Title: Chicago Project Coordinator
Reports to: Strategic Partnerships Manager (through Dec 2023) and the Managing Director of Field Operations (Jan - Dec 2024)
Salary: $45,000 - $48,000 annually, non-exempt
Job Status: Full-Time Temporary for 1.5 years (ending December 2024)
Location: Chicago, IL
Date Posted: May 9, 2023
Deadline to apply: Rolling until filled
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.
NAPAWF was founded in 1996 to realize the vision of 100 AAPI women who recognized the need for an organization that would amplify AAPI women’s stories and experiences. Being seen and heard in the public narrative gives us the power to shape the policy and cultural change needed to gain agency over our lives, families, and communities.
Today, we are mobilizing and building power in cities across the United States to create social, political, and economic change for AAPI women and girls. Five of those cities have local staff on the ground. We also show up in solidarity for other women of color who are experiencing injustice and harms of oppression and marginalization.
Our work is focused in the following strategies:
- Policy and Structural Change
- Organizing and Civic Engagement
- Legal Advocacy and Judicial Strategy
We use the Reproductive Justice lens to intersectionally address three core issues:
- Reproductive Rights and Health
- Economic Justice
- Immigration and Racial Justice
The Project Coordinator’s main responsibility is to coordinate a Reproductive Justice (RJ) Coalition and help drive its main project to establish a Reproductive Justice Commission in Chicago. The Project Coordinator will play a key role in coordinating the coalition of organizations that are working together to cultivate an inclusive, intersectional movement for reproductive justice. The RJ Commission will create both policy change as well as culture change using a 3-pronged approach of research, education, and policy. The Project Coordinator’s role will be to help build the framework for the commission by coordinating research on intersectional reproductive justice issues facing Chicago and facilitating the coalition. This work will be done under the supervision of the Strategic Partnerships Manager.
- Coordinate the Reproductive Justice Coalition to effectively drive the campaign to establish an RJ Commission in Chicago.
- Coordinate and manage relationships with local municipal officials, community leaders, and organizational partners to garner support for the campaign.
- Manage campaign communication (including but not limited to website maintenance, social media, & press releases) to garner support towards the effectiveness of the RJC Campaign.
- Supervise and participate in coalition-led research on the intersectional issues facing Chicago as well as on models of effective commissions
- Coordinate the launch of the RJ Coalition website by writing content related to the campaign, supervising a volunteer designer, and collaborating with coalition partners.
- Plan and help facilitate coalition meetings in partnership with the Strategic Partnerships Manager.
The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator who excels at building relationships across differences and coordinating complex projects to drive a local Reproductive Justice campaign.
- Strategic Problem Solver: you are able to find creative and resourceful solutions to roadblocks. You have demonstrated experience with research. You are able to identify barriers to success and make recommendations for ways to move forward to accomplish desired outcomes.
- Event Planner and Host: you are an effective event planner who, with support, is able to plan and execute effective meetings with coalitions, elected officials, and community members.
- Project Manager: you have demonstrated experience in managing projects from start to finish. Being a detail-oriented person, you are able to stay organized and on task.
- Effective Communicator and Facilitator: as a seasoned spokesperson, you are able to synthesize the needs of those you serve and work with, addressing them in a way that is transparent, collaborative and culturally responsive and competent. You understand how to motivate and influence people and have excellent public speaking and writing skills.
- Social Justice Advocate: you are committed to a career pathway that supports social justice and advocacy efforts. You consistently demonstrate the ability to motivate various constituencies to be strong stakeholders in the movement while showing a nuanced understanding of building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive advocacy environment with a racial equity focus.
- Program Coordination: 1 - 2 years of experience.
- Project Management skills: stays on top of multiple tasks, plans backwards, anticipates obstacles, identifies and involves stakeholders appropriately, uses resources wisely.
- Commitment to social justice & racial equity: recognizes role of race, gender, and other identities in shaping health disparities, is driven to improve conditions, and Strategic thinking.
- Relationship-building: able to connect with individuals and build alliances among a wide range of players in the city. Works well with diverse or marginalized populations; can bring in allies across diverse communities.
- Clear, precise, compassionate communication: speaks clearly on behalf of NAPAWF as well as the coalition and advocates for/with community members. Able to write content to communicate the goals, objectives, and status updates of the campaign as well as effectively organize and communicate information
- Research experience: should be able to monitor trends and news highlights in city politics and be able to conduct research and write reports.
- Issue familiarity: prior knowledge of or experience in reproductive justice framework and issues related to access to reproductive health.
- Social media management: this is a preferred skill.
This position is based in Chicago. It is typically based in an office setting and in the community.
NAPAWF is committed to public health, and to the safety and well being of our colleagues and visitors. As such we have adopted a policy requiring all employees to receive all recommended COVID-19 vaccines and boosters or to apply for and receive an exemption.
NAPAWF 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 (cancer-related) or conditions 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.