Skirball Cultural Center
(Los Angeles, CA)
Title: Executive Vice President
THE SKIRBALL MISSION:
The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.
THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER:
Inspired by the intersection between Jewish values and American democratic ideals, the Skirball Cultural Center engages diverse communities with an array of permanent and changing exhibitions, music, film, theater, dance, lectures, family, adult education, seminars and conferences, and programs for families, schools, and teachers. From its inception, the Skirball defined itself as a Jewish cultural institution committed to pluralism, inclusivity, and cross-cultural exchange. The Skirball’s positive impact within and beyond the Jewish community has informed the institution’s mission throughout its history. In its dedication to the Jewish value of hospitality, the Skirball welcomes individuals from all ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
Since opening in 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center has become a vital fixture of Southern California’s cultural landscape, serving a multigenerational and culturally diverse audience through programs designed to celebrate ancestral Jewish values—among them justice, equality, freedom, hospitality, and respect for human dignity—as relevant to contemporary American life. The founding of the Skirball has had a significant impact on Los Angeles, transforming an underutilized plot of land into a dynamic community resource that today serves more than 400,000 visitors each year. Over the course of its history, the Skirball has also established strong ties with the Los Angeles school system, engaging more than 50,000 school children each year from across the socioeconomic spectrum. Reflecting the continued support of its community—which includes more than 5,000 sustaining members—the Skirball has more than doubled its endowment over the past decade to $200 million. The Moshe Safdie designed Skirball Cultural Center is situated on a beautiful 15 acre campus at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. There are currently 190 regular and 200 part time employees and a budget of $22 million. For more information about the Skirball Cultural Center, visit https://www.skirball.org.
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Executive Vice President (EVP) oversees the Skirball’s full range of programs and operations in their work to successfully achieve audience, mission, and operating objectives. The EVP serves as a convener of all staff around shared purpose, acting for the President in their absence or at their direction. The EVP provides and supports inclusive, respectful leadership across the Skirball as a whole and acts to sustain the Skirball culture of respect, caring, kindness and welcome. This individual strengthens the Skirball’s capacity to thrive, leading strategies and programs that foster growth, effectiveness and long term stability in alignment with the vision, mission, goals and resources. The EVP oversees the implementation of the Skirball’s mission and goals through the organization’s administrative, operation and content leaders. Direct reports include: Vice President Education and Visitor Experience; Vice President, Learning for Life; Vice President, Communications and Marketing; Vice President, Operations; Vice President, Public Programs; Vice President and Museum Director; Director of Human Resources; and Director of Information Technology.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
- As directed by the President, works with the President and Board members in developing plans and opportunities to achieve fully the Skirball mission.
- Leads the senior management team in developing and implementing cross-departmental strategic plans to achieve mission goals.
- With the President, builds and mentors a strong senior management team able to sustain and enhance the Skirball’s accomplishments within their own areas and across the Skirball as a whole.
- Ensures that institutional planning, policy development and problem resolution are timely and reflect the Skirball’s mission, values and culture.
Operational & Program Management
- Ensures that the values of the Skirball’s organizational culture are nourished and sustained; supervises the HR Director to ensure that the human resources culture, policies and practices maintain the Skirball as an employer of choice and support long-tenure service.
- Provides comprehensive oversight and direction of program goals and initiatives across all departments.
- Provides direction to the expression of the Skirball’s mission in the museum, education, family and public programs; supervises the directors or vice presidents of these areas. Provides comprehensive oversight and direction to all operational and support functions including information technology, risk management, legal compliance, facilities management, guest services, and security to ensure efficient, cost-effective, user-friendly services to visitors, employees and volunteers; supervises the directors or vice presidents of these areas.
- Provides comprehensive oversight to the entrepreneurial areas including food services and the museum store to ensure that standards and services meet client expectations, generate return and referral business, achieve revenue targets, and comply with all operating and regulatory requirements; supervises the vice presidents or directors of these areas.
- Oversees marketing and external communications to ensure the Skirball maximizes public awareness of the Skirball’s programs and its mission, vision and values across the diverse communities of Los Angeles; supervises the vice president of this area.
- Establishes and implements annual balanced budget development; ensures expenses are controlled and variances approved; works with the controller on operating budget policies, procedures and reporting.
- Works with senior managers to improve effective and strategic use of fiscal resources and to increase business efficiencies.
- As needed by the President, Board, staff or external agencies, prepares, directs, and/or presents reports, briefings, and responses on institutional and strategic issues.
- Works with the President to develop plans to foster smooth leadership succession in each department or division.
Quality, Compliance, Reporting
- Establishes systems to evaluate the results of overall operations and programs regularly and systematically.
- Ensures that all activities and operations are in compliance with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.
- Protects the Skirball’s legal interests and ensures compliance with all regulatory contractual, and legal requirements; retains and works with outside counsel to obtain opinions or handle claims and litigation.
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS DESIRED:
Leading candidates will embrace the vision and values of the Skirball Center and invest themselves in its mission and goals. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned manager with the ability to think strategically, collaborate effectively and lead with heart. The EVP will model behaviors that embody the values of the Skirball Center, including integrity, resilience, humor, adaptability, commitment to learning, humility, and personal/professional balance. This individual will be diplomatic, decisive, politically astute, culturally sensitive, and be able to accomplish goals through inspiration, motivation and delegation. The EVP will have strong business acumen, sound judgment, and the tolerance for and an ability to manage risk. The ideal candidate is a collaborative team builder, mentor, and seasoned leader who operates with a strategic perspective while executing the day-to-day activities. The EVP will have strong interpersonal skills and be a natural relationship builder with the ability to display tact and responsiveness in various organizational interpersonal situations and needs. The Executive Vice President will be a good listener who is accessible and who possesses an inclusive leadership style that endorses collaboration and open, transparent communication. The successful candidate will have critical thinking skills and will display integrity, good judgment, technical expertise, strong organizational skills, and logical priority-setting skills.
The Executive Vice President will have the ability to maintain meaningful, respectful and effective working relationships across a wide range of differences, including position, heritage, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion and economic status. This individual needs to be a coalition-builder who can work on multiple levels with a wide variety of constituencies to implement programs and processes, and facilitate change, when required. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to move between a long-term view of institutional needs and goals and attention to immediate needs and details. This individual will accomplish goals through motivation, the delegation of authority, and the use of systems that are designed for effective planning, evaluation, and accountability. The ability to understand and speak to a variety of differing business needs and perspectives is important. With a commitment to teamwork and collaboration, the EVP will have demonstrated effectiveness in building leadership teams, mentoring senior staff and ensuring personnel well-being. This individual will possess highly effective oral and written communications skills and the ability to display sensitivity, tact, and responsiveness in various organizational and interpersonal situations and needs.
CAREER PATH LEADING TO THIS POSITION:
The Executive Vice President will have a compelling and passionate understanding of and interest in the Skirball’s mission and successful executive leadership experience in a mission-driven and values-based institution. Working knowledge of general business operations, preferably in a nonprofit, cultural environment is essential. Demonstrated management skills and effectiveness in building leadership teams and mentoring senior staff in a collaborative, team oriented environment is expected. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in managing balanced budgets, including the planning and allocation of revenues and expenses. Success in managing resources and the ability to be an integrating force among competing interests and priorities of program content and entrepreneurial activities, and facility management will be highly valued. A sufficient understanding of information technology to oversee investment and management of the Skirball’s technology needs is expected. Although the successful candidate might have executive management experience in the nonprofit community, the Skirball encourages individuals from other sectors and with different experiences to apply.
An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in business, public administration, nonprofit management or related area is preferred.
Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable.