Join TCA’s Board of Directors

The application period for the 2021 cohort of the TCA Board has closed.

Taiko Community Alliance’s annual application process for the Board of Directors is now open!

Are you a passionate taiko player or taiko enthusiast?
Do you strive to be a leader and change-maker in your community?
Do you have ideas and a vision to shape the future of the taiko community?

If so, apply to join the TCA Board!

Deadline to apply for the 2021 cohort is August 8, 2021 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

Questions? Reach out to:


The Taiko Community Alliance is seeking 3-4 candidates to join the Board of Directors in late 2021. The 2021 application period runs from June 8th to August 8th, 11:59PM Pacific Time. New board members will officially begin their term at TCA’s Annual Meeting in November 2021. The ideal candidate possesses a strong affinity and passion for TCA’s Mission and Core Values demonstrated by their involvement in the taiko community.

TCA seeks to cultivate a diverse board composition of taiko practitioners and enthusiasts that is reflective of our beloved North American taiko community. TCA shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities, including Board recruitment.

There is a diversity of skills and experience in the taiko community that would greatly strengthen TCA’s ability to support individuals and the greater taiko community in North America and beyond. TCA is particularly committed to increasing board representation of folks who are currently underrepresented in TCA’s leadership body. This includes, but is not limited to: people of college age or younger; Black/African American, Chicanx, Latinx, Indigenous/Native American, and Canadian people; folks based in the Southern/Southeastern U.S.; people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, non-binary; and persons with disabilities.

We encourage all prospective applicants to review the job description details below and reach out to Akemi Chan-Imai at with any questions. 

Learn more about TCA’s current board members and board alumni.

In consideration of TCA’s greatest organizational needs, we are especially seeking candidates with experience in the following areas:

  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY, ACCESSIBILITY, INCLUSION (DEAI) – building and implementing organizational policies and spaces which are inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible.
  • NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT – familiarity with nonprofit governance, policy, and procedures.
  • FUNDRAISING – promoting annual campaigns, donor cultivation, grant writing
  • FINANCE – understanding of organizational finances, budgets, accounting.
  • HUMAN RESOURCES – familiarity with nonprofit compliance, hiring, and onboarding.

We also welcome the following additional expertise at the board and committee levels:

  • Marketing/Public Relations – branding, promotion of TCA activities.
  • Technology – familiarity with website development/maintenance, basic programming.
  • Communications – support best practices in media and communications strategies.
  • Participation at taiko gatherings, such as the North American Taiko Conference (NATC), Intercollegiate Taiko Invitationals (ITI), and other regional gatherings, physical and virtual.
  • Geographic representation of the taiko community.

The Responsibilities

The Board of Directors supports the work of TCA and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance by:

  • PLANNING STRATEGICALLY for the future growth and development of the TCA.
  • ADVOCATING for TCA’s Mission and Core Values
  • ACTIVELY BUILDING inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible spaces wherever TCA operates.
  • OVERSEEING financial management and sustainability.
  • CONTRIBUTING to TCA’s programs and fundraising goals.
  • ESTABLISHING POLICY to guide TCA actions with values consistent with mission.
  • SUPPORTING TCA staff and their projects.

The Duties

  • Be a passionate ambassador for TCA, its mission, purposes, goals, policies, and programs.
  • Attend the annual 2-day Board retreat and at least 75% (9 out of 11) of monthly teleconference board meetings. Dates and time of all meetings are provided at the annual retreat for the following 12 months.
  • Be a current TCA member.
  • Attend and/or volunteer at the biennial NATC and other regional gatherings, physical and virtual.
  • Review TCA’s financial reports at Board meetings and attend trainings to deepen one’s understanding of organizational finance, budgeting, and accounting.
  • Contribute meaningful annual financial gifts* in conjunction with TCA’s Give/Get Policy.**
  • Support TCA’s fundraising efforts to ensure the organization has enough money to carry out its programs sustainably.
  • Plan and/or volunteer for TCA programs outside of NATC.
  • Participate in at least two standing committees or working groups as needed.
  • Suggest possible Board nominees and help recruit candidates to apply to the Board.
  • Possess a familiarity with and understanding of the taiko art form.

*TCA expects 100% of Board members to make an annual financial contribution. To avoid undue hardship for individual Board members, members are free to determine their annual donation amount according to their capacity to give. We expect TCA to be within board members’ top five charitable contributions for the year.

**TCA’s Give/Get Policy allows Board members flexibility in determining how to fulfill their annual pledge contribution. Board members can directly “GIVE” their pledge in full or partially, and they can also “GET” contributions by participating in TCA’s fundraising activities (e.g., becoming a fundraiser in the Keep TCA Running! 5K campaign.)

The Terms

TCA Board members will serve a three-year term and may be re-elected to one additional three-year term for a maximum of six consecutive years. After serving for six consecutive years, individuals are required to step down for a minimum of one year before being eligible to apply once again to serve on the TCA Board.

The Process


  • The TCA Governance Committee is the main point of contact for this process. Any questions can be addressed to
  • Completed applications along with any supplemental information are due by August 8, 2021 11:59PM PT. The Governance Committee will vet candidates prior to elections by the current Board. Notification of elected candidates is expected to happen around mid-to-late September.
  • Acceptance of nominations is contingent upon good recommendations and verifiable references.
  • The results of the vetting process will be communicated to the candidates in confidence.