APIA Scholars’ vision is to create opportunities for all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to have access to higher education and resources. If you’re interested in helping to bring that vision to life, take a look at our open positions and we look forward to connecting further.

The Chief of Staff and VP Strategy is responsible for managing the organization’s key strategic initiatives including strategic planning, Board management and development, developing and executing on the new APIA Scholars Advisory Council, internal people strategy, and the organizations upcoming 20th anniversary (2023) events and activities.  This position will liaison with all departments to ensure overarching projects, strategic initiatives, and day to day work is integrated and clearly aligns to organizational mission to educate, elevate, and empower APIA students across the county and the Pacific Islands.


This position is based in Washington, DC, and will require occasional travel. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.



Strategic Planning (10-15%)

  • Assist the Executive Director and SVP with organizational strategic initiatives.
  • Assist Executive Director to launch Board strategic planning initiative in 2021/2022
  • Liaison with Board, Executive Director, and Strategic planning firm to advance the work forward.


Board Management and Development (20%)

  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Communications on content creation for Board meetings, Executive Board meetings, and Committee meetings
  • Develop strategy for Board Committees
  • Work with Chair of Nominations Committee to create system for Board recruitment and nomination
  • Assist with administrative record keeping for Board membership
  • Lead board stewardship activities
  • Create and reporting structures for the Board (including monthly reports to the Board)


APIA Scholars Advisory Council (20%)

  • Develop and create a functioning and highly engaged APIA Scholars Advisory Council, comprised of members of various industries and sectors to advice the senior leadership and Board of Directors at APIA scholars on discrete areas of growth and expansion.
    • Examples include opening a west coast office, accepting DACA applicants, exploration of new areas of student supports we may want to address
  • Develop a vetting and nominations process
  • Develop formal function of this group
  • Develop processes for engagement and membership






Internal People Strategy and Management (40%)

  • Work directly with the Executive Director to synthesize organizational progress in all areas
  • Have a strong ability to work seamlessly across the organization and communicate effectively
  • Work with SVP to develop professional development strategy for the organization to motivate and encourage growth, competence and professional development for all staff.
  • Liaison and in some cases manage, Department Directors and develop a human system that supports information flow, and healthy and robust communication between all departments, aligning the three “E’s”: Educate, Elevate, and Empower
  • Develop and lead the APIA Scholars first every Internship Program, working with Directors and VPs to determine funding structures and annual processes to launch a sustainable internship program
  • Overlay the aforementioned system with the focus areas of the President and Executive Director


Discrete Initiatives (10-15%)

  • 2023 is the 20th anniversary of APIA Scholars, we expect to embark on a year of celebration including resuming the Higher Education Summit, AANAPISI Convening, gala in NYC, and other events to commemorate and celebrate the organization’s contributions over the past 20 years.
  • TBD



Education and Experience:

  • Masters Degree required
  • Candidate must have 12 + years of progressive experience in organizational management


  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Candidate must have a strong understanding of how to integrate strategic initiatives into the day to work of the organization, in order to effectively advance the mission
  • Candidate must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and be knowledgeable about diverse communities and issues in higher education.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity skills
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings
  • Strong work ethic
  • Solutions oriented mindset
  • This candidate must have exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work with senior level professionals at the nation’s largest Fortune 500 and 100 companies
  • Ability to develop and grow external partnerships
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite required; familiarity with Salesforce and/or other database programs strongly preferred


TERM: Summer 2021 (June 21, 2021 – August 13, 2021)

STATUS: 25 hours/week for 8-weeks (200 Total Hours)

STIPEND: $4,000

The Graduate Research & Policy Fellowship Program positions our APIA Scholars at the center of our applied
research initiatives, empowering our Scholars to conduct research that translates into innovative solutions, practical tools, and policy recommendations that address prominent issues affecting APIA students in Mental Health & Wellness, Anti-Asian Hate & Racism, and Leadership & Civic Engagement. This program is open to outstanding APIA Scholars graduate students pursuing full-time masters and doctoral degrees and APIA Scholars

Research & Policy Fellows will help shape and execute the applied research projects and be assigned to one or
more research tasks. These tasks may be related to a particular research project or other activities associated
with further acquiring, analyzing, or disseminating knowledge. Fellows are expected to complete the following deliverables by the end of the program:
1) Applied Research Plan
• Design research plan and utilize project management skills to ensure completion of key deliverables
within the executed timeline.
2) Research Product (report, policy brief, infographic, promotional materials, etc.) with applicable
recommendations and tools
• Design data collection tools, analyze data, interpret findings, and provide recommendations
• Write research report with opportunities to co-author articles and conduct presentations
• Develop visual representations of the research and recommendations and draft promotional plan
3) Project summary (records progress, lessons learned, recommendations for further research, partnerships,
projects, etc.)
• Prepare progress reports (written, verbal, or visual) and summarize project results

• Build research, project management, communication, advocacy, and policy skills in their area of interest.
• Author, co-author, and publish findings in partnership with leading scholars in the field.
• Receive professional development opportunities such as mentorship, personalized coaching, and
exposure to experts in the field.
• Network with other APIA and higher education organizations to increase collaborative efforts.

• Earned Graduate Degree or currently enrolled in a Graduate Program in a U.S. Accredited University
• 1-2 years of experience as a graduate research assistant or work directly related to managing a research
• Experience in data analysis and research such as conducting a literature review, various forms of data
collection (interviews, focus groups, surveys), and interpreting findings
• A published author or experience drafting reports and briefs and developing infographics and collateral.

Submit the following to Senior Manager, Florie Mendiola at florie.mendiola@apiasf.org by the deadline, May 16, 2021, @ 11:59 PM EST

1) Resume or Curriculum Vitae with references
2) Short writing sample
3) Cover letter:
• Please include how this opportunity aligns with your research interest and desires for professional
development, as well as what you hope to accomplish as you carry out your project.
4) 2-3 page Research Proposal: Must include the following components below
• Aligns to at least one of the following research agenda: Mental Health & Wellness, Anti-Asian Hate &
Racism, and Leadership & Civic Engagement
• Research topic/title
• Objectives/Aims
• Introduction, Background, and Rationale: Justify the need for the research, and make a convincing case as
to why your research would create valuable and USEFUL knowledge.
• Research Questions: Clear and focused for you to conduct the research within the time frame.
• Methodology: How will the data be collected or generated? How will it be analyzed?
• Expected outcomes & Impacts
• Project Plan (8-week timeline, Key Activities, Key Deliverables)
• References
• Potential tools for advocacy efforts and policy recommendations (How do you foresee your research
translated into action and more significant impact, practical solutions, or opportunities to influence
programs, services, and/or policies?)
Outreach/open announcement April 26 – May 16, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST (3 weeks)
Selection and interviews May 17 – May 28, 2021 (2 weeks)
Finalists and notifications May 31 – June 04, 2021 (1 week)
Summer Program June 21, 2021 – August 13, 2021 (8 weeks)