Asia Art Archive (AAA) is an independent non-profit arts
organisation founded in 2000 in response to the urgent need to
document and make accessible the multiple recent histories of art
in the region.
AAA will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2025. Leading up to
this milestone, AAA will be engaged in a strategic planning
process, considering opportunities to invest more deeply in
pursuits consistent with AAA’s core values and commitments and
looking at possibilities for expansion into new geographies,
including in Central Asia and the Middle East. Alongside this
strategic planning process, AAA plans to launch a major capital
campaign that will support a number of key strategic goals:
- Investing in a permanent physical home for the Archive.
- Building more named support for key leadership positions at AAA
with 3-year funding commitments, continuing to move AAA away from
- Securing capital investment for needed digital and
AAA will embark upon its anniversary celebrations from a
position of organizational strength and stability. Asia Art Archive
has a capital endowment, and the organization has benefitted from
the responsible stewardship of its Executive Directors and Board
members. AAA’s current home in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island is
newly refurbished, with expanded space for both the library and
Approximately 40% of AAA’s operating income currently comes from
its annual fundraiser. Over time, AAA aims to diversify and grow
its income streams such that the organization is less dependent
upon this single event to sustain its activities.
In the role of Deputy Director/Head of Advancement, AAA is
seeking someone with the ability to develop and enhance
relationships with patrons and donors, expanding the base of
support for AAA, and the ability to help define the strategic
approach for AAA’s future growth.
The ideal candidate for the role will have a combination of key
- Compelling individual training / practice / experience in the
arts and culture sectors. AAA welcomes candidates from a diversity
of backgrounds in the arts, for example, from the fine arts, art
history, creative writing, music, and the performing arts. While
there is an expectation that the appointee will be trained to an
undergraduate degree or above, a formal degree in the arts / art
history is not a requirement for this position.
- Demonstrated success in leading fundraising and development
efforts at an appropriate scale and breadth of responsibility to
mobilize resources in support of AAA’s strategic goals. Minimum of
five years professional fundraising/advancement experience,
including applied knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor
relations with individuals, foundations, corporations, and other
sources. The ideal candidate will have meaningful experience in
securing support for educational or arts projects.
- Active networks within the funding communities that support the
arts and culture sectors in the Asia-Pacific region. Familiarity
with the Arts and Culture sector in Hong Kong would be a distinct
advantage, but it is not required.
- Sufficient vision to contribute meaningfully to the development
of AAA’s next strategic plan.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to
work well both internally with the AAA team and externally with a
broad range of AAA stakeholders.
- Fluency in English (required) and another Asian language
(highly advantageous). This could be Chinese (Mandarin or
Cantonese), or it could be one of the many other languages of this
The Deputy Director/Head of Advancement will report to the
Executive Director of AAA, working closely with the Board and
overseeing AAA's Development team. The position will also be
well-supported by AAA’s Finance and Administration team.
- Transparent and high-integrity leadership and a style that
motivates people to work hard while having fun.
- Comfort with ambiguity, the ability to respond adeptly to
rapidly changing priorities, and the ability to work well under
- Ability to lead multiple long- and short-term projects
simultaneously, meeting all deadlines with the ability to plan,
prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Proven ability to make decisions and solve problems
independently, effectively, and creatively.
- Strong written and oral communication skills and appropriate
self-confidence and maturity so as to effectively communicate AAA’s
vision at all levels and across organizational lines in a manner
inspiring to staff, board, donors and
Terms of Appointment
The position of Deputy Director/Head of Advancement will be
offered on a 3-year contractual basis, renewable upon mutual
agreement. The position will be based in Hong Kong with
international travel as required. AAA offers salary and benefits
terms that are market competitive. The preferred start date is
flexible, with the appointee ideally taking up the post in
How to Apply
Asia Art Archive will be supported in this appointment process
by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. Applications for the
role of Deputy Director/Head of Advancement should include a full
curriculum vitae alongside a brief covering letter indicating your
interest in the position. Review of applications and nominations
will continue until the post is filled.
Further information about the position, including how to apply,
may be found here:
Perrett Laver: Head of Advancement
Initial enquiries may be directed in confidence to Ms Annebella
Choi at Annebella.Choi@perrettlaver.com