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

Title: Leadership Development Coordinator

Reports to: National Campaign & Membership Director

Salary: $45,000-50,000

Work Schedule: Full Time,Exempt

Location: Chicago preferred, other locations may be considered

Date Posted: 9/8/2021

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 cities across the United States to create social, political, and economic change for AAPI women and girls. 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


Reporting to the National Campaign & Membership Director, the Leadership Development Coordinator will support our Field Team to develop and standardize our training curriculum, as well as strategize and implement systems for membership cultivation across the country. NAPAWF's organizational culture encourages creativity, risk-taking, learning, and effectiveness.


  • Coalition Builder and Stakeholder Manager. With at least 2 years of voter engagement, issue-based campaigns, community organizing, or union organizing, you are a self-starting community organizer who has a strong commitment to community organizing, AAPI 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 nonprofit, government, religious, student, or other social justice organizations that work specifically with AAPI and/or immigrant women and girls. You love working with and talking to people and enjoy recruiting and engaging others to be active members within the NAPAWF community.
  • Organizational Developer & Strategic Planner. Having had previous organizing experience, you are comfortable with creating programming, events, and actions with minimal supervision. You are a technology whiz and have a demonstrated expertise of digital tactics and strategy. You are committed to building engaging, content-packed, and action-based programming and seasoned in successfully managing multiple tasks to completion with competing deadlines.
  • Effective Communicator. As a seasoned spokesperson, adept in both English and at least one Asian / Pacific Islander language (i.e. Bangla, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Urdu, Khmer, Vietnamese, etc.), 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 AAPI movement while showing a nuanced understanding of building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive advocacy environment with a racial equity focus.
  • Effective Organizer. Accustomed to working in fast-paced environments, you are committed to getting results and able to handle a unique and dynamic field environment. You are well-versed in strategic and campaign planning, and you can handle multiple projects at a time. You are great at building relationships with existing and new people in the community, as well as NAPAWF members and leaders to engage them in the organization. You love to talk to people and help them grow their leadership skills.


  • Develop and standardize to address the gaps and needs of our membership at different levels of engagement
  • Facilitate and implement training curriculum, including the dissemination and absorption of training materials and train-the-trainers
  • Plan and host national training sessions alongside Field Organizers
  • Own the development and implementation of NAPAWF's infrastructure for membership cultivation, including our leadership development model and programs like the Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI)
  • Track and analyze how we are deepening engagement and cultivating leadership within our membership
  • Create new training materials for teach-ins/workshops on specific topics or policy as needed to help move campaigns or at the request of staff
  • Support Field Organizers on local trainings, ensuring curriculum and effectiveness are standardized
  • Provide trainings for staff and staff of partner organizations
  • Be available to conduct entire training or parts of training when needed
  • Manage information requests needed for reporting and overall assessments
  • 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 set of actors and duties.

  • At least two years of relevant work experience in organizing training curriculum development, facilitation, and implementation
  • Commitment to the mission, values, and aspirations of the organization;
  • Experience and cultural competence working in AAPI communities in a social justice context;
  • Solutions oriented, with a lens of possibility and abundance, as opposed to negativity and scarcity;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (written and interpersonal);
  • EveryAction, VAN, 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.


The salary for this position is $45,000-50,000 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 from December 25th through January 1st 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. They must have the capacity to work evening hours and/or weekends as required. Occasional travel is required. This position is based in an office setting and occasionally in the field.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume and three references to, with "Leadership Development Coordinator" in the subject line.

NAPAWF is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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