Executive Director

Posted March 9, 2022

Job Type: Full-Time or Part-Time, Exempt

Benefits: Remote work, flexible work schedule, sick leave, accrual of paid time off, paid holidays.

Reports to: TCA Board Chair

Salary: $65,000-$85,000 annually (for Full-Time)

Location: Remote; must be comfortable with flexible scheduling across multiple time zones.

About Us:
Our mission at Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) is to empower the people and advance the art of taiko. Through core values of respect, heritage & evolution, empowerment, inclusivity, and transparency, we are dedicated to being a resource to the greater taiko community.

About the Position:
As the world cautiously emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taiko Community Alliance is focusing on a re-imagining of the flagship biennial North American Taiko Conference (NATC), as well as subsidiary regional and/or virtual gatherings in an effort to increase participation and accessibility.

As part of this effort, the TCA is recruiting for an Executive Director who will be at the forefront in re-centering NATC as the highest priority and thereby restructuring the TCA staff and volunteer model towards this focus.

The Executive Director will work in collaboration with the TCA Board and volunteer Working Committees to:

  • Design and oversee a Conference Series model that rotates on an annual basis between the large-scale NATC, and smaller regional and online gatherings.
  • Develop a strategy to continuously raise community awareness, interest, and participation in an annual Conference Series.
  • Develop and implement a sustainable fundraising strategy that incorporates grant management, corporate sponsorship, individual philanthropy, and membership development.
  • Solicit input from community stakeholders to provide input and assist the Board in crafting the next iteration of the TCA Strategic Framework.
  • Review, adjust, implement, and manage the proposed workforce model.


  1. Oversee ongoing operational and administrative efforts including but not limited to:
    1. Financial & Budget Management
    2. Human Resources Management
    3. Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI)
    4. Communications & Public Relations
    5. Legal & Non-Profit Compliance
    6. Technology and Physical Inventory
    7. Foundation, Corporate & Sponsor Relations
  2. Develop and support a staffing and/or volunteer structure to support program and development efforts including but not limited to:
    1. Conference Series planning and implementation
    2. Fundraising and Membership development
  3. Demonstrates leadership ability while effectively collaborating with all TCA stakeholders including but not limited to members, directors, advisory council, staff, volunteers, sponsors, contractors, and vendors.



  • Degree in Business Administration, Community and Social Service Management, or Nonprofit Management required. Masters degree preferred.
  • In lieu of a degree, 6 years of non-profit management experience may be considered.



  • Minimum of 3 years of management experience in positions of increasing responsibility and authority.
  • Minimum 3 years of non-profit experience.
  • Demonstrated fundraising success including private philanthropy, corporate donations, individual campaigns and government grants.
  • Experience with membership recruitment and retention is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following:
    • grant writing and reporting
    • budget management
    • program development and implementation
    • staff and volunteer management
  • Knowledge or experience with cultural and/or traditional folk arts required. Emphasis on ensemble taiko study is preferred, but not necessary. 


Competencies and Attributes – The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Ability to inspire and motivate others.
  • Ability to adapt, pivot, and adopt a resilient mindset
  • Ability to be a proactive force, to anticipate challenges, and serve as a positive agent of change within TCA.
  • Diplomatic approach. Ability to facilitate conflict resolution and find common ground among varying perspectives.
  • Knowledge of Federal and Local non-profit and accessibility guidelines. Familiarity with California guidelines preferred.
  • Excellent non-profit organizational, administrative and personnel management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Comfort with public speaking both in-person and over virtual platforms.
  • Comfort with working effectively in a “virtual office” environment. Able to utilize various communication, collaboration, and organizational platforms (ie G-Suite, Zoom, SalesForce, etc) as needed.
  • Capability and willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule – weeknights and weekends may be required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Familiarity with or the desire to become familiar with the history and practice of taiko.

To Apply

The application deadline is April 30, 2022 by 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Applicants should submit:

(1) a thoughtful cover letter; 
(2) a resume of no more than 2 pages, and
(3) three professional references by email to careers@taikocommunityalliance.org. (Please designate “TCA ED 2022 Application” in the subject line.)

Any questions may also be directed to this email.

The above statements are of a general nature and are intended to describe the level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of the position. 

The Taiko Community Alliance provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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