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Opening: Executive Director

Publication date: 
February, 2021

Position: Executive Director
Organization: Perenchio Foundation 

About the Perenchio Foundation 

The Perenchio Foundation (“The Foundation”) is a private family foundation with the mission of recognizing the essential role the arts play in building equitable, culturally vibrant, and inclusive communities. The Foundation supports and fosters arts organizations in Los Angeles County with a focus on quality, permanence, and accessibility. 

Guiding Principles

The following specific direction of Mr. A. Jerrold Perenchio and his legacy of philanthropy supporting the arts in Los Angeles County will ground the work of the Foundation:

  • Focus on grants to qualified charities located primarily in Los Angeles County that demonstrate a positive, lasting impact.
  • Provide support to foster the creative quality, permanence, and accessibility of visual and performing arts in Los Angeles County, with a priority given to:
    • Institutions that foster the performing arts, including but not limited to, orchestras, operas, non-profit theater companies, and non-profit dance companies.
    • Institutions that foster the visual arts, including but not limited to, museums of fine art, and other organizations that support film and other non-profit programs fostering the visual arts.

The balance, if any, of the Foundation’s distributions should primarily support the funding of academic scholarship programs for disadvantaged young people in Los Angeles County and scholarships for students attending California State University, Fresno.

Mr. Perenchio has a legacy of supporting Los Angeles County arts organizations, including LACMA, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Music Center, Geffen Playhouse, American Film Institute, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Opera, and a host of other large and small organizations.
 

The Opportunity

The Perenchio Foundation is seeking an inspiring and visionary leader to serve as its Executive Director (“ED”). This is a unique opportunity for a high-energy and passionate foundation, philanthropic, or nonprofit executive to continue the Perenchio Foundation’s history of supporting the arts in Los Angeles County. The Foundation has a mandate to spend approximately $350 million in accordance with the guiding principles over approximately the next seven years (through 2027).

This is a distinct opportunity for a hands-on leader to help the Perenchio Foundation continue its legacy of supporting and strengthening the arts, particularly during the unprecedented challenge facing many arts organizations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; this includes working as part of a coalition in ‘relief fund’ efforts and in concert with other philanthropic organizations and foundations to aid the various diverse cultural communities of Los Angeles County. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board in an action-oriented manner, providing counsel and sound advice to maximize impact and fulfill the Foundation’s mission.

Candidate Profile

The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to achieve the Perenchio Foundation’s objectives, fulfill its mission and maximize sustainability. To be successful, the Executive Director must be dynamic, thoughtful, entrepreneurial, creative, and agile. The Executive Director will also ensure that the Foundation remains focused on achieving its short-and long-range strategies to achieve the Foundation’s target spend-down date of 2027.  This individual will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Perenchio Foundation, including engaging with the board on all grant-making and institutional support. The Executive Director will represent the Perenchio Foundation in the philanthropic community, be an ambassador on behalf of the Board, and help forge new partnerships to amplify the Foundation’s impact.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who resides in Los Angeles and has:

  • A passion for the transformative role of the arts, coupled with the being or a desire to become an integral member of the Los Angeles artistic community. 
  • A proven track record of providing leadership and management in a foundation setting or for a mission-aligned organization or program; experience having worked with/in the arts and cultural organizations is preferred. 
  • The ability to lead with influence, humility and inspiration to achieve the Foundation’s goals. 
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the ability to generate buy-in, solidarity, and support from a broad range of potential partners.  

Core Competencies 

Passion for the Mission and Vision: The Executive Director will have or develop a clear and informed understanding of the arts and the complex issues surrounding cultural institutions and philanthropic giving in Los Angeles County. The ED must be able to communicate effectively with large established organizations as well as smaller, community based and emerging arts and cultural organizations. 

Board Relations: This individual will work as a thought partner to the Board to establish a grantmaking strategy and mechanisms of support for partner organizations. The Executive Director will keep the Board informed on a regular basis, providing updates on grant-making milestones and impact. The Executive Director will also provide the Board sufficient and high-quality information for making sound policy and programmatic decisions. 

Strategic Leadership and Vision: The Executive Director will translate ideas into action and offer creative ideas to adapt, strengthen, and diversify partnerships with effective planning and measurable results. The ED will have proven and successful experience in relationship development and external relations. 

Communication and Collaboration: The Executive Director will have high emotional intelligence to work with the Board, staff, partners, and cultural institutions, arts-focused nonprofits, and other mission-aligned foundations to work creatively and collaboratively on both existing and new initiatives. The ED must be an excellent listener and seek to include all stakeholders, including grantees, board, staff, and community leaders. 

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation for this position will be starting at $225,000. Salary is intentionally designed to be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Contact

Michelle Bonoan and Navid Nakai of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Michelle and Navid directly here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The Perenchio Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. 

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve. 

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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