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Laguna Art Museum - Executive Director

Job Opening


Deadline Until Filled
Sponsor Laguna Art Museum
Location Laguna Beach , CA


About The Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum (LAM) is a premier museum of California visual arts. For over 100 years, it has collected, cared for, and exhibited works of art created by California artists and work representing the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California visual arts of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.

Through its broad interface with the community, LAM annually serves 16,000 in-person visitors, 248,000 web visitors, 6,600 adult education participants and 6,000 families and youth education participants. The museum plays an important role in highlighting the place of regional art in larger historical movements. It presents a balanced slate of exhibitions on historical and contemporary subjects, accompanied by diverse educational programs for children and adults. Programmatic highlights include the nationally recognized Art & Nature festival, monthly music concerts and films, and ongoing lectures by artists and scholars. The museum’s permanent collection includes over 3,000 works of art by 966 artists and covers all major visual arts genres practiced in California.

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The Opportunity

The Executive Director of LAM will lead the institution into its next successful chapter, achieving the Board of Trustees vision for increased impact, engagement, and reach. At this critical inflection point, the Executive Director will have the central responsibility for providing leadership and vision. They will be the face of the museum locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally and will serve as a bridge between internal and external stakeholders and the overall geographic and arts community.

An important role for the new Executive Director will be representing LAM to a wide range of local, state, and national stakeholders, and building partnerships with appropriate entities.

In addition to orchestrating the day-to-day management of the museum, the Executive Director will work closely with the museum’s Board of Trustees to develop and implement strategic goals and programs to enable LAM to achieve its full potential. Building on its strong foundation, the next Executive Director will work with the Board to define and execute on the museum’s standards of artistic excellence. They will plan, manage, and improve the business, administrative, and financial affairs of the museum, will actively be engaged in fundraising, and will inspire, mentor, and provide ongoing professional development for its staff. The Executive Director will ensure the museum is accessible, engaged, socially-aware, and serving its community.


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How to Participate


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement.

Alexandra Corvin and Ally Johnson are leading this search. To make candidate nominations, inquire for further information, or to express your personal interest in this role please visit this link here or email Alex ([email protected]) and Ally ([email protected]) directly. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Read and download the position profile here.

This opportunity has been submitted by Alexandra Corvin. The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact Laguna Art Museum with questions or for more information.