Employment Opportunities

Palm Springs Art Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Managing Director, Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Job Classification:             Full-time, Exempt

Division/Department:        Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Reports to:                         Chief Executive Officer

Palm Springs Art Museum is seeking a dynamic Managing Director with excellent sales and marketing experience, to reinvigorate the Palm Desert facility financially, programmatically and publicly.  The Managing Director (MD) will work with Museum trustees, staff, local tourist organizations, restaurants, caterers and others in this endeavor, with the goal of financial self-reliance and sustainability. The MD will work with existing donors and lead a successful effort to grow the donor base. The MD should have an extensive knowledge of event management and must possess excellent interpersonal, communication and customer satisfaction skills.  


 Revenue Generation and Marketing

  • Initiates and maintains contact with the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Tourist Board, hotel event planners and designated caterers to solicit event business as well as establish the Museum as a premier event space for catered events such as receptions, corporate dinners and weddings.
  • Initiates programs to increase admissions, revenue and profit. 


  • Works closely with the Palm Desert Committee and the Development Department to solicit a new group of annual donors/founders to the facility and works with them on a program for continued cultivation and stewardship.

 City of Palm Desert Coordination

  • Connects with key City of Palm Desert officials including Mayor, City Council members, City Manager, City marketing officials and others to inform them of Museum activities and coordinate City marketing efforts.

 Exhibitions and Programs

  • Works closely with the curatorial staff in their development of exhibitions of travelling exhibitions, in-house exhibitions, and permanent collection exhibitions.
  • Develops programs for visitors to experience the Sculpture Garden and exhibitions, including docent tours, horticultural tours, yoga classes, etc.

 City of Palm Desert Coordination

  • Connects with key City of Palm Desert officials including Mayor, City Council members, City Manager, City marketing officials and others to inform them of Museum activities and coordinate City marketing efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Strong leadership skills including strong interpersonal skills, strong communication skills,

task prioritizing, task delegation, and quick decision making, and strong work values.

Must be proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.

College degree or equivalent working experience. We seek candidates with substantial experience in areas such as marketing, sales, events management, fundraising, and program development.   

Other Requirements

Hours: Flexible 40 hours a week with additional hours for events and programs as needed, must be able to work a challenging seasonal schedule with evenings and weekends as required.

Compensation and Benefits

Commensurate with skills and experience. Salary, benefits and a bonus program will be based on the successful candidate’s experience.

Application Process

Qualified applicants who are interested in the position should send their resumes and a cover letter to:

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Director of Finance

Job Classification:             Full-time, Salaried Exempt

Division/Department:        Finance

Reports to:                        Deputy Director

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Director of Finance is responsible for ensuring financial leadership across all areas of the Museum, and is responsible for budgeting, forecasting, monitoring, reporting and policy-setting. The Director of Finance acts as the chief accountant for the museum, overseeing the recording of all financial transactions accurately, timely, and efficiently. The position also provides standard and ad hoc reports on the Museum’s financial condition to internal and external audiences. S/He also oversees all banking and investment relationships. S/He works with  board, senior management and department managers to develop comprehensive systems for recording and reporting financial information.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads and supervises the Finance Department staff and provides the overall vision and direction of the department, including recruiting, interviewing, and selecting qualified staff; ensures that staff are trained and knowledgeable in Museum policies and procedures, departmental goals and objectives; providing guidance to ensure efficiency, accuracy, and service to Museum staff and constituents.
  • Develops and monitors internal control policies and procedures and compliance with all federal, state, and other financial reporting requirements, and ensures compliance with all contract guidelines.
  • Works with Information Systems, Development, Theater and Visitor Services, and Museum Stores Departments and consultants to insure effective financial information systems, data transfers, databases, and infrastructure.
  • Masters the financial accounting system and related programs to ensure that transactions are recorded and reported accurately and appropriately, consistent with GAAP and other external standards, industry reporting protocols, and internal reporting needs.
  • Works with the Deputy Director to provide staff support for relevant Board committees and task forces.
  • Budget Preparation and Oversight
  • Monthly Financial Processing and Statements
  • Year-End Processing and Audited Financial Statements
  • Informational and Other Tax Returns


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or finance. Advanced degree/certification a plus, especially CPA or MBA, with emphasis on not-for-profit accounting.
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant experience, demonstrating an increasing level of responsibility and skills.
  • Knowledge of computerized financial/accounting packages, Financial Edge a plus.
  • Deep facility with Excel, and other financial reporting programs such as Crystal Reports, FRx/Management Reporter, or others.
  • Ability to write clearly for financial and non-financial audiences.
  • Ability to talk with managers who may be afraid of budgets, budget reports, and the connection between budgets and projects.
  • Experience in hiring, training and overseeing accounting staff.


The Director of Finance should demonstrate a positive, can-do personality, demonstrating that the Finance Department is a customer service department in the Museum. Demonstrates teamwork, versatility, and a focus on cross-training. Seeks ways to improve accuracy, efficiency and effectiveness of accounting processes. Maintains confidentiality of financial, personnel, and other information. The ideal candidate will build positive relationships across all departments, keeping a pulse on financial activities throughout the organization.

Compensation and Benefits

The Museum provides a competitive salary and benefits package; including: medical and dental insurance (HMO and PPO options), vision, life insurance, FSA, and Aflac options.  After one year employees are eligible to participate in the 401 (k) plan and the Museum provides a 4% match.  We also offer vacation pay,  generous paid holidays and paid sick leave, as well as free membership in the Museum.


How to Apply 

Please send letter of interest and resume to:

Search Committee

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 (*No phone calls please)

Please note that due to the high volume of interested applicants, we are only able to contact candidates with the most relevant experience and skill sets for our open positions. 

We are not able to accept phone inquiries or confirm receipt of applications.  Thank you for your interest in employment at Palm Springs Art Museum.