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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, Washington, United States
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Description

For over 50 years, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (WLM), a Smithsonian Affiliate and National Park Service Affiliated Area, has held the distinguished honor of being the only museum in the country to tell the diverse stories of all Asian Pacific American cultures. WLM strengthens Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices by lifting up community members’ stories, elevating AAPI artists, and creating and practicing a nationally respected, community-centered approach to programming. A local and national treasure, the Wing Luke Museum serves as a cultural anchor in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.

At a momentous time in our nation’s AAPI history, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience seeks nominations and applications for a dynamic new Executive Director (ED) to lead the next evolution of this community rooted and nationally recognized AAPI treasure, by catalyzing investments in storytelling, inspirational programs, and values-led experiences that foster racial equity locally and nationally, and transform the model for historic preservation and the role cultural institutions can play in shaping the fabric of evolving urban areas. WLM finds itself at a moment of growth and opportunity – at a time when the experience of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has been uniquely shaped by the pandemic. The Wing Luke Museum is a dynamic and powerful platform for representing the diverse AAPI narrative and its role in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and the country, while reimagining the visitor experience and social impact. Rooted in a strong foundation of community partnerships, national brand recognition, and financial stability, the ED will provide vision and leadership to WLM’s next era. S/he/they will work with a deeply committed and experienced staff, board, and community, to ensure the organization’s community-centered values and relationships are expertly nurtured, anchor advocacy and neighborhood preservation, continue to evolve and expand resource development, innovate experiences and exhibitions, and provide effective leadership of operations and people management to achieve the museum’s dynamic mission.

The ideal candidate will envision a future where the Wing Luke Museum, as a cultural steward, is an essential part of a thriving urban environment and takes leadership in leveraging its values-driven influence to advance social justice, equity, and learning beyond its walls. Candidates will bring a deep familiarity with the rich diversity of cultures and people who comprise the AAPI community, regionally and nationally. S/he/they will be energized by the opportunity to lead strategic and transformative change, built on WLM’s strong foundation within the context of an evolving role for arts and culture organizations in today’s society and the multiple platforms that enhance and expand visitor experience and learning. S/he/they will be a strong relationship builder who authentically engages a broad constituency in support of the Wing Luke Museum through creative partnerships and strategic support. Finally, s/he/they will be a values-driven manager who aligns systems and resources to the organization’s broader goals and invests in people who are WLM’s greatest asset. This is a unique opportunity to lead a community grounded, nationally recognized museum that is a regional and national leader in shaping the American narrative through the Asian Pacific American experience.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the new Executive Director will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Connection to the Mission

  • Deep connection and understanding of AAPI culture, history, and communities; experience advancing AAPI narratives as American narratives.
  • Commitment to community and place-based connections, specifically Seattle’s Chinatown-International District or a similar context, as a vital AAPI residential and commercial neighborhood with strong AAPI cultural anchors.
  • Experience in arts and culture, in movement- and narrative-building, and an understanding of how these intersections support social change.
  • Deep commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice; ability and willingness to self-reflect and engage in challenging conversations within the community and within the organization.

Vision, Leadership, and Strategic Planning

  • Creative thinker with the ability to boldly chart an ambitious vision paired with the ability to define short and long-term strategies, goals, and priorities.
  • Adept at creating a dynamic space that encourages collaboration with board trustees, staff, and community members to elevate areas of collective interest and champion compelling ideas to meaningful action.
  • Proven ability to translate shared values and goals to concrete strategies, moving from concept to operations; nimbleness to shift and create space within a strategy for new learnings, opportunities, and timely action.

Community and Relationship Building

  • Natural connector and strong relationship builder with an authentic interest in listening to and learning from others. Ability to establish trust, engage local and national partners, businesses and community, and act with intentionality and accountability.
  • Willingness, wisdom, and initiative necessary to further grow a bold, impactful national arts and culture program.
  • Success developing and cultivating authentic relationships with donors and funders, and the ability to leverage creative approaches to fundraising and developing high-impact, meaningful partnerships.
  • Flexibility and sensitivity to work effectively in a wide variety of geographic, political, and cultural settings.
  • Clear, relatable communication skills with the ability to connect and inspire one on one, in small group settings, and with large audiences.

Organizational and Operational Management

  • Demonstrated organizational, financial, and operational management expertise of a similar-sized organization.
  • A collaborative and inclusive style and a management approach that fosters respect, teamwork, and open communication; ability to recruit, retain, manage, and develop a talented, dedicated staff.
  • High emotional intelligence; the ability to effectively command the spotlight combined with the wisdom to know when to strategically direct it elsewhere and share leadership.
  • A healthy sense of humor and appreciation for the creativity, fun, and inspiration that can accompany work in a mission-focused and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with board members and strategically leverage their time and effort.

For the full position description and to apply, please visit: https://npag.com/wlm-ed

TO APPLY

For more information about the Wing Luke Museum, please visit: www.wingluke.org

This search is being led by Carolyn Ho, Catherine Seneviratne and Christine Domingo of NPAG. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

The salary range for this position has been set at $155,000-$180,000 and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

The Wing Luke Museum is an affirmative action employer and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative action. Therefore, we make special efforts to recruit individuals from historically underrepresented groups in professional environments or suffer broader societal discrimination.



Job Information

  • Job ID: 58874209
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Position Title: Executive Director
  • Company Name: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
  • Job Function: Business Development,
    Executive/Management,
    General Business,
    Strategy/Planning
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Salary: $155,000.00 - $180,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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