Executive Director

Museum of Neon Art

Glendale, CA

Executive Director, Museum of Neon Art

Classification: Exempt, Full-time

Reports to: Board of Trustees

Date: December 2019



Founded in 1981, the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA, has an annual budget of approximately half a million dollars.  Museum components include galleries, retail store, neon fabrication classroom, neon bus tours and storage units.  Museum staff currently consists of one full-time employee (Executive Director) and four part-time employees.


Job Description

Summary: The Executive Director of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the administration, programs, and direction of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, policy development, supervision of staff, marketing, and community outreach including the City of Glendale.  The position reports directly to the Board of Trustees. 



1. Financial Management and Viability including Streams of Income: 

Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of MONA, including submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Oversees planning and development of annual budget.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Responsible for oversight of audit and 990 forms, review of investments and all financial matters.
  • In partnership with the Board, drafts and implements fund development strategies.
  • Grows existing streams of revenue and explores new streams of revenue.
  • Grant writing.
  • Retail store operations.
  • Neon classroom educational programs, including funding.
  • Neon bus tour management.

 2. Board Governance

Works with the Board in order to fulfill the organizational mission. 

  • Responsible for leading MONA in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission.
  • Establishes credibility with the Board for developing solutions to challenges.
  • Communicates effectively with the Board and provides, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Reports to and works closely with the Board of Trustees to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and to increase the overall visibility of MONA.
  • Oversees organizational Board and committee meetings.

 3. Mission and Strategy

Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of programs that carry out MONA’s mission.
  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that MONA can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
  • Spearheads the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes.
  • Grows MONA’s education programming beyond its existing activities (including funding ideas).

4. Marketing & Communications

Ensures effective internal and external communications. 

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with various organizations and utilizes those relationships to strategically enhance MONA’s mission, including the glass and neon art communities.
  • Responsible for being active and visible in the community and working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations to elevate organizational visibility.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with the City of Glendale and utilizes those relationships to strategically enhance MONA’s mission.
  • Serves as MONA’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  • Oversees marketing and other communications efforts. 
  • Possesses skills with MS Word, Excel, and QuickBooks; additional expertise (for example, MailChimp, Photoshop, Illustrator, Squarespace, WordPress, Gusto, Shopify, and/or PowerPoint) is desirable

5. Management and Administration

Oversees and implements resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Provides leadership and management to ensure that the mission and core values of MONA are put into practice.
  • Establishes employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the museum.
  • Responsible for high quality and effective administration of MONA’s operations, creating a healthy organizational culture.
  • Fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization.
  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff including interviewing, hiring and training employees; career development; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Manages and grows Museum volunteer, docent and other “friends” programs.
  • Responsible for creating policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
  • Oversees operations and management at multiple sites, including off-site storage units.

6. Collections Management

Responsible for the stewardship of the MONA collection.

  • Approves exhibition program and loans. 
  • Oversees the installation and strike of exhibitions. 
  • Ensures the proper conservation and storage of the collection, including at offsite storages.
  • Maintains collections database. 



  • Passion for and interest in the mission of MONA.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, master’s degree even better.
  • Prior small-museum and fundraising experience preferred.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience.
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Ability to convey a vision of MONA’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors.
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector.
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Strong public speaking ability.


The ideal candidate will not only possess strong management, interpersonal, and organizational skills, but also have the ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, as well as implement and follow-through with existing goals. 


Additional Requirements

Valid California Driver’s license.

Ability to lift up over 25 lbs., climb a ladder, and use tools as necessary for exhibit installation set-up and break-down. 


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.



This position requires some travel including travel outside the local area and overnight. Some of the travel may be international.


Current salary




Medical insurance.

Paid holiday, vacation, sick and personal days.

Mileage reimbursement.


Other Duties

Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


To apply for this position, please email your resume with a cover letter outlining your interest, qualifications and salary requirements for the position to [email protected](no phone calls please). Please be prepared to provide references. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Position open until filled; review of applications begins on 13 January 2020. We thank you for your interest. 


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