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The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, including information and resources for the community, artists, educators, arts organizations and municipalities.

The following position are currently available:

Community Engagement Hourly Evaluator, Ford Theatre Foundation

House Manager, Ford Theatres

Ticketing Associate, Ford Theatres


EMPLOYER: Ford Theatre Foundation

POSITION: Community Engagement Hourly Evaluator

The Ford Theatre Foundation seeks two self-motivated, cross-culturally-minded people for a part-time paid position between May and November 2016. 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 designed to assess the benefits of arts engagement programming and its contribution to cultural equity and inclusion in Los Angeles County. Evaluators will support data collection at the Ford Theatres' Summer Season events and its participatory arts program, JAM Sessions, a free interactive series led by professional artists. JAM Sessions in 2016 take place at the Ford Theatres and at sites across Los Angeles County.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Administering surveys at Ford Summer Season events and JAM Sessions
  • Engaging participants in a community mapping exercise
  • Assisting in the implementation of onsite participant interviews

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

PROJECT LOCATION: Position will report to Ford Theatres located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068 and will attend events at community sites located in 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.
  • Current CA State-issued driver's license, automobile insurance and reliable transportation to attend community outreach events.

COMPENSATION: $15 per hour. Mileage and parking for offsite events will be reimbursed.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications should include a cover letter and resume. Please submit applications to Jesse Ruskin, at publicevents@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.

BACKGROUND: The Ford Theatres bring people together for transformative arts experiences that inspire, empower and ignite cultural exchange. Owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles and located in a 32-acre County regional park, the facility is run through a three-way partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. The John Anson Ford Theatres complex is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles still in use. Each year, the Ford partners with LA County-based arts organizations to present an eclectic season of culturally diverse music, dance, theatre, film and family events. fordtheatres.org


EMPLOYER: Ford Theatres

POSITION: House Manager (Part-time Seasonal)

The John Anson Ford Theatres, operated by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, seeks an experienced and dynamic arts professional to manage front-of-house activities and event services related to the 2016 Ford Theatres summer season, which runs from July through mid-October and includes approximately 80 music, dance, theatre, film, family and public engagement events. The House Manager holds a critical role in providing excellent customer service and high quality experiences for the thousands of audience members and program participants that visit the theatre over the course of the summer.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
• Scheduling, training and supervising of house staff to ensure a well-run front-of-house and excellent customer service to all visitors.
• Overseeing the preparation of the amphitheatre for guest services including, but not limited to, receptions, playbills, picnic table reservations, shuttles, parking, security and concessions vendors.
• Assisting Ford Theatre Foundation development staff with preshow donor events.
• Overseeing Ford Theatres and artist merchandise sales and ensuring that accounting reports are accurate and complete.
• Communicating with the Ford Theatres technical, marketing and box office divisions to coordinate front-of-house activities with production related needs.
• Responding to patron complaints and resolving customer service issues.
• Completing house reports for each event to document operations, successes and challenges.
• Attendance at production meetings to support the coordination of productions and plan for front-of-house needs.
• Follow emergency procedures as set forth by Event Services Manager, handle all emergency situations affecting patrons and the building while on duty and complete accident report for all incidents whether or not an injury was sustained.
• Supporting the hiring and training of house staff in advance of the opening of the season.
• Other duties as assigned.

PROJECT PERIOD: Approximately May through October, 2016.

WORKING HOURS: Part-time hours will average between 25 and 35 hours per week. Applicants must be available during the week day to attend production meetings and on weekends and evenings to house manage events.

PROJECT LOCATION: Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, Hollywood, CA 90068

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS/QUALITIES: Ideal candidates will have experience working in a theatre, concert venue, festival or other live performing arts setting, preferably with staff management responsibilities, or will have comparable customer service experience in another industry. Experience working with and providing excellent customer service to diverse communities is highly valued. Candidate must demonstrate good judgment and leadership, use of courtesy and tact when interacting with staff and the public, and have strong verbal and written communication skills. Candidate must also have strong attention to details and logistics, and be well-organized, flexible, and proactive. Candidate must be reliable, honest and possess enthusiasm, and dedication to the arts. Ability to speak a second language is desirable but not required.

COMPENSATION: Range starts at $18.50 per hour. This is a part-time, temporary position.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references.  All submissions should be emailed to the attention of Bill Berry at wberry@arts.lacounty.gov, with House Manager, Ford Theatres as the subject line.  Please do not submit any application materials through the U.S. mail or phone regarding the status of the submission.  Applications will be reviewed starting in February. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met and may close without advance notice.

BACKGROUND: The Ford Theatres bring people together for transformative arts experiences that inspire, empower and ignite cultural exchange. Located in a 32-acre County regional park, the facility is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles. The Ford is operated through a three-way partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, LA County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation.


EMPLOYER: Los Angeles County Arts Commission/Ford Theatres

POSITION:  Ticketing Associate, Ford Theatres (Part-time Seasonal)

CLOSING DATE: When filled

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Ford Theatres, operated by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, seeks self-motivated, service-oriented Ticketing Associates to provide quality customer service for its 2016 re-opening summer season following an extensive renovation. Ticketing Associates will perform a variety of administrative box office duties autonomously and will serve as the patron's first point of contact with the Ford Theatres. Duties include, but are not limited to, phone and in-person ticket sales, group sales and patron data collection analysis.

PROJECT PERIOD: June-October 2016

WORKING HOURS: Applicants must have the ability to work flexible hours and commit to a minimum of five shifts per week, which may take place during regular box office hours (Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00-5:00 p.m.), event show times (between approximately 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. on weekends and weeknights) or weekend morning event times (Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.).

PROJECT LOCATION: Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, Hollywood, CA 90068

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS/QUALITIES: Ideal candidates for this position will be personable, with experience providing excellent customer service to diverse communities. Qualified applicants will have basic administrative experience, with a strong attention to detail and a proactive work ethic. Applicants should be comfortable with Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word, as well as learning a new web-based ticketing system and database. Previous cash handling and/or box office experience is desired. Bilingual fluency, especially Spanish language fluency, is desired but not required. Interest or background in the arts is also desired but not required.

COMPENSATION: Starts at $12 per hour. This is a part-time, temporary position.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references. All submissions should be emailed to the attention of Ford Theatres Box Office Manager Jessie Towers at boxoffice@arts.lacounty.gov , with Ticketing Associate, Ford Theatres as the subject line. Please do not submit any application materials through the US mail or phone regarding the status of submission. Only complete applications will be considered. Applications will be reviewed starting in April and qualified candidates will be contacted for interview in late April or early May 2016. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met and may close without advance notice. No phone calls, please.

BACKGROUND: The Ford Theatres bring people together for transformative arts experiences that inspire, empower and ignite cultural exchange. Located in a 32-acre County regional park, the 1,200 seat facility is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles. The Ford is operated through a three-way partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, LA County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. fordtheatres.org

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