Chief of Staff

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive



Start Date


Application Deadline



8201 Corporate Drive
Suite 1000
United States


The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (“Foundation”) seeks a Chief of Staff to partner with the CEO to rebuild and to re-staff the organization in its Washington, DC headquarters. The candidate must have a passion for or strong interest in reducing the burdens of asthma and allergies in society. This position is both strategic and facilitative and requires a combination of focus and flexibility, as well as a willingness to play an active, behind-the-scenes role. As the CEO’s ‘trusted counsel’, the Chief of Staff requires a highly resourceful individual with strong emotional intelligence, self-motivation, and strong analytical skills. The Chief of Staff will assume all administrative and operational responsibilities including personnel management, hiring and managing advocacy, policy, communications, marketing, and administrative staff as necessary. Initially, building the Foundation’s fundraising and revenue generating capabilities will be a top priority for the Chief of Staff.


The Chief of Staff is a senior level position that provides direct support to the senior leadership team and can help re-establish the Foundation’s historical presence as a premier, non-profit patient advocacy group in Washington, DC. Together with the existing senior staff team and other key staff, the Chief of staff will provide critical strategic advice to the CEO and is an integral thought partner for how the CEO prioritizes time (internally and externally), amplifies the voice of the CEO and the Foundation.  The Chief of Staff will be responsible for working collaboratively with other staff, Foundation stakeholders to advance the CEO & the AAFA leadership team’s vision, priorities and deliverables as outlined in the organization’s strategic plan. Operationally, the Chief of Staff provides leverage for the CEO as well as the Foundation, to extend the CEO’s capabilities and impact around time, range of influence, and capacity to get work done. The Chief of Staff is responsible for driving the planning, execution and follow up of activities from the Office of the CEO, leadership team and applicable all-staff meetings based on the CEO’s input and direction.


Key Responsibilities

·      Oversee day-to-day operations

·      Recruit staff.

·      Build the organization’s fundraising capabilities and actively assist in generating revenue.

·      Facilitate as needed day to day collaboration of staff among multiple locations.

·      Ensure prioritization, alignment, and resourcing of programs per the organizational strategic plan.

·      Partner with CEO and finance staff to monitor, meet, or exceed organizational budget.

·      Work across cross functional work streams to ensure collective support and implementation of aligned programming towards the Foundation’s annual and strategic plan goals.

·      Manage relationships with partners, including over sight of vendor relationships and contract renewals that extend beyond one department.

·      Work collaboratively to ensure alignment among the Foundation, chapters, partners and advocacy groups who support the Foundation

·      Perform other related duties as assigned.



This is a position for someone with high emotional intelligence who enjoys connecting with people, is an exemplar of professionalism, and is highly motivated by achieving excellence and pushing the status-quo. The most successful candidates embrace a “whatever-it-takes” mantra, relish the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and take ownership and will do whatever it takes to achieve goals.


·      Proven experience as a chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, staff director, or administrative director in a legislative environment such as Congress. Experience with a medium to large non-profit advocacy group or foundation, or relevant experience with a for profit business.

·      Experience in operations.

·      Demonstrated ability to do fundraising or generate financial support for an organization.

·      Solid understanding of business functions (HR, finance etc.)

·      Knowledge of fiscal planning, budgeting and reporting

·      Experience with strategic planning and engagement that leverages the time and voice of an institutional leader.

·      Experience 7+ years of relevant experience with a minimum of 3 in management.

·      Demonstrated track record of setting ambitious goals and driving results.

·      Energetic, entrepreneurial and self-motivated with the judgment, temperament and skills required to succeed in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


Full range of benefits

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to