Santa Cruz, CA

Executive Director


m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) in the search for its new Executive Director. For more information, please review the complete Position Description.

The MAH is more than an art and history museum. It’s an inclusive and vibrant cultural hub that connects the diverse Santa Cruz community through creativity, culture, and participation. The MAH places a high value on developing and co-creating programs, exhibitions, and experiences with as many of its communities as possible and has worked with more than 2,000 local artists, storytellers, and community organizations annually to co-produce exhibitions, educational programs, cultural festivals, workshops and live performances. It is committed to being a bilingual institution.

The MAH has undergone radical growth and transformation in the last eight years – inside and outside its walls. It raised $5M to establish the Abbott Square Market in 2017, expanding the MAH’s operations scope significantly. A next-door extension of the MAH, Abbott Square is an indoor/outdoor public space, drawing thousands of people to the MAH’s doorstep, and hosts several restaurants, bars, weekly events, performance areas, and open seating. They’ve just begun to tap the potential for the Abbott Square/MAH interchange.

The MAH has a dedicated staff of 22 full time and 14 part-time workers and is governed by a community-connected, 23-person Board of Directors. The operating budget is approximately $2.4M.

Given the growth and evolution of the MAH, the new Executive Director will strengthen the operational infrastructure, create an expanded fundraising and revenue strategy, and develop a vision for the future. The MAH is committed to involving and empowering people of all backgrounds. Bilingual Spanish/English, bicultural, women and people of color are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Lisa Grossman at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.




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