The Organization:

McGroarty Arts Center, located in Tujunga, California, is an independent nonprofit organization that provides access to the arts through in-depth arts instruction and experiences.  Affordable or free multidisciplinary arts instruction is offered to children, adults, and seniors, as are performances, exhibitions, and events that engage the greater public. The Center is a venue for artists to present their work, while preserving the legacy of John Steven McGroarty and his historic home. McGroarty Arts Center was founded in 1953 as a City-run initiative. The Center and its programming have been operated by a private nonprofit since 1995. The City of Los Angeles maintains ownership of the McGroarty Arts Center facility. McGroarty Arts Center has nearly 7,000 annual participants, and enjoys wide-ranging community support.


McGroarty Arts Center is an emerging leader in the national creative aging field as a program innovator and model.


The organization's revenue is comprised of foundation grants; local government grants; earned revenue through tuition; and a small but growing individual gifts. McGroarty Arts Center has a strong board of experienced and committed community leaders that foster and support a culture that is mission-focused, collegial, and results-oriented, with a strong emphasis on the value of teamwork.


Learn more about McGroarty Arts Center at www.mcgroartyartscenter.org


Position Summary: 

McGroarty Arts Center seeks a visionary and strategic leader for its next Executive Director. The Executive Director will give a compelling and authentic voice to the mission of McGroarty Arts Center and provide leadership, both internally and externally, that builds interest in and support for the organization. The successful candidate will have a deeply rooted interest in and passion for the arts, arts education, and place-based community building. The successful candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with foundations, thought leaders, civic leaders, community-based organizations, McGroarty Arts Center stakeholders, artists, volunteers, and donors. The ideal candidate will have experience in managing comprehensive fundraising initiatives and experience in leading community-based organizations. Successful fundraising experience or the potential for fundraising success is extremely important. The ideal candidate needs to have significant background in developing non-profit budgets, fund accounting and the ability to analyze and report on financial trends.  Prior management experience is essential.  Knowledge of the Sunland-Tujunga community is highly desirable.


Position Responsibilities: 

The Executive Director will provide dynamic and forward-thinking leadership, promoting the fulfillment of McGroarty Arts Center's vision and mission. Fundraising, financial management, organizational development, strategic planning, Board development, and staff management, are all key areas managed and driven by the Executive Director's leadership. Specifically, the Executive Director's responsibilities will include: 


  • Fundraising, Resource Development and Stewardship: Steward and deepen relationships with diverse funding sources, including foundations, corporations, government sources, and donors; work to create and sustain a significant new emphasis on individual gifts. Fund development comprises the most significant part of this job.


  • Financial Management: Develop, manage, and monitor organizational budgets, understanding that the funding of programs, and initiatives reflects organizational priorities. Manage ongoing reporting, and governance of the organization's finances.  Maintain official records and ensure complete compliance with federal, state and local regulations.  Experienced at planning for cash flow and capital needs.


  • Board Development: Work in partnership with Board of Directors – especially the Board Chair -- on appropriate issues, policies, and strategic direction. Leverage and develop board skills and capabilities. Prepare regular financial and organizational reports for the board.


  • Staff Development: Recruit and train key staff; lead and serve as resource for staff through guidance and direction. Support a spirit of teamwork and mutual support toward achieving organization-wide goals. Develop annual work plans with each staff member that are tied to and evaluated against organizational goals and the strategic plan.


  • Organizational Leadership and Management: Engage with stakeholders to refine McGroarty Arts Center's vision, and build consensus among the Board, staff, key stakeholders, and the community to achieve it. Lead the organization through development, implementation and monitoring of strategic and operational plans, along with policies and procedures that translate the vision into action. Understand current and emerging community needs and be able to respond through McGroarty Arts Center's ongoing and new programs. Build partnerships to help realize the organization's broader vision. Inspire and consistently engage McGroarty Arts Center's valued students, teachers, and volunteers.  Ensuring the highest quality programs are provided with continuous evaluation and improvement.  Develop rapport, communicate and work with representatives from the City of Los Angeles to insure the building is properly maintained.


  • Communications and Public Relations: Perform as an effective spokesperson and ambassador for the organization, increasing McGroarty Arts Center's visibility and effectiveness. Develop messaging around specific programs, projects, and fundraising activities.  Able to network with community partners, government representatives, business people, foundations officers, donors and the media.  Advantageous to be experienced in website and social media communications and outreach.


Position Qualifications:

  • Education:
    • Required:
      • Bachelors degree in business administration, non-profit management or art with business or non-profit experience
  • Desired:
    • Masters degree in business administration, non-profit management or related field
    • Bachelors or masters degree in fine arts or equivalent experience in a related field such as with an arts organization
    • Work Experience:
      • Prior experience as a nonprofit executive director or senior leader in an arts organization is strongly desired
      • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
        • Passion for the arts, community arts and arts sensibilities
        • Leadership and visionary skills
        • Strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
        • Strong conflict resolution and decision making skills
        • Administrative management and supervisory experience.  Effective interaction with and oversight of the various personnel who work with the organization
        • Team building, community building with a focus on forming community coalitions
        • Excellent oral and written communication skills, genuine and engaging
        • Expertise in financial management and analysis
        • History of building positive professional and community relations and involvement
        • Other job requirements:
          • Attend McGroarty Arts Center special events and board meetings on evenings and weekends.
          •  Lift 30 lbs.
          •  Able to work at the McGroarty Arts Center’s historic facility, which includes stairs and uneven surfaces.
          •  Travel for off-site meetings with funders, possess a valid California driver's license and proof of auto insurance.


Reporting Relationship:

  • Chair of the Board and the Board of Directors


McGroarty Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Cover letter and resumes due by March 15, 2013

Please submit your resume, cover letter to the McGroarty Arts Center Search Committee at Regina@mcgroartyartscenter.org.