Executive Director

Company Name: 

Armory Center for the Arts


145 N Raymond Ave,
Pasadena, CA 91103

Job Description: 

Armory Center for the Arts seeks an innovative, collaborative and visionary leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The nonprofit and donor-supported Armory Center for the Arts is the Los Angeles region’s leading independent institution for contemporary art exhibitions and community arts education. At the core of the Armory’s work is a deep commitment to social justice through arts education. The Armory provides innovative arts experiences to over 30,000 children, youth and adults each year. Over 80% of the Armory’s arts education programming serves socioeconomically disadvantaged youth and families. Deeply committed to public access, education, and outreach programs, the Armory designs its exhibition and education programs to work together to offer innovative experiences for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. For more information, please visit www.armoryarts.org.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall successful operation and performance of the Armory. This includes oversight of all programs and fund development efforts, as well as the fiscal health and structural soundness of the organization. The Executive Director will oversee an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million and a total staff of 20 full-time employees and 50 part-time teaching artists. The Executive Director will be a compelling, credible leader, who has the ability to move an organization forward by inspiring and motivating people with creativity, energy and a sense of humor. Leading candidates will champion the mission of the Armory, embrace all aspects of diversity, and invest themselves in the vision and goals of the organization. Experience working with Board members and donors is important as is strong demonstrated success in fundraising efforts. The Executive Director will have at least eight years of relevant senior level leadership experience. Although it is preferable that candidates come with a background in the visual arts and with experience and knowledge of critical issues in the arts and education, it is possible that candidates may come from another sector, but demonstrate a strong passion or personal connection to the mission of the Armory. Demonstrated successful experience with fundraising is essential. The Executive Director should also have a good understanding of effective, forward-thinking financial budgeting and implications for nonprofits.


Armory Center for the Arts has retained Morris & Berger to conduct the Executive Director search. To apply, please submit application, including resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website: http://www.morrisberger.com/currentsearches/armoryarts.