Hiring: Creative Assistant

Queer Skate Day, 2021

Creative Assistant
Reports To: Creative Supervisor

The Creative Assistant is responsible for supporting the Creative Supervisor in overseeing the successful planning, coordination and execution of Asian Arts Initiative’s (AAI) exhibitions, public programs, and community-based projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Welcome exhibition attendees during gallery hours, offering interpretation, guidance, tours, or answering questions as needed. 
  • Coordinate logistical support for public programs events, and support day-of management of events when necessary.
  • Oversee development and management of special projects as assigned by supervisor. 
  • Coordinate artist contracts and payment. 
  • Assist with internal tracking of Programs metrics and audience data.
  • Manage relationships and communication with artists, project partners, consultants and AAI staff. 
  • Facilitate community engagement and participation. 
  • Provide input, advice and research as requested related to AAI’s general goals and programs.
  • Willingness to work outside of main responsibilities and serve as an organizational ambassador.


  • Highly organized.
  • Ability to represent the organization in community outreach settings
  • Effective communicator across different stakeholder backgrounds.
  • Positive attitude and willing participation in a small team dynamic.
  • Commitment to organizational values of social justice and equity.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time staff position 40 hours/week. The salary is $39,500 annually. The gallery is open from 2-6pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and occasionally on First Friday. Evening and weekend hours will be required.

This position is eligible for AAI's fully employer-funded medical and dental group plan, hybrid work model, and unlimited PTO policy.


How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to apply by emailing the following information to jobs@asianartsinitiative.org:

  1. Cover letter (stating where you learned about the opportunity and addressing your relevant experience)
  2. Resume

No phone calls please. Applications missing requested materials may not be considered. 

AAI’s services and employment are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, ability and age. Asian Americans are encouraged to apply.

Organizational Overview

Asian Arts Initiative is a multi-disciplinary and community-based arts center in Philadelphia that advances racial equity and understanding, activating artists, youth, and their communities through creative practice and dialogue grounded in the diverse Asian American experience. Through exhibitions, performances, and community projects, we provide an inclusive gathering place for conversation and exchange of ideas. Our community-based arts initiatives seek out and cultivate innovative models for artists to engage with local communities, with a particular emphasis on working in partnership with our immediate neighborhood. Our primary programs include: 1) Artist residencies, commissions, and presenting of performances and exhibitions for artists to develop professionally and to create socially relevant artwork reflecting community experiences; 2) Year-round out-of-school-time programming for middle school youth, offering creative development and a safe place; 3) Participatory curatorial practices and various community development initiatives in our immediate neighborhood of Chinatown North/Callowhill.