Executive Director

The Executive Director reports to the Friends of the Chinese American Museum (FCAM) Board of Directors, and serves as the primary interface in collaborating with the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument management (El Pueblo) and City of Los Angeles staff to operate the Chinese American Museum (CAM). The Executive Director of FCAM is the Director of CAM. The Executive Director works closely with the President of the FCAM Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and the General Manager of EP to advance CAM’s mission, vision, and values in a diverse multi- cultural community. The position is responsible for the daily operations of the Museum and the long-term development and execution of the Museum’s strategic plan, policies, and goals within the context of a city-owned facility. Overall responsibilities also include visionary leadership, consensus building, operational effectiveness, personnel management, fiscal management, and leadership in development and fundraising, maintaining institutional sustainability, and achieving targeted financial objectives. The Executive Director is also accountable for monitoring the Museum’s ongoing performance in support of its stated objectives


Vision and Strategic Leadership

The Executive Director guides the Board, staff and other stakeholders to ensure that the organization’s vision and strategic plan remains current, relevant, and responsive to the changing landscape of the diverse community in which CAM exists. This includes:

  • Updating and implementing the strategic plan, which encompasses its business plan and organization plan.
  • Identifying and forging partnerships with other community-based organizations whose mission, vision, and values are complementary to those of CAM.
  • Guiding the Museum’s ongoing physical expansion (from its current 8,000 to 20,000 square feet) and community engagement process to ensure its programmatic and financial success.

 Administrative, Financial, and Operations Management

The Executive Director has ultimate responsibility and accountability for leadership and financial planning, leading an effective senior management team, and efficiently and effectively operating the Museum in order to:

  • Oversee the implementation and review of annual and long-range plans for the Museum, incorporating progress toward strategic and financial goals.
  • Ensure all agreements with the City/El Pueblo are implemented, including those outlined in the 2013 Memorandum of Agreement, and work with the City/El Pueblo regarding operations, management, planning, events, and acquisitions.
  • Build a team that is dedicated to and excited about the future of the Museum. Manage the recruitment, employment, and supervision o f staff, contractors, consultants, interns, and volunteers.
  • Set and maintain high standards for staff performance, and establish sound human resource policies and practices, including effective communications channels, mentoring, and retention strategies, in compliance with City requirements.
  • Oversee the negotiation of all contracts and agreements, prepare official correspondence, and execute legal documents in consultation with Board leadership as needed.
  • Ensure that the buildings and grounds of the Museum are maintained in a manner that preserves historical integrity, professional museum standards, safety, and welcoming environment for diverse audiences and also in compliance with City requirements and standards.
  • Ensure sound financial practices, including realistic annual and long-term budgeting, prudent management and monitoring of financial resources, and employment of the Museum’s assets for the most effective long-term fulfillment of its mission.

 Institutional Growth and Advancement

The Executive Director serves as the chief spokesperson for the Museum, represents its interests to the public, and embraces a leadership role in the Chinese American and Asian American community in order to:

  • Ensure that comprehensive and effective funding programs exist to promote the Museum’s activities and increase the financial support available for its operations.
  • Build, develop, and execute a comprehensive public awareness program to create a measurable increase in the stature and visibility of CAM in the local, national, and international community.
  • Provide leadership in the Museum’s fundraising efforts by developing and implementing a comprehensive annual fundraising plan. Personally identify, cultivate and solicit major donors, including foundation grant opportunities.
  • Devise and implement a strategy with Board leadership to recruit effective new Board members.
  • Create outreach programs to constituencies that encourage attendance, membership and further involvement in the life of the Museum.

 Museology and Collections

The Executive Director will oversee the Staff in acquiring, presenting, preserving and researching the Museum’s collection and in developing an overall “story” that attracts, excites and educates a wide public audience. This includes:

  • Working with the community to explore new ways of presenting the Museum’s collection.
  • Expanding its educational mission to an even wider range of national and international audiences.
  • Provide leadership and inspiration toward innovative and engaging display and presentation that appeal to a new generation of museum-goers.
  • Identify and cultivate potential collection donors.
  • Perform periodic evaluations to ensure that Museum programs have continued relevance and are responsive to the needs of a changing clientele.

Please submit Resume and Cover Letter via email to HR@CAMLA.org


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.


Fundraising and Financial Development Responsibilities:

  • 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 and Public Affairs Duties:

  • 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

Please submit Resume and Cover Letter via email to HR@CAMLA.org