We’re Hiring! Immigrants’ Rights Organizer

PLEASE NOTE: We have expanded our search for this position. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.


Job Announcement:

LGBT Immigrants’ Rights Program Coordinator

June 16, 2014


Title: Immigrant Rights Organizer (Or “Senior Organizing Fellow” depending on experience)

Location: Washington, DC

Job Status:  Full-Time for one year

Reports to:  NQAPIA Co-Director

Compensation: Commensurate with professional experience


Position Summary:

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) seeks an Immigrants’ Rights Organizer who will engage NQAPIA’s alliance of local LGBTQ AAPI organizations and mobilize the community on immigrants’ rights. NQAPIA’s immigrant rights program focuses to uplift the LGBTQ AAPI analysis and to more closely link the LGBTQ and AAPI movements with the immigrant rights movements. The ideal candidate will be a strong team player with a strong interest/background in grassroots organizing, community mobilization, public policy advocacy, immigration, social justice, AAPI and LGBTQ issues to further support our programming and local and national field actions.



The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations.  We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.



Membership Engagement and Leadership Development: Build relationships with local AAPI LGBT organizations. Encourage and support local advocacy and mobilization around immigrants’ rights and social justice.  Promote leadership through trainings at NQAPIA Regional Summits.

Immigration Advocacy: Execute NQAPIA’s advocacy campaign around immigrants’ rights and comprehensive immigration reform. Support local field activities, provide national coordination with to amplify collective voice around immigrants’ rights, and connect with policy advocacy in Washington, DC with Congressional offices and the Administration. Attend monthly meetings of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).

Media: Support NQAPIA’s communications work to amplify messages in the media (news media, social media, etc.) around immigrants’ rights and its implications for AAPI and LGBT communities. Promote NQAPIA’s “Uncovering Our Stories” campaign to highlight AAPI LGBT communities and the impact of immigration.


Skills and Experience

Organizing Experience: At least 2-3 years of grassroots organizing experience (or related experience).  Strong ability to cultivate individual relationships to inspire and support others to take action.

Leadership Development Skills: Strong ability to promote and train new leaders

Strong Self-Starter: The ability to develop new ideas on how to accomplish goals and the wherewithal to get the work done.

Knowledge of Immigration: Working knowledge of immigration, immigration policy, and immigrant communities is helpful.

Knowledge of AAPI LGBT Communities: Relationships with AAPI LGBT organizations, leaders, and advocates is helpful. Knowledge of Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and/ or Pacific Islander languages is not required, but definitely a plus.

Passion for Social Justice Work: Motivation to create change and dogged persistence will be critical to run a challenging campaign with many moving pieces.

Comfortable with Technology and Virtual Communication: An ability to work with local partners across the country across different communications platforms- telephone, e-mail, social media, etc.


Education and Training: A college degree, or 4-5 years of commensurate experience in the field is required.


Salary: Salary is competitive and is dependent on skills and experience. Health insurance, vacation, and other benefits are included.


To Apply: Submit a one-page cover letter describing your qualifications and a current resume to Glenn Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org, with the subject like “NQAPIA Immigration Organizer.”


Applications due by June 27th or until filled.