National Fellow for Civic Engagement - Philadelphia
Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is a national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers advancing worker, immigrant, and civil rights in the AAPI community. Backed with the strong support of the
AFL-CIO, APALA has more than 20 chapters and pre-chapters and a national office in Washington, D.C. In 2011, we established the Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership and Advancement (IAPALA) to ensure broader education, civic engagement, and capacity building for our communities.
The overall mission of APALA is to build an organization that educates Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers; promotes political involvement and voter registration programs; and fosters leadership of AAPIs within the labor movement and throughout the AAPI community. APALA is also committed to defending and advocating for the civil and human rights of AAPIs, immigrants, and people of color, and to develop ties within international labor organizations, especially in the Asia-Pacific Rim.
The National Fellowship for Civic Engagement
The APALA National Civic Engagement Fellowship is an intensive program that seeks highly-motivated and dedicated individuals eager to engage in current AAPI and labor movements, election planning and campaigning, and the promotion of social justice and voter representation in the AAPI community. APALA’s national and local networks provide fellows with the valuable tools and support necessary to succeed in their careers. The program is designed for college students, graduates, union members, and community activists looking to participate in part-time (15-30 hours) fellowships. Typical applicants are detail-oriented, well organized, and possess excellent interpersonal skills and writing abilities.
Fellows will be assigned by the organizational staff into a coaching pairing with a mentor based on your location and proximity to any of the major APALA chapters, Central Labor Councils, or State Federation and political campaigns.
Term of Fellowship: Through November 13th 2016
Compensation: Stipends are commensurate on experience, background, and time commitment.
The ideal fellow will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
- Background involvement and knowledge of the AAPI labor movement and current AAPI immigration and civil rights movements
- Experience in grassroots organizing, strategic field planning, and civic engagement; preferably in the AAPI community (proficiency in V.A.N. is encouraged, but not required)
- Comfortable taking coaching and instructions in addition with working alongside different personalities and diverse communities
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
- Proven multi-tasking skills and ability to prioritize tasks effectively while meeting strict deadlines
- Commitment to the mission and goals of APALA including the pursuit of economic, social, and racial justice in the AAPI community and other minority groups
National Civic Engagement Fellowship Responsibilities
Fellows will be expected to work with either (or both) of the following:
Field / Organizing
- Responsible for organizing canvassing, field operations, and campaign strategies in local communities and submitting progress reports
- Recruiting and training volunteers that will engage community members around the importance of AAPI engagement and the “Every Vote Counts” campaign
- Assisting in scheduling, planning, and organizing voter education events and registration drives in the AAPI community
- Working with local partners to uphold and strengthen collaborations with other AAPI organizations and networks
Digital / Communications
- Managing social networking sites and frequent media output including Facebook, Twitter, and blog/website posting
- Researching data and statistics to design infographics concerning AAPI voter information and news
- Assisting staff with necessary administrative tasks and organizational duties
- Coordinating press releases and other media content related to the upcoming election, labor movements, and social justice movements of AAPIs
To apply, send your resume to Marian Manapsal at firstname.lastname@example.org.