Executive Director

Arte Américas

Los Angeles, CA

The Opportunity:

Arte Américas is seeking a visionary leader to serve as Executive Director. This person has dedicated themselves to art and arts education and will bring a deep understanding of Latinx art and history to the role. The new Executive Director will ensure a roster of exhibitions and programs that enrich, inform, and challenge audiences while expanding Arte Américas’ public reach.

Reporting to and collaborating with a deeply committed Board of Directors, the Executive Director will spearhead Artes consistent achievement of its mission, programs, administration, and financial objectives and advance the mission by leveraging a range of relationships locally, regionally, nationally, internationally, and with the industry.

Growing a budget of $500,000 and a dedicated staff of three, the Executive Director will build on a stable foundation and community support to:

  • lead expanded fundraising and donor-development efforts; and
  • create and oversee organizational budgets.
  • continue to inspire and engage the Board, staff, and other stakeholders;
  • design and execute Artes goals and strategies with an eye toward future innovation;
  • develop groundbreaking exhibitions and educational programs in collaboration with staff;
  • provide overall management of and direction for the organization;

As the face of the organization, the Executive Director must have a deep understanding of and passion for Arte Américas’ mission to support and challenge social and cultural norms and demonstrating arts ability to be both culturally specific and universally understood.  This ambitious leader will enhance Arte Américas’ programming, build Board capacity, and seize short and long-term opportunities for spurring social change through the arts while increasing organizational visibility. The Executive Director will be a tenacious, entrepreneurial leader prepared to shepherd the organization’s future vision and expansion.

About Arte Américas:

Mission Statement: To make the Central Valley a flourishing place for Latino arts

Founded in 1987, Arte Américas began operations in a modestly -sized, rented one-room office in a storefront on Fulton Street.  Through the ongoing dedication of thousands of volunteers, Arte is recognized as one of the key stakeholders of the Central Valley arts community. In 1995 Arte Americas purchased and moved into its current building, and shortly thereafter acquired an adjoining acre of land. This area was cultivated into what we now know as “Plaza Paz” where a summer concert series and various community festivals are held.  

As the Valley’s largest non-profit Latino cultural arts center with 18,000 square feet of gallery, performance, gift shop, meeting and classroom spaces, Arte is a celebration of arts in Mexico, Latin America, the Southwest and California.  Our exhibits and events are culturally educational and family- friendly; featuring local and international artists whose talents celebrate the eclectic variety of cultural art forms of the Americas.

Education is a cornerstone of our work providing opportunities for teachers, students and the general public to learn and experience the rich cultural traditions and evolving cultural norms of the Latino community.  Arte is widely respected for its innovative programing and strong community partnerships.


Key Responsibilities:

Artistic Leadership

  • Conferring with the Board, staff, and key volunteers develop and refine the vision for Arte programs and exhibitions to reflect a commitment to education and accessibility to a diverse range of audiences, including marginalized voices.
  • Provide understanding and knowledge of Latino art and its key players, and an ability to translate this into meaningful collaborations and exhibitions for the institution that speak to diverse communities.
  • Work together with Guest Curators to ensure a dynamic program that enhances Artes mission.


  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to effectively reach out to current and prospective donors to cultivate, develop, and deepen their support for Arte. Attentively steward the institution’s most significant current and potential donors.
  • Establish and maintain a reserve fund and develop strategies to grow Arte’s endowment to allow for the greater sustainability and the opportunity to plan for the long -term.
  • Actively explore and develop new revenue streams and innovative funding models to assure the organization’s future growth.


  • Develop, implement, and accomplish the annual operating plan and annual budget of the organization as approved by the Board of Directors, working with staff to evaluate day-to-day operational effectiveness of Arte and align resources to fulfill strategic goals.
  • Oversee budgeting, the annual financial audit, tax filings, and maintenance of correct and complete records required; maintain the healthy operation of Arte under all state and local rules and regulations and contractual requirements, and in keeping with best nonprofit practices and standards.

Organizational Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to refine the organization’s long-term goals and create and execute an overall strategic plan. Engage the Board as active participants in fundraising efforts, and in cultivating and identifying potential Board members.
  • Provide inspirational mentorship, along with well-conceived and executed management of the Arte staff. Foster a culture of openness and collaboration among staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors so that each may be informed and enhance the other’s work.
  • Provide skilled and diligent oversight of financial resources and operations. Work with the Board of Directors to provide information and support that enhances sound governance for the organization; communicate to the Board with transparency and high-quality information to support well-reasoned policy decisions and facilitate their fiduciary responsibility.

External Relations and Visitor Engagement

  • Work in close collaboration with staff and volunteers to enhance the visitor experience before, during, and after a visit to ensure that visitors have a positive and enjoyable experience.
  • Continue to explore new ways to reach new audiences, create innovative exhibitions and initiatives, and partner with outside individuals and organizations to develop meaningful and engaging programming.

Core Competencies:

The Executive Director will have an abiding passion for the mission of Arte Américas, a deep desire to engage with a wide range of communities, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Possessing a profound understanding of how the arts can be a vehicle for social change, this individual will be a dedicated advocate for understanding how the arts can upend hierarchies of race, class, gender, and culture, and challenge the way we see ourselves and others. Top candidates will have a broad and deep knowledge of the international Latinx arts field and a track record of leadership in developing artistic programs.

This individual will be an empathic, transparent, and inclusive leader, displaying integrity in the role. Highly energetic and passionate with a track record of achievement in previous leadership roles in small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations, a commitment to the arts, philanthropic networks and relationships within the arts sector, and proven business acumen.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in written communication and interpersonal relations. Bilingual Spanish/ English preferred. Emotionally intelligent, this executive will be a natural team player and have exceptional work planning, time management, and organizing skills alongside demonstrated success in problem-solving and innovating processes through effective teamwork.

The ideal candidate will have a record of significant study and scholarship in Latino art or related fields, and 4 to 8 years of progressively responsible work experience, including at least 5 years of experience in one or more leadership roles.

The successful candidate will have the following professional competencies and personal characteristics:

Visionary Artistic and Strategic Leadership: The Executive Director will have a history of being creative and innovative in identifying and responding to the needs of marginalized communities and capturing new opportunities for effecting systemic change.

Expertise in Fundraising: The Executive Director will be a charming, versatile, and experienced fundraiser with a measurable track record of success in and genuine enthusiasm for development, including a strong background in individual, institutional, and corporate giving. Bringing an established network of donors to the role is a plus and this proven fundraiser will have the ability to grow the local Arte donor base and to diversify Arte’s fundraising streams in innovative ways. The Executive Director will be a flexible, confident, and self-motivated thought partner who will work with the Board of Directors in identifying and devising development strategies for Arte in order to strengthen its resource base.

Management and Organizational Development: The Executive Director will have strong business acumen and a thorough understanding of best-in-class nonprofit management practices. Taking pleasure in being a “hands-on” manager of an organization during a period of transition and growth, the Executive Director will excel at building the infrastructure and implementing the systems required to execute a strategic vision for Arte. Digitally savvy, this individual will understand how best to use new and existing technologies to increase impact.

Entrepreneurial and decisive, able to inspire, empower, and provide focus for a small but high-performing team, this individual will possess a sense of humor and bring to life a vision for Arte in a way that engenders broad support. A thorough and transparent communicator, the Executive Director will demonstrate the ability to provide clear expectations and accountability measures for staff deliverables while encouraging innovation and initiative. With a credible knowledge of business operations, the arts, and managing and resourcing curatorial programs, the Executive Director will accept and seek feedback from those with specific expertise, fostering a culture of accountability and support.

Community Relations, Relationship Building and Communication: A proactive advocate for the organization, the Executive Director will be the primary ambassador for Arte Américas in working within diverse communities, communicating across the organization and externally, and guiding marketing and messaging. Possessing a depth of intellect and a magnetic personality, this individual will be able to thoughtfully and strategically articulate Arte América’s  unique contribution to the Central Valley in a way that resonates with diverse audiences.

The Executive Director will be adept at building and sustaining excellent relationships with community leaders, funders, and peer organizations, harnessing their networks in support of Arte Américas. Able to work well with a highly engaged Board of Directors, this sophisticated leader will have experience with board development and will be empowered and excited to take the Board to the next level as fundraisers.


Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to the following:

Lilia Gonzales Chavez
[email protected]

Vivian Velasco Paz
[email protected]


An Equal Opportunity Employer: Arte Americas does not and shall not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.


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