Organizational Description:

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA and NH/PI) populations. Founded in 1986, APIAHF advocates on issues critical to the health and well-being of our diverse and vibrant communities. We approach our work with the philosophy of coalition-building and developing capacity for AAs and NH/PIs and other, diverse racial/ethnic communities. APIAHF is based in Oakland, CA and has an office in Washington, DC, which primarily focuses on policy and communications.

Position: Chief Operating Officer

Location: Virtual; preference to candidates in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington DC

Reports to: President and Chief Executive Officer

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt

Position Summary: 

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer and works in concert with the Senior Executive Team. The COO is a:

  • Strategic partner to the President and Senior Executive Team, who will lead the development and implementation of an operational and financial plan in support of the new strategic direction for the organization. 
  • A skilled manager who will supervise and be accountable for the updated design and operation of the critical functions that permit the organization to achieve its mission, including finance, human resources, information technology, physical and cyber security, legal and compliance, and office operations.
  • Experienced leader who will work with the President and Senior Executive Team to design and implement plans and systems to articulate and measure the organization’s annual and long-term goals and achievements and who will develop and oversee a culture of continual process improvement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Financial Management 

  • Oversee management of finance, risk assessment, accounting, investment, budgeting, internal control, tax, and grant compliance processes. 
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors.

Human Resource Management

  • Recruit and retain top talent, build, and lead cohesive and effective teams. 
  • Support execution of organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy.
  • Connect front-line and functional support teams to the organization’s overarching mission, enabling colleagues to see how their work enables high impact programmatic work in the world. 
  • Coach, motivate and ensure professional growth and development of finance, human resources, and administrative staff. 

Legal and Compliance Management

  • Ensure donor intent and regulatory compliance on US Government funded programs and that the organization maintains its tax-exempt status. 
  • Serve as primary contact with all external legal counsel.

Information Technology, Security, and Office Management

  • Direct the acquisition, deployment, and performance monitoring of these key support services.


  • Master’s degree or higher or ten years of executive management experience.
  • Significant senior executive level experience managing the financial and human resources required to successfully drive the operations of a mission-driven non-profit. 
  • Demonstrated tangible accomplishments across some combination of the following:
    • Designing, implementing, and evaluating annual and long-term operational plans and budgets for an organization that operates in multiples locations.
    • Identifying, prioritizing, and addressing complex legal, compliance, and security issues for a high-profile advocacy organization.
    • Developing and overseeing a talent management plan to recruit, retain, and develop mission-driven team.
    • Resolving operational challenges inherent in a leanly operated environment.
    • Adapting to different audiences and cultures, and nurturing equity and inclusion.

Skills and Leadership Attributes:

  • Strong financial and administrative expertise.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Sound judgment as both as a thought-partner and hands-on decision-maker. 
  • Ability to maintain a diplomatic and effective approach even when dealing with multi-party stakeholder and urgent situations.
  • Sophisticated level of business and operational acumen; excellent problem-solving and analytic skills, resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.

Salary & Benefits:

APIAHF offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, which includes medical/dental/vision health insurance, paid holidays and vacation/sick leave, and 401K contributions.

To Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to jobs@apiahf.org with the subject line “Chief Operating Officer.”

APIAHF is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.