local organizing strategies and campaigns.  The position reports to the Richmond Lead Organizer and works within the Local Organizing team 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.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Base-building: Outreach, Organizing, Sustaining & Leadership Development

  • Contribute to setting organizing goals and plans for recruitment
  • Supervise middle & high school aged Youth Interns in leading the youth program and facilitating youth member meetings
  • Conduct outreach and various activities to gain new youth members
  • Ensure youth member participation in various leadership development and campaign activities
  • Coordinate and implement logistics for various activities, including providing transportation, arranging childcare
  • Develop organizing systems and methods
  • Document & track the participation of youth members
  • Facilitate trainings to help youth members to support, improve and/or develop needed skills (e.g. public speaking, grassroots fundraising, critical thinking & analysis, campaign strategy, electoral phone- banking) and political consciousness
  • Support organizing work of other organizing constituencies as a member of Richmond organizing team
  • Contribute to culturally relevant and accessible curriculum and messaging towards leadership development

2.  Campaign, Projects & Alliance Building

  • Work with youth members to identify campaign demands
  • Develop campaign strategy, goals & activities in collaboration with youth members
  • Work with strategic local and regional alliances that advance youth voice in a just transition
  • Engage leaders in and support the creation of local economic alternatives to advance just transition
  • Share, learn and exchange with other social justice allies

3.  Organizational Development

  • Engage in overall organizational integration, budget, and planning processes, including yearly & strategic planning
  • Develop work plans 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
  • Develop personal and professional growth and leadership

Required Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Experience working with youth, particularly from working class communities of color, or immigrant & refugee communities
  • Ability to connect and build relationships with youth
  • Strong 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 Qualifications

  • Language proficiency in Nepali, Hindi, Tagalog, Lao, Khmu, Mien, Vietnamese or Cantonese
  • Connected to Richmond, El Sobrante, or San Pablo communities
  • Youth organizing experience
  • Experience with popular education and creative facilitation
  • Campaign experience
  • Experience working within Social/Environmental Justice movement
  • Outreach and recruitment; willingness to talk to strangers

SALARY and BENEFITS

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

Applications are due electronically to: Megan Zapanta, Richmond Organizing Director at info @ apen4ej.orgPlease use “Youth 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.

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

Applications are due electronically to: Megan Zapanta, Richmond Organizing Director at info@apen4ej.org. Please use “Youth 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.