Position Title: Field Organizer 

Reports To: Political Director

Position type: 40 hours/week (1.0 permanent FTE equivalent)

Compensation: $39,244-$44,210 depending on experience

Benefits: health, dental, and vision insurance 90% employer-paid, 401K plan with employer contribution, transit subsidy, data plan credit, paid professional development opportunities, paid time off starting at three weeks per year (prorated by start date), up to 14 days of  paid holidays annually, and flexible schedule. This position requires night and weekend work hours. 


Consideration of candidates will begin after posting and continue until the position is filled. 


About APANO: 

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 Statewide, a 501c4 organization, working to achieve our larger vision of a just and equitable world where Asians and Pacific Islanders are fully engaged in the social, economic and political issues that affect us. APANO CUF’s key strategies are organizing, leadership development, civic engagement and policy advocacy, and cultural work.  We are organizing and uniting low-income, limited English proficiency, immigrant and refugee API communities, activists, and allies statewide in order to improve opportunities and prosperity for all Oregonians.  We increasingly work at the intersections of oppression, are committed to shifting the balance of power, and striving for systemic change in solidarity with communities experiencing oppression.


About the Position:

APANO Statewide is looking for a motivated, creative and organized individual to join the Political team, providing skills in volunteer management, leadership development and year-round civic engagement to build grassroots power in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Oregon. The successful candidate 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. Our ideal candidate is a proactive self-starter, skilled at building relationships, metrics based, energetic, capable of motivating and managing volunteers and data.


They will report directly to the Political Director and coordinate with the PpACE (Political, policy, advocacy, and civic engagement) Team. The Field Organizer will work with members, volunteers, and partner organizations on turnout and participation in campaigns where APANO is involved. Examples of issue areas that APANO and this position may work on include childcare policy, health equity, economic justice, reproductive justice, immigrant rights, democracy reform and voting rights, housing, and potential increased forays into criminal justice reform and mental health care.


Primary Responsibilities:


Program Management (70%)

  • Implement year-round field plan, supporting member recruitment and development; voter registration, political education and turnout; grassroots policy advocacy; phonebanking and canvassing; and occasional campaign work in support of APANO’s Advocacy Agenda and endorsed candidates.
  • Attend and represent the organization key ballot measure coalitions and synchronizing partner campaigns with APANO work.
  • Support the development of APANO’s grassroots Political Advocacy and Civic Engagement Committee; Integrated voter engagement strategies
  • Actively maintain Voter Activation Network (VAN), EveryAction database, and the organization’s internal systems to update records, target lists for campaigns, and coordinate electoral organizing activities. 
  • Engage member-leaders outside the Portland Metro area to base-build and take action in their local communities or through statewide efforts including candidate endorsement processes.
  • Organize and facilitate regular member meetings that happen throughout the state, in coordination with other staff and member-leaders.


Communication and Research (30%)

  • Support the coordination of member involvement in APANO’s campaign research process.
  • Compile data, interview stakeholders and conduct analysis of census data, relevant statistics, and legislation in support of internal memos one-pagers, issue briefs, public messaging and other informational materials and presentations relevant to APANO’s Advocacy Agenda, ballot measures and endorsed candidates.
  • Provide training and messaging support.
  • Promote Asian and Pacific Islander visibility through ongoing demographics research and presentations
  • Build analysis, skills and confidence of APANO staff to identify research needs to drive internal political analysis and member leadership (i.e., listening tour, campaign research, power mapping) 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity; record of success working with communities of color, low-income folks, LGBTAQIA individuals, and other historically marginalized communities
  • A commitment to APANO’s mission, vision, and values and to helping build a healthy workplace
  • Enthusiasm for working to advance Asian and Pacific Islander political power
  • Strong project management experience
  • Ability to think strategically and prioritize
  • Strong writing skills, ability to synthesize and communicate about complex material
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a team environment
  • Reliable, self-motivated, resourceful, and able to adapt to fast-paced environments
  • Ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships at various coalition tables and partners.
  • A commitment to centering BIPOC solidarity work in all aspects of the work ie: campaigns, implementation, etc.


The following are preferred, but not requirements:

  • Asian and/or Pacific Islander language proficiency.
  • Experience in c4 candidate endorsements and campaigns. 
  • Familiarity with Voter Activation Network (VAN), EveryAction, legislative tracking, and field organizing metrics.
  • Comfortable training volunteers and entry-level staff in field tactics (phone banking, texting, email, door canvassing, tabling).


How to Apply


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and this position will be open until filled. Applications should be emailed as a single attached document (PDF preferred) to jobs@apano.org with subject “Field Organizer”. 


Complete applications include:

  • Cover letter (1-page max) clearly outlining your interest in APANO, this position, and the specific skills and knowledge that you would bring to the job 
  • A resume (2-page max) with relevant experience, work history, education, and accomplishments
  • [If advanced to finalist stage] 3 references, with contact information, and your relationship to the reference 


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.