Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Job Title: Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Beijing, China
Reports To:
CEO & President


Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO), reporting to the CEO & President, is responsible for establishing an efficient and effective operation that will allow Energy Foundation China to operate at a high level and fulfill its mission. Serving as a managementteammember, the COO will support the CEO & President to formulate the organizational strategy, set operations priorities, optimize organization structure, and foster the collaborative culture. He/she will establish operations systems, mechanisms, procedures, and policies, and will oversee back-office functions in both China and U.S, including Finance, Human Resources, Administration, and Information Technology, to ensure compliance and effective support to the organizational strategy. He/she will also support board-related matters.


  • Oversee the organization development, provide leadership in establishing and implementing organization-wide priorities from an operation perspective, and ensure a unified understanding of and progress toward those goals and priorities;
  • Develop strategy and put in place systems, mechanisms, procedures, policies, and management standards to advance organizational strategy and operational priorities;
  • Strategize, develop, and implement efforts to foster an environment of accountability and collaboration, promote and exemplify the Operating Philosophy;
  • Serve as a hub of internal sharing of management information and communication, grow and maintain robust and consistent systems for staff sharing and communication, and effectively communicate management decisions and priorities;
  • Oversee day-to-day operation, including Finance, Human Resources, Administration, and Information Technology, coordinating and building alignment across the functions, ensuring compliance while continuously enhancing operational efficiency;
  • Lead, launch, and/or coordinate special projects and office-wide events, frequently engaging with staff across the organization;
  • Manage organizational compliance, oversee government reporting processes, support CEO & President to build up a strong relationship with government supervisory agencies;
  • Support board-related matters, taking the role as Treasurer to support board audit committee, preparing documents for board meetings as appropriate;
  • Provide managerial supervision on talent selection, on-the-job coaching, training, professional development, and performance management to team members;
  • Lead to develop and implement the system, mechanism, and rules of enforcing disciplines and COI management;
  • Foster team spirit and a learning atmosphere within the team and the organization;
  • Undertake additional tasks and responsibilities as assigned by CEO & President;
  • Back up other colleagues as needed.

This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


  • Education: MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired.
  • Working Experience: Over 15 years of related working experience including significant general management experience with a full range of business functions and systems. Demonstrated executive-level experience in strategic decision-making, leadership, and operational management preferably in a complex, mission-driven organization. Experience in NGO and international operations is a plus.
  • Personal Characteristics: Good listener, excellent and persuasive communicator, passionate for improving the environment, self-reliant, results-oriented, collaborative problem solver, fair.
  • Language Level: Chinese native speaker; excellent command of spoken and written English, communicates in English effectively in public, with a deep understandingof western cultures.


  • Ethical Behavior/Integrity – Demonstrates principled performance and sound ethics, showing consistency among principles, values, and behaviors to build trust and credibility internally and externally.
  • Mission-driven/Initiative –Inspired by the organization's vision and mission, take actions with ownership, can-do attitude, and proactive mindset.
  • Team Spirits – Collaboratively works toward solutions that benefit all involved parties; willingly cooperate with others to accomplish team/organization objectives.

Please email a cover letter and resume, subject line "Application for COO", to


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