Passionate about cultural exchange and the arts? Join ACC's dynamic team! Current opportunities for internships or full-time positions at our offices around the world are listed below. 

Open Positions

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange activities in Asia and the United States to create a more harmonious and peaceful world. This mission is accomplished through fellowships, grants, and other programs that support individual artists, scholars, arts professionals, and cultural institutions. Established by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1963 as the Asian Cultural Program of the JDR 3rd Fund to support cultural exchange in Asia and the US through grants to individuals and organizations working in the visual and performing arts, ACC incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 1980. Based in New York City, ACC established offices as well as partner foundations in Tokyo (1983), Hong Kong (1986), Taipei (1995), and Manila (2000). To date, ACC has supported nearly 6,000 exchanges across 26 countries and regions, and 16 artistic disciplines. ACC convenes arts leaders, fostering dialogue around the importance of cultural exchange in developing understanding and respect across international and cultural borders. Fellowships to individuals include not only grant funds to cover the costs of international travel and research activities, but also substantial program support in the form of professional guidance, introductions to artists and other cultural leaders, and extensive logistical assistance. In addition, ACC supports cultural institutions to further its programs of bringing diverse voices to the cultural landscape.

Expectations of all roles at ACC:

Commitment to ACC’s Mission and Vision. Commitment to the ACC’s short- and long-term goals; demonstrate understanding of and dedication to ACC’s mission of fostering international dialogue through cultural exchange; be mindful that program goals should drive work priorities and plans; value the work of ACC grantees and be a resource for grantees and alumni in Asia and the U.S

Prudent Use of Resources and Accountability. Be mindful of resource limitations and manage resources to effectively carry out ACC’s mission in a fiscally responsible manner, while striving to maximize the funds available for charitable activity; recognize the importance of development activities to the organization’s long-term sustainability and contribute to a culture of fundraising across all departments.

Teamwork and Professionalism. Appreciate the value of diversity, inclusion, and equity in all work relationships; be willing to help as well as learn from co-workers in the U.S. and Asia, regardless of job title or seniority; work collaboratively with colleagues toward shared goals and objectives; be willing to perform tasks outside of one’s job description; embrace a positive and collaborative spirit that motivates and inspires others to work for the good of the organization. Embrace and foster continued sharing of information among colleagues.

Adaptability. Seek out opportunities to improve the quality and impact of ACC’s work; remain open to new ideas and ways of working and innovations in the field; support diverse ways of thinking or doing and suggest new approaches in accordance with a dynamic organization that is faithful to its mission; be open to change and new ideas for improving outcomes.

The Asian Cultural Council is looking for a Program Officer to be a part of Programs team. The incumbent will contribute to redesigning the goals, strategies, and processes of the grant programs. S/he/they will collaborate with the Director of Programs and the Grants Administration Manager to implement the grant programs with four affiliate offices in Asia. The starting salary for this role is USD $80,000-$90,000.

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Officer will focus on:



• Design, refine, and implement ACC grant programs and strategy to advance the mission and maximize program impact

• Manage the annual grantmaking/fellowship award process and recommend improvements as needed (identify and drive the desired impact; design application guidelines; outreach to creative communities, develop equitable selection criteria; conduct grantee due diligence; review applications, and prepare reports)

• Establish grantmaking processes and workflows in coordination with external departments and 4 affiliate offices

• Manage grantmaking budgets and monitor the effective use of grant funds

• Prepare docket material that summarizes grant recommendations and budgets for consideration by the Director of Programs, Executive Director, and Board of Trustees

• Outreach to new communities and work with the Communications Department to increase the visibility of ACC grant programs

• Partner with the Grants Administration Manager to maintain grants management database, process grants, track grant progress, and provide timely reports

• Convene panels to review applications

• Develop program matrix.  Analyze data and adjust grant program/portfolio as appropriate


Grantee/Alumni Relationships and Partnerships

• Effectively manage grantee relationships in collaboration with 4 affiliate offices (40 grantees per year). Serve as an internal and external point of contact for grant-related issues

• Organize local programs for 10-12 New York-based grantees to understand the cultural landscape, including site visits, introductions to institutions, mentorship, etc.

• Expand ACC partnerships in NYC across sectors. Act as a connector between grantees and partners

• Work with the Grants Administration Manager to support grantees’ J-1 visa, housing, insurance, and travel-related needs as required

• Build relationships with peer organizations and potential collaboration opportunities

• Organize programs and events to continuously engage with current grantees and ACC alumni (past grantees)


Other Responsibilities

• Work with the Advancement Department on fundraising initiatives

• Work with the Marketing and Communications Department to publicize the award cycle, grantees’ work and to tell ACC impact stories

• Manage grant and grantee data with the Grants Administration Manager

• Special projects and administrative responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Programs.


Skills and Abilities

• Experience with a variety of grantmaking approaches

• Experience with strategic planning/process optimization

• Experience with managing data for the grantmaking system (akoyaGo), and analyzing and interpreting data to improve the effectiveness of grant programs

• Comfort working with data, budgets, and other quantitative information

• Skills in building relationships with diverse constituencies and including different voices in programming

• Excellent writing and communication skills, Strong oral presentation/story-telling skills

• Openness to learning new technologies

• Desire to work in a team-oriented environment to solve complex and interesting challenges


Education, Experience, and Knowledge

• Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of grantmaking experience

• Experience in the arts and cultural field or with international organizations is a plus, but not necessary

• Knowledge of Asia is helpful, but not necessary


Application Process

The Asian Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from candidates regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religion. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and a generous benefits package. To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a resume to Include Program Officer in the subject line of your email. No telephone or fax inquiries please. The application deadline is Aug 14, 2022.

The Asian Cultural Council is seeking an experienced Development Manager to join our New York-based Advancement team. This position is ideally suited for someone who is interested in working on all facets of development, including individual giving, institutional giving, and special events. The Manager will take on a variety of fundraising initiatives within a nimble team, and ACC is open to candidates of various fundraising experiences.

The Manager will be responsible for solicitations to individual and institutional donors, database management, prospecting research, and cultivation event planning. The abilities to think strategically and proactively, take initiative and self-manage, and work collaboratively in a small team environment are musts.

The starting salary for this role is USD $70,000. ACC’s New York staff are currently on a hybrid schedule with 3 days in the office and 2 days remote, subject to future change depending on COVID policies.


• Work with the Director of Advancement to create, implement, and execute annual fundraising strategy, focusing on both individual and institutional funders.

• Solicit annual support through well-crafted appeals/letters/grant proposals and in-person meetings.

• Maintain donor database, gift tracking documents, project calendars, and income budget.

• Create and write year-end and grant final reports in collaboration with Programs team and other staff.

• Create print and digital fundraising collateral, such as decks, annual report, newsletters, and brochures, in collaboration with Advancement staff.

• Actively seek acquisition opportunities and identify new sources/opportunities for funding, and conduct prospect research as needed.

• Assist Director in identifying prospects and supporting solicitations for ACC’s Campaign.

• Maintain excellent donor relations and steward specific individual and institutional donors as needed.

• Prepare briefings and support material for Board, committee, and donor meetings.

• Help plan, manage, and staff donor public programming and cultivation events.

• Manage and track donor benefit fulfillment.

• Manage broad-based donor communications as needed.

• Prepare grant budgets in collaboration with the Director and the finance team.

• Support biennial gala fundraising efforts through planning, solicitations, and benefit fulfillment.

• Liaise with global offices on collaborative fundraising efforts.

• Update and maintain development information on the website and social media.

• Manage external consultants and interns as needed.

Skills and Abilities

• Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

• Proven ability in crafting effective gift solicitations, reports, and supporting materials.

• Strong attention to detail with great project management skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines at a time.

• Experience creating and managing event programming and schedules.

• Proficiency in utilizing donor database/CRM for reporting, segmentation, and analysis.

• Experience with research and wealth engines is a plus.

• Ability to exercise discretion and excellent judgement in handling sensitive information.

Education, Experience, and Knowledge

• Bachelor’s degree

• 3-4 years development experience in the non-profit sector

• Strong financial and budgeting understanding

• Strong understanding and proficiency with various donor gift vehicles, such as DAFs, and complex pledge/gift structures

• Experience with arts and cultural organizations and/or international organizations is preferred

Application Process

The Asian Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from candidates regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religion. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and a generous benefits package. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to Please include “Development Manager” in the subject line. No telephone or fax inquiries please. The application deadline is August 19, 2022.