Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921



The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pacific Art
League, reporting to the President, who represents the Board of Directors. The ED is responsible
for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives,
and the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the
strategic direction an policies set by the Board.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

• Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which supports achieving
its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
• Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with
the Board of Directors, and carry out related plans and policies authorized by the
• Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's
• Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal,
state and local regulations.
• Maintain an active and positive relationship with the visual arts community.

• Regularly and fully inform the Board on the financial and programmatic condition
of the organization.
• Market the activities of the organization.
• Develop and implement successful fundraising strategies.

• Responsible for the recruitment, employment and release of paid staff.
• Ensure that accurate job descriptions, regular performance evaluations, and sound
human resource practices are in place.
• Transformational manager empowering staff and volunteers in all aspects of the
organization’s programs within an environment of team work.
• Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and competent

• Work with the staff, Treasurer, and Board in preparing a budget; and see that the
organization operates within budget guidelines.

• Progressive management experience in an arts organization, community center, or
other non-profit organization.
• College degree in a related field, or equivalent.
• Experience and strong interest in art.
• Ability to create a positive and attractive environment to foster art, community engagement,
and PAL membership.
• Ability to create and implement effective marketing, advertising, and public relations
programs and activities.
• Proven experience working efficiently and effectively with a Board of Directors
• Proven fundraiser with ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies.

• Ability to participate actively in the Pacific Art League’s lively schedule of activities
and events on weekdays, evenings and weekends.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Experience with art education.
• Experience with membership development.
• Ability to leverage external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
• Familiarity and history of active engagement throughout the San Francisco Bay
Area arts community, including potential individual and institutional funding
• Experience with art gallery management
• Familiarity with California Corporation Codes for Nonprofits.

Our mission is “to provide an environment for advancing the expression, appreciation and
enjoyment of the visual arts, and our vision is to have a vibrant, fiscally sound arts organization
with community sponsorship, service and valued membership benefits.”

Founded in 1921, the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto (PAL) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) public
benefit visual arts center that engages the community in the creative process through onsite
and outreach art classes, exhibitions in our galleries and community events. It has a
membership of over 600 members, a small paid staff and volunteers working within an
annual operational budget of approximately $750,000.

In addition to our quarterly class schedule, we offer weeklong summer art camps for older
children and teens, with scholarships available, and provide after school classes to underresourced
elementary schools.

In 2014 the Pacific Art League completed a major seismic retrofit, renovation and addition
to its 1926 historic building in the heart of downtown Palo Alto.
We are seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization by implementing and sustaining
our programs and leading us forward as we approach our Centennial Year.

Please submit resume to or mail to Glen Rojas,
Board member, Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 by
March 31, 2017. No phone calls or inquiries, please
• Salary is negotiable within boundaries of PAL’s structure
• The ED is provided with health benefits along with 15 days of vacation
• References required on request
• The Executive Director is an exempt, full-time employee
• The Pacific Art League is an equal opportunity employer