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Job Title: Director, Facilities 

Los Angeles, California


As the first museum to focus exclusively on storytelling through images, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art believes that visual storytelling can connect us and help shape a more just society. With a growing collection that encompasses artworks from across cultures, places, times, and mediums, including paintings, sculptures, murals, photography, comic art, book and magazine illustrations, and the arts of filmmaking, the Lucas Museum will explore narrative arts potential to prompt questions, invite opinions, inspire community, and move people to think about the impact of images on our world.

Co-founded by George Lucas and Mellody Hobson and led by director and CEO Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Lucas Museum was designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects with Stantec as executive architect and is under construction in Los Angeless Exposition Park. An 11-acre campus with extensive new green space designed by Studio-MLA will embrace the museums 300,000-square-foot building, which will feature expansive galleries, two state-of-the-art theaters, and dedicated spaces for learning and engagement, dining, retail, and events.

Important to note: The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art employs an advanced MEP design that includes a geothermal loop, a solar energy system, natural ventilation, a displacement system, LED lighting, spectrally selective glazing, grass and native plants, ecological ponds, rainwater harvesting, gray water system, an energy efficient HVAC system, and hydronic bidirectional heating/cooling flooring systems. With 300 miles of geothermal piping, the facility will be one of the largest geo-exchange fields in the state of California.


The Director, Facilities is responsible for the overall operation of the Facilities department, and in its early iteration, the role serves as a crucial bridge between the construction team and the museum staff. The Facilities Director at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will lead the team responsible for the care and management of its buildings, including a state-of-the-art museum and 11-acre park. The museum will feature new green space, cinematic theaters, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces. This position is responsible for leading and managing both in-house employees and various contracted functions.

The Director, Facilities is responsible for the day-to-day facilities operations and maintenance services, ensuring they are effectively managed for an exceptional museum and public experience. This includes safe and orderly conditions for the collections, visitors, and staff. 

The Director, Facilities must be a strategic problem solver, enjoy collaborating with colleagues from a variety of disciplines, see the big picture as well as the details, and be excited about cultural properties. Experience with sophisticated systems in exacting environments e.g., museums, laboratories, life science and hospitals- will be a useful background as the museum must maintain exacting standards for climate control to protect the art.



  • Serve as a museum liaison to the external project team including design consultants and contractors
  • Work with the construction team to commission the complex MEP systems, using this opportunity to understand the system and train future staff
  • Work closely with the senior staff and department leaders throughout the realization of the project and beyond with particular focus on identifying and recommending ways in which the building can meet the programmatic vision and, in the long-term, be effectively and efficiently managed and maintained to support programmatic and audience needs
  • Work with the construction, external affairs, and public programs teams on the central coordination of clients relationships with community and other local government and city agencies
  • Serve as a project manager and construction liaison for the construction process, reporting regularly on status, issues, and required actions to the COO and others as instructed by the COO
  • Inform the design process ensuring alignment with the institution’s directives, and provide information and materials necessary to make design decisions in a timely manner
  • Develop critical paths and other scheduling tools, with appropriate personnel, to manage proper sequencing of the institution’s construction within its operational needs
  • Develop and monitor detailed project plans and budgets in partnership with museum colleagues as needed, incorporating all costs associated with the project, for review and approval by the COO& CEO, for presentation to the appropriate staff, Committees, Board of Trustees, etc.
  • Assist with development of project-related funding needs with the appropriate staff and/or consultants
  • Collaborate with designated staff to write, review, and/or negotiate contractual arrangements for the Project including but not limited to consultant agreements and requests for proposals
  • Partner with construction team to manage any regulatory processes including building permitting and environmental approvals
  • Develop procedures to solicit necessary staff input and advice and to provide appropriate feedback to the CEO and Director, head of construction and senior staff, the Board of Directors
  • Oversee the coordination and recording of appropriate meetings of the various internal constituency
  • Participate in clients Senior Staff Council meetings on building and related discussions as necessary
  • Conduct research to inform decisions
  • Remain knowledgeable about budgets related to the building project and build the ramp up, opening year and beyond financial models related to annual costs for running facilities and grounds
  • Work with the construction team to transfer the as-builts, plans, specs, manuals and documents to the museum so that they are an accessible resource for operations and future projects
  • Serve as the valued advisor in the planning, construction and later operation of offsite art storage facilities


  • Direct operations relating to facilities management to the benefit of the mission and goals of the museum
  • Ensure that all venues, including art storage facilities, are well-maintained, safe, and efficiently managed
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the facilities in the portfolio, particularly with respect to complex features including glass, lighting and shade systems, HVAC systems, and interior and exterior materials
  • Partner with key colleagues and sets short- and long-range goals and priorities for facilities management. Provides proactive recommendations in long-range strategic planning for preventative maintenance and service, as well as future projects
  • Responsible for building a workforce that will manage the operational aspects of the building and campus
  • With facilities staff, directly manage and deploy a workforce, through direct reports; and indirectly via commercial vendors
  • Develop and sustain close and critical working relationship across the organization and with Safety & Security, Visitor Services, Collections Management, and Learning and Engagement
  • Initiate and maintain effective communication with colleagues in other museum departments. Communicate and/or collaborate, as indicated, in planning, setting timelines, and monitoring impact on other operations
  • Use the Building Management System to continuously improve the systems
  • Stay current with developments in the field to keep the museum as a thought leader
  • Prepare and manage the Facilities Departments budget, including capital projects budgets and operations and maintenance budget. Works closely with the Finance Department to set and monitor budgets, assess and implement the project and vendor bid processes, and generally operate within sound financial practices and in alignment with museum procedures and policies
  • Maintain financial responsibility. Oversee the planning, budgeting, bidding, and approval processes, for building construction projects and environmental health and safety and sustainability initiatives
  • Oversee and participate in the selection of contractors; develop contracts in accordance with museum policies
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Director's Office, the Curatorial and Collections division, and other divisions and departments in the development of budgets for exhibitions
  • Drive projects to successful completion. Monitor timetables and progress. Engage with staff and contractors to resolve problems and achieve goals
  • Ensure that all facilities-related work is performed safely and in compliance with all applicable safety and environmental regulations
  • Seek opportunities to develop, improve, and implement protocols and work processes to ensure maximum productivity and efficient delivery of services
  • Oversee capital projects; establishes and maintains 5-year capital projects system (CAPS); Develop a long-term capital replacement plan to track when systems and equipment need to be replaced as part of the ongoing budget process
  • Responsible for the museums resiliency planning and energy reduction measures
  • Develop contacts and relationships and leverages resources accordingly; represents the museum on committees and activities
  • Working with IT, implement a system to manage work orders and resource allocation
  • Handle special projects and other duties as designated by the COO & CEO


  • Deciding & Initiating Action: Makes prompt, clear decisions which may involve tough choices or considered risks; takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; takes initiative, acts with confidence and works under own direction; initiates and generates activity for the division; able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Formulating Strategies & Concepts: Works strategically to realize organizational goals; sets and develops strategies; identifies and develops positive and compelling visions of the organizations future potential; takes account of a wide range of issues across, and related to, the organization
  • Analyzing: Analyzes numerical and verbal data and all other sources of information; breaks information into component parts, patterns and relationships; probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem; makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis; produces workable solutions to a range of problems; demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system
  • Working with People: Demonstrates an interest in and understanding of others; adapts to the team and builds team spirit; recognizes and rewards the contribution of others; listens, consults others and communicates proactively; supports and cares for others; develops and openly communicates self-insight; excellent communicator with the ability to diplomatically build consensus among various constituents with diverse interests; proven ability to lead and motivate a workforce; ability to manage people that are not direct reports
  • Applying Expertise & Technology: Applies specialist and detailed technical expertise; shares expertise and knowledge with others; uses technology to achieve work objectives; demonstrates an understanding of different organizational departments and functions
  • Building systems: Has a deep understanding of how to leverage Building Management Systems to drive performance and sustainability; knowledge of issues related to the management of sophisticated systems
  • Continuous Improvement: Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving the systems and processes
  • Commitment to mission: Whether from the art world or not, demonstrates a deep understanding of the importance of furthering the mission of the institution



  • BA/BS or equivalent experience in facilities management
  • A minimum of 10 years of facilities experience with progressive responsibility managing teams in multiple aspects of large and complex facilities and capital projects
  • Experience with leading and managing long-range physical planning
  • Experience managing departmental and project specific budgets
  • Experienced manager with a solid background in staff supervision and development
  • Experience with facilities with sophisticated systems and tight environmental limits preferred
  • Experience with sophisticated building systems preferred
  • Strong background and education in museum quality M.E.P. systems design and operations 


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.


We are a museum dedicated to the art of storytelling. Through visual storytelling the Lucas Museum expands the role of art and museums for society. The Museum inspires thought provoking ideas and conversations that are relevant within and beyond geographic boundaries. Our work radiates to catalyze more connected and empathetic spaces. The art of storytelling connects us to shape a more just society.


Our internal and external practice is shaped by the following beliefs and behaviors.

We meet people wherever they are (physically, intellectually, emotionally). Our inclusive practice connects who people are and what people find meaningful, to works of art and the work of our organization. 

We believe that art can move you to feel, think, reflect, and act.

We believe that nimble thinking and working together yields exponential results.

We approach our work and learning with courage, creativity, curiosity, and a sense of adventure. 


Amplify the social impact of Narrative Art through an approach that bridges the academic and the popular.

Connect to a broad and diverse public by create an institution rooted in impactful, respectful, sustainable relationships.

Practice diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and belonging in all operational and programmatic aspects of our work. 

Create a healthy and durable institution equipped to fulfill its vision and public mandate. 

All staff at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art lead through a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within the Museum and with the communities that we serve.

Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidate’s education and experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate(s).

Pursuant to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the museum requires all new hires to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment absent an approved medical and/or religious exemption. Upon hire, all new hires will receive detailed instructions on complying with this policy. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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