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 all people have the resources we need to live full, dignified lives.  We are growing our local roots and building power to make decisions at the state level that have real local impact.  By building an organized movement, we’re leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies that benefit everyone.



With support from the Communications Director and Digital Manager, the Communications Associate will develop and implement communications strategies for local and state organizing campaigns to phase out fossil fuel infrastructure.  The focus of this position will be to develop campaign communications that engage and mobilize APEN’s membership and supporter bases, and help bring community power to fights that are often happening in technical and policy spaces.

This position will be housed in both the Communications and Richmond Local Organizing teams and reports to the Communications Director.




Campaign Communications (75%)

With support from Communications Director and Digital Manager, the communications associate will develop and implement communications strategies for local and state organizing campaigns to phase out fossil fuel infrastructure.  Depending on the campaign, responsibilities may include:

  • Adapting existing narrative frames and talking points for specific campaigns and audiences.
  • Working with local organizers to edit popular education materials for members.
  • Developing popular education materials for supporters and coordinating distribution to reach target audiences.
  • Working with local organizers and APEN members to develop stories and spokespeople.
  • Working with artists and cultural workers to produce stories.
  • Creating digital infrastructure and toolkits for mobilizations.
  • Writing and disseminating email blasts, web post content, social media posts, and press releases.
  • Identifying and moving on opportunities when they arise to grow support for phasing out fossil fuels, and build identification with our core values and assumptions.


Team Responsibilities (10%)

Work with Communications Director and Digital Manager to collectively lead our cross-component comms crew team.  Comms crew coordinates comms work across the organization to advance our external communications goals, engages in rapid response to cultural and political moments, and provides cross-component support for major campaign mobilizations and events.

  • Join Richmond team meetings to build relationships and integrate with APEN’s organizers and membership base.


Organizational Responsibilities (15%)

  • Strategy and Planning: Contribute to overall organizational coordination and planning processes, including strategic planning, yearly work plan and budgeting, annual board and staff meeting, bi-weekly staff meetings and component meetings.
  • Organizational Culture: Contribute to the APEN culture of team-building, emotional intelligence, feminisms, and leadership development.
  • Basebuilding and Member Engagement: Support organizing events with APEN members.
  • Fund Development:  Engage in grassroots and/or foundation fundraising
  • Communications: Act as a spokesperson and engage with communications narrative framework.
  • Cross Component Support: Support various areas of organizational work, events, or campaigns as identified and participate in organizational committees and teams as needed.
  • Supervision: Manage volunteers, fellows, and interns as needed.



  • 1-2 years experience producing communications materials for grassroots organizing campaigns.
  • Excellent writing and storytelling skills.
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, problem-solver.
  • Regular practice in reflection, learning, and growth.
  • Willingness to move with campaign timelines that often have slower planning and building periods followed by escalations and periods of high activity.
  • Ability to keep a pulse on the cultural and political landscape and pivot quickly as opportunities arise.
  • Connection to Asian immigrant and refugee communities and / or environmental justice communities.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (IG, FB, Twitter), and basic graphic design (Canva and/or Photoshop/Illustrator).
  • Commitment to movement building.



  • Narrative analysis and narrative development skills.
  • Intuition for messaging and storytelling that resonates with Asian immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Experience working with designers, videographers, and/or other artists to create emotionally compelling content
  • Familiarity with digital organizing best practices across platforms including social, email, web, and/or SMS
  • Familiarity with coalition and campaign dynamics.



The salary scale for this position is $62,400 – 67,000 / year DOE.  Start date will be between April 1, 2022 and July 1, 2022.  APEN offers a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental and vision (domestic partner coverage available); vacation and sick time; 401k contributions and an opportunity to qualify for a sabbatical. APEN is a family-friendly employer.



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, Slack, and other digital platforms and when it is safe, in-person.  APEN will provide a computer and other equipment needed to fulfill basic job responsibilities.

This position will be remote until APEN returns to in-person work, currently planned for Spring 2022 starting with a hybrid in-person work model.  This position will follow APEN’s COVID safety policies and protocols regarding in-person work, including a mandatory COVID vaccination policy or alternatively, weekly COVID-19 testing.

This position may occasionally require work during irregular hours including on nights or weekends, and will require occasional travel within California.

This position will not require applicants to carry or move heavy equipment, regularly ascend or descend a ladder, or stand or sit for long periods of time.  This position will not require working in hazardous or unusual conditions such as outdoors in inclement weather.



Applications are due electronically to Marie Choi: hiring@apen4ej.org. Please use “Communications Associate” in the subject line. The email must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing interest in the position and qualifications
  • 2 work samples: 1 writing sample and one storytelling sample (any medium)
  • Three references, including one supervisor

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this position is filled. We will begin interviewing candidates in early March 2022.

APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, gay, lesbian, transgender and gender nonconforming persons are encouraged to apply.

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