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Posted: 09/22/2012

Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts

FALL 2012 SAM AND ALFREDA MALOOF FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THE LEGACY Sam Maloof (1916-2009) is acknowledged as one of the finest woodworkers of our time. As a leader of the California modern arts movement, he designed and produced furniture infused with profound artistic vision for more than a half century. Maloofís work was the subject of a prestigious retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museumís Renwick Gallery in 2001 and is part of their permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the White House, and many other fine collections. In 1985 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. Alfreda Maloof (1911-1998), an artist, teacher and former Director of Arts and Crafts at the Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, met and married Sam Maloof while completing her MFA at Scripps College. She inspired Sam in his work and managed the Maloof woodworking business. Central to Samís work and life is the sprawling hand-built residence and adjoining woodshop he started constructing in 1956, filled with Maloof furniture and one of Americaís outstanding contemporary arts and crafts collections. The original residence, woodshop and guesthouse were relocated in 2000 and are the core of an approximately 5.5 acre site of 11 buildings nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The extensive landscape consists of a natural garden of water-wise California native plants and compatible plants from other Mediterranean climate zones around the world. The compound was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, and is one of a consortium of 30 of Americaís most significant artistís spaces open to the public in the National Trust for Historic Preservationís Historic Artistsí Homes and Studios program. THE FOUNDATION The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts was established in 1994 as part of a federal government-initiated plan to relocate the Maloof home and business. The relocation project was completed in 2001, the original residence opened to the public in 2003 as a museum, and Jacobs Education Center, a gallery for changing exhibitions opened in 2007. The Foundationís mission today is to honor and further the legacy of Sam and Alfreda Maloof. It is committed to creating a pre-eminent center that preserves the lives, work and collections of the Maloofs, and inspires woodworkers, artists, craftspeople and collectors. A principal responsibility of the Foundation is protection and conservation of the art, furnishings, buildings, and grounds entrusted to it. The residence itself is one of the most treasured parts of the collection, reflecting the living spirit of the arts and crafts movement throughout. Sam Maloof Woodworker, Inc. continues operations on site.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Alta Loma, CA


The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the Foundation to support its charge to honor the legacy of Sam and Alfreda Maloof by conserving, maintaining and enhancing the Foundation's collections, buildings, and grounds, and making them available to the public.

The scope of responsibility will include overall Foundation operations, financial planning, excellence in the Foundations artistic and educational endeavors, external and community relations, fundraising, as well as administrative management. The Executive Director will be a relationship builder who maintains a high professional profile, and who is able to access financial resources and develop collaborative efforts with other organizations, public and private.† Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the fulfillment of the Foundations mission, vision, and goals. The Executive Director supervises a small staff, including interns, consultants and volunteers.† The annual budget is approximately $500,000.† The Foundation has approximately 300 members.

Position Responsibilities:

Prepare and implement a comprehensive balanced development plan that successfully achieves fundraising goals and establishes long-term financial stability.

Attract new supporters while maintaining strong relationships with existing donors/members.

Develop and manage the annual budget, working with the Treasurer, to achieve annual goals and outcomes, ensure accountability, and provide for the ongoing financial health of the organization.

Oversee a visionary conservation/historic preservation program for the on-going inventory, maintenance and care of the Maloof historic compound, including the art collection.

Plan, schedule and manage a growing variety of programs.

Serve as the Foundations liaison for internal constituencies and external partnerships.

Implement communications, public relations and promotion of the Foundation's activities through media and printed materials.

Maintain relations with community partners, including the City of Rancho Cucamonga and/or other surrounding jurisdictions and institutions.

Organize and facilitate Board and Committee meetings in coordination with Executive Committee and other committee chairs.

Maintain a mutually supportive relationship with Sam Maloof Woodworker, Inc

Goals and Expectations

The Executive Director will work with the Board to implement action plans as set forth in the Board approved 2012 Strategic Plan and assess their outcomes. Key strategies include:† Increasing financial support; improving the governance and management; growth in staff and volunteers; expansion of the audience in activities; and continued responsibilities for the collections.

Professional/Personal Qualifications

A Masters Degree or equivalent experience is desired.

Five years of historic site management and/or museum management experience for a cultural institution with demonstrated record of inspirational leadership, effective management, and fundraising.

Finely honed artistic vision and aesthetic sensibilities.

A background in planning and program development; practical experience in establishing and measuring programmatic goals and objectives.

The ability to communicate persuasively, orally and in writing, the importance of philanthropy and the fund-raising goals to individuals, groups, corporate leaders, and foundations.

Demonstrated ability to envision and articulate future directions to meet the needs of multiple programs.

A willingness to become acquainted with and invested in the history, mission, philosophy and values of the Foundation.

Unquestionable integrity and strong sense of professional ethics that engender trust and respect with the constituents of the Foundation and the communities it serves.

Proven success establishing and maintaining productive personal relationships with prospective and active funders, constituents, peer organizations, governing board, and the public.

Ability to maintain senses of humor, grace, balance, and perspective.

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How to apply
Process for Application Expressions of interest and nominations may be sent in confidence to: Elaine Turner - The Turner Group Elaine@turnersearchgroup.com 909/621-2590
Elaine Turner
Phone: 909/621-2590
661 E. Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711

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