The John Anson Ford Theatres complex, one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles still in use, includes the outdoor Ford Amphitheatre. Since its creation in 1994, the Ford Theatre Foundation, in close partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, has enhanced the cultural vitality of the region by supporting programs that celebrate and reflect the diversity of Los Angeles.
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EMPLOYER: Los Angeles County Arts Commission
CLOSING DATE: January 30, 2015
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission seeks a full time Senior Development Strategist to provide leadership in strategic partnerships with private sector funders to increase the capacity of Arts for All,the Ford Theatre Foundation and other Arts Commission programs to provide services for the residents of Los Angeles County.
While the Arts Commission is primarily supported through the County’s general fund, and is itself a significant funder of the arts, administering a $4.5 million grant funds to more than 380 arts organizations annually, the Arts Commission also has established robust and complex partnerships with foundation, corporate and individual funders across program areas. Working closely with the Arts Commission’s Executive Director, Director of Arts Education, the Managing Director of the John Anson Ford Theatres and senior staff, and overseeing a team of three full time staff, the position will be responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive, multiyear strategy to increase and deepen these private sector partnerships in ways that increase overall support for the field.
Arts for All is the Los Angeles County arts education initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Established in 2002 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Arts for Allsupports and connects school districts and arts organizations working to advance quality arts education for the County's 1.6 million public school students. Currently partnering with 59 school districts and two charter school networks, Arts for All is on track to reach full scale, serving all 81 Los Angeles County school districts by 2020. Supported by a Pooled Fund, which is currently comprised of 24 corporate, foundation and government partners, Arts for All plans to more than double contributed revenue to support arts education in Los Angeles County over the next five years.
The Ford Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the John Anson Ford Theatre, a 1,200 seat historic outdoor amphitheater owned by the County of Los Angeles. The Foundation, in partnership with the Arts Commission and Department of Parks and Recreation, supports programs that nurture artists, arts organizations and community. The Ford Theatres is currently undergoing $56 million in County-funded renovations and new construction that will address major deferred maintenance, upgrade theatrical infrastructure and improve amenities for audiences and performing artists. Concurrently with construction, the Foundation is investing resources to plan and execute a capital campaign to secure funding for additional renovation components that will benefit the community, and to grow the Ford Theatre Foundation’s endowment and individual donor base to insure the long term stability of the facility.
Other divisions of the Arts Commission develop and submit proposals to the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and other programs such as Art Place, that support creative placemaking and technical assistance for arts organizations.
The successful candidate will have a minimum ten years of increasing development advancement responsibility and demonstrate proven success in building or expanding large-scale annual fund, major gift, or capital campaign programs with a focus on foundation, corporate and individual giving. Exceptional writing, oral and interpersonal skills are required, as is the ability to interface effectively with senior management, corporate and foundation funders, board members, staff, and government representatives. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint), donor database software and advanced tools for donor prospecting and research is also required.
ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND ABILITIES:
The successful candidate will be a proactive and collaborative leader, strategic thinker, highly skilled advancement professional and experienced manager with a personal commitment to the arts. Key qualities include:
COMPENSATION: Full time, contract position. Competitive compensation based on experience.
HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest, resume and a list of three references. Application package should include an overview of experience designing and implementing comprehensive development campaigns. All submissions should be emailed to Employment@arts.lacounty.gov with Senior Development Strategist- [Name]as the subject line. Please do not submit any application materials through the US mail or phone regarding the status of the submission. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met and may close without advance notice.
BACKGROUND: The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities, and provides leadership in cultural services. In addition to its role implementing Arts for All, the Arts Commission funds 380 nonprofit arts organizations through a $4.5 million grant program, programs and operates the Ford Theatres, funds the largest arts internship program in the country and manages the County’s civic art policy. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the LA County Holiday Celebration for public television. www.lacountyarts.org.