Executive Director

Organization: Asian Arts Initiative
Category: Executive
Type: Full-time

Executive Director

Feb 15, 2018



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 organization.


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 goals:


Additional Responsibilities

In addition, the Executive Director:



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 capabilities:



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.