For Immediate Release: CHAT seeks an Executive Director

Center For Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT)

Executive Director Job Posting

MISSION CHAT exists to nurture, explore and illuminate the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions.

VISION CHAT envisions a vibrant community where Hmong American artists are inspired to share their perspectives, valued for their creative contributions, and empowered to challenge life’s boundaries.  

SOCIAL JUSTICE LENS CHAT addresses social injustices through Hmong American artists and youth that express their inner truths through contemporary arts by 1) raising awareness 2) initiating action and 3) building community.  

VALUES Reflecting our mission statement, our commitment to a viable arts community and our strong belief in the benefits of arts education, these value statements embody our core principles:


  • To provide quality arts education, activities and opportunities for Hmong American children and youth;
  • To foster the advancement of emerging and experienced Hmong American artists and;
  • To build audiences for the arts by creating and producing art that significantly enhances understanding both within the Hmong community as well cross-culturally.

PROGRAMS: In order to accomplish the goals outlined above, CHAT is building capacity in the arts so that Hmong American voices can be heard, documented and shared with others through the following programs.  CHAT programs operate with two arms: 1): Youth Arts Program introduces, teaches and engages Hmong youth in art activities that foster creative expression and leadership skills, and nurtures healthy self-development; and 2) Navigate offers development and advancement opportunities for working Hmong American artists.

Job Summary

The Executive Director is chief administrative and artistic director for the organization. Under the authority of the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for carrying out policies, maintaining fiscal integrity and making decisions on the artistic and strategic direction of the organization. The Executive Director manages, maintains and develops the entire organization, including financial, fundraising, programming, personnel, strategic planning and long-term visioning, public and community relations, marketing, compiling resources, evaluating opportunities and making executive decisions on all other areas required for effective organizational functioning.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: the Executive Director is responsible for the following tasks, which s/he may perform directly, or through the supervision of others.

  1. Leadership:  Position CHAT as a community leader through collaborations with other organizations, engaging and building the community that is supportive of the arts.  Maintain welcoming and productive organizational culture that is inclusive of all life-styles and identities. Provides guidance, support and motivation for board, staff, program participants and volunteers. Monitor progress and productivity of organizational goals. Handle and address conflicts or barriers.
  2. Strategic Plan and Long-term Visioning: Work with and engage Leadership Team, Board, Staff, Artists and Community to create strategic plan. Identify issues and needs of community to establish appropriate methods for addressing them organizationally. Implement strategic plan, as approved by Board. Continue development of long-term vision for the organization.
  3. Public and Community Relations: Passionately communicate the organization’s vision. Inform media of organizational and program developments. Initiate collaborative relationships with other community organizations. Coordinate programming with educational institutions. Establish and maintain relationships with other community groups, businesses and cross-sector organizations.
  4. Fundraising: Insure adequate funding for organization. Includes grant writing, cultivating donor relationships, development and execution of a fundraising plan.
  5. Financial: Develop and manage annual operating budgets and assist with CHAT Accountant in payroll, tax payments, and accounting tasks.
  6. Programming: Maintain, evaluate and expand annual events and programming in the areas of theater, visual, music, dance, youth arts and professional development of individual artists. Develop new programs and projects as appropriate to needs of community.
  7. Personnel: Recruit, hire, supervise, evaluate, and terminate all staff. Manage and lead effective team building and foster leadership of staff and volunteers.
  8. Marketing: develop and implement strategies for marketing organizational brand and promote program and events to build audiences for the arts.
  9. Other Resources: Insure that resources needed to maintain organizational operations (space, insurance, etc.) are obtained.

Experience and Qualification Requirements:

  1. Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or 3- 5 years non-profit management experience
  2. Demonstrated success in fundraising and financial management
  3. Previous experience in grassroots organizing
  4. Flexibility with work hours – weekends and evenings as needed
  5. Strong verbal and written communications skills
  6. Experience in public speaking
  7. Visionary and strategic thinker

Preferred Qualifications: _

  1. Bi-lingual: Hmong and English
  2. Knowledge of Hmong Community
  3. Understand and value the arts’ role in community
  4. Experience working with Intuit Quickbooks Accounting Software
  5. Experience in administration and management of small to mid-sized arts organization


Full-time Exempt

Competitive Executive Salary + Excellent Benefits


Position Open March 1, 2016

Position Open Until Filled


***Submit Cover Letter, Resume, 3 References and Salary Requirements to:


CHAT Executive Director Search Committee

995 University Avenue, Suite 220

St. Paul, MN  55104

No phone calls please.