Interested in working at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum? 

We are searching for a Dynamic Executive Director for an Award Winning

Are you looking for a position where you can truly make a difference? Are you
looking to lead a highly engaged and skilled team of staff and volunteers who are
positively promoting and recognizing the many contributions of Chinese
Americans nationally? Are you an inspired leader whose education and work
experience exemplifies a commitment to the arts?

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) is seeking a high energy
individual ready to lead the charge and ensure the organization’s goals are
realized for 2018 and beyond. SDCHM is a platform for celebrating
multiculturalism, enriching the community, and showcasing San Diego as an
international cultural tourist destination.

Established in 1996, SDCHM is one of America’s foremost institutions dedicated
to promoting Chinese history, art and culture and sharing the Chinese American
experience. This state of the art and award-winning museum plays a critical role
in the cultural life of the San Diego community with tens of thousands
participating in museum events annually.

California Employers Association is the recruiter for SDCHM in San Diego and
we are looking for the right leader who is capable of big picture thinking, can
provide laser focus for the organization and execute a strong vision and strategy.
This individual will be a community builder with experience in organizing
successful fundraising events and representing the organization as a
spokesperson and a consensus creator.

The ideal candidate will be a senior leader whose background exemplifies a
commitment to the community. The Executive Director position reports to the
Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Strategic vision and leadership of SDCHM with the Board of Directors
  • Operational and program planning and implementation of goals set by the
  • Financial development and management, grant application, and
    fundraising accountability
  • Museum staff development and management
  • Community relations and advocacy in partnership with cultural
    organizations, government, institutes, higher education and community
    groups in the San Diego region, nationally, and internationally.
  • Oversight of programs, exhibits, collections and the determination of
    cultural/historical value of objects for future exhibits.
  • Oversight of educational opportunities and programs for schools and
    community groups


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Museum Management, History or Art fields major
    is a plus. Master’s degree (M.A.) is a plus.
  • A minimum of four (4) years leading an organization or a substantial
    organizational unit is required. Experience in running a nonprofit organization,
    including grant writing, financial management, governance and staff development
    and operations is necessary.
  • Proven track record in resource development, including fundraising,
    endowment development, and stewardship programs is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Ability to oversee diverse areas such as programs, exhibits, collections, and
    community networking required.
  • Language: Bilingual in English and Chinese (Mandarin) and ability to read
    traditional or simplified Chinese is a plus.
  • Broad knowledge of the arts and a commitment to museum best practices
    is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the museum world and key players and the ability to
    capitalize on those relationships for loans and exhibitions is a plus.
  • Nonprofit background and/or experience in an arts or museum
    organization is a plus.
  • Ability to oversee permanent collections, manage artwork, develop exhibitions,
    collections, and provide educational activities and programs is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

  • Compensation: Annual salary is up to $80K depending on experience with
    incentive bonus potential.
  • Benefits include: Medical insurance for employee.
  • PTO/PSL available in first year.
  • Downtown parking space provided at SDCHM cost.

To apply: If you are up to this challenge, we invite you to apply for the position of
Executive Director at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. Qualified
candidates please submit your cover letter and complete resume as soon as
possible to Upon receipt of your complete resume
and cover letter, we will contact those qualified candidates to proceed in the
interview process.

Search Firm Representatives, please read carefully: CEA is not seeking
assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this
employment opportunity.

The Board is looking forward to working with CEA for a successful search! The committee to guide this process on behalf of the Board include:  Neil Yang (Search Committee Chair),  Diana Marjip-Chuh (Governance Chair), Michael Yee (Board Chair), Dr. Lilly Cheng (Past-Board Chair) and Yen Tu (Interim Executive Director).  Advisors include Victoria Hamilton – retired Executive Director San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture,  and Megan Pogue – Executive Director Timken Museum.