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Director of Development
Japanese American National Museum

Los Angeles, CA

Full-Time/ Exempt

Based in Los Angeles’ historic Little Tokyo neighborhood, it has a nation-wide focus and international base of support. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and AAM accredited, the Japanese American National Museum ( is recognized as one of the nations’ premier cultural museums. In 2010, the Japanese American National Museum was awarded America’s highest honor for museum, the National Medal from the IMLS.

Director of Development will oversee fundraising program plans of the National Museum, including annual campaigns; major gifts; special events; sponsorships; foundation, corporate and government grants;  planned giving; donor cultivation and related aspects of fundraising to advance the mission of the museum. Chief fundraiser with a focus on major gifts working closely with CEO and Board. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university preferred.

Minimum of seven years of proven and successful experience with increasing responsibility in non-profit fundraising and development. Requires strong management & administration experience to lead a comprehensive fundraising program. Must have ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, volunteers, consultants and Board members with diverse backgrounds. Familiarity with both local and national Japanese American/Asian American community organizations, history , culture, current events and politics.  Experience in Altru or similar fundraising software. Internet savvy, and familiarity with online foundation directories and using databases. Visit for full description and application form. EOE.

Benefits: M, D, V, FSA, ERISA 403(b), 12 holidays, sick/vacation time, parking, discounts in museum store and Chado tea room.

Submit: Cover Letter, application and resume with salary history & references

Japanese American National Museum
Attn: Human Resources
Re: Director of Development
100 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Fax: 213.830.5673


Deadline: 03-24-2015

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