Chinese Progressive Association
San Francisco, CA (Hybrid)
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is a grassroots membership-based organization that empowers the Chinese community in San Francisco and promotes justice and equality for all people.
CPA’s campaigns and programs improve the living and working conditions of working-class immigrants and give ordinary community members a stronger voice in the decision-making processes that affect them. Our core strategies are organizing, leadership development and alliance building.
As the future of a progressive and working-class San Francisco is being contested by political forces capitalizing on economic insecurity, racial divisions and fear, it is more critical an imperative than ever to organize on the ground and to build and unite the Chinese American working class around a future where all families can live and thrive in their full dignity and power. CPA’s Organizing Director joins a talented and passionate staff and membership team to provide strategic leadership to build an intergenerational grassroots membership, move powerbuilding campaigns towards a long-term agenda, and support and cultivate leadership of staff teams to build a healthy and resilient organization.
The Organizing Director reports to the Executive Director, serves in senior leadership teams, and supervises two to four leads and organizers.
KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Build powerful, integrated intergenerational grassroots membership and leadership base, increasing to 1000 members in the next 3 years.
• Lead organizational base-building strategy, training for staff and leaders, and building organizational infrastructure for scaling impact.
• Supervise Organizing program team leads, cultivate staff leadership, and support effective team management to achieve organizational priorities and goals.
• Support planning, implementation, and evaluation of overall powerbuilding and program strategies.
• Manage team culture, cohesion, and staff development.
• Supervise key organizer and lead staff.
Lead strategic campaigns that build power towards CPA’s Long-Term Agenda (LTA).
• Work with Policy and Alliance Director, Political Director, Civic Engagement Director and other senior staff to identify, develop and implement strategic issue and workplace campaigns, develop campaign strategy, and integrate across program teams to build power towards our LTA.
• Facilitating organizational processes to set and update CPA’s powerbuilding strategy.
Build and sustain the alliances, coalitions, and movement champions we need to win.
• Lead local and statewide alliance strategy and play a leadership role in key alliances.
• Represent CPA at convenings and movement spaces.
• Represent CPA with funders and cultivate funder relationships.
Practice & model purpose-driven, sustainable, and courageous leadership as part of the core Leadership Team at CPA.
• Participate in CPA’s Leadership Team alongside the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Political Director, and Policy and Alliance Director.
• Balance driving the work forward, with ensuring staff and member involvement and ownership.
• Support and embody practices of resilience and sustainability in our work.
• Support CPA programs and organization-wide activities as needed.
• Administrative duties such as reimbursement, time sheets, etc.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Estimated salary range is $80,000 – 100,000/year depending on experience and qualifications. CPA provides competitive benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental, vision) and substantial vacation days and paid time off.
• 5+ years experience and demonstrated skill in community or labor organizing in working-class communities of color, along with interest in learning from new models.
• At least 3-5 years Strategic Campaign and coalition experience.
• At least 3 years experience training, directing and supervising organizing staff.
• Political experience and acumen, including ability to articulate structural analysis, conduct power analysis, develop and assess political strategy.
• Commitment to building social, economic, racial and environmental justice through grassroots organizing and social movements.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to motivate and work with Chinese immigrant working families and diverse stakeholders.
• Strong emotional intelligence skills – experience building healthy and successful teams, ability to navigate conflict and tensions.
• Excellent organizational and project management skills including attention to detail and follow through.
• Can work effectively independently and as part of a team.
• Proficient in G-Suite and Microsoft Office.
• Conversational in Chinese (Cantonese, Toishanese and/or Mandarin), Biliterate in Chinese.
• Knowledge of issues impacting low-income Chinese immigrants in San Francisco, local political landscape and key players.
• Knowledge and experience with leading policy campaigns at the statewide level.
• Knowledge and experience in policy implementation and governance models.
• Experience in leading distributed leadership organizing models.
• Experience with labor organizing, integrated voter / civic engagement, and/or Asian American grassroots organizing.
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• This position will work out of CPA’s office in San Francisco Chinatown. Currently, CPA has a hybrid work schedule, 3 days in-person / 2 days work from home.
• Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
• Able to see or read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids.
• Able to speak clearly and in audible tones on the phone and in-person and be understood by others.
• Able to hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone.
• Able to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
• Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
How to Apply
More information about the Chinese Progressive Association may be found at: cpasf.org
Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via the applicant portal.
Chinese Progressive Association contracts with Resilient Strategies LLC for backend and operational support including hiring and employment. Resilient Strategies is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, parents, are/have been system-impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply. Pursuant of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.