Executive Director, Asia Society Southern California
Job Details
Los Angeles - , CA
Full Time


Founded in 1956, Asia Society’s purpose is to navigate shared futures for Asia and the world across policy, arts and culture, education, sustainability, business, and technology. We provide a platform for dialogue and encourage a diversity of views as we try to find the most effective ways forward. Headquartered in New York City, the organization has 12 other Centers around the world, a global staff of 235, and an annual global operating budget in excess of $$44m.

The Executive Director will lead the Asia Society Southern California Center, building on the Centers excellent work in entertainment, media, technology, real estate, and sports, and further expanding this work and creating new initiatives. The position requires a self-starter who combines both meticulous management with creative relationship-building, fundraising, and advisory board management. This individual will have a successful track record in team building, and is comfortable with taking a small organization to the next level of size and impact. The ideal candidate will bring to the job a pipeline of contacts, ideas about how to effectively reach and engage with Asian diaspora communities, a track record in designing and executing attractive programs, and experience budget building and fundraising to ensure fiscal stability and revenue growth.


  • Oversee the development and execution of public and members-only programs that advance Asia Societys mission across a range of topics and Asias geographic diversity.
  • Further develop and execute signature programs, including: 1) Annual Gala Dinner; 2) U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit; 3) Asian Women Empowered (AWE); 4) U.S.-Asia Real Estate Initiative
  • Help to develop, build, and engage the Centers advisory board.
  • Engage in strategic planning to refine the Centers mission and vision, in alignment with Asia Societys global mission and strategic plan.
  • Outline a road map to facilitate expansion by engaging in impactful programs; raising funds; and expanding the membership base.
  • Cultivate institutional partnerships with community, national, and international organizations to raise the Centers profile and impact and grow the audience, especially among key Asian communities in Southern California and emerging leaders across a broad array of fields.
  • Develop and manage membership initiatives, and marketing/branding activities.
  • Recruit, develop, and manage the Centers staff, incorporating principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Fundraise and manage the budget and resources of the Center, working in close coordination with the Asia Societys Chief Financial Officer.
  • Represent the Center in the community and throughout the global Asia Society network, working closely with the Asia Societys Chief Operating Officer.
  • Maintain a strong and effective working relationship with the Northern California Center and other Centers to leverage Asia Society resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • At least 10 years of experience in nonprofit management, including fundraising, institution building, board/advisory board development and stewardship, and membership acquisition and retention. A college degree in a related field is required; an advanced degree is a plus.
  • Marketing and public relations experience is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for effective engagement with senior executives at supporting and constituent organizations.
  • Strong team builder and leader with the ability to find, develop, and retain talent, integrating DEIA values and principles.
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and successfully across diverse cultures.
  • Experience living/working in Asia is preferred, though not required, as is proficiency in one or more Asian languages.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other nonprofit organizations and to establish partnerships.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to nimbly juggle and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Suite of products, including Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform and automated social media marketing tools is highly desired with experience with Salesforce and Marketing Cloud a plus.


Please email your cover letter and resume, indicating your salary requirements. Indicate the job title in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be accepted. No phone calls, please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Please regard your resume as having been received unless your email is bounced back. 

Asia Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.