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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


Grant Writer

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a Grant Writer for its Advancement department. This full-time position reports to the Vice President of Advancement. The Grant Writer is a vital member of the Advancement team, responsible for compelling writing that is responsive to Skirball priorities and funding requirements. The Grant Writer will contribute to the Skirball’s robust fundraising efforts with philanthropists, foundations, corporations, and government entities, inspiring their impassioned support for the Skirball’s mission, social justice, the arts, and education.

Writing Responsibilities

  • Develop grant proposals, reports, budgets, and necessary supporting materials.
  • Write major donor acknowledgments and correspondence, exhibition and program prospectuses, and other Advancement department communications. 
  • Gather and analyze data and information to support grant and report preparation. 
  • In collaboration with program colleagues, clarify priorities, goals, and objectives for impactful proposals. 
  • In collaboration with Membership Manager, assist with writing membership promotions and materials.

Advancement Responsibilities

  • Assist Vice President, Advancement, in maintaining excellent communications, relationships, and networks with representatives of funding sources.
  • Maintain the grants calendar to monitor application processes, deadlines, reports, and grant compliance.
  • Research available grants from diverse sources of funding.
  • Initiate, attend meetings, and develop relationships with potential new funding sources when appropriate.
  • Maintain records in donor database, completing prospect plans and recording proposals and acknowledgments.
  • Attend grant writing, funder, and donor database webinars/workshops.
  • Participate in major donor cultivation events and Skirball-wide programs. 
  • Work evenings and weekends on occasion and as requested to represent the Skirball at community events.

Qualifications, Experience, and Attributes

  • Three years successful nonprofit grant writing experience.
  • Undergraduate degree in English, communications, fundraising, or similar field and/or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent IT tool proficiency and demonstrated ability to utilize Office 365 applications and Altru, or equivalent donor database software.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Skirball’s mission to welcome the stranger and help build a more just society.

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

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