Executive Director

Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Los Angeles, CA 


The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters artistic excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility, and provides leadership in a range of cultural services and programs in Los Angeles County which encompasses 88 municipalities and 137 unincorporated areas. A significant and impactful cultural and economic force source for communities across LA County, the Arts Commission is also nationally recognized as a leading advocate for cultural equity and inclusion, and in 2017 released a report on its Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative (CEII) which can be viewed here 

The Arts Commission funds 364 nonprofit arts organization through a two-year $9 million grant program, runs the largest arts internship program in the country; coordinates the LA County Arts Education Collective serving 600,000 students with 56 school district partners; manages the County’s civic art policy; and produces free community programs. 

Appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Executive Director will serve as a key advisor to Board of Supervisors, and will have direct input in shaping the strategic direction of the Commission, its grantees, future development and fundraising strategy, and community partnerships. In addition, the Executive Director will be involved in shaping the Commission’s future status as an entity of Los Angeles County, working closely with the Board of Supervisors in assessing the feasibility of becoming a Department of the County.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seeks a charismatic, visionary, politically fluent leader to serve as the new Executive Director for the Arts Commission. The Executive Director will play a significant and influential role in the continuing development of a diverse and vibrant artistic sector in Los Angeles County, and enhance its impact on the expanding creative economy in the region.

The Executive Director will plan, direct and coordinate the arts and cultural programs of Los Angeles County under the auspices of the Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Executive Director will also manage the overall operational and administrative functions, including personnel, budget, and human resources. In addition to overseeing the Commission’s nearly $14M annual operating budget, the Executive Director will direct the Commission’s annual grant-making activities.


Key Responsibilities:

In addition to overseeing the Commission’s budget and staff, the Executive Director will:

  • Provide leadership for the Arts Commission to advance the County’s vision, and the Commission’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Regularly communicate with all Board of Supervisors’ offices, County departments, stakeholders, and institutional partners.
  • Direct and develop the preparation of metrics and evaluation-based research analyses, impact studies, program initiatives and policy recommendations.
  • Oversee preparation of quarterly budgets, annual reports, and Board of Supervisors and community presentations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Executive Director will be a passionate and accomplished nonprofit or civic leader with experience leading arts programming and knowledge of the role of arts in public and community life. Ideal candidates will have relevant knowledge and expertise regarding arts in Los Angeles County, including a fluency with Los Angeles County governance and politics, knowledge of major cultural institutions and arts organizations, and meaningful relationships with arts leaders. 

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree in Arts, Public Administration or related field, and at least 7 years of relevant leadership experience along with the following competencies and personal characteristics: Passion for the Mission of the Arts; Strategic Leadership; Operational Expertise and management Experience; Exceptional Communication; Relationship Builder and Collaborator.


Los Angeles County has engaged Koya Leadership Partners, a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises, to help in the hire. This search is being led by Michelle R. S. Bonoan, [email protected] and Sheila Hennessey, [email protected]

Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume at: https://koya.refineapp.com/jobPosting/apply/1789.

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