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Available Positions


Inner-City Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts education organization located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, serving more than 8,000 children, teens, educators and family members annually during the school day, after school and on weekends. We believe that the arts are transformative and the cornerstone of a high-quality education that levels the learning field across socioeconomic boundaries. Inner-City Arts is a dynamic, creative, productive and inclusive nonprofit organization that fundraises more than 90% of the revenue needed to support annual programs and operations for a $4+ million annual operating budget.

We have just finalized our five-year strategic plan for 2017-2021 entitled “Sharing Our Work” focusing on deepening our practice and sharing research and best practices encompassing the high value of a quality and in-depth K-12 arts education. The plan entails significant growth over the next five years, including conducting a major campaign to fund its vision.


The Director of Finance will be a strategic-thought-partner with the President & CEO, Executive Team and Board of Directors to lead daily financial administration and will play a critical role in guiding the financial growth during the planning and implementation phases, of the strategic plan and Change Capital Campaign. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance leader to build capacity in a well-respected, high-impact organization and foster a cooperative, fun and professional work environment.

  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process with executive team and BOD.
  • Provide oversight of special projects and grant budgets
  • Lead annual audit process.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Oversee payroll. Negotiate and administer employee insurance/benefit plans.
  • Support Board of Director Committees related to finance, compensation and investments.
  • Implement contracts management and financial management/ reporting system.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the CEO and board of directors.
  • Work with staff to update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Support planning and long-term budgeting for $40M Change Capital Campaign; oversee rigorous tracking, timelines and accountability with executive team and campaign consultant in alignment with strategic plan.
  • Build relationships: maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Build team as necessary.

HOURS: Full-time, exempt position (will require some evening and weekend hours).

LOCATION: Inner-City Arts is located in the downtown Los Angeles Warehouse District, adjacent to the Produce Mart.

SALARY: Commensurate with skills and experience.

TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter to


Inner-City Arts is an oasis of learning, creativity and achievement in the heart of Skid Row, and a vital partner in the work of creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles. Since its inception, Inner-City Arts has provided hands-on arts instruction to over 210,000 public school students and 10,000 educators in the Los Angeles area. Every year, more than 5,000 elementary and middle school students — from among the most underserved urban neighborhoods in Los Angeles — receive high-quality creative experiences during the school day on the Inner-City Arts campus. More than 1,000 middle and high school students engage in workshops at Inner-City Arts after school, on weekends and during the summer. In all this time, Inner-City Arts has partnered with LAUSD to provide transformational learning that meets the needs of inner-city students.

Having provided a successful model program for arts education, Inner-City Arts is now entering into its next phase of development with a new strategic vision of deepening our impact by engaging in long term research, and by developing new sites and programs beyond our walls and in new communities throughout LA County. For detailed information about Inner-City Arts, please see our Impact Report at:


Inner-City Arts is seeking an experienced Senior Director of Education to play a key role in the leadership of all programs serving youth, their families, school teachers, and communities, and with the expansion of programs at new sites. The Senior Director of Education is responsible for the overall successful operation and performance of its programs, as well as its intended direction as set forth in the Inner-City Arts Strategic Plan. Programs include:

  • Learning and Achieving Through the Arts (LATA), school-day program
  • Visual, Media and Performing Arts Institutes, designed for middle and high school students
  • Work of Art program, a college and career exploration program
  • Artists in the Middle summer program
  • The Professional Development Institute

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the Senior Director of Education oversees an annual program budget of $2.8 million, and a growing program staff of 32. Key responsibilities and accountabilities include, but may not be limited to:

Program Leadership:

Working with executive leadership and program staff develop, review, and create innovative and progressive arts educational programs for children and youth, ages 5 – 18 years, building upon the current programs, supporting Inner-City Arts growth strategies, envisioning innovative approaches while utilizing the most current research and best practices in the arts education and creative youth development fields.

  • Creating pathways between programs advancing overall content and direction of programs in alignment with the organization’s strategic direction;
  • Overseeing the documentation of program progress, monitoring and evaluating the organization’s programmatic efforts and impact;
  • Providing day to day oversight and direction, administration and management of staff, including collaborating with programs management team to ensure the effective coordination of program activities and related events;
  • Providing mentoring and supervisory support to staff in the areas of planning, management, program execution and communications;
  • Envisioning culture of all programs that aligns with organizational brand and strategic growth direction.

Outreach and Recruitment:

  • Fostering relationships among community organizations, local schools, businesses and other community youth and education programs to enhance the development of the programs;
  • Creating and executing a comprehensive recruitment and enrollment plan for youth programming;

Staff Development:

  • Cultivating, nurturing and continuing to recruit a team of teaching artists and support staff
  • Providing continued learning staff development opportunities to meet the staffing and growth needs of the expanding and deepening of programs;


The Senior Director of Education will be an outstanding communicator, manager, strategist and leader in the arts education and creative youth development fields. A deep commitment to the welfare of youth and the critical role that the arts play in their development is essential, as well as a deep belief in the transformative power of creativity and the arts. The Senior Director of Education will have the capacity to thrive in a fast-paced work environment that values vitality, integrity and flexibility. This individual will have the skills to maintain and build excellent working relationships with leaders in the arts and youth development communities. Additional Qualifications:

  • Personal alignment with the mission, vision and values of Inner-City Arts;
  • An advanced degree in Education, Arts Education, Arts Management, Youth Development, or related field, with vast teaching experience and/or engagement in own artistic practice;
  • 8+ years prior experience in the field as a director in educational practice with arts and youth development priorities;
  • 8+ years prior experience in design and management of programs for children and youth; prior experience supervising and mentoring staff;
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills, and forward-planning, strategy and leadership skills desired.

HOURS: Full-time position including evenings, early mornings or weekend hours.

LOCATION: Inner-City Arts is located in the downtown Los Angeles Warehouse District, adjacent to Skid Row, the Produce Mart and the Arts District.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Email letter of interest and resume to No calls please.

The Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute is seeking an experienced, dynamic, Facilitator/Curriculum Specialist to join our team. This person will be responsible for facilitating training workshops serving classroom teachers, teaching artists and community members both on-site and off-site; this includes development of new curricula and implementation of existing curricula. This person will work with the Professional Development staff to develop, implement and evaluate current and future programming and with the full Programs staff to provide continuity of services in the delivery of a robust program. This position reports to the Director of Professional Development (PD).

General Responsibilities

  • School-Based PD Programs: Delivery of full-staff workshop sessions with staffs of elementary and middle schools, including small-group sessions with grade levels, teacher teams or individuals
  • Community-Based PD Programs: Delivery of single or multiple workshop sessions with diverse groups of education, arts education or business constituencies
  • Program Development: Develop and implement new curricula to serve constituents over time, including development of an online network for participants
  • Ongoing Implementation: Implement existing curricula with diverse audiences
  • Internal PD: Bring expertise from the field into the PD Institute and the organization; participate in the Programs Department in the articulation and measuring of programmatic pedagogy and impact; support Programs administration in implementation of development trajectories for Inner-City Arts studio staff
  • Other Areas: Participate in aligning the PD Institute with Inner-City Arts’ strategic direction, provide support to events and student programs as necessary, and complete additional duties as required.

Required Qualifications

  • Essential to this position is a deep commitment to the welfare of children, the powerful role that their classroom teachers play in their development, the critical role that the arts and creative practice play in educational environments, and an interest in current research as it applies to this field.
  • Demonstrated experience as a dynamic presenter and facilitator
  • 5+ years experience facilitating groups (classroom teachers in particular)
  • 5+ years experience as a Teaching Artist or a Classroom Teacher with background in the arts, with a strong interest, knowledge and experience in the fields of arts education and education; experience with multiple art forms preferred
  • 5+ years experience designing a variety of curricula as well as implementing previously developed curricula
  • Demonstrated experience with nonviolent communication, restorative practices or other communication-based paradigm as well as a commitment to creating socially just classrooms and school communities
  • Demonstrated arts integration expertise
  • Familiarity with and ongoing interest in current educational policies, practices, trends, research
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of professionals internally and represent the organization with diverse groups externally
  • Experience working both independently and as a member of team
  • Strong attention to detail, follow-through and communication
  • Positive outlook and demeanor
  • Commitment to contributing to further developing and growing an existing successful program
  • Capacity to thrive in a fast-paced work environment that values vitality, integrity and flexibility

Hours: Full-time position/32 hours per week; includes some evenings, early mornings and weekends. Position Exempt, benefits included

Location: Downtown Los Angeles Warehouse District, adjacent to Skid Row

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, Subject: PD Facilitator/Curriculum Specialist, Or mail to: 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021. No calls please.

Application Deadline: March 17, 2017

Inner-City Arts is seeking an experienced, energetic, and committed program associate to support the activities of Work of Art, a college and career exploration program, whose main purpose is to provide underserved teens with the skills, training, and real-world experience necessary to prepare them for life beyond high school. Candidates are sought who are committed to assisting teens in developing identity and self-expression through the arts and who have a commitment to social justice through creative youth development. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in ensuring equal access to higher education, the development of student understanding of careers and career paths within the “creative economy,” and providing support for student self-efficacy.


  • Assist with planning and provide support for Work of Art events such as orientation, recruitment for the program, and our annual Creative Career Fair
  • Communicate with students and parents via email, text, Facebook, Instagram and phone calls for all Work of Art activities
  • Document all events – photos, post experience surveys and track student attendance at all Work of Art events; catalogue materials from all events
  • Supervise student field trips and workshops
    Identify and research pre-college education opportunities and programs for students
  • Attend events in the community, representing Inner-City Arts and the Work of Art program
  • Participate in staff training, planning and orientation meetings
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • BA, or BFA degree in education, the arts, child and youth development or related field
  • 2 years minimum experience in administration, supervision of staff and/or support of youth programs
  • Knowledge and/or experience in current educational practices and learner-centered education
  • Previous involvement with educationally at-risk, culturally diverse high school youth populations
  • Commitment to student success in higher and continuing education and entering the workforce
  • Ability to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for students to identify and explore their career interests and aptitudes
  • Must be a team player, exhibit patience and sensitivity and enjoy working directly with youth
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish desired

WORK SCHEDULE: Part-Time, specific hours to be determined, include weekends and some evenings

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, Subject: Work of Art Program Associate, No calls please.

Application Deadline: July 30, 2017

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