Executive Director

Ref: 4964

Asia Art Archive

Hong Kong

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Role Managed by:

Tonie Wu

Project Manager

Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate upon experience

Closing Date: 12/02/2021

Asia Art Archive, one of the world’s leading public collections of primary and secondary source material on contemporary art in Asia, welcomes applications and nominations for the role of Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead and propel one of art world’s most dynamic organisations and to engage and expand the incredible community it is deeply embedded within.

About Asia Art Archive

Asia Art Archive is an independent non-profit organisation co-founded by Claire Hsu and Johnson Chang in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and make accessible the multiple recent histories of art in the region. The Executive Director leads AAA’s global team of over forty individuals, which is responsible for AAA’s Collection, research activities, programming, and operations. With one of the most valuable growing collections of material on the recent history of art from Asia, freely available from AAA’s website and onsite library, AAA builds tools and communities to collectively expand knowledge through research, residency, and educational programmes. Generosity and collaboration drive AAA’s mission.

You may learn more about AAA by visiting here .

The Role

The Executive Director role is a comprehensive leadership role, and the responsibilities of the role require both strong internal- and external-facing leadership skills. The Executive Director will hold the following responsibilities:

  • To lead the organization in accordance with AAA mission, values and goals, promoting excellence and extending AAA’s reach  
  • To work with the Board of Directors and the AAA team to develop AAA’s strategy for the next decade  
  • To represent AAA externally as the face of the organization, participating in panels, forums, and interviews 
  • To nurture existing and cultivate new institutional partners in Hong Kong and across the globe  
  • To provide internal leadership for and management of the AAA team, including hiring; organizing regular management team and staff meetings; conducting annual appraisals; and identifying and resolving operational issues with support from the team and the Board as needed 
  • To inspire the AAA team, supporting their professional growth and creating a workplace that prioritizes their well-being 
  • To ensure sound financial management and the long-term financial strength and sustainability of the organization 
  • To raise funds for the organization, working closely with Head of Development and the Board, meeting regularly with patrons, and cultivating new forms of support  
  • To ensure clear and regular communication between the management and the Board of Directors, which meets twice per year, and to attend Board Finance Committee meetings
  • To ensure agreed organizational processes are followed at AAA in terms of decision making  

Accountability is to the AAA Board of Directors, with the Executive Director reporting to the Co-Chairs.

The Candidate

AAA is seeking a visionary leader who shares the AAA’s goals for a more generous and diverse art history to guide the organization into the next decade.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a strong passion for the arts, with relevant degree(s) in art, art history or related fields 
  • Have a demonstrated strategic and programmatic vision and a substantial track record of delivering organisational results  
  • Have high credibility in the field combined with a passion for AAA’s mission and goals  
  • Have successfully led a large and diverse team, with excellent management skills and the ability to delegate and empower others  
  • Have an excellent track record in fundraising and a clear understanding of the responsibilities inherent to running an independent, non-profit organization with multiple stake holders
  • Excellent communication skills and the proven ability to build good relationships and engage a diversity of individuals and organisations (board, team, patron, peer organization) 
  • Be compassionate, open to discussion, a good listener, and collaborative 

Strong connections to Asia, and ideally Hong Kong, will be an advantage, along with the ability to speak one or more Asian languages, in addition to English.

How to Apply

AAA will be supported in this appointment process by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. Applications for the role of Executive Director should include the following:

  • a covering letter
  • an up-to-date CV
  • any other related supporting documents

You may apply, or download further information about the role via this page.

Initial enquiries and requests for information may be directed in confidence to Ms. Tonie Wu via this page. The search will be open until the position is filled.

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