Executive Director Job Description

The application period is now closed.

Position: Executive Director
Reports to: Taiko Community Alliance Board
Status: Exempt
Location: Organization will be based in CA. Strong preference for Executive Director to be located in CA, Bay Area or Los Angeles.

The Organization
The Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) is a new organization dedicated to being a resource to the greater taiko community. The TCA organization is based on the core values of Respect, Heritage & Evolution, Empowerment, Inclusivity and Transparency.

The TCA’s main program is the North American Taiko Conference (NATC), a biennial conference that brings together taiko teachers, players and enthusiasts for workshops, performances, discussion sessions and networking. Future programs and projects will be determined by the needs of the TCA membership and the taiko community.

More information about the TCA can be found at: http://taikocommunityalliance.org/about-tca/

The Opportunity
As the first staff hire of the TCA, the Executive Director will be a visionary in shaping the direction and scope of the TCA based on the needs of the membership, and will play a significant role in strengthening the taiko community through TCA programming.

Key responsibilities of the Executive Director will include working with the TCA Board and volunteer Working Committees to:

– Establish the TCA as a vibrant and sustainable organization
– Raise the visibility and awareness of the TCA
– Develop and implement effective fundraising strategies
– Expand the TCA membership
– Ensure the continuation and improvement of the NATC
– Design, implement and improve other TCA programs
– Build relationships within the taiko community and strategic partnerships that will strengthen the TCA
– Hire and manage staff as budget permits


– Articulate a vision of the TCA that is based on the organization’s mission, core values and guiding principles
– Oversee the creation and implementation of the TCA’s strategic plan and initiatives, and recommend timelines and resources needed to reach those goals
– In coordination with the TCA Board and working committees, oversee operations and start‐up activities, including facilities, staffing, human resource management, technical and professional support, legal, accounting, financial planning, technology, communications, and public affairs
– Ensure the TCA is financially healthy and builds significant financial reserves
– Support the development of the TCA’s organizational culture
– Provide direction to and coordinate the actions of the TCA’s Working Committees
– Build, lead, coach, develop and retain TCA staff and volunteers
– Actively represent the TCA to funders, donors, strategic partners, and general public
– Effectively coordinate and communicate with TCA volunteers, Board members, committees, and membership
– Research, develop, implement, manage, and improve TCA program offerings including the creation of evaluation metrics
– Develop relationships with strategic government, non-profit, corporate partners, and taiko community leaders

Fundraising, Communication and Membership
– Actively build a strong membership base for the TCA
– Direct implementation of fundraising strategies, including researching funding sources, cultivating funders, submitting grant proposals, and managing records and documentation
– Oversee and develop a diverse and sustainable funding base including membership, earned income, and contributed income
– Build and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies within the taiko community
– Coordinate all TCA public and media relations and act as the primary spokesperson of the TCA
– Develop effective means of communication with TCA membership


– Minimum of 3 years of senior management experience in positions of increasing responsibility and authority
– Experience in start-up organization settings and non-profit management
– Demonstrated fundraising experience and success including private philanthropy, corporate donations and government grants
– Experience in grant writing and reporting
– Experience in budget management
– Demonstrated ability to successfully implement programs aimed at a core membership
– Demonstrated staff and volunteer management
– Demonstrated ability in consensus building and bringing together various stakeholders to accomplish shared goal
– Knowledge or experience with the performing arts required
– Knowledge or experience with taiko preferred
– BA or higher in business or public administration or 10 years of experience in non-profit and/or performing arts field required; advanced degree preferred

Competencies and Attributes
– Commitment to TCA’s core values and guiding principles
– Adaptability and flexibility in the face of changing conditions
– Experience in working cooperatively with Board members and community leaders
– Ability to inspire and motivate others
– Excellent organizational development, administrative and personnel management skills
– Excellent oral and written communication skills and comfort with public speaking
– Diplomatic approach, ability to facilitate conflict resolution, and find common ground among varying perspectives
– Familiarity with or the desire to become familiar with the history and practice of taiko in North America
– Flexibility in working hours – weeknights and weekends may be required
– Ability to travel
– Computer literacy including familiarity with Microsoft Office, Googledocs, SalesForce, and accounting software preferred
– Japanese language ability preferred

– 0.5 FTE from July 2014 to December 2014
– 1.0 FTE starting January 2015
– Salary commensurate with experience
– Partial benefits included

To apply
Each applicant should submit a cover letter, a maximum 2-page resume with at least 3 references (.txt, .doc or .pdf) to:


Please send any questions regarding the TCA Executive Director position to: