Executive Director

Executive Director

Executive Director 150 150 Self Help Graphics and Art
Self Help Graphics and Art
March 30, 2023
Los Angeles
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Self Help Graphics and Art



Full time, exempt, regular

Range: $110,000 - $155,000

Reports to: Board of Directors

Direct reports: Director of Artistic Programs and Education, Facility and Operations Manager, Administrative Coordinator.

Location: This is an on-site position.

Medical benefits and robust PTO included

Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) is dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o, Latinx, and other artists inspired by the social justice imperative of the Chicano Movement. Our multidisciplinary and intergenerational programs promote artistic excellence and empower our communities by providing access to space, tools, training and resources.

SHG has reached a historic juncture. It has been operating for 50 years, it outright owns its own building and is planning for the renovation of its home. The growing staff continues to meet the pace, scale, and demand of the organization’s cultural production and community serving programming. This moment will find a new executive director inheriting a Self Help Graphics that is fiscally sound with a robust, talented and cohesive  staff.  There is momentum and time to prepare and envision the future while the operations scale down to accommodate the renovation period from Spring 2023 - Winter 2024. SHG leverages this opportunity of reaching 50 years to orient SHG away from survivalism and utilize ownership and stewardship of land as a jumping off point for this new organizational stage that creates a sustainable future.

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The Board of Directors seeks a leader with the following abilities and capacities to fill the Executive Director (ED) role:

Leadership that champions the Chicana/o/x and Latine cultural community

SHG seeks a leader who understands their role in representing of the work and impact of the organization at the local, regional, and national levels and can be a champion of the Chicana/o/x and Latine (a term used to recognize gender spectrum) artists, cultural workers and culture bearers within and outside of the organizational walls, spaces (physical and digital) and circles.

Core connection to SHG's history and its work through an intergenerational and intersectional lens 

The ED has a knowledge of and fundamentally values the cultural and place-based histories of the origins of Self Help Graphics, the Chicano movement, and the plurality of the communities served by the organization. The ED will understand or learn how the people, values, and experiences of the last five decades inform the organization’s cultural practice and social justice orientation. The ED will operate from a place of curiosity when engaging these narratives and ensure all voices and experiences are valued and elevated.

Strategic visionary through a lens of inclusivity, intersectionality and community cultural practice

The ED values, embodies and is on a constant learning path toward a culturally-rooted intersectional arts administration practice that elevates and uplifts our artists, culture bearers, youth, and families in their work. They understand the need to consistently engage the many concentric circles of SHG’s communities in our work. Through  strategic planning, programming, and  operations, this community engagement is critical  in how the organization shows up for its allies and peers in the work toward liberation.  There is a clear emphasis on process-oriented practice that creates space to understand SHG through a cyclical rather than linear lens - both historically and toward the future. The story, trajectory, and practice of the organization builds on a legacy of artistic excellence from artists of all backgrounds, while always centering Chicana/o/x, Latine, and additional BIPOC voices.

Fundraising: Commitment to resource-building for SHG 

The Executive Director is responsible for securing the resources necessary for SHG to conduct its daily operations (currently ~$1.5M and projected for growth), as well as to complete the capital campaign fundraising goals. Demonstrated track record of meaningful fundraising and interest in a nuanced understanding of the relationship-building required for SHG’s growth trajectory is welcome. Entrepreneurial spirit and a vision that leverages SHG’s cultural capital and capacity for revenue is required as the organization seeks ways to support itself outside of traditional nonprofit funding sources. As of this posting, the capital campaign is within approximately $2.5M of its goal and the Executive Director is expected to raise this funding over the next two years in addition to the annual operating budget.

Experience in managing talent 

Experience in managing intergenerational teams with varying levels of experience, capacities, areas for support is required. The ED must understand how to elevate the team to be empowered in their roles, support professional development, and recognize that the cultural workers who come through our doors on their journey are part of the legacy of Self Help Graphics as much as its cultural production in the studio and programs.  The Executive Director will make immediate key hires in the areas of fund development and accounting.

A leader who centers empathy and compassion; values a healthy and sustainable work culture 

The Executive Director will continue the work of shifting internal culture towards a more sustainable pace and do so in a way that is inclusive of the full staff, board, and creative community. They will understand that this shift is a strength for SHG in recruiting and retaining talent and in asserting itself as a values-centered space that holds equity at the core of everything taken on by the organization. The ED understands that often their job is to listen and ensure our multi-generational plural community feels seen and heard.

Operational and Financial Management 

The Executive Director will be familiar with nonprofit financial practices and implement practices that enable long-term planning and projections while maintaining an awareness of the day-to-day financial operations. As SHG grows and larger grants and contracts are awarded, the Executive Director must navigate bringing up financial and operational capacity to the level required for compliance, reporting and consistent monitoring.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to executivesearch@selfhelpgraphics.com with the position title and your name in the subject line. For example: Executive Director - Jane Doe. Position will remain open until filled.


About Self Help Graphics & Art

Self Help Graphics & Art fosters the creation and advancement of new art works by Chicana/o and Latinx artists through experimental and innovative printmaking techniques and other visual art forms. We are an organization rooted in community; and since 1973, have been at the intersection of arts and social justice, providing a home that fosters the creativity and development of local artists. We establish international collaborations and partnerships nation-wide and create world-wide cultural exchanges.

Anchor programs include:

Professional Printmaking Program - Self Help Graphics & Art’s (SHG) acclaimed Professional Printmaking Program offers artists the opportunity to create fine art limited edition serigraphs & monoprints through a peer-led approach that is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures and supports our artists’ creativity and careers.

Día de los Muertos- Self Help Graphics & Art is known for iconic and culturally rooted events such as the longest running (50+ years) and free Annual Día de los Muertos season and  celebration, which draws over 10,000 people to its festivities. This program is created in partnership with artists and relies on community participation through workshops and artmaking all month long.

Exhibitions and Archive -  SHG’s archive and exhibitions are a crucial tool for SHG to document and share the diversity of experiences within Latinx cultures. The artwork produced at SHG has been exhibited locally and internationally through educational exhibitions accompanied by programming. The prints are a community archive that documents diverse experiences on paper, in a world that has traditionally excluded BIPOC from the dominant historical narrative. The official SHG archive is held at the UC Santa Barbara California Ethnic and Multicultural Archive, a relationship which began in the early 1980s.

Youth Programs - Serving local youth and families through Community Art Workshops, S.O.Y (Summer of Youth) Artista Program, Creative Labs at Mendez High School, CAL Arts Community Art Partnership Program. Most recently SHG has added annual youth cohorts through the Youth Committee and Youth Artivists program.

Barrio Mobile Art Studio - SHG’s mobile art program brings art-making educational activities and experiences to communities across the county and often into non-conventional spaces such as public parks, recreational facilities, and festivals. BMAS was initially founded in 1974 and relaunched in 2014 to take art to the streets with arts programming and the creation of site-specific workshops and murals. Rooted in a peer-to-peer pedagogy, this social enterprise is a grant-subsidized and for-hire program that supports teaching artist development and is our primary vehicle for artist employment. BMAS partners have included the Getty, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Natural History Museum, LA Phil, the Chinese American Museum, CicLAvia , the Holocaust Museum, The Music Center, County of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, Corita Art Center, Los Angeles Public Libraries, and more.

Art Workshops - Self Help Graphics & Art is one of few places in Los Angeles that offers artists a space where they can develop artistically in a peer to peer setting. Our workshops attract all levels of artists to work in a variety of  mediums such as intaglio, relief, screen printing, ceramics, aerosol art, and many other forms.

Artist Mercaditos - In support of local artists, Self Help Graphics & Art holds multiple craft and art fairs that feature fine art, prints, adorable and distinctive art, jewelry, housewares, clothing and crafts by local artists and artisans.

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to executivesearch@selfhelpgraphics.com with the position title and your name in the subject line. For example: Executive Director - Jane Doe. Position will remain open until filled.