Opportunities

ADMINISTRATIVE & DONOR RELATIONS ASSOCIATE

The Administrative & Donor Relations Associate for the Friends of the Chinese American Museum (FCAM) is a part of the development team and assists with the overall daily office operations. He/She works closely with the FCAM Executive Director, maintains regular interaction with key members of the FCAM Board of Directors, Museum Guides and other FCAM staff, and maintains regular interaction with senior managers of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (a department of the City of Los Angeles).

Duties & Responsibilities

Development & Membership

  • Ensures timely delivery and accuracy of upper-level donor and membership acknowledgements and benefits
  • Maintains and updates databases for donor, membership, and all other CAM related contact information
  • Assists with mailed-in, internet and on-site membership promotions, and oversees membership sales at exhibition openings, public programs, and other Museum events

Administrative

  • Responsible for accurate and timely data entry and processing of all incoming donations, with a primary focus on the stewardship of upper-level donors
  • Responsible for tracking expenditures, reconciliations, and generating income and expense reports
  • Oversees Membership and Museum Store
  • Process payroll/timesheets and make sure that all staff are submitting timesheets accurately
  • Assists the Executive Director in communications with senior managers of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (a department of the City of Los Angeles) regarding facilities maintenance, technology requests, and venue reservation/special event coordination
  • Assists Executive Director and Grants Writer in the management of grants
  • Performs such general office duties as answering phones, sorting and distributing mail, overseeing office supplies, etc.
  • Assists with the coordination of fundraisers and special events, including the annual fundraising gala
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Visitor Services

  • Maintains a well-informed, working knowledge of the exhibitions and services available by the Museum
  • Communicates with a variety of visitors to ensure a positive Museum experience
  • Responds to and resolves, as appropriate, any visitor concerns and complaints

Requirements

  • BA/BS required
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office, database management), strong written and oral communications
  • Proven ability to multitask, plan and meet deadlines under time constraints, and to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Payroll processing experience (minimum 2 years)
  • Excellent critical thinking, organizational, and problem-solving abilities
  • Expected to regularly exercise discretion and independent judgment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities
  • Self-starter with a positive attitude with proven ability to learn
  • Cultural sensitivity to the Chinese and Asian Pacific American community
  • Verbal (Mandarin or Cantonese), reading, and writing competencies in Chinese are a plus

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

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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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MARKETING COORDINATOR

Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is best suited for candidates interested in working within the non-profit marketing field. The candidate will help promote the museum’s initiatives by providing assistance with creating print and digital promotional materials.

Location – downtown Los Angeles, CA

Hours – Non-exempt (hourly), Part-Time (up to 35 hours per week)

Compensation – $18-$21 an hour, d.o.e.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with the museum team to develop and implement the marketing strategies for promoting the museum’s exhibitions, public programs, collections, education, development, and special initiatives
  • Create the outreach and promotional materials for print and digital media including the museum’s website, social media content, advertisements, signage, flyers/brochures, newsletters and other materials in collaboration with the museum team
  • Coordinate with contractors and vendors during the design and production of all collateral materials including reviewing the design, providing feedback and approval, and coordinating the receipt of the printed materials
  • Engage, cultivate, and conduct outreach activities to enrich and increase awareness among CAM’s diverse audiences
  • Collect feedback, and make edits to design mock-ups for management approval
  • Oversee the production schedule of the marketing and outreach materials
  • Maintain the museum’s online presence by creating, reviewing and replying to posts, comments, and messages to the museum’s website and social media platforms including, but not limited to Instagram and Facebook
  • Track key social media analytics on a monthly basis
  • Assist with brand enforcement, ensuring consistency of design and messaging for all marketing campaigns and communications
  • Maintain a centralized archive of print and digital marketing files including design files, invoices, proofs, etc.
  • Educate and encourage CAM to adopt new social media trends that align with our goals and mission
  • Assist with copywriting for promotional materials as needed
  • Assist with special projects as needed

Skills/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in communications, marketing, or liberal arts
  • Prior experience working in non-profit marketing at a museum or in the arts preferred
  • Familiarity and interest in Asian American / Chinese American history
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator), and social media platforms (Facebook and 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 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 while staying within established deadlines and budgets

Working Environment

Responsibilities may involve flexible scheduling and working beyond the regularly scheduled workday, including working evenings, weekends, and holidays.

 

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