Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Visual Communications

Looking for an exceptional individual to lead one of the nation's premier APA media arts centers

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We are looking for an Executive Director to lead a nationally recognized, Asian Pacific American media arts organization located in Los Angeles. Visual Communications, a 44-year-old organization, is the presenter of the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the C3: Conference for Creative Content, and is one of the leading media arts centers in the country serving Asian American creative media professionals.

Here are the position's primary responsibilities and required qualifications:


  • Develop and implement strong fundraising strategies to raise an annual budget of $700,000 from foundations, corporations, public agencies, and individual donors as well as develop earned income streams;

  • Manage internal operations including human resources, finance and budgeting;

  • Provide leadership in strategic planning and implementation of plan with staff;

  • Lead the organization’s programs and events, including the annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the C3: Conference for Creative Content, the Armed with a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Filmmakers, and the Digital Histories program for seniors;

  • Work with the Board of Directors to formulate and recommend policies and procedures;

  • Formulate an annual marketing plan and social media presence; oversee the rebranding process as outlined in our current strategic plan;

  • Serve as the organization’s senior representative to all constituencies: Asian Pacific ethnic groups, arts communities, and the film & television industry;

  • Provide vision, leadership and motivation to the organization.


  • Proven commitment to the Asian American arts and/or social justice community;

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of leadership experience within the non-profit, advocacy and/or entertainment and marketing community;

  • Proven success in non-profit fund & resource development with particular experience in individual and corporate giving and earned income revenue;

  • Previous experience with managing at least five staff members and a program or organizational budget of over $500,000/year;

  • Strong financial management background with demonstrated experience in nonprofit fiscal oversight, financial reporting, and budget preparations;

  • Experience producing large scale, multi-day events; ability to secure sponsorships, negotiate contracts and build long-term partnerships;

  • Experience with building audiences and providing a successful customer experience;

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills with an ability to offer support and direction to staff, volunteers and Board to insure meeting organizational goals and vision;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to represent VC in a diversity of settings;

  • A strong passion for and familiarity with the independent media arts, particularly within Asian American independent film

  • Visual Communications' current executive director, my dear friend Shinae Yoon (listen to my podcast interview with her here) is stepping down to pursue new opportunities. She's awesome, so you'll have some big shoes to fill. I should also mention that I serve on Visual Communications' Board of Directors, so I have a personal stake in the position, as I'll be working with whoever eventually gets the job. Be good. No pressure.

    For further information about the position, read the full job description here. Good luck.

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