Program and Outreach Director

Position Summary: The Chinese American Museum (CAM) aims to foster a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, America’s diverse heritage by researching, preserving, and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy, and continued contributions of Chinese Americans.  CAM is the first museum in Southern California dedicated to the Chinese American experience and history.

CAM is facing a period of exciting change, growth, and team-building.  The museum is seeking a Program and Outreach Director to oversee the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing public programming, including planning, organizing, staffing, and executing program activities.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about innovative programming, community outreach, and growing the museum’s members base.  Working with the Executive Director and curatorial team, the program director will conceptualize and execute a slate of programming that complements the museum’s mission, permanent and temporary exhibitions, and the communities that the museum serves.  The Program and Outreach Director will also initiate and cultivate community partnerships.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Plan the delivery of programming in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization, to highlight and complement the museum’s exhibitions and educational aims, and to support the strategic direction of the organization.
  • With the Executive Director, develop an annual budget and operation plan to support programming.
  • With the Executive Director, recruit, interview, and select well-qualified program staff as needed.
  • With the Executive Director, manage contracts and events budget for each event.
  • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the public programming and identify areas for improvement.


  • Handle all event applications, site plans, and vendor contracts for each event.
  • Produce timelines and staff and volunteer assignments for each event.
  • Work closely with El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument/City of Los Angeles staff to coordinate event execution.

Community Outreach:

  • Initiate and cultivate community partnerships that highlight the museum’s role in the community.


  • BA or BS required
  • 2-4 years experience in public programming, events planning, or community outreach.
  • An understanding of the multicultural community of which the museum is a part of.
  • An understanding of the Chinese American community in Southern California.
  • A strong sense of professionalism and attention to detail.
  • Self-starter with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to think creatively about outreach and public programming; how to introduce the museum to larger, broader audiences; and ways to position the museum for increased exposure to funding opportunities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a broad range of people and priorities.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle competing deadlines.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Sharon Chen (sychen@camla.org).


Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship

The Chinese American Museum (CAM) is proud to offer one paid, full-time summer internship for qualified undergraduate students from June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017.


Collections and Curatorial Internship

The Collections and Curatorial Intern will work closely with the Exhibitions Coordinator and Collections Manager to assist with research, object-handling, and exhibition development. Under the supervision of the Exhibitions Coordinator and Collections Manager, the intern will 1) learn proper art and artifact collection handling practices 2) assist in object research and digitization 3) assist with exhibition coordination, loan processing, and exhibition checklists 4) conduct curatorial research 5) be introduced to organizing and developing exhibitions. Finally, the intern will provide support to various inter-departmental projects and activities to deepen his/her understanding, experience and knowledge of day-to-day museum operations at CAM.

Duration: June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017 (10 consecutive weeks)

Hours per week: 40 hours (8 hours per day)

Stipend: $5,000 for a ten-week period



Candidates considering a career in museums are strongly encouraged to apply, but candidates from all areas of undergraduate study are welcome. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, research skills, and computer literacy are strongly desired.

Per the eligibility requirements of the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship (MUI) Program, applicants must:

  • Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;
  • Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2017. Students graduating in May or June 2017 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.


Apply Today

To apply, please email your application to Kimberly Zarate at hr@camla.org, with the subject heading “Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship” and include the following:

  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter describing your interest in the internship
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation. These can be emailed to hr@camla.org or mailed to:

    Chinese American Museum
    Attn: Kimberly Zarate, Getty MUI Application
    125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 202
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

Deadline to apply: Thursday, April 27, 2017 by 3:00 pm

All cover letters and resumes must be submitted electronically. Incomplete applications (including missing letters of recommendation) will not be reviewed. Before you apply, learn about CAM’s mission and history at camla.org!

For more information regarding the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program, please visit the Getty MUI website.


A PDF version of the internship description can be found here.