National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time


Title: Chicago Organizing Manager

Reports to: National Field Director

Salary: $55,000

Work Schedule: Full-Time Temporary for One Year, Exempt

Location: Chicago, IL

Date Posted: 04/26/2021

Deadline to apply: Rolling until filled

NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.

NAPAWF was founded in 1996 to realize the vision of 100 AAPI women who recognized the need for an organization that would amplify AAPI women's stories and experiences. Being seen and heard in the public narrative gives us the power to shape the policy and cultural change needed to gain agency over our lives, families, and communities.

Today, we are mobilizing and building power in 11 cities across the United States to create social, political, and economic change for AAPI women and girls. 3 of those cities have local staff on the ground. We also show up in solidarity for other women of color who are experiencing injustice and harms of oppression and marginalization.

Our work is focused in the following strategies:

  • Policy and Structural Change
  • Organizing and Civic Engagement
  • Legal Advocacy and Judicial Strategy

We use the Reproductive Justice lens to intersectionally address three core issues:

  • Reproductive Rights and Health
  • Economic Justice
  • Immigration and Racial Justice


The Chicago Organizing Manager's main responsibilities will be to manage campaigns within the Chicago Chapter by leading local campaigns.This position would manage campaigns that get carried out by NAPAWF Chapter members, leaders, a coalition of partners, develop leaders, and own and implement a strategy to move the campaign forward. The Manager will also supervise the Chicago Organizer in their roles and responsibilities as outlined in the Chicago Organizer job description.

NAPAWF's entrepreneurial organizational culture encourages effectiveness, creativity, risk-taking and learning.


  • Effective Organizer. Accustomed to working in fast-paced environments, you are committed to getting results and able to handle unique and dynamic organizing campaigns. You are well-versed in campaign planning and can handle multiple projects at a time. You are great at building relationships with existing and new people in the community, NAPAWF members and leaders to engage them in the organization. You love to talk to people and help them grow their leadership skills
  • Coalition Builder and Stakeholder Manager. With at least 3 years of leading issue campaign work experience, you are an experienced community organizer who has a strong commitment to community organizing, intersectional reproductive justice policy areas, and issues related to those who identify as AAPI and/or immigrant women and girls. You have strong organizational skills and are able to build and nurture relationships with local government organizations, non-profits, religious institutions, college/university student groups, other social justice and human right groups that work specifically with AAPI and/or immigrant women and girls. You love strategizing and cultivating strong leaders to move structural change work.
  • Organizational Developer & Strategic Planner. Having had previous community organizing experience, you are comfortable with creating training modules and other campaigns with minimal supervision. You are a technology whiz, able to create engaging, content-packed presentations and trainings. You are committed to building strong action-based programs and events and seasoned in successfully managing multiple tasks to completion with competing deadlines.
  • Effective Communicator. As a seasoned spokesperson, you are able to synthesize the needs of those you serve and work with, addressing them in a way that is transparent, collaborative and culturally responsive and competent. You understand how to motivate and influence people and have excellent public speaking and writing skills.
  • Social Justice Advocate. You are committed to a career pathway that supports social justice and advocacy efforts. You consistently demonstrate the ability to motivate various constituencies to be strong stakeholders in the movement while showing a nuanced understanding of building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive advocacy environment with a racial equity focus.


Campaign Management

  • Lead and host coalition spaces to manage local partners around moving campaigns forward.
  • Coordinate overarching strategy with the coalition's Steering Committee and ensure working committees (Communications, Organizing, Lobbying) are in collaboration and aligned.
  • Identify new partner organizations in key districts to cultivate and bring to the table to work on campaigns.
  • Support Chicago Organizer to identify and basebuild around members most impacted by the issue.
  • Organizing around key targets to move the bill forward.

Supervision and Training

    • Manage and provide supervision to the full-time Chicago Organizer and a temporary Communications Consultant.
    • Provide support and accountability through regular check-ins and supervision with staff.
    • Developing Chicago Organizer around leadership and basebuilding around our other local campaigns including Reproductive Justice Commissions, RepealPNA, and national Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) campaign.

  • Supporting organizing and analysis training necessary for leaders, members and staff, including working with Chicago Organizer to host annual Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI).

  • Work with Chicago Organizer to develop leadership of local chapter members to be leaders in the reproductive justice movement and in the AAPI community in Chicago area.
  • Working with National Field Director to finalize programmatic reports related to the work.

Leadership and Vision

    • Provides the strategic vision for NAPAWF's in Illinois to successfully build a strong and powerful base of AAPI women and girls to advance reproductive justice in Chicago and Illinois at the state level and at the national level.
    • Be a strategic thinker and be responsible for understanding the interests and needs among the diverse AAPI communities in Chicago through landscape scans, one-on-ones with AAPI & other ally organizations, and local leaders, in order to shape the organizing strategy.
    • Provide leadership by identifying, developing, and designing organizing opportunities and campaigns in the local and state level and strategically connect local campaigns to federal campaigns.

  • Cultivates new and holds existing relationships with key players within various coalitions and reproductive justice tables to advance the vision and mission of NAPAWF.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Performing duties, as necessary, as a member of the NAPAWF team.


NAPAWF is seeking someone who is highly organized, thinks broadly, has attention to detail, and has held administrative roles, ideally in an environment supporting a broad and complex sets of actors and duties.

  • Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of the organization;
  • Experience and cultural competence working in communities of color in a social justice context;
  • Solutions oriented, with a lens of possibility and abundance as opposed to negativity and scarcity;
  • Knowledge and proven ability to navigate the Illinois state legislature environment a big plus;
  • Proven ability to garner local traditional media coverage of campaign work;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (written and interpersonal);
  • Facility of social media tools including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram;
  • VAN database, EveryAction, and other CRM platforms knowledge a big plus;
  • Able to work independently, as well as on a team;
  • Open to learning and growing with a small, dynamic and fast-paced organization;
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel;
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required.


The salary for this position is $55,000 commensurate with experience. A highly competitive benefits package includes a 401k plan, medical, dental, and vision insurance. NAPAWF's medical plan is covered by NAPAWF at 100% for employee and dependents with no out of pocket costs, including prescription drugs costs. Qualified dependents may also be covered. NAPAWF also offers full-time employees 15 days of vacation in the first year, sick leave, flexible spending program options and personal/family leave as well as paid vacation between December 25th and January 2nd of each year.


The person in this position should be able to engage in the diverse demands of the work, including the capacity to remain in a stationary position, operate a computer, and move about the office and outside of the office. There will be work doing canvassing and doorknocking outside. They must have the capacity to work evening hours and/or weekends as required. Occasional travel is required.


This position based is in Chicago. It is typically based in an office setting but will be initially start working remotely.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume or CV, and the names and contact information for three references to, with "Chicago Organizing Manager" in the subject line.

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