Director, China Programs

May 6, 2019

The Director of China Programs will oversee existing public health programs of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund (TFKAF)’s Beijing Representative Office focused on non-communicable diseases. TFKAF is a leading civil society organization dedicated to the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. It also seeks to build advocacy capacity to advance broader public health goals.

The Director of China Programs will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to advance policies and measures advancing related to its existing programs S/he will provide technical support to partners and grantees in China, and coordinate partner and grantee activities to ensure program effectiveness and synergy. Qualified candidates will understand and have proven experience with policy development or policy promotion, and will be a strategic partner to grantees, partners, and funders. The position is based in Washington, DC.

Summary Description

The Director of China Programs, based in Washington, DC, oversees all program activities in China. S/he oversees all aspects of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK)’s work in China, closely monitors the policy environment, and develops and implements strategies to advance tobacco control, cardiovascular health, as well as other policy issues. S/he is responsible for coordinating support to in-country advocates from TFK’s global advocacy resource center’s communications, research, legal, and grants units.

Primary Duties

  • Provides strategic leadership in all aspects of TFK’s work in China and supervise the Campaign’s in-country staff.
  • Develop and implement annual strategies and work plans for promoting full implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Strategies will be focused on policy related to tobacco taxation, tobacco advertising bans, smoke-free environments, and public education, all of which are core elements of the FCTC.
  • Work closely with various stakeholders including governments, academic institutions, and civil society organizations to advance measures and policies related to achieve policies consistent with international best practices for other non-communicable diseases.
  • Coordinate provision of financial and technical support to in-country groups working to encourage policy change and increase public understanding of key issues.
  • Promote in-country technical and advocacy capacity in the areas of tobacco control, cardiovascular health, and road safety
  • Manage the China team, including the operation of the Campaign’s Representative Office in Beijing, China to ensure the RO complies with all regulations and requirements for overseas NGOs
  • Represent the Campaign as a speaker at conferences and training seminars in China and globally.
  • Coordinate with global partners in the program areas to promote collaboration and synergy.
  • Directly communicate with donors about the progress of various programs in China when necessary.
  • Travel internationally as necessary.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Perform additional duties as directed by EVP Global Programs


  • High level of familiarity with the policymaking process, media and civil society landscape in China
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and public speaking skills
  • High level of proficiency in speaking and reading Mandarin Chinese
  • Ability to travel internationally (job requires a minimum of 25% travel)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain open channels of communications and coordinate with multiple partners sharing the same or similar goals.
  • Postgraduate degree in the area of public health, public policy, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ work experience in advocacy, public policy, media, public health, or other related field.
  • Global experience desired and substantial experience working in mainland China highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.


This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to U.S. citizens and other applicants who already possess U.S. work authorization.

To apply for this position, please email a writing sample and cover letter and attach your resume to: Please reference the position code: DCP-09 in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. No Phone Calls Please.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.