CCF Job Announcement: Executive Director

Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco

Job Announcement
Executive Director
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco


Founded in 1965, the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco (CCF) is a highly-regarded
community-based nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, promote and influence the course of Chinese and Chinese American art and culture. Rooted in the Chinese-American community, CCF is a bridge for people to share, experience, and learn how Chinese culture is practiced, experienced, adapted and assimilated throughout the world.

CCF operates the newly renovated Chinese Culture Center, a 20,000 square foot facility in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown located within the four-star Hilton Hotel at 750 Kearny Street. It features a 299-seat auditorium, a 2,935 square-foot gallery, a gift shop and bookstore, classrooms and administrative space. In 2005, the facilities underwent a $3.5M make over and reopened in 2006. The Center has 25 years remaining on a $1/year lease.

First opened in 1973, the Center attracts a broad spectrum of audiences through its services and
enrichment to the Chinese community, the greater Bay Area, as well as visitors from all over the country. The Center’s unique programming includes educational programs, exhibits, performances, tours, workshops, classes, and genealogy research internships for youth.

The organization has recently completed its strategic plan and has recommitted itself to serve as a cultural bridge. Through partnerships with other organizations and strategic programming, the Center is reaching out to a more diverse audience. As CCF develops the next era of programming, the organization will focus on five priorities:

• Focus programming in ways that tell stories, generate excitement, and create synergies for
audiences and resource development
• Strengthen the Chinese Culture Center’s place and ties in the community, with a focus on San
Francisco Chinatown and Chinese speaking community
• Provide a focus on families and youth
• Create and integrate technology
• Develop institutional support to implement the mission and strategic priorities of the Chinese
Culture Center

CCF has a 7-person staff (both full-time and part-time) and an annual budget of approximately $550K. The organization is governed by a 17 member Board of Directors which consists of distinguished community members. More information about CCF can be found at:

CCF is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director (ED). The successful candidate will have a passion for CCF’s mission and familiarity with Chinese culture, language, and history. The ED will provide strong leadership for CCF and is the lead fundraiser and has overall responsibility for ensuring organizational vitality of CCF by achieving programmatic and financial objectives. S/he will also play an integral part in implementing CCF’s strategic priorities. Additionally, the ED will continue to promote CCF’s culture of transparency and openness. S/he will report to and work closely with the Board of Directors and direct CCF’s committed staff in fostering an understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese-American culture. The executive position is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are seeking to make a creative a mark in the world while working in a vibrant community. The ideal candidate will possess the skills necessary to grow CCF’s community partnerships and mobilize the variety of audiences in order to expand the organization’s impact. The ED must have flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.

1. Fundraising and External Relations
• Raise funds through grants, individual and corporate giving, and cultivate partnerships.
• Build new and maintain current existing relationships with foundation program officers,
grant makers, corporate and individual donors, and community leaders, to identify and
increase sources of agency revenue and resources.
• Raise the public profile of CCF by representing and advocating for the agency in the
• Meet and communicate with community leaders and constituents regarding the
organization’s activities.
• Be an active and effective spokesperson for the organization and achieve consensus
between multiple points of view in order to meet the needs of a variety of constituents.
• Develop and implement fundraising campaigns

2. Organizational, Staff and Financial Management
• Provide leadership and guidance to the staff and Board in developing and evaluating
current programming.
• Provide oversight, guidance and direction to staff members ensuring that staff talents are
most effectively utilized to continue optimal delivery of the cultural program and
• Attract, hire, and develop talented and diverse staff.
• Develop the annual budget for Board approval and manage finances according to work
• Provide sound fiscal management and monitoring of CCF’s expenses and sources of

3. Board Development and Strategy Implementation
• Form a strong partnership with Board of Directors and its committees and implement
Board policies and directives.
• Provide Board with timely and accurate reports to keep them informed of the Center’s
operations, fiscal health, and organizational relationships so that they can make sound
• Translate broad strategic priorities into relevant action plans to build on CCF’s mission

• Proficiency in Chinese language (bilingual and bi-literate), culture and history.
• Proven track record raising funds contributed from public and private fundraising, including grant
writing and grant management experience.
• A minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in the planning, organization and management of
finances, human resources and facilities. Experience should include the supervision, motivation, and
development of staff and volunteers.
• Success working with ethnically and economically diverse populations to build strategic partnerships
and relationships.
• Experience working with a nonprofit board of directors including ability to set, manage, and
implement policies of the Board of Directors.
• Experience with driving and implementing strategic planning.
• Proficient written and oral English communication skills.
• Ability to utilize technology to strategically communicate CCF’s mission and demonstrate the
benefits of the intersection of art and technology.


• 5 years of nonprofit professional leadership or senior management experience.
• Experience in developing community-based programs, including presenting and interpreting
programs in order to mobilize support and participation.
• Experience in identifying, researching, planning, installation, and implementing art exhibitions.
• Demonstrated understanding of evaluating program success and impact in the community.
• A passion for and deep commitment to sharing Chinese culture and arts across generations and
• Visionary, collaborative, charismatic, and possessing a sense of humor.

The salary for the position ranges from $70,000 to $90,000 annually, depending on experience. Benefits include vacation, holidays, sick leave, and health care coverage.

Executive Transitions, a program of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, is conducting this search on
behalf of the Chinese Culture Foundation. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter describing
their qualifications and interest in position to by February 1, 2009. Please reference CCF ED Search in subject line.

The Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco is an equal opportunity employer