Opportunities at NAPAWF

Fall Internships:

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is seeking undergraduate students, law students, and/or public policy graduate students, to work part-time (20-35hrs/wk) during the Winter 2014 semester and (30-40hrs/wk) for the summer 2014 session at our Washington DC office for both our Reproductive Justice and Immigrant Right’s departments.  This is an unpaid position, but credit may be available with the school’s approval.  NAPAWF is the only national, multi-issue Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) women’s organization in the country. Our mission is to build a movement to advance reproductive justice for AAPI women and girls through policy advocacy, community organizing and public education. Candidates should have experience and/or interest working on issues involving women’s rights, immigrant rights, Asian and Pacific Islander issues, or reproductive justice.  Candidates should also exhibit strong research and writing skills, be able to work well both independently and on a team, have excellent oral communication skills, and be enthusiastic about social justice issues. This position will provide abundant opportunity for a student looking to become more knowledgeable about legislative advocacy and current policy issues facing Asian and Pacific Islander communities particularly relating to reproductive justice issues.  As a growing non-profit with a small staff, interns and law clerks are given substantive responsibilities over issues and programs and will have opportunities to represent NAPAWF in meetings on the Hill, and at events.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and 3-5 page writing sample to Shivana Jorawar at sjorawar@napawf.org.

Immigrant Rights Organizer

  • Location: open
  • Job Status:  Exempt
  • Reports to:  Executive Director
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus full benefits package
  • Work Schedule:  Full-Time
  • Posted:  February 2014

Position Summary:  Social justice for AAPI immigrant women is a key priority for NAPAWF. In order to build the power that we need to win hearts and minds, NAPAWF seeks to engage a skilled community organizer to help us launch an ambitious national AAPI immigrant women’s organizing project. Specifically, seek to build a robust and diverse story bank of AAPI women’s stories and develop the capacity of our grassroots groups to engage in immigration policy advocacy.  This position will play a key role in our field team to organize both locally and nationally and will interface deeply with our We Belong Together campaign.  Come join our hard-working and talented team to make change on a national level!  The Immigrant Rights Organizer is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Immigrant Rights Organizer will be responsible for coordinating the immigrant rights project for the organization.  Specifically, the Immigrant Rights Organizer will have the following duties:

  • Lead the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of immigrant rights advocacy goals and project activities;
  • Lead and work in coalition with women’s, API, and immigrant rights groups around the country;
  • Manage, educate and build the capacity of NAPAWF chapters to do local/state immigration advocacy work;
  • Develop immigration advocacy training materials and training modules;
  • Organize national/ international gatherings, policy briefings and give conference presentations;
  • Assist in supervising volunteer policy associates, law clerks and interns;
  • Assist with chapter/member outreach and recruitment.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with other NAPAWF staff, board members, and members in support of NAPAWF’s overall mission.

Education and Experience: 

  • B.A. required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Applicant should have at least 3 years experience in community organizing or campaign organizing;
  • Have experience advocating for policy or legislative change; be highly responsible and organized with a strong work ethic;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Have strong public speaking skills;
  • Have excellent writing and oral communication skills, including experience with social media;
  • Be able to work independently;
  • Have the ability to plan and implement project activities; and
  • Have knowledge of and/or interest in immigrant rights issues and API women’s issues.
  • Applicant should also demonstrate a passion and commitment to building a movement to advance social justice and human rights for API women and girls.
  • Spanish-speaking and/or Asian language speaking ability is a plus.
  • Occasional, moderate travel is required for this position.

Physical Demands: This position mostly requires computer and phone work. During event coordination and production, there may be some physical work required.

Work Environment: This position is based out of an office environment. Travel is required.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (no more than three pages) to hr@napawf.org with “Immigrant Rights Organizer” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Office & Logistics Coordinator

  • Reports to: Director of Systems and Sustainability
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Prepared Date:  March 7, 2014

Position Summary: The Office & Logistics Coordinator is an integral part of the team for both We Belong Together and NAPAWF.  This position is the key staff member for all events and actions of NAPAWF’s national We Belong Together campaigns. NAPAWF, in partnerships with the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, works to bring a gender analysis to immigration reform efforts, particularly around enforcement, and to more closely link the women’s rights movements with the immigrant rights movements. The Coordinator will also support NAPAWF events and be responsible for for maintaining an efficient, well run office in NAPAWF’s Washington DC location.

This position is part time 25 hours per week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all logistics including (but not limited to): securing meeting locations, travel arrangements, participant registration, lodging, interpretation, catering, and ground transportation
  • Coordinate communications with participants in (together with Organizing staff);
  • Collaborate with logistics staff at allied organizations for jointly-produced activities;
  • Provide support with organization and campaign mailings, social media and list management;
  • Coordinate production and preparation of all materials for activities;
  • Participate in weekly core staff calls/ meetings;
  • Maintain order and efficiency of the office;
  • Support staff with calls, calendars and other basic office duties.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support and coordinate interns and volunteers;
  • Other duties as required.

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required, BA recommended;
  • Experience in organizing preferred, but not required;
  • Experience coordinating events preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Highly organized and responsible with a strong work ethic and responsive to deadlines;
  • Solutions oriented, with a lens of possibility and abundance as opposed to negativity and scarcity;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Facility and savvy with social media tools including Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram;
  • Able to work independently, as well as on a team;
  • Open to learning and growing with a small, dynamic and fast-paced organization;
  • Fluency in Salesforce and Salsa Lab preferred but not required;
  • A strong commitment to the mission of NAPAWF and the issues of AAPI women and girls, social justice and human rights.

Organizational Relationships: Prior organizational relationships are not required.

Physical Demands: The position requires infrequent physical demands outside of usual office duties. During mailings and/or conferences and in the event of an office move, some lifting is required.

Work Environment: This position is based in an office setting.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@napawf.org with “Office Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Volunteer Positions:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at NAPAWF! We are always looking for smart, passionate people who are able to give the gift of their time. We offer volunteer opportunities in our offices in Washington, DC, and the New York City area. To become involved, please send an email to hr@napawf.org with your resume, areas of interest and hours of availability.


NAPAWF, a project of Tides Center, 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, or 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.