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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:

Arts Education Planning Coaches

Senior Development Strategist 


 

EMPLOYER: Los Angeles County Arts Commission

POSITION: Arts Education Planning Coaches 

BACKGROUND:   

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 All is a partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Arts for All currently partners with 59 of the 81 LA County school districts, plus two charter school networks, to formulate and implement arts education polices and plans that utilize the arts to enhance student learning. The goal of school district planning helps school districts build sound infrastructure for arts education to improve sustainability and increase student access to quality arts instruction. 

OVERVIEW:

When a school district becomes an Arts for All school district, a coach is assigned to the district to guide and facilitate the process of developing an arts education plan. Over a 9-12 month period, district and community leaders participate in a strategic planning process which culminates with the presentation and anticipated adoption, of a district arts education policy and plan to the district’s school board.

In 2015-2016 Arts for All seeks to add 2-4 individuals to its coaching roster. During 2015-2016 new members of the roster will participate in trainings and shadow a current Arts for All coach. Upon successful completion new coaches will be assigned to districts seeking strategic planning or customized support.

STRATEGIC PLANNING METHODOLOGY:   

Arts for All recognizes that adhering to the basics of a strategic planning methodology —collecting current data, ascertaining need, deciding on priorities – will not result in success unless there is consensus from key stakeholders. Well prepared coaches who can facilitate that consensus and get buy-in from the administrators, school board leaders, teachers and community members is a hallmark of the Arts for All coaching program.

Our approach is based on the Technology of Participation (ToP) Group Facilitation Methods (implemented in hundreds of organizations around the world since 1973). The strategic planning process aligns with the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) field-tested manual, The Insider’s Guide to Arts Education Planning.

THE ROLE OF A COACH

  • Guide districts in creating an adopted arts education policy and plan for implementing K-12 arts education programming.
  • Engage in a planning process that incorporates “buy-in” from district leadership, school board leadership, PTA leadership and community arts leadership.
  • Build partnerships and collaborations with community resources (people, facilities and funding available for arts education programs).
  • Be included in a collegial group of qualified coaches who provide technical assistance coaching to school districts in creating arts education plans and implementing arts education.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS: 

A successful applicant will become a coach trainee for the 2015-16 school year and will be expected to:

  • Attend an orientation meeting in September/October 2015 (5 hours)
  • Attend and participate in the Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methodology training. The training course will provide the necessary tools, methods and strategies to learn how to guide school districts through the planning process. (32 hours)
  • Shadow a mentor coach and co-facilitate the planning process to practice the methods learned in the ToP Facilitation Methods course of study. Collaborate in providing assistance and support to the district-designated co-chairs, including but not limited to the following areas: meeting design, meeting facilitation, debrief, report writing, policy, plan and budget preparation, school board presentations (approximately 40-50 hours).
  • Attend 2 coaches’ practicum sessions to practice and review facilitation methods. (16 hours)
  • Attend 2 coaches’ forums to collaborate with current Arts for All coaches. (16 hours)
  • Collect documentation and complete self-assessment reports as part of the New Coach Portfolio, a tool developed to support coach trainees with capturing their learning and experience as they shadow the mentor coach, practice the methods and track the school district strategic planning process.
  • Submit a portfolio of the year’s work which includes:
    • Initial Facilitator’s Assessment
    • Documentation of all meetings observed and co-facilitated
    • Year-end Facilitator’s Assessment and Reflection
  • Submit portfolio by June 15, 2016

COMPENSATION:

Compensation in the training year includes:

  1. $2,500 stipend
  2. Group Facilitation Methods course ($645 value)
  3. Strategic Planning Methods course ($645 value)
  4. Ongoing individual and group mentoring

Coach trainees who successfully complete the training year will be eligible to be assigned to oversee the strategic planning process for Arts for All school districts during the 2016-17 school year. A typical district contract ranges from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the district's level of participation. Coaches typically choose to work with 2-5 districts in a given school year and are contracted as consultants based on number of districts seeking services.

HOW TO APPLY: Please complete this application form and submit electronically along with your resume to artsforall@arts.lacounty.gov.

Applicants will be contacted via e-mail to schedule an interview no later than July 1. Upon notification of acceptance, participant will sign an agreement of participation for the period of September 15, 2015-June 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kimberleigh Aarn, via email kaarn@arts.lacounty.gov or 213-202-3984.


 

EMPLOYER: Los Angeles County Arts Commission

POSITION: Senior Development Strategist
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled          

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 All supports 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: This is a full-time contract position with some benefits: $95,000 - $135,000. Placement within the range will be commensurate with candidate's qualifications.

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.

ABOUT THE ARTS COMMISSION: 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. 

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