Opportunities

CURATOR

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Curator is responsible for research, development, and presentation of exhibitions at the Chinese American Museum. The immediate responsibility is to oversee, develop, design, and implement both permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions that focus on Chinese American community, culture, and history. The Curator also functions as the lead researcher and the content specialist of the organization. The position is required to assist in fundraising for the exhibitions with the Executive Director and/or Development staff by providing support for the museum’s annual fundraisers, exhibit fundraising efforts, and particularly through grant research, writing and reporting. The Curator reports directly to the Executive Director and manages any staff in the curatorial department as well as consultants, interns, and volunteers working directly on exhibition related activities.

Duties & Responsibilities

Curatorial

  • Develop, maintain, adjust, and implement the museum’s 5-year exhibition timeline
  • Conduct research for exhibitions, curatorial projects, and publications related to the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibition materials
  • Curate, interpret, and design the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • Manage and schedule the production, fabrication and installation of permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • Draft texts pertaining to objects and/or exhibitions to be edited and purposed by various departments of the museum of interpretive materials, publications, marketing/publicity materials, newsletters, press releases, educational materials, etc.
  • Collaborate with staff from various departments in the creation of materials, including, but not limited to:
    1. Education for interpretive materials
    2. Marketing for publicity materials
    3. Development for fundraising
    4. Programs for a variety of events to attract different audiences
  • Manage any consultants, interns, or volunteers working directly with the Curator
  • Work collaboratively with the exhibition team, Friends of the Chinese American Museum Board of Directors, and other staff members to ensure museum mission, goals, objectives, and deadlines are met
  • Assists in grant development and writing for the exhibition proposals
  • Assists in completing grant reporting obligations
  • Manage the negotiation for traveling exhibitions
  • Create and monitor related budgets in support of the Executive Director

Collections

  • Work with the Collections Manager on the maintenance of the permanent and temporary exhibition galleries
  • Review accession, deaccession, and offered gifts with the Collections Manager; present these to the Collection Committee; and report on declined gifts to the Collection Committee
  • Work closely with the Collections Manager to ensure that the highest level of professional care is given to works of art and history on loan to the museum, including providing information for loan paperwork and other documentations as needed
  • Responsible for liaising with lenders regarding negotiation of artwork and historical objects on display; work with the registrar to take care of any related paperwork (checklist development, loan forms, artwork/object info, insurance, transportation and shipping)

Other Duties

  • Initiate, maintain, and strengthen sustainable partnerships with related history, arts and cultural organizations
  • Research and present academic papers and presentations to museum, history, and Asian American Studies conferences on behalf of the Chinese American Museum
  • Give presentations as needed on the museum and Chinese American History to community organizations, arts, history, and cultural organizations, and academic institutions on behalf of the Chinese American Museum
  • Assist in organizing opening and closing exhibit receptions
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Assist with and attend member events and public programs; in particular Lantern Festival and Historymakers
  • Serve on juries and committees for other arts cultural organizations with Executive Director’s approval
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the Executive Director

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Advanced Degree strongly preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a curatorial role
  • Understanding of and passion for Asian American culture/history/art; Prefer understanding of and passion for Chinese American culture/history/art
  • Informed understanding of a museum’s responsibilities to serve the public and its communities
  • Demonstrated superior writing and editorial ability
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word)
  • A team player committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful work environment
  • Commitment to the mission and core values of the Chinese American Museum

Working Environment

  • Responsibilities may involve flexible scheduling and work beyond the regularly scheduled workday, including working in the evening, on weekends, and on holidays

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to hr@camla.org with the subject line “Curator”. No phone calls, please.

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MUSEUM EDUCATION MANAGER

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Museum Education Manager is responsible for overall development and management of the educational activities of the Chinese American Museum. The Museum Education Manager will develop interpretive materials for exhibitions; manage the Docent Program; develop public and educational programs for K-12 and university students, educators, researchers, community stakeholders, and the general public; coordinate guided Museum tours; assist in the development of new exhibitions; and assist in education grants development.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development and coordination of all in-house learning programs and outreach educational activities
  • Initiate and develop innovative instructional programs related to the museum’s temporary exhibition program and permanent collection
  • Develop, implement, and manage education resources for K-12 and university students, educators, researchers, community stakeholders, and the general public
  • Develop professional development programming including teacher training, lectures and symposia
  • Work with community groups to provide educational experiences in partnership with other arts, cultural, educational, and civic organizations at the museum and off-site
  • Develop educational programs and activities for Lantern Festival
  • Implement and manage visitor experience evaluations for museum visitors and school workshops
  • Supervise the scheduling of tours
  • Initiate and manage a docent program
  • Create and monitor related budgets in support of the Executive Director

Other Duties

  • Serves as a member of the exhibition planning team
  • Review accessions, deaccessions, and offered gifts with the Curator and Collections Manager
  • Develop special projects with the Curator (i.e. teaching collection, digital collections, and archives)
  • Research, initiate, and review grant proposals to state and national agencies for the development of education department programs and activities
  • Assist as needed with exhibition installation and de-installation
  • Assist in organizing opening and closing receptions
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Assist with and attend member events and public programs; in particular Lantern Festival and Historymakers
  • Initiate and maintain sustainable partnerships with other arts, cultural, and history related organizations; including community-based and academic organizations
  • Strengthen relationships with patrons, donors, artists, collectors, dealers, and other Chinese / Asian American specialists
  • Serve on juries and committees for other arts cultural organizations with the Executive Director’s approval
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the Executive Director

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Advanced Degree strongly preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a museum education role
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word)
  • Understanding of and passion for Asian American culture/history/art; Prefer understanding of and passion for Chinese American culture/history/art
  • Informed understanding of a museum’s responsibilities to serve the public and its communities
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate and work collaboratively in teams across functions

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to hr@camla.org with the subject line “Museum Education Manager”. No phone calls, please.

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS MANAGER

The Public Programs Manager is responsible for the research, development, planning, implementation and evaluation of public programs at the Chinese American Museum and for ensuring that these programs complement and supplement the exhibition program, involve diverse audiences of all ages and serves the institution’s mission.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage, develop, implement, and evaluate programming relating to history, culture, and art through adult, family, and community offerings
  • Work with museum staff to ensure programming coordinates with the organization’s mission and vision and complements cultural, educational, and community initiatives
  • Research and develop dynamic and relevant public programming such as lectures, panel discussions, workshops, gallery talks, symposia, film series, etc.
  • Engage museum patrons, significant stakeholders, and the general public to create a welcoming, inviting, and relevant educational environment
  • Maintain calendar of programs, take program reservations, set up and clean program areas, coordinate program vendors and contractors, order supplies, track demographics, and perform other administrative tasks as it relates to programmatic functions
  • Lead the development and coordination of collaborative programming
  • Evaluate programs for continuous improvement, quality, attendance, content, cost, effectiveness, etc.
  • Maintain records of public programs, including attendance statistics and evaluation
  • Develop and distribute program marketing materials
  • Assist with special events, visitor service functions, and other projects as assigned
  • Work with the marketing department to promote programs through a variety of marketing and communications methods

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required in communications, marketing, or liberal arts
  • Prior experience working in non-profit (museum or the arts) marketing preferred
  • Familiarity and interest in Asian American / Chinese American history
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate and work collaboratively in teams across functions
  • Must be able to work both independently, and as a member of a team managing deadlines and communicating effectively to staff across all levels of the organization
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and effectively handle multiple projects with an eye on deadline and budgets

Working Environment

  • Responsibilities may involve flexible scheduling and work beyond the regularly scheduled workday, including working in the evening, on weekends, and on holidays

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to hr@camla.org with the subject line “Public Programs Manager”. No phone calls, please.

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DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

Under the Direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement is responsible for the fundraising, financial development, communications, public affairs, marketing, publicity and social media activities of the organization.

Duties & Responsibilities

Fundraising & Financial Development

  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Oversee grants programs with contract grant writer
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Manage and oversee Museum’s membership program
  • Overseeing organization of annual Historymakers Gala and other special events; supervise contract Events Coordinator
  • Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Create and monitor related budgets in support of the Executive Director

Communications & Public Affairs

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and senior leadership to develop communications strategies that will broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact
  • Develop and refine Chinese American Museum’s “core” messages to ensure organizational consistency
  • Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to support Chinese American Museum, and create and implement plans to exploit them
  • Serve as executive editor for the organization’s website and social media outlets
  • Oversee organizational response to inquiries
  • Oversee relationship with Contract Publicist

Other Duties

  • Initiate and maintain sustainable partnerships with other arts, cultural, and history related organizations; including community-based and academic organizations
  • Strengthen relationships with patrons, donors, artists, collectors, dealers and other Chinese/Asian American specialists
  • Serve on juries and committees for other arts cultural organizations with the Executive Director’s approval
  • Develop and maintain departmental budgets and reporting
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the Executive Director

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to hr@camla.org with the subject line “Director of Advancement”. No phone calls, please.