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Thank you for your interest in employment at the Skirball. See below for a list of current job opportunities.

Overview

Since opening in 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center has been a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. The Skirball has defined itself by a deep commitment to pluralism, inclusivity, and cross-cultural exchange. We welcome the public to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections across generations and communities, and build a more just society.

The Skirball has experienced significant growth and transformation during the last two decades, including multiple expansions of its campus and programs, broadening its impact and establishing itself as the largest Jewish cultural institution in the nation with more than 600,000 visitors annually, 400 employees, and a $22 million operating budget. This is a pivotal moment for the Skirball, which has new leaders who are charting a path for the future of the organization. 

Culture and Compensation

The Skirball is an incredible place to work with a dedicated and diverse team. Skirball employees have an average tenure of more than seven years at Skirball. We are committed to a work environment that is rooted in our mission and our core values. If you would like to join a group where all people are valued, this is the place. 

The Skirball Cultural Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, criminal history in accordance with the law, or any other legally protected characteristics. Everyone is encouraged to apply for available employment to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups to apply.

A competitive compensation package, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered, commensurate with experience. 


Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (CFO) and committed leader to partner in positioning the Skirball as a preeminent thought leader, convener, and justice-centered arts and culture organization. This is a newly created position at the Skirball, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and serving as a strategic partner to the CEO and Executive Vice President (EVP). The CFO will be a vital member of the senior leadership team responsible for developing and leading financial management strategies and tactics to enable the organization to carry out its mission successfully and ensure long-term sustainability. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

Organizational Strategy and Leadership

  • Partner with the CEO and EVP to define the organizational priorities and develop a comprehensive strategic plan to advance the overall mission, values, and objectives of the Skirball.
  • Translate the organization's strategic priorities into financial management strategies and tactics.
  • Guide management, board, and staff on all financial matters.
  • Serve as a key management representative to the Board Investment Committee and Board Finance and Budget Committee.
  • Serve as Corporate Treasurer.
  • Ensure the Skirball's mission to help build a more just society and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are expressed through its financial practices.

Financial and Operational Management 

  • In collaboration with the CEO and EVP, prepare a comprehensive budget and operating plan.
  • Ensure that the management and board have regular financial summaries and updates.
  • Provide swift decision-making and well-advised leadership on resource allocation and expenditure, according to the priorities of the organization.
  • Lead the planning, implementation, and management of all financial-related activities of the organization, including budgeting, accounting, tax, treasury, audit, and forecasting.
  • Collaborate with other financial decision-makers, including department heads and leadership team members, to ensure consistent financial strategy and centralized financial data capture.
  • Ensure financial compliance with all laws, regulations, and rules applicable to the Skirball, identifying issues, options, risks, and creative solutions.

Operational and Staff Leadership

  • Day-to-day supervision of four full-time department members and regular policy dissemination and implementation to accounting clerks across all departments. 
  • Recruit, develop, and retain a high-performing team capable of working effectively across the organization.
  • Supervision of payroll process, accounts payable, maintenance of the general ledger, and preparation of all financial statements.
  • In partnership with Human Resources, administration of pension benefits as well as other key compensation components.
  • In partnership with the EVP, help manage appropriate risk coverage and assessment.
  • Promote an open, inclusive, collaborative, and accountable culture that embraces continuous learning and improvement, innovation, and an urgency to succeed in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Champion organizational excellence, and develop and govern tools, processes, and systems to drive quality, efficiency, service, and impact.

Qualifications, Experience, and Attributes:

  • Demonstrated experience building, leading, and managing high-performing financial management teams and functions, ideally within nonprofit and for-profit enterprises.
  • A practical understanding of the standards, policies, practices, and procedures of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Governmental Accounting Standards.
  • Experience translating strategic priorities into a comprehensive financial management strategy and tactics that support the overall mission, values, and objectives of an organization.
  • Demonstrated management understanding and an ability to lead within an organization that is undergoing a leadership and culture change and becoming focused on performance, metrics, and outcomes.
  • Proven success operating in a complex organization with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a sense of transparency, with the CEO, senior leaders, board members, staff, and a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to develop strategic and operating plans and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Track record of goal setting, measuring success, and holding professionals accountable; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the Skirball's mission to welcome the stranger and help build a more just society.
  • A track record of demonstrating leadership characteristics: personal integrity and accountability, honesty, excellent judgment, tact and diplomacy, commitment to teamwork and quality, and a strong work ethic.
  • The ability to make well-reasoned decisions in the best interests of the organization for the present and future, offering appropriate counsel to the CEO and senior leadership team.
  • Well-developed organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-up abilities; ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles.

For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact:

Tracy L. Lawrence
Founder & CEO, The Lawrence Advisory
Phone: (213) 221-5372
tracy@thelawrenceadvisory.com

Lisa Fisher
Search Consultant, The Lawrence Advisory
Phone: (301) 273-7074
lisa@thelawrenceadvisory.com


Director of Public Programs

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a Director of Public Programs. This position will report to the Executive Vice President and partner with the senior leadership team to further position the Skirball as a warm, welcoming, and special place and a preeminent thought leader, convener, and justice-centered arts and culture organization. This impactful role will lead interdisciplinary adult programs in the areas of film, music, theater, dance, performing, food, exhibition-related programs, and literary arts, as well as classes and workshops. All public programming will support the Skirball’s mission and values. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

Public Programs

  • Develop innovative, creative, socially relevant, and distinguished programs attracting a wide array of visitor and diverse audiences.
  • Develop and deliver programs in a variety of formats and distribution channels (e.g., classes, concerts, conferences, lectures, media coverage, mobile technology, publications, social media, tours, and workshops).
  • Oversee program content development to ensure that information is conveyed in a manner relevant and accessible to a diverse audience.
  • Evaluate program components for trends and recommends revisions or new programs to meet projected goals; utilize data and metrics to assess and determine the direction and impact of programs.
  • Plan and implement audience studies, focus groups, visitor surveys, and other methods of data collection for use in planning public programs.
  • Summarize data and prepare reports on visitor attendance, demographics, and experiences.

Operational and Staff Leadership

  • Day-to-day supervision of five full-time staff members.
  • Close collaboration across all departments and with senior leadership to ensure consistent expression of strategic priorities and mission.
  • Recruit, develop, and retain a high-performing team capable of working seamlessly across the organization, programs, functions, and departments; help create a service-minded organization and culture that leverages team and individual strengths to achieve goals and generate new ideas and opportunities.
  • Promote an open, inclusive, collaborative, and accountable culture that embraces a passion for the mission and an urgency to succeed in a rapidly changing environment.

Qualifications, Experience, and Attributes

  • Ten-plus years of experience developing and leading public programs with at least five years of progressively responsible management experience within a nonprofit enterprise, ideally in the arts and culture sector.
  • Proven experience developing compelling public programs that are relevant to and engage diverse communities and multiracial, multicultural, and multigenerational audiences.
  • Cultural competency on key subjects relevant to Skirball programs, including community building, Judaism and Jewish history, immigration and the American immigrant experience, the intersection of arts and culture in expressing and envisioning justice work, or adult learning.
  • Demonstrated management understanding and an ability to lead within an organization that is undergoing a leadership change and becoming focused on performance, metrics, and outcomes.
  • Proven success operating in a complex organization with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a sense of transparency, with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Track record of goal setting, measuring success and holding professionals accountable; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the Skirball’s mission to welcome the stranger and help build a more just society.
  • Creative and innovative thinking.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and cultural fluency.
  • A track record of demonstrating leadership characteristics: personal integrity and accountability, honesty, excellent judgment, tact and diplomacy, commitment to teamwork and quality, and a strong work ethic.
  • Well-developed organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-up abilities; ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles.

For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact:

Tracy L. Lawrence
Founder & CEO, The Lawrence Advisory
Phone: (213) 221-5372
tracy@thelawrenceadvisory.com

Lisa Fisher
Search Consultant, The Lawrence Advisory
Phone: (301) 273-7074
lisa@thelawrenceadvisory.com


General Counsel and Secretary

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a General Counsel and Secretary and committed leader to partner in positioning the Skirball as a preeminent thought leader, convener, and justice-centered arts and culture organization. This is a newly created position at the Skirball Cultural Center, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and serving as a key partner to the Executive Vice President (EVP). The General Counsel will serve as a strategic thought partner and legal advisor to the CEO and senior leadership team and develop and manage the legal and governance framework to support the Skirball’s mission, values, culture, and overall organizational effectiveness. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

Organizational Strategy and Leadership

  • Partner with the CEO and EVP to define the organizational priorities and develop a comprehensive strategic plan to advance the overall mission, values, and objectives of the Skirball.
  • Translate the organization’s strategic priorities into a legal, risk, governance, and human resources strategy to support the Skirball’s growth and evolution.
  • Advise the management, board, and staff on all legal matters, including tax, governance, intellectual property, litigation, labor, employment, and other regulatory and legal issues.
  • In collaboration with the CEO and EVP, lead the implementation of the Skirball’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with respect to human resources and internal policies. 
  • Serve as the organization’s strategic leader in government relations.

Legal and Risk Management 

  • Develop the infrastructure, processes, and systems to provide effective legal support to the Skirball’s programs, operations, and activities.
  • Work closely with all departments and across the organization providing practical, thoughtful, and timely legal advice.
  • Ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, and rules applicable to the Skirball, identifying issues, options, risks, and creative solutions.
  • Advise on material legal and business risks, including risks to the Skirball’s reputation and legal and financial condition, including as a tax-exempt organization.
  • Manage all insurance relationships and contracts.
  • Provide guidance and resources to ensure consistency across all contract negotiations.
  • Lead or oversee the drafting, preparation, and approval of all materials related to the proper functioning of the board, including resolutions, reports, and minutes.

Operational and Staff Leadership

  • Help create a service-minded organization and culture that leverages team and individual strengths to achieve goals and generate new ideas and opportunities.
  • Develop the appropriate organizational structure, systems, and processes that ensure quality, service, efficiency, impact, and collaboration.
  • Promote an open, inclusive, collaborative, and accountable culture that embraces a passion for the mission and an urgency to succeed in a rapidly changing environment.

Qualifications, Experience, and Attributes

  • A current license to practice law in California in good standing.
  • Ten-plus years of legal experience with at least five years of progressively responsible management and leadership experience within a nonprofit enterprise, ideally in the arts and culture sector.
  • Experience translating strategic priorities into a comprehensive legal and governance strategy and tactics that support the overall mission, values, and objectives of an organization.
  • Demonstrated management understanding and an ability to lead within an organization that is undergoing a leadership change and becoming focused on performance, metrics, and outcomes.
  • Proven success operating in a complex organization with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a sense of transparency, with the CEO, senior leaders, board members, staff, and a variety of internal and external stakeholders .
  • Proven ability to develop strategic and operating plans and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Track record of goal setting, measuring success, and holding professionals accountable; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate persuasively, both orally and in writing.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the Skirball’s mission to welcome the stranger and help build a more just society. 
  • A track record of demonstrating leadership characteristics: personal integrity and accountability, honesty, excellent judgment, tact and diplomacy, commitment to teamwork and quality, and a strong work ethic.
  • The ability to make well-reasoned decisions in the best interests of the organization for the present and future, offering appropriate counsel to the CEO and senior leadership team.
  • Well-developed organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-up abilities; ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles.

For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact:

Tracy L. Lawrence
Founder & CEO, The Lawrence Advisory
Phone: (213) 221-5372
tracy@thelawrenceadvisory.com

Lisa Fisher
Search Consultant, The Lawrence Advisory
Phone: (301) 273-7074
lisa@thelawrenceadvisory.com



School Programs Coordinator

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a School Programs Coordinator to join our Education and Visitor Experience team. Since opening to the public in 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. It includes a world-class museum that holds a collection of objects representing 4,000 years of American Jewish life; is home to the popular and highly acclaimed children’s and family destination Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™; and regularly presents a range of engaging changing exhibitions. The Skirball also serves as a gathering place, hosting hundreds of public and private events each year. Furthermore, as a center for learning, we offer an array of opportunities for learners of all ages, including tours, classes, workshop series, and live performances. A leader in arts education, we partner with Pre-K–Grade 12 educators to engage students through programs on site and in the community.

The School Programs Coordinator serves as a liaison for teachers and school administrators, coordinates all Pre-K–Grade 12 school programs, and supports virtual and on-site field trips. Reporting to the Head of School and Teacher Programs, this is a year‐round, full‐time position; the schedule is Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm. The schedule may include select weekend days, as needed. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage day-to-day operations of online and in-person school programs; oversee and maintain databases; develop and distribute weekly schedules to our frontline team members, including educators, security, and operations teams. 
  • Serve as the primary contact for our network of teachers, school administrators, and after-school program coordinators. Maintain excellent relationships with all stakeholders to ensure our programs meet the needs of teachers and their students. 
  • Implement and evaluate online registration for school and teacher programs. 
  • Promote our offerings through active networking with teachers, administrators, and other community partners at school events and community gatherings as assigned. 
  • In collaboration with our educators, coordinate the Skirball Teacher Advisory Council. Identify and recruit potential council members, coordinate meetings, and track attendance. 
  • Collect and analyze program evaluation data, create reports, and communicate outcomes. 
  • Track and manage program admission fees, including invoices, fee waivers, and scholarships. 
  • In collaboration with our team of educators, co-facilitate experiential school programs online and on site as assigned. 
  • Assist with planning and coordinating school performance programs, in-school residencies, and teacher recognition events. Contribute to other Skirball initiatives as assigned.  

Professional Qualifications, Key Skills, and Attributes

  • A demonstrated experience in and knowledge of the fundamentals of organizing enrichment programs for school audiences.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills. Extremely strong attention to detail.
  • A demonstrated experience in planning, tracking, and troubleshooting programs that run simultaneously.
  • English- and Spanish-language fluency.
  • Customer service or other frontline experience in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. This position requires the ability to work effectively with people of diverse work styles, ages, identities, and economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent IT tool proficiency and demonstrated ability to utilize Office 365 applications, FilemakerPro, Altru, or equivalent software.

Please send resume and cover letter, preferably by email, to:

Human Resources
Re: School Programs Coordinator
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
FAX: (310) 440‐4595
hr@skirball.org