Executive Director | PMCA

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

Pasadena, CA


The Board of Directors of the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) seeks an Executive Director who will be responsible for developing and implementing the overall vision and strategy for the Museum with the staff and Board. The ideal candidate should possess the vision to take the PMCA to the next level of achievement. She or he should have an understanding and appreciation of historic and contemporary California art and design or be an eager and quick learner about these subjects. The candidate should also have interpersonal skills as well as written and verbal communication skills and should be an experienced and dynamic fundraiser. The new Executive Director will supervise four full-time employees and eleven part-time employees and must also be an experienced and gifted leader with a proven record of successful and creative management and familiarity with budgeting procedures.

About the Museum:

The mission of the PMCA is to present the breadth of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California. With both historic and contemporary exhibitions, the Museum celebrates in equal measure the plein air painters inspired by the state’s mountains and deserts as well as today’s artists who create new work and site-specific installations. As a non-collecting institution, the Museum develops temporary exhibitions with independent curators, which allows for flexible and dynamic programming. The PMCA is a small non-profit museum that opened its doors in 2002. Located in the heart of Pasadena’s historic Playhouse District, the Museum is a vital cultural venue in Los Angeles. Diverse education and outreach programs engage a broad community comprised of all ages and incomes. PMCA members come from as far as Northern California.

Designed by the Los Angeles architecture firm MDA Johnson Favaro Architecture and Urban Design, the Museum is housed in an award-winning, three-story, mixed-use facility and features 8,000 SF of gallery space, a bookstore, and a community room.

For the past fourteen years, the PMCA has organized and presented 125 important exhibitions such as Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent; Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California; California Scene Paintings from 1930 to 1960; L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945-1980, From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy; and Maynard Dixon: Masterpieces from BYU an Private Collections. Exhibitions have received art reviews from major national and international publications including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Print Quarterly, Art News, and American Art Review.

To date, the PMCA has published sixteen full-color exhibition catalogues, including Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture; June Wayne: Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries; Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections; and Maynard Dixon: Masterpieces from Brigham Young University and Private Collections. This is part of the PMCA’s ongoing effort and commitment to be recognized as the leading voice devoted to advancing the appreciation and understanding of California art and design.


The Executive Director should have a background in a visual arts organization, especially in museum leadership and management. A bachelor’s degree is necessary. The Director will be the key spokesperson for the Museum and must be able to convey excitement and appreciation for the PMCA’s mission, exhibitions, and programs. The candidate must also have experience in fundraising and board leadership. The Director must be capable of establishing and cultivating relationships with other art institutions, foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout California and beyond. The position should be viewed as an opportunity to expand and build upon the already successful history of this small museum.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and one-page summary resume, attached in a single document as well as copied into the body of an email to Brianna Smyk, Public Relations Manager & Editor, at [email protected]. Please use the subject: Executive Director Application: Last Name, First Name. Please list your salary requirements.

Deadline for Applications: November 11, 2016

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