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The San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum is now seeking an Executive Director to join our team!  We share details from the call for applications in the following:

The Executive Director provides leadership in museum policy making, planning, organization, staffing, and operations.  The individual will work closely with the Board of Directors to oversee the administration of museum operations, in relation to each of the following areas:

  • Policy implementation
  • Facilities maintenance
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Planning exhibitions and educational programming
  • Conducting community outreach and public relations.

These duties will require flexibility of work hours, including weekends and evenings as required. The Chairperson of the Board of Directors is the immediate supervisor and shall provide a written performance review annually.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the museum’s strategic plan, which will address the following areas:
    • fundraising,
    • community relations,
    • curatorial and exhibition-development,
    • educational program development,
    • personnel management,
    • financial and facilities management,
    • marketing,
    • collections management.
  • Responsible for hiring, tasking, and managing staff employees, consultants, contractors, volunteer coordinators, and interns.
  • Oversees day-to-day operations with a focus on quality programs and the visitors’ experience.
  • Develops and oversees community and school outreach programs.
  • Leads and participates in all fundraising activities, including grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
  • Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum. Establishes strong partnerships in the community.
  • Enhances the Museum’s public image and develops a communications plan to raise the profile of the museum.
  • Upholds the Museum’s commitment to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion in programming and outreach.
  • Manages, secures, and maintains the property and facilities of the Museum.
  • Meets regularly with the Board of Directors and other Board-established committees, to report on and coordinate organizational activities.
  • Oversees the management of the museum’s permanent collection and conducts an annual inventory.
  • Prepares and manages the annual capital and operating budget with the Finance Committee, and provides quarterly financial reports to the Board.
  • Develop local networks in the arts and culture community to identify and cultivate collaborative programs with independent curators and institutional partners.

Experience and Qualifications Required

  • BA or MA in History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, Cultural Studies, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Chinese history, culture and language.
  • Professional experience for at least 10 years, with recent experience at the senior management level, in museum, humanities, or arts/cultural sector(s).
  • Record of success in fundraising and audience development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with boards, volunteers, and in community relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with Museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
  • Competence in managing Museum operations, including personnel matters.
  • Experience in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills.
  • Experience in curating exhibitions and educational programs.
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace for Nonprofits, and experience with cloud-based Customer Relationship Management systems and Collection Management Software.

To apply for this position, please submit the following to the 2022 SDCHM Search Committee via

  • A cover letter, explaining your interest and elaborating on your qualifications for the position
  • A PDF of your C.V. (2-3 pages)
  • Contact information for three professional or academic references

Salary is commensurate with experience. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

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