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12 Oct 2022

Full-Time Chief Operating Officer

NAPAWF – Posted by tnguyen1616 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

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



Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as an integral member of the executive leadership team, the Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for the development of NAPAWF’s overall operational strategy.  The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for making sure all staff have everything they need to do their job well.  Along with the strategic components, the COO will be charged with introducing, developing, and implementing more sophisticated policies and procedures both in the finance and general operational realms. This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior level leader with a proven track record of creative problem-solving, building, and change management to join a fast-growing, mission-driven organization.


Financial Leadership

  • Lead the organization on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters – including managing staff and consultants.
  • Serve as the management liaison to the board and finance and audit committees; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select board of directors and committee meetings.
  • Forecast, anticipate trends and gaps, manage risks to the organization.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the Executive Director informed of all critical issues.

Operational Leadership

  • Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, operational standards, and procedures – to support the professionalization of the organization while aligning with organizational values.
  • Provide guidance to senior managers on all budget and financial matters.
  • Support the annual operationalization of NAPAWF’s strategic goals.
  • Oversee facilities, information technology, logistics, and administration.
  • Manage vendor relationships

People and Culture

  • Provide proactive leadership, direction, and professional expertise in all areas of human resources management, including labor/union relations.
  • Oversee efforts to create a healthy organizational culture, including providing input into total rewards, benefits programs, and recognition.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and effective communication of HR policies and procedures. Maintain responsibility for compliance
  • with federal, state, and local legislation pertaining to all personnel matters, policies, and procedures, inclusive of wage and hour laws and payroll practices.  Help coach and provide strategic guidance to managers.
  • Lead and provide oversight on employment and workplace investigations issues with the highest level of emotional intelligence, professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality. Prioritize prompt and thorough investigations, conducted objectively and free from bias and integrity.
  • Hire and guide the work of operations staff over time while making structural changes as appropriate to increase organizational effectiveness


  • Show up as a leader, with broad oversight, moving beyond singular tasks
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in a senior nonprofit management role, preferably with experience in a national organization with dispersed staff
  • Experience managing at least a $5M annual organizational budget
  • Experience with nonprofit finance, compliance, and accounting regulations
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can manage multiple projects
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Innovative problem solver, with ability to anticipate and proactively address complex issues
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, NAPAWF’s board of directors, and staff
  • Passion for NAPAWF’s mission
  • Experience with a unionized workplace preferred
  • Personal resilience and emotional intelligence


The salary for this position is $165,000-185,000 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.


This position is based in an office setting (either in person at an existing NAPAWF office, or remote).  Travel up to 30% of the time (if not located in a location with a NAPAWF office).

NAPAWF is committed to public health, and to the safety and well being of our colleagues and visitors.  As such we have adopted a policy requiring all employees to receive all recommended COVID-19 vaccines and boosters or to apply for and receive an exemption.


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.

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How to Apply

Apply through https://nationalasianpacificamericanwomensforum.applytojob.com/apply/QHcj64mnJ0/Chief-Operating-Officer

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.


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