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Title: Chief Operating Officer

Location: Remote

The Opportunity

The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) seeks a Chief Operating Officer. This leader will be directly responsible for the organization’s overall operations, guided by the organization’s core values, so that the organization’s staff can achieve maximum programmatic impact for promoting human rights in China. 

About the Organization

CHRD is a coalition of Chinese and international human rights non-governmental organizations. The network is dedicated to the promotion of human rights through peaceful efforts to push for democratic and rule of law reforms and to strengthen grassroots activism in China. CHRD engages in capacity building and provides technical and direct support to grassroots Chinese human rights defenders through trainings on international human rights instruments and protections for human rights defenders. CHRD administers a program of small grants for activists to implement human rights projects and provides legal aid and emergency assistance grants to victims of human rights abuses. CHRD monitors human rights developments and specific cases in China, disseminating human rights news updates, alerts, statements, analysis, and research reports to inform the media, policy makers, human rights agencies, and the general public.

The Position: Duties & Responsibilities

The COO provides oversight of all CHRD’s major operations, their integration with each other and alignment with the organization’s overall mission and strategy. The five major operational domains include 1) Human Resources, including overall HR systems, integration of diversity, equity and inclusion; 2) Finance, including systems and controls, reporting, forecasts and development; 3) IT Systems Administration, including through staff and outside service providers; 5) Risk Management and Compliance, including with IRS, state, insurance, safety and other requirements; and 6) Organizational Management and Strategy, serving as a key leader in planning, strategy and implementation, and board and staff relations. The position includes supervising and supporting project coordinators, some of whom in turn supervise team members.


The Chief Operating Officer will be a focused, self-motivated individual who is deeply invested in the protection and promotion of human rights in China; who will be a broadly skilled organizational manager who is willing to both work at the strategic level and tackle the detailed administrative tasks of the organization; will be a results-oriented leader who creates effective managerial and administrative processes and structures; who has a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion; who takes leadership initiative and engages in strategic goal setting; who listens well, is patient and cool headed, communicates clearly, and seeks advice and feedback from others; who has experience leading teams and facilitating problem-solving; has top-notch organizational skills and pays attention to detail; and who has experience living/working in China and is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and English.

Education / Experience:

  • A higher educational degree, Ph.D, MA, or the equivalent education and expertise in relevant areas;
  • Deep experience in managing and administering organizations, including 10+ years of directly related experience, including a minimum of 5 years in a leadership role, with a depth of experience in managing multiple teams or programs. This experience can be based in non-profits, for-profits, or government. Successful candidates may have their deepest experience in any of the major operational functions of the position but must demonstrate knowledge and familiarity across most of the functions, and must show overall aptitude and experience in organizational management.
  • Experience creating effective organizational processes, systems, and structures.
  • Deep knowledge of and experience in the field of China-human rights.

Required Skills / Competencies:

  • Fluency in Mandarin Chinese and English including in reading, listening comprehension, writing, and oral presentation. Effective written and verbal communication skills in both languages.
  • Strategic and solutions-oriented thinker, can handle multiple projects at once and effectively manage time, meet deadlines, and takes pride in the quality of work and has exceptional attention to detail.
  • Thrive in a busy, bustling environment, could easily balance being available to staff while staying focused on details of urgent matters.
  • Strong analytical abilities and proven accomplishment in a position requiring independent thinking and planning and efficient utilization of resources.
  • Excellent judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in areas of diversity, equity and inclusion and applying those frames to the administration of an organization.

Technical Skills:

  • Comfort with learning and using digital applications, for example, accounting platforms, video conferencing, secure communication tools, social media messaging, etc.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office 365 Suite, especially Word, PDF, and Excel.

Total Compensation

CHRD seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits found at small NGOs. 

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis. Applications must include (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) a sample publication (an article, or a chapter in a book), and (4) a list of three references. Please send application materials to contact@nchrd.org. 

CHRD advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunities to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, disabilities, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and any other basis prohibited by law. 

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