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A program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the John Anson Ford Theatres fosters the excellence, diversity, vitality, accessibility and appreciation of the performing arts in Los Angeles County. At 1,200 seats, the Ford creates an intimate concert experience that is a favorite among Angelenos. Each summer, a diverse roster of events representing music and dance styles reflective of the region is presented in partnership with LA County artists. Located in a County regional park in the Hollywood Hills, the Ford is owned by the County of Los Angeles and operated through a three-way partnership between the Arts Commission, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation.

The following positions are currently available:

Senior Development Strategist

Communications Coordinator

Community Engagement Hourly Evaluator (Part Time)

Evaluation Assistant (Part Time)

Positions are described in greater detail below.  


EMPLOYER: Los Angeles County Arts Commission

POSITION: Senior Development Strategist     

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Creating, implementing and managing strategies that grow and deepen annual contributed income and realize aggressive goals for long term growth of private sector partnerships. 
  • Creating initiatives that expand philanthropic partnerships by leveraging existing and engaging new stakeholder networks.
  • Expanding and managing a portfolio of major institutional and individual donors by prospecting, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding relationships with new and existing high level supporters.
  • Preparing and managing development budgets, including philanthropic income forecasts and expenses.
  • Assessing and refining fundraising practices and technology to ensure maximum efficiency and results.
  • Managing consultants and full time development staff, including evaluating and mentoring team members and ensuring delivery of high quality consulting services.
  • Organizing work plans to successfully achieve goals.
  • Providing guidance and direction to stimulate involvement and best utilize the fundraising abilities and resources of advisory networks, such as the Arts for All Pooled Fund and Ford Theatre Foundation Board.
  • Orienting, educating, and actively engaging the Ford Theatre Foundation board in fundraising and advocacy with their professional and personal networks and leading Board development initiatives.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/SKILLS:

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:

  • Ability to create and deliver effective and persuasive presentations to individuals and large groups.
  • Ability to manage time and priorities and to develop and manage a highly organized and results oriented work plan.
  • Ability to make well informed decisions in a timely manner.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and manage staff to achieve a high level of productivity.
  • Ability to collaborate with other staff to ensure that development initiatives are aligned and integrated with the Arts Commission’s programmatic mission, vision and goals.

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.


EMPLOYER:  Los Angeles County Arts Commission/Ford Theatres

POSITION: Full-time Communications Coordinator                     

CLOSING DATE:  May 21

Reporting to the Productions Marketing Manager, the Communications Coordinator will support the communications division with marketing the Ford Theatres, a multi-disciplinary performing arts venue with programming in the 1200-seat Ford Amphitheatre, offering music, dance, theatre, film and family events from June through October. The candidate will also support marketing for the L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a free three-hour event that takes place annually on December 24 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, presenting community and professional choirs, music ensembles and dance companies representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of LA County, as well as the LA County Free Concerts in Public Sites program. The Ford Theatres and L.A. County Holiday Celebration are programs of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Marketing Coordination

• Coordinates day-to-day event marketing duties including writing event descriptions and press releases; writing advertising copy; editing artist biographies; formatting digital images for the web; coordinating marketing assets, event press releases, show programs and more with season artists; and coordinating the distribution of promotional materials
• Maintains and updates Ford Theatres, L.A. County Holiday Celebration, Free Concerts in Public Sites and Musicians Roster websites through Content Management System
• Coordinates with the communications division’s digital media coordinator on two e-newsletters, two blogs and an internal monthly memo
• Maintains and updates communications templates, documents and databases, as well as the communications calendar
• Develops and implements targeted, grassroots marketing and outreach efforts
• Oversees the division’s interns and volunteers including hiring, training and day-to-day activities
• Coordinates and manages preshow audience engagement activities at Ford Theatres

Resource and Materials Management

• Coordinates the collection and cataloguing of photographs, video and other visual materials
• Creates basic graphic design elements for use in digital event promotions; formats and edits photographs for use in print, web and social media promotions 
• Maintains programming of artwork on the Ford Theatres’ electronic sign

Events and Evaluation Assistance

• Coordinates logistics for promotional activities including video shoots, special events, workshops and rehearsals
• Liaises with front of house and box office staff to provide necessary materials and lists to accommodate press attendance at events and rehearsals
• Attends Arts Commission events and coordinates the distribution, collection and analysis of audience surveys

PROJECT PERIOD:  Continuous                                  

WORKING HOURS:  40 hours per week

PROJECT LOCATION:  Los Angeles County Arts Commission, 1055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA  90017

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/SKILLS/MAJOR: Desirable qualifications include a background in marketing, journalism, communications and/or public relations; interest in the performing and visual arts; advanced writing skills; fluency in digital technology including social media, website content management software, photo editing software; ability to use Windows-based computer and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher and PowerPoint; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; fluency in oral and written Spanish is a plus. Possible majors include, but are not limited to, communications, journalism, marketing or public relations.

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND ABILITIES: Consistent attention to detail and accuracy, strong project management and multitasking skills, ability to stay organized and meet deadlines, ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment, excellent interpersonal skills, comfort speaking to a group and engaging with the public, and ability to be proactive and plan ahead. Candidate must be reliable, honest and possess enthusiasm for the arts and dedication to the task at hand.

REQUIRED ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS:  Candidate must be able to present both oral and written information in a poised, persuasive and professional manner; possess the ability to work both collaboratively and independently; and interact successfully and effectively with a wide variety of people on and off site.

COMPENSATION: $40,000 annually, plus benefits (health and dental).

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest, resume, writing sample and a list of three references. All submissions should be emailed to communications@arts.lacounty.gov with Communications Coordinator 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 or until May 21, 2015.


EMPLOYER: Ford Theatre Foundation

POSITION: Community Engagement Hourly Evaluator

The Ford Theatre Foundation seeks up to three self-motivated, cross-culturally-minded people for a part-time paid position between May and November 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about successful community-focused arts engagement programming and evaluation.

Hourly evaluators will work directly with the Ford Theatre Foundation’s Evaluation Assistant on research and evaluation projects that are designed to measure direct and indirect benefits of public engagement programs and to educate the field about engagement in the arts. Evaluators will support data collection at the Ford Theatre Foundation’s signature public engagement program, JAM Sessions, a free interactive series led by professional artists. JAM Sessions in 2015 take place at a variety of sites across Los Angeles County.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Administering surveys at Community JAM Sessions
  • Conducting formal observations of Community JAM Sessions following a formal protocol
  • Assisting in the implementation of on-site participant interviews

WORKING HOURS: Part-time, up to 6 hours per week. Due to the nature of the work, some evening and weekend hours will be required to attend events and collect data.

PROJECT LOCATION: Position will occasionally report to Ford Theatres located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068 but will primarily attend events at community sites located in Watts, Santa Clarita, Pomona and the city of San Fernando.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Desirable qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of the arts community in Los Angeles County, familiarity with various arts disciplines and cultural practices, and comfort working in diverse communities and cultures, including those traditionally underrepresented in the arts.  
  • Strong time management and organizational skills; be extremely reliable and able to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Fluency in Spanish is highly valued.  
  • Have CA State-issued driver’s license and reliable transportation to attend community outreach events.

COMPENSATION:  $15 per hour.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications should include a cover letter and resume. Please submit applications to Stephanie Stallings, (c/o Georgia Reyes) at greyes@arts.lacounty.gov. In the subject line, please include “Hourly Evaluator- [Applicant Name].” No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met and may close without advance notice. 

 


EMPLOYER: Ford Theatre Foundation

POSITION: Evaluation Assistant (Part Time)

The Ford Theatre Foundation seeks an Evaluation Assistant to support a variety of research and evaluation projects that are designed to measure direct and indirect benefits of public engagement programs at the Ford Theatres and to educate the public about engagement in the arts. Reporting to the Artist Recruitment and Engagement Program Manager and guided by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Research and Evaluation Manager, the Evaluation Assistant will assist in the development and execution of a comprehensive evaluation plan that will require quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. The position will help to inform the Foundation’s evaluation strategies to ensure sound and effective evaluation practices.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Modifying existing audience surveys in response to lessons learned in prior years;
  • Administering surveys and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Developing interview protocols and conducting interviews;
  • Coding transcripts from interviews and focus groups;
  • Conducting a literature review on evaluation of public engagement programs;
  • Supporting the continued development of a logic model for Foundation programming; and
  • Identifying indicators needed to measure progress toward outcomes in the logic model, and determining how to best capture that data.

PROJECT PERIOD: This is a grant funded contract position through December 2016. Extension of position is contingent on available funding.

WORKING HOURS: Part-time, 20 hours per week. Due to the nature of the work, some evening and weekend hours will be required to attend events, conduct interviews and collect data.

PROJECT LOCATION: Primary work site will be the Los Angeles County Arts Commission office located at 1055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Position will also frequently report to Ford Theatres located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East, Hollywood, CA 90068 and will also attend events at other community sites located in Los Angeles County.

REQUIRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  • Ability to analyze both quantitative and qualitative data to find the most important findings.
  • Ability to communicate research and evaluation findings in a clear, succinct manner both verbally and in writing, so that non-experts can understand them.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with performing arts audience data is highly desirable, as is experience in data visualization and conducting research or program evaluation related to public engagement in the arts.
  • Ability to communicate and engage with audiences and program participants from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including youth and family audiences and emerging artists and producers.
  • Advanced skills in Excel and other evaluation technology and software.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and interact effectively with a wide variety of people in the office and in the community.
  • Be organized and proactive, work efficiently, and meet multiple and competing deadlines under pressure in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities.
  • Be self-possessed, practice discretion with sensitive information, demonstrate grace under pressure and in interactions with others.
  • Be dependable, responsive, prepared and flexible, and possess enthusiasm and dedication for the arts.

QUALIFICATIONS

Desirable qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in such fields as public administration, program evaluation, arts administration, political science, social science or education. Demonstrated coursework in research methods is required. Master’s degree highly desirable.  
  • Two or more years of experience in a non-profit or related field with responsibilities related to program evaluation.  
  • Knowledge of the arts community in Los Angeles County, familiarity with various arts disciplines and cultural practices, and comfort working in diverse communities and cultures, including those traditionally underrepresented in the arts.  
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish is highly valued.  
  • Proficiency working with Windows-based computers and MS Windows Suite of software (Excel, Outlook, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint) and ability and willingness to learn new software systems.  
  • Have CA State-issued driver’s license and reliable transportation to attend off-site programming as well as community outreach events.

COMPENSATION:  $24 per hour.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications should include a cover letter, resume and a description (no longer than one page) of his or her experience working on research or program evaluation projects. This should provide a general overview of any such projects worked on and the project goals, a description of the specific research methods utilized, and a list of tasks for which the applicant was responsible while working on the project. Please submit application packages to Bronwyn Mauldin, (c/o Georgia Reyes) at greyes@arts.lacounty.gov. In the subject line, please include “Evaluation Assistant- [Applicant Name]. No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met and may close without advance notice.

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