Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO and
Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership and Advancement

Program Manager

Based in Washington, DC

Job Description
APALA seeks a creative, strategic, and passionate advocate for economic justice and AAPI worker equity.

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO is seeking a Program Manager to help our Executive Director implement our programmatic priorities and chapter-based power-building campaigns. The anticipated start date is early Summer 2018 (with some room for flexibility based on the candidate).

Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union members and allies advancing worker, immigrant, and civil rights.

Backed with strong support of the AFL-CIO, APALA has 23 chapters and pre-chapters in 16 states and a national office in Washington, D.C. In 2011 to ensure broader education, civic engagement, and capacity building for our communities, APALA established the Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement (IAPALA) as a 501(c)3.

To achieve our mission, we build power by:

  • Organizing members into unions, develop a pipeline of labor leaders, and build political power for our community;
  • Educating AAPI workers and allies about the labor movement, principles of trade unionism, and collective bargaining, as well as provide a vehicle for AAPI issues and concerns;
  • Activating our chapters across the country to advance social, racial, and economic justice through state-based campaigns; and
  • Representing the voice of AAPI workers on coalitions within the labor community and more broadly in the civil rights, AAPI, and racial justice communities.

About the Position
In partnership with the Executive Director, the Program Manager will develop and manage programs new and existing programs to advance APALA’s mission. The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the National Executive Board (NEB), APALA chapter leaders, and other APALA staff. This position is based in Washington, D.C. Flexibility is required. The Program Manager will have the opportunity to work with the Executive Director to hire additional staff and fellows as fundraising efforts allow (Program Coordinator, 1-3 interns, and 1-2 state based fellows anticipated in 2018). Nights and weekends including travel may be required during busy times before major events (usually 1-2 times a year) or during election season.

This role will have high-level exposure to an exciting world of labor organizing, community advocacy, and nonprofit coalitions, and will have a chance to significantly drive APALA’s overall direction, program, and productivity.

Responsibilities include:

  • Program Development - Oversee planning and execution of campaigns and programs aligned with APALA priorities. Examples include labor education, such as collective bargaining and campaigns against anti-worker attacks, civic engagement, immigration advocacy, global solidarity, and mass incarceration.
  • Chapter and Member Growth - Foster growth, sustainability, engagement, effectiveness, and compliance of new and existing chapters. This may include regular chapter communications (email, phone, in-person), relationship building and collaboration between chapters, maintenance of the membership database, and maintaining regular knowledge and support of chapter activities and programs. Oversee development and implementation of services to chapters including toolkits, an online resource hub, and other resources.
  • Capacity Building - Assess and promote opportunities for leadership development and member training. This may include working with various labor training programs to grow the skills and expertise of members as well as developing and presenting APALA curriculum.
  • Coalition Building - Working with the labor movement, AAPI, and other community coalitions to represent APALA and push a progressive pro-worker agenda.
  • Communications - Frequent communications support around issue-specific press statements, issue briefs for chapters, and social media content development.
  • Development - Occasional support seeking out or drafting language and outcomes for grant proposals.

About the Candidate
What We’re Looking For:

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented self starter who can create, manage, and fully drive projects that results in high quality work in a timely manner. You know how to think ahead, prioritize your workload, and prepare for challenges. You enjoy challenges and having a full plate but also know how to manage up when the workload needs to be reprioritized.
  • Solutions-oriented person who is creative about your work, loves to learn more about the movement, and is always asking questions. You are usually the kind of person who has a new idea for how to run the program better and appreciates constructive feedback from team members.
  • Deep commitment to racial, social, and economic justice. You don’t just ask “Who’s not at the table?” but “Why aren’t they at the table and how can we fix it?”
  • Natural organizer who enjoys talking to members, board members, allies and other stakeholders. People go to you when they want to know who to work with on a specific campaign or how they can get help with a project.
  • Someone who enjoys a respectful, positive, collaborative, and flexible work environment. The team is small but nimble. We celebrate shared successes and empower each other to be impactful in our work.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant experience developing and managing programs and managing staff.
  • Experience organizing or managing in political or issue-based campaigns, especially in voter registration and voter turnout efforts.
  • Demonstrated experience working in low-income, working class, and communities of color around social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Ability to hire, coach, and manage staff and volunteers across the country.
  • Demonstrated experience in tracking and reporting program success for effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a relatable and persuasive communicator/organizer with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Nice to have but not necessary:
  • Experience in economic justice or labor organizations
  • Experience in developing or presenting trainings
  • Experience working in a local or state based organizations
  • Experience working in coalitions


  • Starting annual salary of $55,000 - $60,000 depending on experience. Benefits include:
  • Fully paid health, vision, dental insurances.
  • Fully paid life, short-term, and long-term disability insurances.
  • 15 days of paid leave in addition to all federal holidays, and office closure last two weeks of the year.
  • Flexible telework and alternative work schedule policies.
  • Retirement: up to 5% employer matching contribution
  • Monthly cell phone and transit stipend.

To Apply
Submit cover letter, at least one writing sample (action alerts, press releases, issue briefs, fact sheets, or campaign plans are all good options), and résumé with 3 references (at least 1 work reference) to: apala(at)apalanet(dot)org with the subject line “Program Manager.” APALA is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage youth, people of color, women, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people to apply.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, first set of resume reviews and interviews will be week of April 23.

The privacy of applicants will be respected and preserved until the last phase of the hiring process. References will be checked during finalist interviews, with candidate knowledge.

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