Job posting: Legacy Center Director, Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago

20 May 2020 11:17 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

Job Title: Legacy Center Director, JASC (Japanese American Service Committee), 4427 N Clark Street, Chicago


Directly manages and oversees the Legacy Center and Library. Receives, prepares, and catalogs new materials; plans and organizes exhibition-related activities. Supervises project personnel and volunteers.

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Job Responsibilities and Duties:

· Arrange, describe, preserve, and provide physical and intellectual access to the historical records of the JASC, the research collections acquired by the JASC Legacy Center, and related resources.

· Manage all aspects of collections care; following and implementing accepted professional standards and practices. Directly manage the acquisition, documentation, care, maintenance and handling, use and access, security, monitoring of objects and object-based database development, paper files and archives.

· Coordinate, present, and collaborate with other organizations on educational public programs on topics relevant to the JASC mission; prepare proposals and grant applications for collections-oriented projects and activities.

· Supervise access to collections, archives and library for study, exhibition, and research.

· Interact with local, national and international scholarly and museum community, responding to loan, research, and publication requests related to the collections. Interact with potential donors to negotiate proposed gifts to the Legacy Center archives and collections.

· Train and supervise staff, volunteers and interns in performing related work; recruit volunteers as appropriate.


· Assist in agency fundraising activities.

· Performs other duties as assigned.



· Master’s degree in humanities or social sciences preferred.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

· Knowledge of Japanese culture, Japanese American, Asian American history and familiarity with the Chicago Japanese American community preferred.

· Experience working in a library, museum, or archive and experience handling and comprehending original documents and objects preferred.

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

· Ability to develop, plan and implement short to long-range goals including financial plans.

· Ability to create, compose and edit written materials.

· Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

· Skill in organizing resources, establishing priorities and multi-tasking.

Personal characteristics (the Legacy Director should demonstrate competency in the following:)

· Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.

· Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.

· Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.

· Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.

· Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.

· Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.

· Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.

· Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

· Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.

· Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.

· Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

To Apply: Interested candidates can email their cover letters and resumes to Michael Takada, Chief Executive Officer of the Japanese American Service Committee, at

Position is open until filled. 

JASC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. JASC is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at JASC are made based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws. JASC will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on these characteristics. 

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