Job Announcement

Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF) is seeking a qualified individual to fill the Executive Director position for the Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) to oversee the operations, fundraising, and programming of the museum. With a small staff and a dedicated board, the Executive Director manages the operations, fundraising, and programs for the museum. Within his or her first 12 months, the Executive Director will collaborate with the CMF board to develop plans for fiscal sustainability, programs and exhibits, community engagement & representation, and communications.

The ideal candidate must be motivated and entrepreneurial and will raise the profile of the museum within Chicago and across the Chinese American communities in the Midwest, increase revenue and membership, and build on the substantial public interest in Chinese and Chinese American cultures. Management experience and excellent networking and communication skills are required. Familiarity with nonprofit organizations and museum operations is essential. Knowledge of conversational and written Chinese are preferred.

CMF was founded in 2002 to create a museum that reflects the history, experiences, and cultures of the individuals, families, and organizations that shaped Midwestern Chinese American society. The resulting Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) opened its doors in 2005, but soon after suffered a devastating fire. Community members rallied around the museum, and within 2 years, the museum reopened its doors. The museum serves 8,000 visitors annually through a series of public programs, exhibitions, community events, and collaborative programs and has an annual budget of $400K. The museum is part of the cultural fabric of Chicago’s Chinatown, participates in many Asian American coalitions and events, and is an active member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

Interested and qualified parties should send a résumé and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Volunteers Wanted!

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago is always looking for dedicated, reliable, and energetic individuals who would like to experience our historic institution from the inside—as volunteers! All applicants who are members get first priority for interviews, so becoming a member is highly encouraged!

Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Mandarin and/or Cantonese is a strong plus.

Docents help provide guided tours through our museum for reserved groups on an as-needed basis. Interested persons are placed on our call list and will be contacted with as much notice as possible.

Greeters help at our front desk and greeter station on the second floor. These volunteers are the face of the museum to both our members and the public, making sure that everyone who walks through our entrance is greeted warmly and has the information they need to make their museum experience enjoyable. This may require an ability to stand for periods of time as volunteers proactively move through their assigned floor looking for visitors who may need their help. Greeters are encouraged to commit to a regular schedule.

Special Events

The Museum frequently hosts or rents out its venue for special events. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up before and clearing up after special events, especially with helping with registration, ushering guests, etc. Interested persons are placed on our call list and will be contacted with as much notice as possible. Regularly scheduled greeters may also volunteer for special events.

Please download a volunteer form and e-mail it to the address below.

Phone: (312) 949-1000