Cultural Work Coordinator

Job description

Posted on: 
September 13, 2023

Posting Date: 9/13/23

Position Title: Cultural Work Coordinator

Reports To: Cultural Work Manager

Employee Classification: Hourly

Hours: [1.0 Full Time Equivalent (40 hours/week) or applicable FTE]

Compensation: $19.81-$22.30/hr based on experience

Benefits: 90% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401K plan with employer contribution, subsidized transit pass, work from home stipend, professional development opportunities, paid time off and up to 14 paid holidays annually, and flexible family-friendly schedule.


APANO Communities United Fund unites Asians and Pacific Islanders to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work. We envision a just world where Asians and Pacific Islanders and communities who share our aspirations and struggles have the power, resources, and voice to determine our own futures, and where we work in solidarity to drive political, social, economic, and cultural change. APANO Communities United Fund (CUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that works closely with its affiliate 501(c)(4) organization, APANO Action Fund (AF). 

About the Position:

APANO CUF is looking for a Cultural Work Coordinator who is passionate about socially-engaged art’s role in social justice movement. They are organized and support the Cultural Work team’s programs that strengthen the social fabric of East Portland through creative engagements with community members and BIPOC cultural workers. The Cultural Work Coordinator assists the Cultural Work Manager and Cultural Strategy Director to successfully implement cultural organizing projects that co-creates a strong community of artists, cultural workers, and community members to build grassroots power. The Cultural Work Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the team’s administrative and programmatic tasks and leading communication and documentation related duties. This individual will join a growing, seasoned team of member-leaders and staff working to win concrete change in the lives of Asian, Pacific Islanders, and other marginalized communities in Oregon, and the larger world.  

The ideal candidate is movement-oriented and excited to manage on-the-ground tasks that build the foundation for a creative, dynamic, queer-friendly, multi-ethnic, intergenerational community. This individual will be relational, organized, thinks beyond dominating cultural norms, and is attentive to program needs while practicing clear communication with team members to uphold deadlines. The Cultural Work Coordinator reports to the Cultural Work Manager and may supervise artists and volunteers.

Given the Cultural Work team’s close work with volunteers and community members, the position involves occasional evening and weekend hours. This position consists of flexible work locations, primarily working remotely with the exception of in-person meetings and events. 

Position Responsibilities:

Program Assistance (40%)

  • Support the Cultural Work team in creating and implementing a community visioning process, including ideating, research, outreach, and feedback gathering  
  • Support the implementation of Cultural Work projects and programs, including providing hands-on exhibition installation and cultural events support; help organize artists, volunteers, and community members; assist with running workshops; and other tasks as needed
  • Collect program and project information, including activities, dates, participants, collaborators, and documentation, for archival and grant reporting purposes
  • Help create and implement accessible methods of collecting feedback from participants and applying feedback to program improvements
  • Assist and/or lead additional Cultural Work programs as needed and discussed

Administrative and Logistical Support (40%)

  • Coordinate in-person administrative and logistical tasks such as maintaining inventory of and purchasing materials and supplies
  • Coordinate additional tasks such as scheduling meetings, completing payments requests and reimbursements, collecting paperwork, corresponding with members and volunteers, and other duties as assigned
  • Assist in identifying and applying for funding opportunities, including researching and documenting grant opportunities, and help review grant applications and reports
  • Participate in collaborative team meetings between Cultural Work and other relevant APANO teams and support any cross-organizational collaborations as needed

Communications and Documentation (20%)

  • Regularly update and send correspondences through Cultural Work’s communication platforms (EveryAction, email listserv, and Instagram) to update and engage program participants
  • Create APANO’s seasonal Cultural Work Roundup; select and interview a BIPOC cultural worker, lead the review process, gather community offerings, and send to Cultural Work’s network via EveryAction and email
  • Maintain an ongoing project archive on APANO’s website; update project descriptions, images, and other information to create an easy-to-understand online presence
  • Lead new communication strategies as needed and discussed in collaboration with the Communications Team


Required Experience, Qualities, and Skills: 

  • Work Experience #1: at least one year of experience in arts-related program coordination
  • Program Assistance: experience providing hands-on event and program support 
  • Administrative and Logistics: able to stay self-organized and timely with different administrative tasks  
  • Work Experience #2: experience with communications   
  • Digital Creativity: experience creating digital media content, including experience with Adobe Creative Suites and/or Canva
  • Writing: experience writing easy-to-understand language for diverse audiences
  • Skill: strong social justice and art analysis 
  • Understands the role of race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic, citizenship status and other identities in shaping social inequities in East Portland and/or BIPOC and other marginalized communities
  • Understands the role of cultural work and/or socially-engaged art in social justice movement and cultural paradigm shifting 
  • Able to think creatively/dream beyond dominating cultural norms 
  • Quality: “people-first” mindset
  • Works well with diverse and marginalized populations
  • Practices “power with community” rather than “power over”
  • Can build strong relationships with artists and community members

Additional Requirements: 

  • Alignment with APANO’s mission, vision, and values 
  • Sufficient English proficiency, as this position communicates regularly in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work remotely and travel to APANO’s Southeast Portland location 1-3 times a week during some weekday evenings and weekends
  • Ability to pass background check if applicable

Preferred Experience: please include any relevant experience in your supplemental material (cover letter, recording, or creative artwork)

  • Experience participating in past and/or current Cultural Work projects or experience creating socially-engaged art
  • Connection to the arts and cultural landscape in Portland or more broadly in Oregon
  • Significant ties to East Portland (e.g., live, work, play, pray and/or grew up in this area)

How to Apply

Please email application materials as attached documents (PDF preferred) to with the subject line “Cultural Work Coordinator”. Applications are due by the end of September 27, 2023. Consideration of candidates will begin September 28, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

Complete applications include:

  • Cover letter (1 page max), video or audio recording, or creative artwork that includes the following: 
  • Who you are
  • If applicable, name of contact who told you about this position 
  • Why you are interested in this job and working at APANO
  • Relevant experiences, skills, and qualities you have, and how those are a good fit with the responsibilities and qualifications of the position
  • If applicable, any “Nice-to-have” experience (see section above) 
  • Resume (2 pages max) that includes the following: 
  • Work history – please include the past 3 years (additional years can be included if relevant)
  • Any experience related to the “Must-have” job qualifications (see section above)
  • Relevant education and accomplishments
  • [If advanced to finalist stage] 2 references (minimum), with contact information, and your relationship to the reference 
  • APANO Communities United Fund and APANO Action Fund are actively seeking to increase representation and develop the leadership of women, LGBTQ+ people, people with lived experience of economic injustices, and other underrepresented groups, including diverse API communities, both within the organization and the broader racial justice movement in Oregon and API communities. APANO Communities United Fund and APANO Action Fund are equal opportunity employers. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other legally protected classification.

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