We’re Hiring a Community Organizer!

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APIENC (API Equality – Northern California) is hiring a Community Organizer!

Title:  Community Organizer, APIENC (API Equality – Northern California)

Hiring By: September 2018, process below

Compensation: $45,000 – $50,000, excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, retirement, & paid vacation time

Hours: Full-time, including travel U.S.-based travel 1-2 times per year.

Location: San Francisco, CA

ABOUT APIENC (API Equality – Northern California)

APIENC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build LGBTQ API power by amplifying our voices and increasing visibility of our communities. We inspire and train leaders, establish intergenerational connections, and document and disseminate our histories. We work closely with other API, LGBTQ, and QTPOC groups in the Bay Area to build resources to develop LGBTQ API leaders and to explore and uplift LGBTQ API history.

Working at APIENC is fun, challenging, engaging, and transformative! As a small grassroots organization, we prioritize deepening our relationships to others on our team and in our community. From a place rooted in abundance, interdependence, and care, we envision our work in the LGBTQ API community to be powered by those most impacted by our work.


Do you see yourself as someone who can lead, grow, and deepen the reach and impact of APIENC’s overall vision, main programs, and collaborations to serve the needs of LGBTQ API people in the Bay Area? If so, you would be a great fit!

Ideally, we’re looking for whoever joins our family, to have a proven ability to recruit, support, and motivate volunteer leaders and community members for our projects and programs. This includes organizing transgender and gender non-conforming support spaces, facilitating values-based community organizing trainings, disseminating interactive content for our Dragon Fruit Project, and coordinating 2-3 grassroots fundraising campaigns per year.

Are you committed to relationship building and intersectional movement building, long-term collaboration, and collective transformation via experimentation? We know that this work is hard, and so, we need someone who can bring a can-do attitude, a commitment to growth alongside others, and skills in strategy, time management, and communication. If you’re ready for a critical opportunity to engage with LGBTQ and/or API folks, intergenerational community, and folks from diverse backgrounds, this role is for you!


The Community Organizer’s primary responsibility is to work with APIENC’s Core leadership, community partners, and LGBTQ API membership base to envision, develop, implement, and evaluate APIENC’s work.  

Specifically, the Community Organizer will:

Job responsibilities may shift accordingly with organizational priorities and directions, which are developed alongside APIENC’s volunteer leadership and membership base

  • Coordinate APIENC programs: Leadership Development, Dragon Fruit Project, Trans Justice Initiative, with support from the Director and volunteer leaders
  • Recruit, train, motivate, and manage volunteers to organize events, trainings, and orientations
  • Work with the Director and volunteer leadership to execute 2-3 grassroots fundraising campaigns and major donor efforts per year
  • Work with the Communications Committee to create and implement communications strategy
  • Build and manage relationships with API and/or LGBTQ partner organizations
  • Develop trainings, curricula, and other teaching tools
  • Supervise interns, fellows, and organizers
  • Represent APIENC at community events and in coalitions


  • Has at least 1-2 years relevant work experience (paid and/or in a volunteer capacity)
  • Committed to relationship building and thrives in a small team environment
  • Highly organized, resourceful, and self-motivated
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with volunteers, community members, and community partners
  • Strong record of planning, managing, and evaluating multiple projects and teams at the same time
  • Experience in addressing interpersonal and group conflict, delegating responsibility, and initiating group accountability practices
  • Clear written communication skills, strong oral presentation skills, and track record in communicating to audiences of different ages, educational backgrounds, and countries of origin
  • Able to work flexible hours
  • Preferably, has a valid driver’s license and reliable access to a car
  • Preferably, can speak one or more Asian and/or Pacific Islander language


If you are interested in the above position, please contact MLin (mlin@lavenderphoenix.org) and Sammie (sammie@lavenderphoenix.org) to set up a informational conversation in the next 3 weeks (before July 20). This is not an interview. The purpose of this informational conversation is to candidly talk more about the role beyond the written description, assess appropriate next steps, and elaborate on the hiring process.

People of color, queer, transgender, gender nonconforming people and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to inquire and apply.

At APIENC, we prioritize our long-term relationships with the community members who have actively participated and led our work. We also strongly encourage members at APIENC to continue and deepen their involvement with our work, to inquire and apply for this position.

We are aiming to begin the onboarding process by September 2018.

APIENC is fiscally sponsored by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) that advocates on behalf of Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) and other underrepresented communities in San Francisco and statewide. (www.caasf.org)