National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Title: Communications Director

Reports to: Chief Communications Officer

Salary: $82,000-$93,000 DOE

Job Status: Full Time, Exempt

Location: Washington, D.C., New York 

Date Posted: 12/7/2021

Deadline to apply: Open 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. 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 National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) seeks a Communications Director to direct, manage, and implement the organization’s strategic communications plan. 

With growing attacks on reproductive justice, record pandemic-level unemployment among AAPI women, and rising anti-Asian hate, the Communications Director will thrive in an environment where the week never ends how it begins. The Communication Director enjoys the hustle and understands the value and purpose of a responsive and nimble communications program to inspire, mobilize, and create change.  

This position reports directly to the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) and will manage and grow a communications team that currently includes a digital engagement strategist, PR and marketing consultants.


Specifically, the Communications Director will have the following core functions and day-to-day responsibilities:

  • Lead and execute a comprehensive communications plan aligned with NAPAWF’s mission and goals

  • Write and copy edit press releases, organizational statements, action alerts, and rapid response communications

  • Pitch and engage mainstream and ethnic media reporters, targeting states and localities with an established NAPAWF presence
  • Coach and prepare staff for media interviews with talking points and messaging guidelines on key issues

  • Manage quality and distribution of all external communications including emails, newsletters, research reports, and issue briefs

  • Define a well-candenced editorial and marketing calendar ensuring tactical integration across web and social media platforms

  • Collaborate with and provide communications support to policy, field, research, and development teams

  • Oversee brand standards and messaging guidelines across the organization

  • Utilize analytics reports and media monitoring tools to grow digital footprint
  • Supervise and provide day-to-day management of in-house communications team and external consultants


Successful candidates should have: 

  • 5+ years of relevant work experience managing a communications plan that includes media advocacy, digital engagement, branding and marketing
  • Superior writing and editing skills targeting key audiences, including reporters, donors, advocates, and peers
  • Proven track record of securing mainstream and ethnic media news coverage
  • Advanced understanding of advocacy and issue-driven communications as it relates to state and federal policy issues
  • Outstanding project management skills and ability to execute across multiple online platforms (website, email, and social media)

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure while balancing multiple projects and competing deadlines

  • Strong management and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with media monitoring and analytics software 


The salary for this position is $82,000-$93,000 commensurate with experience. 

A highly competitive benefits package includes a 401(k) plan, medical, dental, and vision insurance. NAPAWF's medical plan is covered by NAPAWF at 100% for employees and dependents with no out of pocket costs, including prescription drugs costs. Qualified dependents may also be covered. 

NAPAWF offers full-time employees 15 days of vacation in the first year, sick leave, flexible spending program options and personal/family leave, as well as paid vacation between December 25 and January 2 of each year. 

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to, with “Communications Director” in the subject line. 

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.