Job Opportunities

Community Development and Organizing Coordinator


National CAPACD seeks a collaborative, highly organized, and flexible individual to organize teams of member organizations across the U.S. to move forward a community development/community control advocacy agenda while implementing related programs.  We believe that community residents and stakeholders – particularly low-income residents and people of color – should have more power and control over the physical, social, cultural, political, and economic future of their neighborhoods. Towards these ends, this position will require work with local, community-based nonprofit organizations around implementing and coordinating programming related to neighborhood planning and development, community organizing, and policy advocacy fighting gentrification and displacement.

The Community Development and Organizing Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Research and Capacity Building and work closely with the Director of Policy and Civic Engagement. In conjunction with community-based organizations, the Coordinator will need to translate broad goals into work plans and keep groups on task with accomplishing those goals.

An ideal candidate has experience working with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community-based organizations and is interested in organizing, coalition-building, and coordinating issue-oriented campaigns on a national level.  While familiarity with community development and community organizing is a plus, we are more interested in an individual who understands and values work on the community level; is broadly concerned about and committed to social, economic, and racial justice; can navigate the complexities of holding people accountable without having explicit authority; and is willing to learn.

We are a dynamic, steadily-growing, 13-person nonprofit looking to add additional staff members to a work environment that emphasizes collaboration, measurable outcomes, and being true to our mission and values.

Roles and Responsibilities Include:

Program and Policy

  • Build teams of member organizations around community development work that lead to the development and deployment of programs and policies that advance the power and interests of low-income community residents and support social, economic, and racial justice more broadly.
  • Lead member organizations to develop work plans, implement activities, and achieve goals and results.
  • Develop system to monitor progress and track outcomes for members.
  • Lead a regular engagement process with members to inform National CAPACD’s policy platform on community development and economic justice.
  • Build leadership among member organizations to advance policy recommendations working with National CAPACD’s policy staff.
  • Working with the Director of Research and Capacity Building, ensure that grant deliverables are met, documented, and reported to funders.

Membership Engagement

  • Connect community development program participants to broader organizational membership activities, initiatives, and opportunities.
  • Understand and promote the needs of member organizations within National CAPACD so that we are responsive and relevant to our members.
  • Actively identify and engage local community-based organizations with community development efforts and subsequently promote membership.
  • Work with National CAPACD staff on membership recruitment, enrollment, and servicing.


  • Engage actively in a work environment that asks for cross-department collaboration, input from all staff members, and initiative from individuals taking ownership of projects from start to finish.
  • Provide information from member organizations, from the field, to inform organizational decisions.
  • Represent National CAPACD to members, other community-based organizations, and national partners.
  • Contribute to organizational positions.
  • Participate in annual convention and other regional gatherings.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Ability to build coalitions and organize community-based organizations; minimum of 3 years’ experience (preferably, at least 5) working at a community-based organization; knowledge of and commitment to working on the needs of low-income and immigrant Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities; ability to analyze in-depth community and economic justice issues; exceptional written and verbal communication, including public speaking; ability to represent the organization with external partners; strong organizational, project management, and facilitation ability; highly flexible, with ability to prioritize; ability to travel as part of work responsibilities.

Desired Qualifications:

Working knowledge of and experience with community development issues such as community planning, nonprofit real estate development, community economic development, regional planning and development, community sustainability, environmental justice.  Working knowledge of and experience in one or more of the following program areas:  civic engagement, community organizing, issue-oriented public policy advocacy.


The Community Development Coordinator is a full-time position based in Oakland, CA. Salary is $40,000-55,000, depending on background and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance and 403(b) plan.

To Apply:

Application deadline is Friday, February 13, 2015, or until position is filled.  Please email cover letter and resume to Jennet Sambour, Business Manager at:  apply[at]nationalcapacd.org.

National CAPACD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.  No calls, please.  

Internship Opportunities

Summer 2011 Interns with Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)                    Interns with CAPACD Staff and Board

Throughout the year, National CAPACD provides a pipeline for emerging leaders who are committed to a career in AAPI community development and advocating for social justice.  Interns learn about public policy issues impacting AAPI communities and gain hands-on experience addressing housing and community development issues.  Students are often enrolled in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs including ethnic studies, public policy, urban planning, public health, and education.  

If you would like to apply for a National CAPACD Internship, please download the Internship Application.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Melvin Tabilas.