Executive Director Posted Feb 27
Asian Arts Initiative , Philadelphia, PA

Executive Director


Chinatown North

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Reports to: The Board of Directors

Application deadline: April 15, 2018

Asian Arts Initiative is a multi-disciplinary, community-based

arts organization founded with the belief that the arts can provide

an important voice for telling the stories of Asian Americans and

building relationships among diverse groups of people.

Located in Philadelphia's vibrant Chinatown North, Asian Arts

owns its multi-tenant arts facility, which includes a gallery and

exhibition space, a black box theater, a multi-media lab and

library and workshop and office space.

Asian Arts' full calendar of programming is centered around

building community, supporting Asian American artists and gaining

greater cross-cultural understanding through the arts.With

exhibitions, performances and community projects, Asian Arts

provides an inclusive gathering place for conversation and exchange

of ideas.Community-based arts initiatives seek out and cultivate

innovative models for artists to engage with local communities,

with a particular emphasis on working in partnership with the

immediate neighborhood.

Now approaching its 25th anniversary, Asian Arts

Initiative recently adopted an ambitious strategic plan that renews

the organization's commitment to racial equity and social justice,

and outlines the next phase of growth and development of programs

including exciting new exhibitions, multidisciplinary performances

and City wide events, artist residencies and commissions, youth and

education workshops, and neighborhood placemaking work.

The Position

The Executive Director is the chief executive and artistic

officer of Asian Arts Initiative, reporting to the Board of

Trustees through the Chairman.S/he oversees a staff working in

partnership with the Board, staff, and community members to execute

Asian Arts Initiative's mission.

The Executive Director will be an entrepreneurial, optimistic,

respectful and consensus-building ambassador, partnering

extensively with internal and external stakeholders. At the same

time, the Executive Director will provide visionary leadership,

driving discussion toward consensus, and action, to advance the

artistic, social and racial justice mission of the


Primary Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Executive Director is to

implement strategies to ensure organizational sustainability.This

includes the formation of strategy to achieve, and oversight of

organizational efforts to ensure, satisfaction of the following


● Increase and sustain contributed revenue through a

robust fundraising effort focused on the cultivation of support

from individuals, foundations, corporations and government


● Enhance the organization's marketing and communications

efforts, with the goal of expanding audiences and promoting Asian

Arts Initiative's public image.

● Develop and oversee financial instruments (both

operating and capital), in partnership with the CFO, to monitor and

report on the organization's financial performance.

● Hire, supervise, support, mentor and motivate a

professional staff, who implement operations, fundraising,

marketing and financial management in support of artistic,

educational and community programs.

● Develop and maintain business policies and procedures

that ensure the efficient and professional operation of the


● Engage and manage effective, enjoyable relationships

with board members to maximize their participation in Asian Arts

Initiative and their contribution toward its success and


Additional Responsibilities

In addition, the Executive Director:

● Provides creative and innovative leadership for the

continued enhancement of Asian Arts' programmatic, educational, and

community development activities consistent with its mission. The

Executive Director is chiefly a top-level curator of the overall

programmatic identity of the institution, cooperating extensively

with programming staff and community partners to ensure that the

multi-arts facility is a robust and responsive resource for the

community. In this sense, the Executive Director is not a

traditional 'artistic director', while s/he will nonetheless play

an important curatorial role in the overall programmatic direction

of the institution.

● In partnership with the Board of Directors, provides

strong organizational leadership to drive strategic planning

efforts and set the overall vision and direction for Asian Arts


● Enhances Asian Arts' visibility by building strong

relationships and partnerships with appropriate cultural and civic

organizations, government officials and community leaders,

including participation in high profile community activities,

speaking engagements and social events.

● Will effectively navigate between hyper-local conditions

presented by the fast-changing neighborhood of Chinatown North, the

remarkable cultural wealth of greater Philadelphia, and the

richness and diversity of the Asian American contemporary art

environment in the United States.


Asian Arts Initiative seeks a thoughtful and responsive leader,

capable of understanding and supporting the needs and expectations

of the board, artists, staff, and the diverse communities of

Chinatown North and the greater Philadelphia metro area.

Strong candidates will have the following experience and


● Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in

non-profit management or related field preferred.

● Commitment to upholding a strong organizational culture

by leading with the values of Asian Arts Initiative and dedication

to inspiring and mentoring the staff.

● Successful experience in a management and/or senior

leadership position within a cultural or community-based

organization. Candidates with a deep knowledge of Asian American

arts and culture (traditional and contemporary), with substantial

experience in the areas of community engagement, community

development, and/or advocacy, but without experience managing a

cultural institution, will be considered.

● Proven ability to work with a Board of Directors to

maximize participation and engagement.

● Proven fundraiser with a polished, personable, welcoming

style and a natural relationship- builder with experience securing

significant gifts from individuals, as well as foundation,

government and corporate grants.

● Experience working in, or broad knowledge of, the

greater Philadelphia cultural community preferred, but not


● Demonstrated experience in providing marketing

leadership to increase organizational visibility and earned


● General management experience with a strong

understanding of finance, budgeting, information systems, human

resources and facilities management.

● Demonstrated ability to move organizational projects

forward in an inclusive and streamlined manner.

● Proven track record of success facilitating

organizational change and development within a growing


● Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and

presentation skills.

● Track record of growing another organization or business

by developing staff and organizational capacity.

● Strong knowledge of national trends and best practices

and a great appreciation for the arts, and, in particular,

contemporary Asian American culture.


The salary and benefits will be competitive with other companies

of comparable stature and size.

To Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume, cover

letter, salary requirements, and at least three professional

references to:

Lucy Doughty

Recommendations of qualified individuals are welcome and should

be forwarded to:

Lucy Doughty

No phone calls, please.

Employment Type: Permanent

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