Executive Director, Angels Gate Cultural Center


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive

Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Angels

Gate Cultural Center staff, studio artists, programs, growth and fulfillment of

its mission.  





Angels Gate Cultural Center is a

cultural/art park offering the local and extended community an inspiring

environment for creative discovery, exploration and enlightenment. Situated on

a bluff overlooking the Pacific, with world-class views of ocean, harbor, and

hills, the Center presents a year-round schedule of gallery exhibitions,

community arts classes and international residencies.  In addition, the Center provides professional

work-studio space for 52 artists, including musicians, ceramists, painters, sculptors,

writers, photographers, printmakers and jewelers.

In the 1970s, Angels Gate Cultural

Center emerged as a group of San Pedro artists created artist’s studio and

exhibition space within unused 1940's-era Army barracks.  This early "occupy" movement became

an artists’ hub that was soon well regarded for high quality art and cultural

events.  Responding to the need to build

a formal relationship with the property stewards, the Los Angels Department of

Parks and Recreation, a non-profit organization was formed to manage and direct

the site.

Today, Angels Gate Cultural Center

continues as a renowned community resource for art and culture.  It currently offers a wide range of community

classes for both children and adults, including Print Making, Ceramics,

Drawing, Martial Arts, Yoga and Dance classes. In addition, Angels Gate

Cultural Center brings art education into almost 30 schools in the San

Pedro/South Bay area through its Artists in the Classroom program. The Center

produces renowned art exhibits in its galleries, showcasing both local and

international artists.  In conjunction

with many art and community organizations, Angels Gate Cultural Center is the

proud host of many cultural events and concerts both on-site as well as throughout

the community.  

Currently programs are made possible by generous

support from the Ahmanson Foundation, California Arts Council, The Max. H.

Gluck Foundation, Los Angeles County Department of Cultural Affairs, The James

Irvine Foundation, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and The Weingart




  Leadership and Management:

·       Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous

program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration,

fundraising, outreach, communications and systems; recommend timelines and

resources needed to achieve strategic goals and goals for professional


·       Actively engage and motivate Angels Gate

Cultural Center volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering

organizations and funders. 

·       Maintain good working relationship with our primary

partner, the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.

·       Develop, support, grow and maintain a strong

Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic planning

for the future of Angels Gate Cultural Center. 

·       Lead, coach, develop and retain the Angels Gate Staff.

·       Work with the Board of Directors to create and

improve the policies and procedures for the organization's operation

·       Ensure that art based programs, of high quality,

remain the primary focus and product of the Center. 

·       Site Management

o   Oversee

maintenance of the historic campus

o   Administration

of sub-leases with resident studio artists

o   Negotiate

upcoming lease renewal with the City of Los Angeles

   Fundraising and


·       Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities

to support existing and future programs along with day-to-day operations.

·       Create synergy between staff and Board

fundraising activities.

·       Develop and refine all channels of communication

with the goal of creating a stronger Angels Gate Cultural Center brand.

·       Use expanded public presence to generate new


Planning and New Business

·       Develop and promote a 5-year strategic plan for

the growth of Angels Gate programs and infrastructure.

·       Continue to build and nurture partnerships with

all Angels Gate stakeholders, funders, community and political leaders.

·       Be a public presence that publishes and

communicates program results to attract more public attention to Angles Gate Cultural




The Executive Director should be fully committed to

Angels Gate Cultural Center and its mission.  All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and management

experience.  Other qualifications


·       Masters Degree required and at least 5 years of

management experience leading a performance and outcomes-based organization or staff.

·       Energetic, unwavering commitment to furthering quality

programs supporting the artistic and cultural goals of the center.

·       Past experience working with a board of

directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships

·       Strong marketing, public relations and

fundraising experience based on working with a wide range of stakeholders and


·       Willingness to invest in the local civic and

cultural community.

·       Knowledge and experience with public policy

issues and advocacy efforts in support of the arts.


Please send resume and

cover letter to [email protected] Angels Gate Cultural Center, Attention: Board of

Directors, 3601 S Gaffey St., Box 1, San Pedro, CA 90731