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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

Community Outreach Liaison

Community Engagement 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:  Ford Theatre Foundation

POSITION: Community Outreach Liaison   CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The Ford Theatre Foundation seeks a dynamic arts professional with extensive knowledge of and connections to the performing arts communities of Los Angeles County to join its Community Initiatives team as a part-time Community Outreach Liaison. This individual will work directly with the Community Initiatives staff to develop relationships with artists, producers and arts organizations, and connect them to the program opportunities available at the Ford Theatres and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Research and identify performing artists, arts organizations and producers who are eligible for program opportunities with the LA County Arts Commission, such as the Ford’s Partnership Program, JAM Sessions and Big!World!Fun! family series and the Arts Commission’s Musicians Roster and Holiday Celebration, with an emphasis on ensuring that successful applicants reflect the diversity of cultural and artistic traditions practiced in the region.

- Build relationships between the Ford and artists, producers and community leaders.

- Inform targeted communities of Ford opportunities through informational presentations and by interfacing with the public at festivals.

- Participate in the development of the Ford Theatre Foundation’s new volunteer and advisory council programs both of which will be geared toward strengthening awareness and participation in Ford programming.

- Provide administrative support including but not limited to: scheduling, documenting and supporting facilitation of meetings, writing reports, creating spreadsheets, and maintaining program files and archives.

- Other duties as assigned.

PROJECT PERIOD:  This is a grant funded position through December 31, 2016. 

WORKING HOURS:  Part-time, 15 to 24 hours per week, not to exceed 750 hours annually. Due to the nature of the work, some evening and weekend hours will be required to attend individual and community meetings, festivals, workshops and performances.

PROJECT LOCATION: Both remotely at a home-based computer and at the Ford Theatres located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East, Hollywood, CA 90068. Position will also attend meetings, festivals, workshops and performances at other public sites located in Los Angeles County.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/SKILLS/MAJOR: Desirable qualifications include a background in arts administration, familiarity with various arts disciplines and cultural practices, and experience working with diverse communities and cultures. Successful applicants will have knowledge and experience utilizing successful practices in performing arts production, community organization, and nonprofit operations and administration. Knowledge about the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Ford Theatres programming is helpful. Fluency in oral and written Spanish is highly valued. Proficiency working with Windows-based computers and MS Windows Suite of software (Excel, Outlook, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint) required.

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND ABILITIES: Ideal candidates will: demonstrate consistent attention to detail and logistics; present both oral and written information in a poised, culturally sensitive and professional manner; stay organized and meet multiple and competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment; be proactive and plan ahead; be able and willing to learn new software and administrative systems; 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.

HOURLY RATE: $20 per hour. This is a part-time position without benefits.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to the attention of Rosalyn Escobar, Associate Program Manager, at In the subject line, please include Community Outreach Liaison—[Applicant Name]. No phone calls, please.

BACKGROUND: Since its creation in 1994, the Ford Theatre Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, has played a key role in supporting Ford Theatres programs - programs that nurture artists, arts organizations and community. Read more abou the Ford Theatre Foundation here.



EMPLOYER: Ford Theatre Foundation

POSITION: Community Engagement Intern

CLOSING DATE: May 15, 2015

The Ford Theatre Foundation seeks a self-motivated, cross-culturally-minded and detailed-oriented Community Engagement Intern for a 10-week paid internship position during the summer of 2015. This internship is part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts Internship Program

The Community Engagement Intern will work directly with the Ford Theatre Foundation’s Associate Program Manager in fulfilling and promoting the Foundation’s goal of deepening community relationships and assist with efforts to increase the diversity of disciplines and cultures presented through programs at the Ford Theatres.

Learning Objectives

The Community Engagement Intern will learn about:

  1. Successful public engagement practices
  2. Implementing community-focused arts engagement programming
  3. Cultivating relationships with artists and community members
  4. Working as a team member to produce effective public events
  5. Programming that encompasses a wide spectrum of cultural art forms

The Intern’s 10-week Project:

The Community Engagement Intern will assist with logistics coordination for the Ford Theatre Foundation’s signature public engagement program, JAM Sessions, a free interactive series led by professional artists. The intern will support efforts to document program activities and community assets; create a JAM Sessions artist catalogue; oversee pre-event set up and hospitality, including greeting artists; interface with patrons; and coordinate marketing assets to include in program promotions.

Additional 10-week Duties and Activities  

The intern will also assist with implementation of surveys, maintain departmental files and program archives, respond to inquiries, document meetings and program activities to support the Foundation’s internal evaluation plan, prepare correspondence, and conduct research of potential artist and community partners.

Project Location: Primary work site will be the Ford Theatre Foundation office located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068. Position will also require attendance at off-site meetings and workshops throughout Los Angeles County.

Internship Skills, Knowledge and other Requirements

Candidates should have strong time management and organizational skills; outstanding written and oral communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills and work especially well in engaging with families and children. Fluency in Spanish is highly valued. Must be self-motivated, flexible, work well under pressure and be proactive in problem solving. Successful candidates will be extremely reliable and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Candidates should also be proficient in MS Word, Excel and Outlook and have the willingness and ability to learn new software programs. The work schedule is arranged to keep the work week at 40 hours. As part of this work schedule, the intern must be available to work evenings and weekend events. Must have reliable form of transportation.

Internship Guidelines

Please review eligibility requirements here and below:

  1. Candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate college student who resides or attends college in Los Angeles County.
  2. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 1, 2015 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1 - September 1, 2015 in order to be eligible to participate.
  3. Students who have already earned a BA, BS or a higher degree are not eligible.
  4. Students who have previously participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program are not eligible to participate a second time.


The Community Engagement Intern will earn $10 per hour, or $400 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 Georgia Reyes, Administrative Coordinator at In the subject line, please include “Community Engagement Intern – [APPLICANT NAME].” No phone calls, please. Applications will not be accepted after May 15, 2015.

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 addition 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

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