Program Director

Hours: Full-time; Exempt; 40 hrs/week
Location: Oakland, CA 94607

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled (Date posted: January 11, 2019)

About the Organization
The mission of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC) is to provide direct support to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) prisoners and to raise awareness about the growing number of APIs being imprisoned, detained, and deported. Since 2002, APSC has led programs in prisons, organized anti-deportation campaigns, provided resources to “lifers,” and developed culturally relevant reentry programs. For over a decade, APSC operated as an all-volunteer organization. In 2017, APSC hired its first paid staff employees and opened an office space in Oakland Chinatown. Today, APSC facilitates the ROOTS program in prisons, provides community-based reentry services, and organizes deportation defense campaigns. Main duties will be conducted in the APSC office (416 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607) and the greater Bay Area. APSC is fiscally sponsored by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA).

Position Overview

The Program Director will take a leadership role in multiple program areas, including: Roots 2 Reentry, Ambassadors, ROOTS, Crimmigration, and Outreach/Education. The Program Director will supervise staff (2 or more) and interns/volunteers (2-4) and will report to the Co-Directors. The Program Director will serve as a key liaison between programs, staff, and interns/volunteers in order to maximize cohesion, communication, and growth. The Program Director will conduct program planning, project coordination, day-to-day supervision in the APSC office, program evaluation, and direct services. The Program Director will work closely with the Co-Directors to submit grant proposals, reports, and external communications.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of program activities, in partnership with Co-Directors and staff;

  • Supervise and train staff in Roots 2 Reentry and Ambassadors programs, with a daily (M-F) physical presence in the APSC office;

  • Supervise interns and volunteers;

  • Develop and implement new program structures/tools in order to advance staff and program development;

  • Manage and monitor funding contracts associated with the program including ensuring progress, monitoring compliance, and submitting reports and evaluations to funders, in partnership with Co-Director;

  • Facilitate meetings, including staff meetings, volunteer meetings, and external meetings with partners;

Secondary duties as needed, in partnership with Co-Directors, staff, and members:

  • Participate in community meetings, public hearings, and community coalition work around community-based reentry, workforce development, and immigrant rights;

  • Establish and build upon relationships with employers, labor, reentry, immigrant rights, health, and other organizations;

  • Participate in APSC fundraiser events and activities;

  • Engage and participate in AACRE network activities, including meetings, retreats, and sharing tools/resources with partners;

  • Engage and participate in partnership activities with Asian Health Services;

  • External communications, such as email newsletter, social media posts, and multimedia;

  • Provide direct services and case management to clients around employment, housing, immigration issues, and more;

  • Other duties as needed to lead the program, encourage integration across program areas, and support the development of the organization towards reaching our strategic priorities.


  • Experience with prison/reentry issues, gender justice, crimmigration, and API communities;

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher degree preferred or alternative forms of education/experience;

  • Experience working with currently and formerly incarcerated community members;

  • Familiarity with employment, workforce training, and workforce delivery systems preferred;

  • Track record of managing external relations with employers, government entities, and community coalitions;

  • Experience supervising staff;

  • Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of APSC;

  • Strong communication skills;

  • Ability to work in a dynamic team, build working partnerships and consensus, flexibly share leadership, troubleshoot problems, and take initiative when needed;

  • Strong Windows, Microsoft Office, and Google platform computer skills.

  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.


$60,000 - $67,000 DOE, excellent benefits

How To Apply:
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to In the subject line, please write “Program Director”. For more information about APSC, please visit APSC is an equal opportunity employer. Formerly incarcerated, women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.