Executive Director

LA River Public Art Project

Los Angeles, CA

This is a leadership position for the LA River Public Art Project, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to transform the LA River into a creative, livable, shared space for public art. LARPAP was founded in 2014 by a committed group of volunteer board members. Programs include public art talks, publications, and the annual Lewis MacAdams Prize for river-based public art proposals by artists, designers, poets, and students.

The Executive Director is a founding position that will require management skills, creativity, and a commitment to equitable and accessible programs that connect citizens to the river.
The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and its committee chairs for Art Programs, Finance, and Communications.


  • Develop a feasible implementation plan and timetable for the Board’s Strategic Plan framework.
  • Execute annual public programs, such as the Lewis MacAdams Prize, Art Talks on the River and other events, publications, etc.
  • Plan and implement public programs with Board committees. Assure that programs are equitable, exciting, and relevant to targeted communities.
  • Develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy, action plan and timetable for:

Governmental and foundation grants:
Corporate grants and sponsorships
Grants management and reporting
Income producing initiatives

Oversee Communications, including:
Email/Mailchimp, social media (Facebook, Instagram); website; contact lists and databases; communications archives; printed material.

Advocate externally for LA River Public Art Project’s mission, including:

  • Outreach to key stakeholders, including government officials, public agencies, other river organizations.
  • Community outreach to identify and galvanize local community groups and artists for collaborations.
  • Recruit and manage part-time support staff, including part-time contractors (bookkeeper, development consultant, grant writer), volunteers, and interns to achieve regular monthly tasks and annual goals.
  • Manage bi-monthly Board meetings; present reports to the Board


  • Professional non-profit management experience
  • Experience with fundraising and non-profit budgets
  • Knowledge of various social media platforms and strategies
  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of or keen interest in the Los Angeles River
  • Belief in the power of the arts to inspire and lift up the community
Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 12/1/21.
$40.00 per hour - 15 to 20 hours per week

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