NAPCA Searching for a CEO

By April 16, 2018Uncategorized

Position Announcement: Chief Executive Officer
Seattle, WA

Organizational Overview
With a nearly four-decade history of serving Asian-American and Pacific Islander older adults, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging envisions a society in which all AAPIs age with dignity and well-being. As diverse as the AAPI population is, the common thread that ties the community together is our value of family, and that is what makes our elders so special. At the same time, AAPI elders have unique needs and challenges.

To serve its constituents effectively and meet its mission, NAPCA provides a variety of programs nationally and serves as an intermediary for significant federal funding for specific programs. With new strategic goals adopted by the Board, the organization is actively moving to diversify the programs and services offered in order to fulfill its mission and address the evolving needs of the aging AAPI community. This will include diversifying revenue streams to enable NAPCA to become the leading national advocacy organization for this population. To learn more, please visit

NAPCA’s work is grounded in the following organizational values:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration: A commitment to common goals based on open and honest communication while showing concern, support, and encouragement for one another. This includes working together to resolve conflict and lend a hand to whomever or wherever help is needed.
  • Advocacy: Identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing NAPCA’s mission to preserve and promote the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of AAPIs and other diverse populations as they age.
  • Diversity: Commitment to building an environment comprised of a variety of different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, values, and beliefs. NAPCA celebrates this diversity to foster creativity and innovation, and maximize individual potential.
  • Empowerment: Support for a culture and environment of enabling individual development and independence through the advancement of skills, authority, opportunity, and motivation.
  • Commitment to Excellence: Striving for the highest quality in the delivery of our programs, services, and products. This means being accountable for our actions, delivering on commitments, thinking creatively, and improving continuously.

Position Summary
The Chief Executive Officer position is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader and experienced organizational manager to lead NAPCA into its next phase of service to the aging Asian American/Pacific Islander community. With primary responsibility for overall organizational leadership and management, the CEO will play a key role in operationalizing the organization’s strategy and vision, working in close partnership with the Board, staff, and stakeholders. In order to execute towards that strategy on a daily basis, the CEO will focus on external relations, fundraising, and internal management and leadership. In addition, the new CEO must evolve the business model and funding mix for NAPCA to lessen its dependence on government contracts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership and internal management for the entire organization, ensuring that NAPCA delivers strong programs and services in support of its mission
  • Play a leadership role in transforming the organization in line with the new strategic goals, translating strategy and vision into actionable work plans and leading the growth of the organization’s advocacy and policy work
  • Work closely with the evolving Board of Directors to build an effective and appropriate relationship that is based on shared commitment to NAPCA’s mission, mutual trust, and strong communication
  • Build and support the team in meeting organizational goals
  • Serve initially as a the primary fundraiser for the organization, bringing a strategic perspective to diversifying revenue streams and building and cultivating key relationships
  • In collaboration with the internal team, oversee all financial and operational functions of the organization
  • Create a high-performing organizational culture and appropriate structure where team members feel supported, challenged, and respected while being focused on organizational goals and values
  • Serve as a primary spokesperson for NAPCA, locally and nationally, developing and delivering key messages to various audiences in order to increase visibility of the organization and its work
  • Report to and work with the Board and sub-committees to ensure effective governance and visionary leadership of the organization


  • Proven success in an externally-facing leadership role, preferably within a national nonprofit organization; able to inspire and engage others with a clear and strong vision
  • Experience managing change, leading through growth and transition, and creating shared vision
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience, with a successful track record of building authentic relationships and diversifying revenue streams
  • Exceptional communication skills, including communicating in a compelling, inspirational manner in a variety of settings
  • Experience leading staff teams with a high degree of interpersonal and cultural sensitivity and trust
  • Demonstrated experience leading advocacy and policy work; experience at the federal level preferred
  • Experience partnering effectively with a Board of Directors to ensure strong organizational governance, leadership, and strategy
  • Proven ability to lead thoughtfully and intentionally, gathering input, acting on feedback, making appropriate decisions, and demonstrating maturity and sound professional judgment

To Apply
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, describing your interest in this role and outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Please submit both documents in either Word or PDF format, and address your cover letter to Yvonne Tatsuno, chair of the Search Committee, at this link.

About Commongood Careers
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Chief Executive Officer. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 300 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country.