Senior Philanthropy Officer (Full-Time/ Exempt)

Company Name: 

Japanese American National Museum


100 N Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact Name: 

Annette Miyamoto




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. The National Museum is located in the Little Tokyo/Arts district in downtown Los Angeles, a neighborhood that has experienced an exciting revitalization with diverse new restaurants, shops, luxury apartments, and nightlife.


The Senior Philanthropy Officer is a front line fundraising professional responsible for the management of a portfolio of 100 to 150 prospects with the minimum giving potential of $25,000 and above, and a focus on strategic multi-year major gifts of $100,000 or more. The candidate will draw on the museum’s rich history and role as a leader in the social justice movement to advance JANM’s mission and vision through philanthropy and engagement; work  closely with Chief Development Officer, executive leadership and development team to strengthen relationships, prospect management and develop opportunities to engage donors to help drive the comprehensive campaign; and participate in a broad range of events that have strategic impact on the success of the major gifts program and individual prospect relationships. Successful candidate will bring a genuine passion for the arts and for commitment to civil liberties, social justice, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum 5 years fundraising experience closing gifts of $25K and larger. Previous work with museums, non-profit, academic or cultural organizations preferred.  Willingness to learn and apply new skills. Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented.  Requires regular travel and occasional evening and weekend hours to support museum functions and events. Experienced with MS Office, Google Suite and CRM /Altru preferred. Professional phone manner is essential. Demonstrated commitment and flexibility in order to ensure a high level of quality service. Knowledge of Japanese surnames, and familiarity of Japanese American/Asian American history and culture preferred. Criminal background and credit check is required. Requires up to date COVID-19 vaccination with bivalent booster. Visit for full JD and application form. $80K to $100K annual, DOE. No paid relocation. EOE.  


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


Submit: Cover Letter, application, and resume with references

Japanese American National Museum

Attn: Human Resources

Re: Senior Philanthropy Officer

100 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Fax: (213) 830-5673


No Phone Calls Please