Job: Executive Director, arts nonprofit in Oakland, CA, no salary info

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From: "Jennifer Chu" <jchu at>

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Executive Director

Agency Overview: The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) is a community 
cultural center established to promote Asian Pacific American (APA) 
arts, culture and heritage. OACC believes that the arts and cultural 
heritage are essential to building and sustaining vibrant, healthy 
communities. OACC was founded in 1984 by a coalition of volunteers who 
recognized the need for a strong artistic and cultural force in Oakland 
Chinatown. Since opening its own facility in 1996, OACC has presented 
countless performances, classes, and exhibits to promote the 
understanding of APA arts and culture, as well as educate the community 
about the contribution of APAs to local history. For more information on 
the agency, please see

General Description: The Executive Director is responsible for the 
overall leadership, direction, and management of the agency’s resources 
to accomplish OACC’s vision and goals. Primary responsibilities include 
overall direction of the agency, fundraising, fiscal management, public 
relations, and program operations.


• Fiscal management and fundraising: In collaboration with the staff and 
Finance Committee, develop and present agency budgets and financial 
reports to the Board. Work with the Board of Directors to develop and 
maintain income sources for the operation of the agency. Develop and 
implement policies to achieve effective resource allocation and enhance 
revenue. Work with the Board of Directors to develop and oversee 
fundraising activities, including soliciting individual donors, 
corporations, and foundations.

• Public and community relations: Promote agency visibility through 
participation and membership in civic organizations and activities; 
establish strong, continuing relationships in both the public and 
private sectors. Create alliances with strategic partners in the 
community in the best interest of the agency.

• Board relations: With the Board chair, coordinate the efforts of Board 
committees and ensure that all committees achieve their objectives. 
Implement Board policies, program goals and objectives. Assist the Board 
in identifying and recruiting new Board members. Work with the Board to 
develop and implement the overall fund development plan for the agency.

• Personnel management: Promote an organizational culture that fosters 
strong teamwork, effective communication, and commitment to the agency 
vision. Develop and administer sound personnel procedures. Oversee 
recruitment, selection, training, and evaluations of agency staff. 
Implement staff development programs to enhance skills and abilities to 
provide for professional growth.

• Program planning and management: Develop and oversee programs to 
achieve agency goals. Ensure that day-to-day operations and programs of 
OACC are effectively administered. Provide appropriate oversight of 
program staff activities, and overall systems and procedures. Develop 
and deploy effective strategies for the overall success of OACC.

Qualifications: The ideal Executive Director candidate will have:

• Commitment to the mission and vision of Oakland Asian Cultural Center
• Significant and proven leadership skills, including organizational 
development, personnel management, program management
• Management experience in the nonprofit sector
• Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture and to encourage 
teamwork and collaboration
• Development, fundraising, and marketing experience
• Exceptional communication skills, including writing and public speaking
• Strategic planning experience and analytical skills
• Experience in managing a complex budget
• Experience in effectively developing and working with a non-profit 
Board of Directors
• A degree in a relevant field; master’s degree preferred or equivalent 
education and experience

Application Process: Submit cover letter summarizing interest, 
qualifications and experience along with a current resume via email to 
corinnej at or mail to:

Corinne Jan
President, Board of Directors
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607
Jennifer Chu
Development Coordinator
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 637-0464
Fax: (510) 637-0459
jchu at

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