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Director of Advancement
Friends of the Chinese American Museum

Los Angeles, CA

Under the Direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement is responsible for the fundraising, financial development, communications, public affairs, marketing, publicity and social media activities of the organization.


Fundraising and Financial Development Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Oversee grants programs with contract grant writer
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Manage and oversee Museum’s membership program
  • Overseeing organization of annual Historymakers Gala and other special events; supervise contract Events Coordinator
  • Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Create and monitor related budgets in support of the Executive Director

Communications and Public Affairs Duties:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and senior leadership to develop communications strategies that will broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact
  • Develop and refine Chinese American Museum’s "core" messages to ensure organizational consistency
  • Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to support Chinese American Museum, and create and implement plans to exploit them
  • Serve as executive editor for the organization's website and social media outlets
  • Oversee organizational response to inquiries
  • Oversee relationship with Contract Publicist

Other Duties:

  • Initiate and maintain sustainable partnerships with other arts, cultural, and history related organizations; including community-based and academic organizations
  • Strengthen relationships with patrons, donors, artists, collectors, dealers and other Chinese/Asian American specialists
  • Serve on juries and committees for other arts cultural organizations with the Executive Director’s approval
  • Develop and maintain departmental budgets and reporting
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the Executive Director 

About the Chinese American Museum

Symbolically housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown the Chinese American Museum (CAM) embodies a cultural and physical link to the past, as well as a promising point of entry for the city’s multicultural future. Opened on December 18, 2003 after 20 years of dedicated community and civic leadership and support, CAM’s presence at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (Olvera Street)—a 44-acre public park honored as Los Angeles’ “birthplace” and the site of its original Chinatown—reflects the vibrant development of an immigrant history that began over 150 years ago when the first major Chinese settlement was documented in Los Angeles.

CAM is dedicated to researching, preserving, and sharing the experiences and contributions of Chinese Americans in the United States through quality exhibitions, programs, events, publications, and workshops. In addition to its role in the community as an active-learning institution, CAM is also proud to serve as a visual symbol of new and emerging traditions.

Contact:Jeffrey Shapiro

Deadline: 02-03-2018

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