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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
- Appendices C-O
- Appendix B, Exhibit 6 (Excel)

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




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 Intern

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.


  • 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.


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.


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 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.



EMPLOYER: Los Angeles County Arts Commission/Ford Theatres

POSITION: Communications Intern              


PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is in search of a Communications Intern to assist the Communications Division with marketing efforts for the annual LA County Holiday Celebration, a free event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center and broadcast live on PBS SoCaL, which presents community and professional choirs, music ensembles and dance companies representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of the region. The candidate will also contribute to marketing efforts for the grand reopening of the Ford Theatres, a multi-disciplinary performing arts venue that is currently under renovation. A 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheatre, the Ford presents an eclectic summer season of music, dance, theatre, film and family events. This position provides the candidate with an opportunity to work closely with experienced public relations and marketing professionals as well as to add significant experience to her/his resume. Work on these projects is year round.


  • Assist in planning, coordinating and executing public relations and marketing strategies for the LA County Holiday Celebration and Ford Theatres programming
  • Support social media efforts, including helping to create and implement ways the Arts Commission and Ford Theatres can better utilize Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope and other emerging platforms
  • Monitor press coverage and archive press clippings
  • Assist with preshow audience engagement activities at the LA County Holiday Celebration
  • Occasional attendance at special events to help communications staff
  • Assist communications division with day-to-day duties including, but not limited to, updating documents and conducting online research

PROJECT PERIOD: Fall/Winter 2015

WORKING HOURS: Flexible, 15-20 hours per week

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

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/SKILLS/MAJOR: Desirable qualifications include a background in marketing and public relations, journalism, communications or music/dance/visual arts; social media familiarity; interest in the performing and visual arts; strong writing skills; fluency in oral and written Spanish is a plus. Possible majors include, but are not limited to, communications, journalism, marketing, public administration, public relations or Bachelor of Arts.

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND ABILITIES: Consistent attention to detail and accuracy; ability to stay organized and meet deadlines; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment; ability to use a Window-based computer and familiarity with Microsoft Office suite; ability to use and familiarity with the Adobe Design suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator; ability to be proactive and plan ahead. Candidate must be reliable and possess enthusiasm and dedication for the arts and the task at hand.

REQUIRED ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS: The 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 must be able to successfully interact effectively with a wide variety of people on-and off-site.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship for college credit.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to or via fax to (213) 580-0017.

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