Portland Taiko is an Asian American taiko group with deep connections to the Japanese American and Asian American communities in Portland, Oregon. Since its formation in 1994, the group has shared the joy of taiko drumming at workshops, classes, school assemblies, community events, arts festivals, and concert halls. The group has a solid and growing donor base, a robust reserve fund, and has operated with annual surpluses over the past six years. Portland Taiko is eager to embark on its next chapter of innovative artistry, collaborative work, community building, and education through a reinvestment in executive leadership.

Portland Taiko is seeking applications for an Executive Director to lead this dynamic nonprofit performing arts organization as a half-time or full-time employee. The Executive Director will direct and coordinate Portland Taiko’s programs and activities, collaborate with the Board of Directors in strategic and financial planning, maintain and develop the financial resources for the organization’s operations, manage its finances, and collaborate with its artistic leadership team.

The Executive Director will be expected to represent the organization at its own programs and within Portland’s performing arts scene. The 1.0 FTE position has a salary range of $50,000 to $60,000 plus benefits including a holiday package, paid vacation and sick leave, retirement plan, and a medical insurance subsidy. Portland Taiko will consider full-time or part-time options. This position is based in Portland, Oregon.


Applicants should have 5+ years of leadership experience within nonprofit organizations, possess a proven track-record of nonprofit strategic management, communicate effectively, and demonstrate strong leadership, collaborative, and management skills. Candidates should also have success with fundraising and grant writing, a history of sound financial management, a passion for community-based performing arts, and experience with the Asian American community.


Please submit a cover letter, cv/resume with 3 professional references, and a writing sample (i.e., past grant application) to info@portlandtaiko.org with “Portland Taiko ED Search” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled and application review will begin on April 8, 2022. All submissions must be made electronically and will be treated confidentially. Zoom and/or in-person interviews will be conducted in May 2022 with an anticipated but negotiable start date of July 2022.

Portland Taiko is an equal opportunity employer. All decisions related to hiring, training, compensation, benefits, and promotion will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Portland Taiko will not discriminate against any individual in hiring or any term or condition of employment because of an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identification, national origin, ability, or age.


info@portlandtaiko.org or (503) 288-2456