Deputy Director of Public Programs + Social Impact

Deputy Director of Public Programs + Social Impact

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Los Angeles, CA   |   December 7, 2020

About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (“the Lucas Museum”) will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling.

The museum will present permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences, which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of the arts of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Extensive education programming designed for all ages will explore innovative ways for visitors to engage with narrative art.

Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces.

The Lucas Museum will be a barrier-free museum where artificial divisions between “high” art and “popular” art are absent, allowing guests to explore a wide array of compelling visual storytelling. Visitors who might be less inclined to visit a traditional fine art museum will be invited to engage with and relate to art forms they recognize and love.

The Lucas Museum will celebrate the power of visual storytelling in a setting focused on narrative painting, illustration, photography, film, animation, and digital art. Narrative art is all about stories, and the moments in those stories captured by the artists.

The collection features the original, artist-made creations, from sketches to storyboards to sets and costumes from movies. It showcases narrative art in paintings, illustrations, comic art, photography, and many other media. The Museum also traces the lineage of narrative art, so visitors can see what art inspired today’s work and artists.

Cinema is the most visible narrative art form of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Lucas Museum will present daily screenings of films ranging from legendary historic features to the latest and most innovative projects today. It will present a lecture series featuring the most inventive and intriguing filmmakers of our time.

The Lucas Museum’s programming and education will make pioneering use of its one-of-a-kind collection providing multiple opportunities for hands-on, engaging educational experiences for all ages and curriculum-based learning for students. Visitors will be able to experiment with many artistic processes, from painting to pre-professional cinema techniques.

Providing accessible and engaging educational opportunities to youth is central to the Museum’s mission. Special tours, talks, workshops, and screenings will be tailored to serve the curriculum of students from elementary school to college age.

For more information on the Lucas Museum, please visit the website.

The Opportunity/Position Concept

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art seeks a Deputy Director of Public Programs + Social Impact to serve as a key member of the senior leadership team. Through innovative leadership in support of the vision, values, and mission of the Lucas Museum, the Deputy Director will help shape the Lucas Museum as a must-experience destination. The successful candidate will encourage bold strategies that allow increased accessibility and relevance, creative thinking and experimentation, and a 21st-century visitor engagement plan with the goal of attracting visitors from around the world.

Through the planning and launch of the opening of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Deputy Director of Public Programs + Social Impact will be responsible for assuring that the Museum fulfills its educational mission to the fullest extent possible and that it continually anticipates and exceeds the expectations of all its constituents.

Reporting Relationships

The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact will report to the Director/CEO; this is a trusted senior position at the intersection of learning and engagement, social impact, visitor experience, and all programmatic and content departments. As a direct partner with the Director/CEO, the Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact is a highly visible executive staff position. The Deputy Director is one of five senior leaders reporting to the Director/CEO, each leading a museum division in their respective field of expertise while also collaborating as needed to ensure a cohesive, cooperative, and inclusive organizational culture and esprit de corps.

The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact must work collaboratively with colleagues in the curatorial, conservation, publications, exhibitions management, communications, design, and fund strategy departments, as well as with the finance, legal, trustee affairs, and other administrative offices. The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact also works closely with the business systems teams to ensure seamless and strategic focus on the Museum’s most critical constituencies.

Principal Opportunities

The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact oversees policy, strategy, and execution of:

  • Education;
  • Public Programs + Creative Practice;
  • Interpretation;
  • Academic Affairs;
  • Community Engagement;
  • Government Affairs;
  • Audience Development;
  • Volunteers and Docent Training.

Primary Responsibilities

Program Leadership and Community Engagement

  • Establish long‐range vision, general operating plans, and annual goals, objectives, and priorities for Public Programs + Social Impact
  • Lead the design and development of creative engagement, education, and learning opportunities with programs for all ages that:
    • Align with the Museum’s Mission, Strategic Plan, and broader organizational priorities
    • Leverage the assets of the Museum
    • Create visibility for the Museum as a thought leader
    • Incorporate instructional best practices to achieve optimal learning outcomes for a range of stakeholders including children, students, teachers, and adults
    • Are feasible within organizational constraints and goals
    • Reflect and enhance exhibition themes and the diversity and breadth of contemporary issues
    • Educate, inspire, and engage a broad range of audiences through a variety of formats and platforms
    • Drive attendance, strengthen visitor experience, and deepen connections to the varied communities of Los Angeles, the region, and beyond
  • Think holistically about strategic initiatives to guide program creation and enhancements
  • Collaborate with Museum colleagues in the Curatorial, Collections, Visitor Services, and other departments to create a coherent and shared learning experience for all visitors
  • Spearhead initiatives to engage diverse communities
  • Further develop, build, and manage partnerships with external stakeholders—cultural institutions, educational professionals, community groups & leaders, government agencies
  • Monitor and measure the success and impact of programs
  • Develop marketing strategies for programs in collaboration with Marketing and Communications staff so programs achieve maximum reach and educational impact
  • Cultivate ongoing relationships with potential funders and donors
  • Train and develop the Museum’s volunteers, docents, and interns

Administrative Management

  • Provide responsible, forward-thinking leadership to build the internal infrastructure and external alliances that support the Museum’s goals and opportunities for growth
  • Establish annual goals, objectives, and priorities with each team and direct reports, promoting the highest standards, collaboration, efficiency, and institutional unity and vision
  • Serve as a collegial and productive member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Recruit, train, coach, and evaluate the Public Programs + Social Impact staff
  • Meet with Public Programs + Social Impact staff to keep the team abreast of decisions made by the Senior Leadership team
  • Oversee development, implementation, and continuous monitoring of the Public Programs + Social Impact department budget
  • Represent the department at Senior Leadership meetings, and in strategic planning with the Board of Directors
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will demonstrate at least ten years of educational or programmatic leadership experience in a senior role. They will bring a strong track record of creative leadership designing and delivering impactful educational, public programming, and community building experiences that fulfill and amplify the Museum’s mission. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred; deep professional and leadership experience in a comparable setting will also be given serious consideration.

In addition, top candidates will possess the following professional and personal attributes, skills, and characteristics:

People-Centric Leadership

A track record of managing and taking care people on the team and leading groups in an imaginative way. An engaged coach and mentor, the Deputy Director will encourage input and value engagement from team members. High emotional intelligence (EQ) to be able to oversee a diverse team, offering thoughtful constructive criticism to improve performance, inspiring and motivating the team to do their best work, particularly during times of great activity and high expectations.

Creativity and Innovation in Programming

Robust knowledge of best practices in program design, evaluation, and curriculum development. With exceptional conceptual and strategic thinking abilities and a high level of intellectual curiosity, the Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact leads teams to curate and evolve “big ideas” into reality and deliver results within budgetary parameters, while boldly pushing the boundaries of the work and encouraging innovative and creative ideas and initiatives that reach new audiences. The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact must possess a commitment to working with children and families and have experience working with diverse audiences and cultures in authentic and meaningful ways.

Building Relationships and Using Influence

Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish rapport and cultivate relationships across all levels of the organization. The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact empowers a diverse staff and external constituents to deliver results; this includes staff, Board members, educators, artists, historians, donors, and a broad range of other external constituents. It is imperative that they foster an atmosphere of collaboration and partnership across the organization. The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact leads and manages teams with empathy, a high standard of excellence and accountability, and inclusivity, allowing for the building of consensus and recognition of teamwork. This individual will foster trust and collaboration among team members and will possess the ability to manage through change with flexibility, poise, and a sense of humor.

The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact is capable of recognizing staff members’ talents and developing a wide range of experience levels. The Deputy Director is fiscally responsible while being a catalyst for change and growth; they inspire others to think entrepreneurially and inject new ideas. The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact offers creative, yet practical ideas to achieve the strategic direction of the Museum, with a deep understanding and commitment to the nuances of the organization and community.


A gifted leader who will serve as an ambassador for the Museum in education, public programming, community building, and beyond. A charismatic spokesperson, the Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact enjoys the external side of the role, working to inspire enthusiastic relationships with educators, artists, scholars, architects and urban planners, civic and community members, government officials, donors, foundations, and corporate executives to broaden and deepen interest in the organization. The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact represents the Museum as it seeks to increase engagement, particularly within its local community, regionally, and beyond. They are passionate, articulate, and effective in advocating for the Museum to a wide range of constituents. This individual believes deeply in building and nurturing a robust network of relationships to foster collaboration and advance the Museum’s mission. The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact is entrepreneurial and creative when thinking about how best to cultivate new groups of stakeholders in the mission of the Museum and to create a welcoming environment for all visitors and program participants. They will be a good listener and compelling communicator capable of leveraging multiple platforms to advance the organization’s goals and articulate its value proposition.

Passion for the Mission

The Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact will be an ambitious, inventive, and collaborative leader who is inspired by the mission of the Museum and can inspire others as well. Fully embracing the mission of the Museum, the relationship with the local and broader communities, and the commitment to its various stakeholders, the Deputy Director will have a love of learning, a deep interest in art and storytelling, and a desire to proactively address issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion with regard to the content and staffing of programming, the visitor experience, and community engagement.

They will be passionate about working in partnership with the staff, donors, and other partners to advance the mission the Museum and its educational and programmatic initiatives. In addition, the Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact will embody an understanding of and appreciation for the role that cultural institutions and other informal environments can play in learning. They will possess and promote a deep appreciation for the collections, programs, building, history, research, and scholarship of the Museum and will demonstrate a commitment to public involvement, community building, and the visitor experience. Working closely with the Director/CEO, the Deputy Director for Public Programs + Social Impact will serve as a bridge between the internal staff and external partners and will fully embody the values of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Finally, the ideal candidate is an individual of integrity, ethics, and values, who can be trusted without reservation.

Compensation & Benefits

The projected range for this role is $275,000 – $325,000 annually. Salary and title will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidate’s education and experience. A full benefit package along with generous paid time off will be offered.


Naree Viner and Stephen Milbauer of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Stephen directly at [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents and supports a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Lucas Museum fosters a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, whether based on race, national origin, gender, gender expression, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Applications from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

About Koya Partners

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