TAAF (The Asian American Foundation)
The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) is a convener, incubator, and investor committed to accelerating opportunity and prosperity for the AAPI community. TAAF supports the ecosystem of advocates and organizations committed to AAPI causes so that together we can more effectively take action against hate and violence, and build the infrastructure needed to improve AAPI advocacy, power, and representation across American society. We were founded to solve for the longstanding lack of investment and resources provided to the AAPI community — particularly as anti-AAPI hate and violence persist at alarming rates. We strive to be a catalyzing force for creating a permanent and irrevocable sense of belonging for the 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have called the United States of America home for over two centuries. The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) is stepping up to protect our fundamental right to belong and prosper, free from cycles of discrimination and violence. From the first recorded settlement of Filipinos in 1763 escaping imprisonment aboard Spanish Galleons in New Orleans, and throughout each succeeding wave of immigration from Asia and the Pacific since then, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have fought and endured in our struggle to be valued by American society.
Despite our AAPI communities’ remarkable success and vital contributions across social, economic, and political realms, progress towards greater national acceptance and belonging continues to be threatened by unchecked cycles of xenophobia and race-based violence. The time for change is now.
The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) believes that a better America is not only possible but necessary.
Even as the fastest growing ethnic group in the country, AAPI communities are severely underfunded. We are consistently denied opportunities for professional advancement. Our most vulnerable are overlooked and violently assaulted daily. We want to close the vast AAPI economic and influence gap. Our board has made the largest philanthropic commitment in history focused specifically on AAPI communities—and this is just the beginning.
For more information on TAAF, please visit taaf.org.
The Head of People, Talent and Culture will be a thought leader and will spearhead the efforts to establish TAAF’s organizational culture and values with intention and best practices. They will bring a DEI lens to their work with an authentic passion for TAAF’s mission of helping the AAPI community be accepted, protected, and celebrated.
Compensation & Benefits
The annual base salary for this role will be based on a range, starting at $180,000 and commensurate with the successful candidate’s skills and experience.
This is a permanent, full-time, exempt position and is eligible for TAAF’s comprehensive benefit package of medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, and 401k retirement options.
TAAF is deeply committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable place to work. We encourage people with a wide range of backgrounds, experience, and perspective to apply.
In addition, successful candidates will have the following competencies, personal qualities, and characteristics:
- Passion and Commitment to the Mission
- The Head of People, Talent and Culture will have a deep, personal connection and passion to serve the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in their pursuit of belonging and prosperity that is free from discrimination, slander, and violence. Inspired by the opportunity to create positive change for the AAPI community, they will have a clear understanding of TAAF’s mission and a demonstrated commitment to its work. This leader will be a compassionate and empathetic leader who leads with their values and effortlessly embodies the importance of the mission and work of the Foundation.
- Collaborative Leadership and Adaptable Management
- The Head of People, Talent and Culture will play an essential leadership role at TAAF and will have a highly collaborative nature. This leader will be approachable and interested in engaging with staff to establish the organization’s culture and values. They will be skilled at building, enhancing, and sustaining excellent relationships throughout the organization. The Head of People, Talent and Culture will have a refined ability to balance overseeing strategy and rolling up their sleeves as needed. The Head of People, Talent and Culture will have a people-first orientation, be passionate about inspiring and mentoring others, encouraging the best efforts of each employee, and serve as a model of collaborative leadership. The Head of People, Talent and Culture at TAAF will have high emotional intelligence and superior communication skills with the ability to listen and respond effectively to a diverse group of audiences.
- Human Resources Expertise with DEI Lens
- The Head of People, Talent and Culture will have extensive knowledge of human resources best practices and expertise in implementing strong processes that will support a growing mission-driven organization. This leader will have a solutions mindset and will bring new ideas to TAAF while possessing the organizational and problem-solving skills needed to efficiently carry out day-to-day operations. The Head of People, Talent and Culture will have a strong equity and inclusion perspective that will guide them in their work in developing and implementing HR policies, procedures, and decision-making.
- Organizational Development and Operational Excellence
- The Head of People, Talent and Culture will be a strategic thinker with the ability to transform short- and long-term strategies into immediate goals and initiatives. This leader will oversee the analysis of critical areas of attention, gain buy-in from employees, and instate proven strategies that proactively address problems with effective solutions. The Head of People, Talent and Culture will have strong leadership and management background with organizational change, specifically on building culture, creating operations and business processes, and improving organizational effectiveness. The ideal candidate will excel at infrastructure development and implementation of standardized systems, policies, and procedures required to support all People functions with excellent attention to detail.
- Entrepreneurial & Innovative Mindset
- TAAF’s Head of People, Talent and Culture will take on their role with an entrepreneurial spirit, having the ability to build a structure within a rapidly growing organization, expanding the team, and its functions to meet the evolving needs of the Foundation. They will have a high tolerance for ambiguity, able to make decisions even when all the information typically needed isn’t available. With an open, creative, and flexible mindset, this leader will bring a progressive way of thinking as they think about establishing compelling and effective talent development and management practices.
How to Apply
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Michelle R.S. Bonoan and Jennifer Smith are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role, please visit https://talent-profile.diversifiedsearchgroup.com/search/v2/17920 or email and . All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
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