Position Title: Cultural Strategy Director

Reports To: Co-Executive Director of Culture & Communications

Duration: Regular Position

Hours: 1.0 Full Time Equivalent (40 hours/week)

Compensation: $73,002-$89,864, based on experience

Benefits: Generous 90% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401K plan, subsidized transit pass, work from home stipend, professional development opportunities, paid time off starting at three weeks per year, up to 14 paid holidays annually, and flexible family-friendly schedule.

Consideration of candidates will begin September 19, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  


APANO Communities United Fund (APANO CUF) is Oregon’s oldest and largest statewide Asian and Pacific Islander (API) organizing and advocacy group, with a legacy of policy wins and innovative community programs.  APANO CUF is a 501c3 organization, affiliated with APANO, a 501c4 organization, working to achieve our larger vision of a just world where Asians and Pacific Islanders and communities who share our aspirations and struggles have the power, resources, and voice to determine our own futures, and where we work in solidarity to drive political, social, economic, and cultural change. APANO CUF unites Asians and Pacific Islanders to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work. 

About the Position:

APANO CUF is looking for a motivated, creative, and organized individual to oversee cultural strategies to build grassroots power within Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Oregon to advance racial and social justice. The ideal candidate loves social justice, is movement-oriented, has a comprehensive understanding about Cultural Work, and is excited to work in and continue to build a dynamic, queer-friendly, multi-ethnic, API-centered and led, inter-generational organization. This individual will be results-oriented, responsive, responsible, self-aware, dynamic, and a passionate person who values and practices direct communication with colleagues and team.

The Cultural Strategy Director is responsible for leading the evolving placemaking, arts, and culture shift work at APANO CUF. The position supervises Cultural Work and Community Space staff, interns, and key volunteers; may involve travel in the city and throughout the state; and involves regular evening and weekend hours.

Position Responsibilities

Cultural Strategy (50%)

  • Develop and concretize guiding Cultural Work and Community Space strategies, priorities, practices, and methodologies for the organization in alignment with APANO’s strategic plan. 
  • Oversee, guide, and support Cultural Work and Community Space program design and implementation, including cultural organizing, events, placekeeping, and commissioned artwork.
  • Manage key placekeeping initiatives and work closely with Cultural Work staff, contracted artists, community stakeholders, partner organizations, and governmental agencies in implementation of place-based projects.
  • Collaborate with Communications Director to shape overall cultural, narrative, and communications strategy, including issue-based storytelling, message dissemination, impact strategy, and APANO branding strategy.
  • Oversee documentation of cultural strategy-related initiatives and activities, including archiving of projects and artwork on APANO’s website.
  • Conduct thorough and strategic project evaluation, collecting qualitative and quantitative feedback that assesses the impact of, and advances continued growth and learning within, APANO’s cultural strategies.

Program Development (30%)

  • Cultivate strategic relationships with organizations and community stakeholders in relation to arts, culture, media, and communications.
  • Organize and facilitate opportunities to expand the impact and visibility of APANO’s Cultural Work and Community Space initiatives, including developing curriculums and trainings for staff, partners, and clients that build community-wide support for cultural work.
  • Collaborate with the Director Team to identify and pursue internal and external collaborations, revenue-sharing, and fundraising opportunities that support cultural strategy in tandem with other APANO programs.
  • Lead Cultural Work and Community Space fundraising efforts, including developing and maintaining relationships with relevant funders, setting annual fundraising goals, overseeing outgoing applications and incoming funds, and continuously refining development strategies to abundantly fund programs and staffing.
  • Manage Cultural Work and Community Space departmental budgets.

Distributed Leadership and Supervision (20%)

  • Work with the Director Team to nurture and sustain a culture of shared decision-making and leadership.
  • Collaborate with the Co-Executive Director of Culture & Communications and Program Integration team to support the growth and development of APANO’s organizational culture.
  • Supervise Cultural Work Manager and Event & Community Space Manager, and develop leadership of interns and key volunteers.


The Cultural Strategy Director will have:

  • Strong analysis of the role of arts and cultural work in organizing, campaigns and social justice movement-building
  • Experience managing and coordinating projects, volunteers and staff
  • Deep commitment to and vision for APANO’s mission and strategic plan
  • Self-confidence and the capacity to create and independently move forward a complex agenda with supervision and in a team
  • Ability to identify, set priorities, and work plan; move teams of volunteers in line with APANO’s our goals and strategic direction
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) with ability to connect across multiple varied audiences
  • The ability to work on deadline and maintain close communication and coordination with supervisor, co-workers and volunteers with minimal supervision, and work well as a team in a collaborative, creative, open-office environment while providing strong leadership
  • Respect for and demonstrated experience working with Asian and Pacific Islander activists, and a deep understanding of issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander communities
  • Grace under pressure

Preferred, but not required:

  • Understanding and experience with community organizing, civic engagement and/or policy advocacy.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Asian or Pacific Islander language.
  • Knowledge of and connection to arts and cultural landscape in Portland or more broadly in Oregon.

How to Apply

Only complete applications submitted by Friday, October 14, 2022 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time will initially be considered. Applications should be emailed as a single attached document (PDF preferred) to jobs@apano.org with subject line “Cultural Strategy Director”.

Complete applications include:

  • Cover letter (2 pages max) clearly outlining the specific skills and knowledge you bring to the job and how they are a good fit with the responsibilities of the position.  
  • A resume (2 pages max) detailing relevant experience, work history, education and accomplishments.
  • At least 3 references, including your current or most recent position, their name, title, email, phone, city and state information, and your relationship to them. 

APANO and APANO Communities United Fund are actively seeking to increase representation and develop the leadership of women, LGBTQ people, people with lived experience of economic injustices, and other underrepresented groups, including diverse API communities, both within the organization and the broader racial justice movement in Oregon and API communities. APANO and APANO Communities United Fund are equal opportunity employers. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other legally protected classification.