Job: Executive Director (palo alto)

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compensation: Salary negotiable
non-profit organization


Our mission is "to provide an environment for advancing the expression, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts, and our vision is to have a vibrant, fiscally sound arts organization with community sponsorship, service and valued membership benefits."

Founded in 1921, the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto (PAL) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) public benefit visual arts center that engages the community in the creative process through on-site and outreach art classes, exhibitions in our galleries and community events. It has a membership of over 600 members, a small paid staff and volunteers.

In addition to our quarterly class schedule, we offer weeklong summer art camps for older children and teens, with scholarships available, and provide after school classes to under-resourced elementary schools.

In 2014 the Pacific Art League completed a major seismic retrofit, renovation and addition to its 1926 historic building in the heart of downtown Palo Alto.

We are seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization by implementing and sustaining our programs and leading us forward as we approach our Centennial Year.


The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pacific Art League, reporting to the President, who represents the Board of Directors. The ED is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives, and the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction and policies set by the Board.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


• Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which supports achieving its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
• Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors, and carry out related plans and policies authorized by the Board.
• Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work.
• Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
• Maintain an active and positive relationship with the visual arts community.


• Regularly and fully inform the Board on the financial and programmatic condition of the organization.
• Market the activities of the organization.
• Develop and implement successful fundraising strategies.


• Responsible for the recruitment, employment and release of paid staff.
• Ensure that accurate job descriptions, regular performance evaluations, and sound human resource practices are in place.
• Encourage staff and volunteer development, and assist and supervise staff in all aspects of the organization's programs.
• Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and competent staff.


• Work with the staff, Treasurer, and Board in preparing a budget; and see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.


• Progressive management experience in an arts organization, community center, or other non-profit organization.
• College degree in a related field, or equivalent.
• Experience and strong interest in art.
• Ability to create a positive and attractive environment to foster art, community engagement, and PAL membership.
• Experience with art education.
• Ability to create and implement effective marketing, advertising, and public relations programs and activities.
• Proven experience working efficiently and effectively with a Board of Directors
• Proven fundraiser with ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies.


• Ability to participate actively in the Pacific Art League's lively schedule of activities and events on weekdays, evenings and weekends.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Familiarity and history of active engagement throughout the San Francisco Bay Area arts community, including potential individual and institutional funding sources.
• Familiarity with California Corporation Codes for Nonprofits and implications of the Sarbanes Oxley law.


Please submit resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your experience, and recent salary history by CL email or to Theo Keet, President, Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301. No phone calls or inquiries, please. Salary is negotiable. References required on request. The Executive Director is an exempt, full-time employee. The Pacific Art League is an equal opportunity employer.

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