The position of Assistant General Manager is an exempt, at-will, management position. The incumbent will not accrue any civil service tenure or contractual employment rights in such position. The Assistant General Manager is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of the General Manager, and may also be removed, without finding of cause, by the General Manager.


$111,206 to $149,876 Annually
(This position will be filled as Exempt from Civil Service*)

Originally formed in 1925 as the Municipal Arts Department to provide cultural services in neighborhoods, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) was reorganized by an act of the City Council in July 1980. Since then, the Department has undergone a variety of programmatic and organizational changes in response to community needs, fluctuating funding resources, and various directives from the Office of the Mayor and the Los Angeles City Council.
DCA’s mission is to strengthen the quality of life in the City of Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting cultural services and ensuring access to such activities for residents and visitors to the City. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse cultural activities through: grant making, marketing, public art, community arts, and youth arts education.

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is seeking an exceptional individual to join the City’s principal progressive, creative and cultural agency. The Assistant General Manager reports directly to the General Manager and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Department in alignment with the agency’s mission, vision, values, and annual action plan. Serving as the General Manager’s executive officer, the Assistant General Manager oversees DCA’s budget, regular reporting, including: quarterly Financial Status Reports, human resources, contracting, information technology, audits, and performance management (metrics, benchmarks and accountability structures). In addition, the Assistant General Manager ensures Division Directors are successful in achieving the goals as outlined in the agency’s action plan.
The Assistant General Manager represents the Department of Cultural Affairs before the Mayor, City Council (and its committees), the Chief Administrative Officer, the Chief Legislative Office, the City Attorney, the Cultural Affairs Commission, citizen advisory boards, and at other arts-sector related meetings and convenings. The Assistant General Manager may also be called upon to direct the activities of the Department in the absence of the General Manager.
The ideal candidate must embrace the role of public service to support a well-run department as defined by Mayor Garcetti’s Back To Basics Priority Outcomes.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; and
  • Eight years of professional management experience with the City of Los Angeles managing the operations of a complex agency including administration, personnel, and/or budget formulation.
  • The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
  • A Master’s degree in public administration, business management, or a related field is preferred.



  • The successful candidate must also possess adaptive leadership skills with a keen emphasis on fostering agency talent and accountability at all levels.
  • An understanding of, and an appreciation with, the role arts, culture, and creativity play in fueling our local economy, fostering vibrant communities, and building a competitive 21st century workforce.
  • The successful candidate will possess excellent management and communication skills, (written, verbal, and digital), a strong attention to detail, and be a team builder.
  • Knowledge of, and proficiency with, the City’s budgetary, legislative, legal, and political systems are a must.
  • A preference will be given to candidates who have experience in public policy, municipal finance, and project management.
  • The ideal person will be a creative, diplomatic, and agile problem solver who will thrive in a fast-paced environment with competing demands and limited resources.

Interested applicants should immediately submit a letter of interest, resume, and three work-related references (include names, titles, affiliations and telephone numbers):
City of Los Angeles Personnel Department
Attn: Orlando Lepe - Executive Recruitment
700 E. Temple Street, Room 100
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Email: [email protected]
(Electronic submissions only)

The filing period may close at any time before or after Monday, September 14, 2015, when sufficient applications have been received.
Please direct questions to Orlando Lepe at (213) 473-9398
or Leonard Torres at (213) 473-9394.

Note: Only the most qualified individuals will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection process, which may include personal interviews.