Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary commensurate with experience




425 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles
United States


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. 


  • Bachelors degree required, advanced degree preferred with at least 10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • A multitasker with the ability to wear many hats in a small staff environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication
  • Understanding of and passion for Asian American culture/history/art. Ideally understanding of and passion for Chinese American culture/history/art.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please submit resume and cover letter to hr@camla.org.