Development Assistant Full-Time/ Non-Exempt

Company Name: 

Japanese American National Museum


100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Job Description: 

An Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and AAM accredited, the Japanese American National Museum ( is recognized as one of the nation’s premier cultural museums. JANM is located in the Little Tokyo/Arts district in downtown Los Angeles, conveniently located across from the Little Tokyo stop for the Metro light rail line A & E station.

The Development Assistant is responsible for supporting JANM’s development and campaign operations. This position actively participates in assisting with executing the strategic planning of activities designed to increase contributions and will play a vital role in the success of the museum’s comprehensive campaign. Occasional evening or weekend hours required to support development events. Supports Director of Campaign and Development Operations and the Director of External Relations under the direction of the Chief Development Officer.

Bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Assist with gift processing in Altru database, constituent tracking, correspondence, preparing campaign materials and scheduling donor visits for development staff. At least three years of successful experience in office work. Prior experience working in a museum, cultural institution or non-profit a plus. Has excellent communication and negotiation skills. Effectively present information in one-on-one and small group format and large group format. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent organizational skills and detail oriented. Strong proofreading skills. Professional phone manner essential. Knowledge of Japanese American history and culture a plus. Previous experience supervising and organizing volunteers is beneficial.

Computer literate, Internet savvy and experienced with MS Office, Google Calendar and Gmail preferred. Familiarity with Altru or similar CRM database beneficial. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential. Criminal background and credit check required. COVID-19 vaccination with bivalent booster required. Visit for full JD and application form. $17-$18.75/hour DOE. EOE.  No paid relocation.


Benefits: EE Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, optional vision, ERISA 403(b) with matching after 1 year, FSA, 17 paid holidays, sick time accrual and 2 weeks’ vacation time; complimentary contributing level membership, free on-site parking, discounts in museum store and at on-site Chado tea room.


Submit: Cover Letter, application and resume with references

Japanese American National Museum

Attn: Human Resources

Re: Development Assistant

100 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012



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