Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF) is seeking a qualified individual to fill the Executive Director position for the Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) to oversee the operations, fundraising, and programming of the museum. With a small staff and a dedicated board, the Executive Director manages the operations, fundraising, and programs for the museum. Within his or her first 12 months, the Executive Director will collaborate with the CMF board to develop plans for fiscal sustainability, programs and exhibits, community engagement & representation, and communications.
The ideal candidate must be motivated and entrepreneurial and will raise the profile of the museum within Chicago and across the Chinese American communities in the Midwest, increase revenue and membership, and build on the substantial public interest in Chinese and Chinese American cultures. Management experience and excellent networking and communication skills are required. Familiarity with nonprofit organizations and museum operations is essential. Knowledge of conversational and written Chinese is preferred.
CMF was founded in 2002 to create a museum that reflects the history, experiences, and cultures of the individuals, families, and organizations that shaped Midwestern Chinese American society. The resulting Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) opened its doors in 2005, but soon after suffered a devastating fire. Community members rallied around the museum, and within 2 years, the museum reopened its doors. The museum serves 8,000 visitors annually through a series of public programs, exhibitions, community events, and collaborative programs and has an annual budget of $400K. The museum is part of the cultural fabric of Chicago’s Chinatown, participates in many Asian American coalitions and events, and is an active member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.
Interested and qualified parties should send a résumé and cover letter to email@example.com. No phone calls please.
• 5-10 years of progressive leadership experience in museum or community based organizations, including experience supervising staff, developing budgets, and program management • 5+ years of experience working directly with a board of directors, including board development • 5+ years of grant writing and management with foundation and corporate grant • Demonstrated success in building an organizational network, establishing strong community connections, and community leadership • Strong experience with web and email communications, social media management, and public relations required; experience working with the press and elected officials a plus • Demonstrated success in fundraising and working with diverse funding sources, including earned revenue • Strong project management skills including budget and information management, grant implementation and reporting, and program evaluation • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including written and verbal, and ability to work as part of and to lead a team • Ability to think strategically and creatively while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment • Proven ability to inspire staff, board, and volunteers around a common vision • Self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment • Willing to work evenings and weekends as the job demands • Familiar with the Chinese-American communities in Chicago, the Midwest, and beyond and Chinese and Chinese-American cultures • Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin and/or Cantonese strongly preferred • BA in relevant field required, MA strongly preferred
About Chinatown Museum Foundation
The mission of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) is to promote the culture and history––through exhibitions, education, and research––of Chinese-Americans in the Midwest. CAMOC is governed by the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.