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Request for Proposals

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals for a licensed concession operator to provide concession and catering services at the County-owned and operated John Anson Ford Theatres. Please see below for the RFP and supporting documentation.

- JAFT Concessionaire Request for Proposals with Appendices A&B
- Amendment No. 1: Changes to RFP and Scope of Work
- Appendices C-O
- Appendix B, Exhibit 6 (Excel)

- SOW Exhibit 1, Concessions Area Plan (high resolution)
- SOW Exhibit 2, Marketplace Area Plan (high resolution)

 -JAFT Concessionaire RFP Addendum No 1 - Questions and Answers




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 position is currently available:

Development Associate

Position is described in greater detail below.  

EMPLOYER: Ford Theatre Foundation

POSITION: Development Associate
CLOSING DATE: December 1, 2015

The Ford Theatre Foundation seeks a full-time Development Associate. Reporting to the Director of Development, this position will provide critical administrative support for all development related activities of the Foundation with heavy emphasis on grant writing, prospect research and administration. Assigned duties will also include donor cultivation and stewardship activities, gift processing, donor database management, campaign and event support, and board meeting and recruitment facilitation.


  • Write and submit grant proposals and reports to foundation, corporate and government funders.
  • Manage the grant tracking system by monitoring proposal and reporting deadlines.
  • Perform prospect research on potential funders to continually seek out new sources of support.
  • Work with the Operations Manager to gather information necessary for accurate financial reporting to funders.
  • Facilitate funder relationships by creating and sending acknowledgement letters, coordinating meetings and site visits, and providing updates and information to grantors as needed.


  • Maintain the donor database by ensuring accurate documentation of gift and donor contact information and tracking donor engagement.
  • Steward donors by providing prompt, personalized acknowledgement of gifts and coordinating administration of donor benefits.
  • Prepare and disseminate board meeting materials, including board minutes, reports and agendas.
  • Coordinate logistics and provide staff support for fundraising and donor cultivation events.
  • Support the annual fund, fundraising campaigns and other funding initiatives, including creating content for social media, direct mailings and other donor related collateral.
  • Perform a variety of donor related tasks as assigned.


WORKING HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday with occasional weekend and evening hours.

PROJECT LOCATION: Los Angeles County Arts Commission located at 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90017

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/SKILLS: Desirable qualifications include a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university; exceptional verbal and written communication skills appropriate for a nonprofit business environment; proficiency working with Windows-based computers and MS Windows Suite of software (Excel, Outlook, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint).

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND ABILITIES: Ideal candidate will have 2-3 years related experience with strong writing skills. The Development Associate will also demonstrate consistent attention to detail and accuracy; ability to stay organized and meet multiple and competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment; ability to be proactive and plan ahead; ability and willingness to learn new software and administrative systems; ability to present information in a poised and professional manner; ability to work both collaboratively and independently and interact effectively with a wide variety of people on and off site. Candidate must be self-possessed, practice discretion with sensitive information, demonstrate grace under pressure and in their interactions with others, be reliable, and possess enthusiasm and dedication for the arts and the task at hand.

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

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to the attention of Louanne Brazil, Director of Development, at In the subject line, please include Development Associate—[Applicant Name]. No phone calls, please.

BACKGROUND: The John Anson Ford Theatres complex, one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles still in use, includes the historic 1,200-seat Ford Amphitheatre. Since its creation in 1994, Ford Theatre Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has played a key role in making the John Anson Ford Theatres a center that fosters the excellence, diversity, vitality, accessibility and appreciation of the performing arts in Los Angeles County. The Foundation, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Department of Parks and Recreation, supports programs that nurture artists, arts organizations and community, providing a gateway for the people of greater Los Angeles to discover and enjoy cultures of their region and the world. 

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