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, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) 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 both for AAs and NHPIs and in partnership with diverse racial/ethnic communities. APIAHF is based in Oakland, CA, and has an office in Washington, DC.

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

Title:  Vice President, Policy and Advocacy 

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Supervises: Policy staff 

Duty station: Washington, DC

Position Summary: 

The Vice President (VP), Policy and Advocacy is a senior level manager and advisor. The VP will have overall strategic and operational responsibility to formulate policy priorities and develop strategies to advance those priorities, including through federal and state legislative and administrative advocacy, and coalition building. The VP will be a thought leader and a key part of the senior management team that drives overall strategy, innovation, and organizational cohesion and represents APIAHF at regional and national levels. The VP will, in conjunction with other staff, develop and build APIAHF’s national network of community-based organizations and health leaders to support and inform APIAHF’s health policy agenda. In addition, the VP will strategically oversee the development of products to assist with advocacy on these issues including sign-on letters, policy briefs, action alerts, fact sheets and other publications for a variety of audiences such as policymakers, advocates, health and social service providers, media and AA and NHPI community members. The VP will also manage APIAHF’s work in coalition with other national health advocacy, AA, NHPI, and immigrant rights organizations as well as state and local coalitions and community-based organizations. In addition, the VP, Policy and Advocacy will manage the policy program grants and program deliverables.  

Duties and Responsibilities:  

Organizational Development, Thought Leadership, and Management:

  • Enhance, expand, and implement organizational vision and provide thought leadership;
  • Act as a thought partner to the CEO on community engagement, mobilization, education, and relationship building initiatives;
  • Provide leadership and direction in setting budgets, policy goals and strategies, advancing new ideas and innovation that align with organizational mission and strategic plan;
  • Work collaboratively with other APIAHF Directors to ensure synergy between divisions;
  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility and performance;
  • Work with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality project management; 
  • Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth; and
  • Develop, oversee and implement strategy to advance APIAHF’s policy and advocacy direction.

Policy, Advocacy, and External Relations

  • Provide overall strategic vision and leadership on key policy issues to policy and advocacy staff; 
  • Successfully navigate legislative and other policy making processes; develop and maintain partnerships with policymakers and coalition allies to maximize impact; and
  • Work effectively with diverse coalition members and build alliances with organizations across the political and ideological spectrum.
  • Maintain relationships and communication with federal and state administrative policymakers and members of Congress, state legislators, and legislative staff on APIAHF policy issues and priorities; 
  • Work with the other staff to develop and build APIAHF’s national network of community-based organizations and health leaders in support of and to inform APIAHF’s health policy agenda; 
  • Oversee and implement strategies to mobilize local AA and NHPI community-based organizations, community leaders, researchers, health professionals, and others in health policy advocacy;
  • Plan and develop the Policy and Advocacy Division’s communications strategy and rapid response;
  • Maintain relationships and communication with national health and immigration policy advocates, AA and NHPI policy partners, communities, and constituencies; and
  • Act as a resource for and provide technical assistance to government officials, legislative staff, advocacy groups, health care and social service providers, advocates, community organizations, and the media.

Required Qualifications: 

The VP will be thoroughly committed to APIAHF’s strategy and mission. Must have demonstrated leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. 

Education and Experience: 

  • JD or Master’s degree or equivalent in health, public policy, law, or related field; 
  • Minimum ten years of experience in public policy and advocacy, especially health policy, immigrant rights, or civil rights;  
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in the development and implementation of policy advocacy campaigns on either a state or national level; and
  • Demonstrated experience in program coordination and management, including supervision of other staff and budget management. 

 Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities: 

  • Extensive knowledge of community health both locally and nationally, as well as the implications of national and local policies on AA and NHPI communities;
  • Advanced public speaking, facilitation, technical assistance, training, capacity building assistance, and writing skills;
  • Strong motivation and adaptability, including ability to work under pressure and with deadlines; 
  • Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, innovate, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change;
  • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for APIAHF’s mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals;
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people;
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with staff, board members, volunteers, and supporters of culturally diverse community-based organizations and coalitions;
  • Demonstrated strong supervision skills of both administrative and professional staff, simultaneous supervision of multiple staff, and experience with conflict management, evaluation, and staff development; 
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in team environment; and
  • Ability to integrate technology tools to achieve goals.

 Desired Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated interest or experience working with Asian and Pacific Islander communities; 
  • Experience in state or federal legislature or government health or social service agency at a policy level; and
  • Experience in media advocacy.


APIAHF offers a generous benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, 11 paid holidays, vacation, and sick paid time off, 401K contribution and match, commuter subsidy and  professional development fund.

To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter, references and resume to Jobs@apiahf.org, with the subject line “VP Policy & Advocacy”. 

Open until filled.