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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.

The following positions are currently available:

Community Engagement Hourly Evaluator

Development Intern

Ticketing Associate (Part-time Seasonal)

Ushers and Ticket Takers (Part-time Seasonal)

Positions are described in greater detail below.  


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 team 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.


EMPLOYER: Ford Theatre Foundation

POSITION: Development Intern

The Ford Theatre Foundation seeks a self-motivated, cross-culturally-minded and detail-oriented Development Intern for a 10-week paid internship position during the summer of 2016. This internship is part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Arts Internship Program.

The Development Intern will build on the work of previous interns by enhancing and adding to a comprehensive database of major donor prospects and funders, including foundations and corporate sponsors. The Intern will learn how to utilize sophisticated, powerful research tools to amplify a database that is a vital resource for the Development Department. In addition, the Intern will assist with grant writing and preparation for key requests that will be submitted during their tenure.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
The Development Intern will learn about:

  • Grant writing and grant pipeline management
  • Donor relations and the importance of stewardship and follow up
  • Donor event preparation and implementation
  • Fundraising campaigns, including direct mail appeals and the integration of social media and grassroots fundraising techniques
  • Major donor cultivation and stewardship, including Moves Management
  • Board development and will attend board meetings and have the opportunity to interface with Foundation board members

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Development Intern functions as assistant to the Director of Deveopment of the Ford Theatre Foundation. The Development Intern will support the Development Office by participating in fundraising activities including donor stewardship, direct mail appeals and special events. In addition, the intern may also assist with gift processing and preparation of acknowledgement letters, updating donor management files, maintaining VIP lists for fundraising events and conducting research on prospective board members and major donors.

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 require attendance at off-site meetings and workshops throughout Los Angeles County.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
Candidates should have strong time management and organizational skills; outstanding written and oral communication skills and excellent customer service skills. Also required: experience with MS Word, Excel and Outlook, and the ability to learn new software programs. The Intern must be able to work during performance and donor related events, which may occur on some weekend days/nights. The work schedule will be arranged to keep the work week at 40 hours. Candidates must be self-motivated, work well under pressure and flexible. Successful candidates will be extremely reliable and able to work both independently and as part of a team.

INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES:
Please review eligibility requirements here and below:

  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate college student who resides or attends college in Los Angeles County.
  • Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 1, 2016 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1 - September 1, 2016 in order to be eligible to participate.
  • Students who have already earned a BA, BS or a higher degree are not eligible.
  • Students who have previously participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program are not eligible to participate a second time.

COMPENSATION:
The Development Intern will earn $10.50 per hour, or $420 per week. This internship is a 10-week, 40 hours per week commitment.

HOW TO APPLY:
Submit a cover letter, resume and a minimum of two (2) references (with telephone numbers and email addresses) to the attention of Louanne Brazil, Director of Development at lbrazil@arts.lacounty.gov. In the subject line, please include "Development Intern - [APPLICANT NAME]." No phone calls, please. Applications will not be accepted after May 13, 2016.

This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. 132 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at 107 performing, presenting and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County. In additon to their full-time 10-week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is funded by the Getty Foundation. The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County. For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at lacountyarts.org


 

EMPLOYER: Los Angeles County Arts Commission/Ford Theatres

POSITION: Ticketing Associate (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 and 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 office hours (Tuesday-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, particularly Spanish language fluency, is desired by 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 the submission. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants will be reviewed starting in April and qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews 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.

 


 

EMPLOYER: Ford Theatres

POSITION: Ushers and Ticket Takers (Part-time Seasonal)

The Ford Theatres seeks self-motivated, culturally-minded people with energetic personalities and positive attitudes to be Ushers and Ticket Takers for its 2016 reopening summer season of 60 events.  Each summer, the Ford partners with LA-based artists to present a season of music, dance, theatre, film and family events in its outdoor 1,200-seat amphitheatre located in the Cahuenga Pass. The Ford has been closed for nearly two years for extensive renovations and will reopen in July 2016.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Greeting and directing theatre patrons; providing information and assistance in routine and emergency situations; distributing programs; tearing tickets; seating patrons; handling merchandise sales;  and responding to patron inquiries with an emphasis on good customer service.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to work nights and weekends. Most evening shifts begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday morning shifts at 8:00 a.m. All ushers must be courteous with staff and public as well as present a clean, neat appearance. Applicants must have the ability to climb multiple stairs and stand for extended periods of time. Some lifting required (20 lbs).

EXPERIENCE: Applicants with customer service experience preferred. Restaurant wait staff experience is a plus.

EDUCATION: Must be at least 16 years of age.  If under 18, must provide work permit. Multilingual skills (Korean and Spanish especially) are highly valued.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have valid California identification card and a reliable method of transportation.

HOURS: Hiring and training in May - June, season runs from July through October.  Hours range from 10 to 25 hours per week.

COMPENSATION: Pay rate begins at $10.50 per hour.

HOW TO APPLY: Email a cover letter and resume to:

Bill Berry
Event Services Manager
John Anson Ford Theatres
wberry@arts.lacounty.gov

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