The Organization

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 people can thrive. By building an organized movement, we are bringing fundamental changes to economic and social institutions to prioritize public good over profits, and to honor the right of every person to a healthy environment and 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.

Position Summary

The primary role of the Co-Director is to build a collective vision of APEN’s work and provide leadership, motivation and support to staff and board members to achieve this vision. The Co-Director provides direction in developing and fulfilling the organization’s goals and objectives. The Co-Director also represents the organization with key external players and plays an active role in developing and maintaining external relations with others such as funders, and organizations and agencies at the local, state, national and international levels necessary to meet APEN’s mission and goals. This position works closely with APEN’s other Co-Director.


  • Oversees the development, innovation, and evaluation of the political and organizational strategy, power building approach and campaigns.
  • Leads philanthropic partnerships and maintains donor relations, working with the Development Director to lead and manage APEN’s diversified fund development plan.
  • Leads and supports the Management Team to ensure a healthy and productive organizational team culture and organizational development.
  • Leads, supports, and coordinates director level staff to meet organizational strategy and goals.
  • Develops and maintains strong external relations with partner organizations, allies, supporters, and members.
  • Leads participation in key movement alliances and coalitions to align broader movements and advance APEN’s mission and long-term strategies.
  • Oversees the development of the organizational narrative and communications strategy.
  • Media spokesperson in coordination with Communications Director
  • Ensures sound fiscal operations of the organization and that financial goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Supports the Board of Directors to engage with APEN staff and members and to meet the governance needs of the organization.


  • Commitment to the mission and principles of APEN and racial, environmental and economic justice
  • Experience working with or demonstrated commitment to movement building, politics, and policy, specifically in environmental justice issues related to climate, Just Transition, housing, and the managed decline of fossil fuels
  • Knowledge and understanding of how to build grassroots and political power through base- building, civic engagement, and movement building
  • 5 years of executive level experience
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience with a successful record of creating a development strategy, funder cultivation, and grants management.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Excellence in organizational management with experience supervising and coaching staff, and managing and developing high-performance teams
  • Commitment to fostering collective leadership and democratic participation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategies for creating lasting systemic change
  • Multi-racial coalition building and collaboration
  • Experience working with a nonprofit board of directors, preferably in a similar agency doing advocacy and serving the Asian American immigrant and refugee community



  • A strategic and innovative leader who can build leadership within the organization.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with individuals affiliated with public, private, and nonprofit organizations, as well as, current and future funding agencies.
  • A strategic and creative problem-solver who can resolve conflicts and build positive organizational culture
  • Is open and receptive to constructive feedback and growth
  • Experience in growing organizational budgets to increase resources and capacity
  • Interest in- and experience with nontraditional and innovative nonprofit structures
  • Open to- and interest in APEN’s organizational culture of generative somatics and feminist leadership



The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $120,000, and is commensurate with experience. APEN 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.



This position will be based out of the Bay Area, CA or Los Angeles/Orange County, CA.

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. After the pandemic, this position will require applicants to travel for fund development, speaking engagements, and other external roles.

To apply, send your resume, cover letter, and three references to hiring@apen4ej.org by October 8, 2021.

In this moment, it is more important than ever that we invest in grassroots organizing on the frontlines of the struggles against climate change, displacement and environmental injustice.

Make a donation to APEN today to support our organizing in 2021 and beyond.