Position Title: Cultural Work Coordinator

Reports To: Cultural Work Manager

Duration: Regular Position

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

Compensation:  $39,244-$48,309 depending on experience

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


About APANO:

APANO unites Asians and Pacific Islanders to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work. We envision 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 Communities United Fund (CUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that works closely with its affiliate 501(c)(4) organization, APANO. 


About the Position:

APANO is looking for an organized, motivated, and creative individual to support cultural work programs that build grassroots power within Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Oregon. The Cultural Work Coordinator assists the Cultural Work team to ensure the successful implementation of cultural organizing projects and help build a strong base of artists, cultural workers, and member-leaders who advance APANO’s mission of racial and social justice. The position is responsible for a broad range of project and administrative duties as part of APANO’s evolving arts, culture shift, and placemaking strategies. Given the Cultural Work team’s close work with volunteers and community members, the position involves regular evening and weekend hours. This individual will join a growing, seasoned team of member-leaders and staff working to win concrete change in the lives of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Oregon, and the larger world.  


The ideal candidate is movement-oriented and excited to manage on-the-ground tasks and details that build the foundation for a creative, dynamic, queer-friendly, multi-ethnic, inter-generational organization. This individual will be friendly, detail-oriented, flexible, and attentive to project and program needs and areas of optimization, while practicing clear and direct communication with colleagues and team. 


Currently, the position involves both in-person and remote responsibilities, and includes working with colleagues who are primarily or fully remote. The majority of staff have been working primarily remotely during the pandemic, and APANO is currently in the process of revising its remote working policies. We expect that this position will include both remote and in-person work with a flexible, family-friendly schedule for the foreseeable future. 


Position Responsibilities:

Project and Administrative Support (60%)

  • Support the successful implementation of Cultural Work projects and programs, including providing hands-on exhibition installation and cultural events support; helping coordinate and organize artists, volunteers, and APANO members through APANO’s Arts & Media Project (AMP) and the East Portland Art + Justice Lab; assisting with the preparation and implementation of trainings and workshops; and other tasks as needed.
  • Coordinate administrative and logistical details that support the optimal functioning of the Cultural Work team, artists, and partners, such as maintaining inventory of Cultural Work materials and supplies, assisting artists with project details, supporting scheduling needs, and other duties as assigned.
  • Assist the Cultural Work team in identifying and applying for cultural work funding opportunities, including researching and documenting grant opportunities, helping draft and prepare applications, and assisting with report-writing and submission. 
  • Participate in Cultural Work and Community Space collaborative team meetings and support collaborative Cultural Work and Community Space activities as needed.
  • Represent Cultural Work on APANO’s internal cross-programmatic committees, including but not limited to BIPOC Solidarity and Disability Justice committees.


Documentation and Evaluation (30%)

  • Collect program and project information, including activities, dates, participants, collaborators, and documentation, for archival and tracking purposes.
  • Maintain an ongoing project archive on APANO’s website, updating project descriptions, images, and other information to create an easy-to-understand, accessible, and visible online presence of APANO’s cultural strategy work.
  • Regularly update EveryAction and APANO’s Arts & Media Project (AMP) list serv, to ensure regular channels of communication and engagement with program participants.
  • Assist the Cultural Work team in program evaluation by helping create accessible methods of collecting feedback from program participants, implementing feedback collection strategies, and maintaining feedback for evaluation purposes.


Communications (10%)

  • Curate, assemble, and send APANO’s monthly Cultural Work Roundup, gathering mission-aligned events and opportunities for distribution to APANO’s cultural work network.
  • Support APANO’s Arts & Media Project (AMP) in maintaining and distributing content on AMP’s Instagram.
  • Support the Cultural Work team in telling the story and impact of the departments’ work in accessible and engaging ways, and regularly audit Cultural Work’s communications channels for accessibility, clarity, and impact.



Candidates for the position will have:

  • At least one year of experience in project or administrative support, with a strong ability to carefully track details and needs of multiple ongoing events, projects, and activities.
  • Demonstrated interest in and analysis of the role of arts and cultural work in organizing, campaigns, and social justice movement-building.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), with ability to connect across multiple varied audiences and build relationships with a wide range of personalities, in-person and remote.
  • The ability to work on a deadline and maintain close communication and coordination with supervisor, co-workers, and volunteers to successfully implement projects.
  • A friendly, curious, and growth-oriented attitude, with ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment.
  • The ability to move with grace under pressure and the ability to form positive working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Deep commitment to and vision for APANO’s mission and strategic plan, including an understanding of the role of grassroots community organizing in social change and movement building.
  • Respect for and demonstrated experience working with Asian and Pacific Islander activists, and a deep understanding of issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
  • Sufficient English proficiency; this position communicates regularly in written and spoken English.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as required by APANO.


Preferred, but not required:

  • Experience with art-making and event coordination in a community-based or social justice context.
  • Fluency (written and spoken) in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish, Swahili, and/or other Asian and Pacific Islander languages.
  • Understanding and experience with community organizing, civic engagement and/or policy advocacy.
  • Knowledge of and connection to the arts and cultural landscape in Portland or more broadly in Oregon.


How to Apply

Only complete applications submitted by 5/16/2022 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 Work Coordinator”.  


Complete applications include:

  • Cover letter (1 page max) clearly outlining the specific skills, knowledge, and experience you bring to the job and how those are a good fit with the responsibilities of the position.  
  • A complete 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 will be requested during the hiring process.
  • 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.