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 Job Title: Field Director

 Job Type: Full time

Reports to: Organizing Director

Location: Greater Philadelphia area

Timeline: January 2022 – December 2022, with the possibility of extension based on performance and resources

Salary: $60,000-$70,000

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Who we are: The Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance’s (API PA) mission is to build long-term power for Asians and Pacific Islanders in Pennsylvania, by coordinating political, electoral, and legislative work to hold our elected officials accountable, engaging in culturally competent and linguistically accessible direct voter contact with our communities, and building solidarity with other aligned communities of color across the state. 

We operate primarily in South Asian, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese communities, and are the first and only political organization directly advocating for the needs of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Pennsylvania. We won’t stop until our people have political power and our communities have everything we need to be safe, healthy, and strong – and we’re excited to work with you to make that happen. 

Primary Responsibilities:

As the first and only statewide Asian Pacific Islander political organization in Pennsylvania, API PA will spend 2022 building and running the voter contact program necessary to fulfill the same role it accomplished in 2020 – delivering unprecedented Asian American voter turnout, electing candidates who will stand with and fight for our communities, building long-term power for our people, and doing it all in line with our communities’ values. Our Field Team will be crucial to this effort, knocking on doors and making calls to engage our people in voting by mail, persuading them to support candidates who will listen to our communities, and mobilizing them to vote in the 2022 midterm elections. With the Governor’s race, the US Senate race, and newly-redrawn Congressional and State Legislative districts, it’s all up for grabs – but all on the line – when it comes to building a commonwealth that works for all our Asian Pacific Islander communities. 

The Field Director will oversee the entirety of API PA’s 2022 Paid Field program, with multiple staff under them who will manage the day-to-day of API PA’s paid canvass (doorknocking) and/or phone (calling) program. This program will launch in early 2022 and run for the entire year throughout Southeast (and possibly Central) Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on outreach to Asian Pacific Islander voters. API PA will provide coordination, management, training, and materials, including PPE. The Field Director will need regular access to a cell phone and laptop, as well as some form of transportation that allows them to travel to and around assigned turf (we strongly prefer/encourage regular access to a car).

 The Field Director’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the growth and development of API PA’s Field Team, including hiring and onboarding Field Managers to build and manage a paid canvass/phonebank team to execute the field plan
  • While long-term this position will have multiple Field Managers reporting to them, until hires are made the Director may manage day-to-day paid canvassing and/or phonebanking voter contact work
  • Monitor voter targeting and contact goals
  • With the Organizing Director, managing the implementation of data-driven field plan
  • Work with Organizing Director and Executive Director to manage field budget, operations, and HR as necessary
  • In collaboration with Organizing Director, responsible for standardizing best practices for field logistics
  • Ensure that all paid voter contact work is done with an eye towards long-term base- and power-building, seeding our ecosystem with more trained leaders, moving our people to step into their power, and bringing our communities into movement with us
  • Scaling with Soul – growing our field program to necessary but unprecedented size while ensuring our values – especially language access and language justice – are front and center in the work
  • Serve as a thought partner to leadership on growing organizational infrastructure and influence; support fundraising efforts (primarily by providing program updates) as needed
  • Other duties as necessary 

REQUIREMENTS + PREFERENCES:

  • There is no formal education requirement for this position. Ideal candidates will have at least 3 years of community, issue, or electoral organizing experience and at least 1 election cycle of management experience (or equivalent).
  • Experience with paid voter contact programs – especially paid canvass programs – strongly preferred; experience with volunteer phone-banks or canvasses (or equivalent non-political experience) required
  • Personal or professional experience operating in and/or organizing Asian communities
  • Understanding of and commitment to API PA’s values and political program, or a strong willingness to learn
  • Experience coordinating training and leadership development programs for individuals and/or groups
  • Experience maintaining and improving a goal-oriented accountability structure without compromising staff autonomy and innovation desired
  • Experience with organizational technology and voter contact technology, including VAN, MiniVAN, Google Suite, peer-to-peer SMS, and predictive dialer platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to think on your feet and grow quickly in your role, including the ability to adapt to new technology and platforms 
  • Ability to clarify immediate and long-term priorities for yourself and your direct reports amidst a fast paced and quick shifting political environment
  • Open to a flexible schedule to accommodate direct reports’ availability that can include evening or weekend hours, with the possibility of multiple times per week during the election cycle proper
  • Demonstrated experience with supervising and managing others, with the ability to support direct reports with their growth edges while also holding them and others accountable to their commitments 
  • Access to a cell phone, a laptop or tablet, and a consistent internet connection required
  • While aspects of this work can and will be conducted remotely, in-person activity will be required

Preferred, not required: 

  • Personal knowledge of and/or experience working with Asian American communities appreciated
  • Experience with basebuilding and chapterbuilding organizing, and the use of electoral organizing as a capacity building tool
  • Conversational grasp of at least one Asian language, including but not limited to Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi, Nepali, Bengali, Khmer, Lao, Indonesian, Arabic, or Burmese
  • Experience with and knowledge of Pennsylvania’s political terrain
  • Knowledge of campaign finance law as it pertains to 501c3 and 501c4 organizations, as well as the operation of an Independent Expenditure program

Salary + Benefits:  $60,000 – $70,000 annually, with a comprehensive benefits package

The position will be open until filled. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. API PA is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

To Apply: email the following to info@apipennsylvania.org, subject line: API PA Field Director

  • A bullet-point list of your relevant experience and skills, including paid and unpaid labor
  • A paragraph describing why you wish to work for API PA