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Asian Arts Initiative | Philadelphia, PA
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Job Description

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.


Applicants must be eligible to work in the specified location

About Asian Arts Initiative

The Asian Arts Initiative is a community arts center in Philadelphia that is grounded in the belief that the arts can provide an important political and cultural voice for Asian Americans. Our Gallery Program is a forum for emerging visual artists to engage Asian American communities through contemporary art exhibitions, workshops, and events that address our current social context and challenge how we look at art and who participates in its creation. Chinatown In/flux takes art outside of the traditional "vanilla box" of a gallery and instead situates installations in public and private sites throughout a neighborhood, mirroring our belief that art is integral to and integrated with everyday life. In 2006 the Asian Arts Initiative presented Chinatown In/flux as a major exhibition with site-specific installations created by 7 artists at over a dozen diverse locations throughout Chinatown Philadelphia-from restaurants and storefronts to community centers and outdoor plazas-engaging residents and visitors alike to shift their perceptions of art and definitions of community. The exhibition was the culmination of an intensive two-year process of planning and community involvement, which we are beginning again for Chinatown In/flux: Future Landscape. Based on the project proposals we received in response to our Call for Artists Fall 2006, we selected eight artist/teams to be a part of the Planning Phase in Spring 2007. The Artists publicly presented their past work and initial project concepts at a retreat in March while being able to hear from and meet with integral members of the Chinatown Community including: the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, Holy Redeemer Church and School, Chinese Christian Church and School, On Lok Senior Center, and Free Library of Philadelphia Independence Branch. Over the next two months, the Artist did research, carried out practice community workshops, and made prototypes of their ideas. In May, the eight artist/teams again presented their project proposals, but with more informed concepts and implementation strategies based on their experiences. From these, our curatorial committee selected four artist/teams' projects to include in the exhibition: Nadia Hironaka, Rebecca Hackemann, Jeremy Liu and Hiroko Kikuchi, and Jonathan and Kimberly Stemler. Over the next year and a half, the Asian Arts Initiative will continue to plan, research, and work to support the artists and their amazing project proposals, set to launch in Spring 2009. Major support for Chinatown In/flux: Future Landscape planning was provided by the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.