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Available Positions


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.

Job Title: Senior Individual Giving Manager (with opportunity to grow into a Director role)

Department: Development, Exempt Status

Reports To: Director of Development / Chief Development Officer (CDO)


Job Description

This is an ideal career growth opportunity to join an innovative and highly motivated team that is invested in the creative development of young people and committed to building a culture of philanthropy within the Inner-City Arts community. As a member of the development team, the Senior Individual Giving Manager is responsible for raising $400,000+ annually to support organizational sustainability and growth through new donor acquisition, cultivation and engagement, and individual stewardship in support of our mission. Additionally, the Senior Individual Giving Manager is responsible for creating, implementing, and managing a new membership program with a goal to increase donor cultivation and retention. The Senior Individual Giving Manager reports to the Director of Development, with a dotted-line report to the CDO, and works closely with program and professional development staff and the Inner-City Arts community.


Key Areas of Accountability

Position Outcomes

  • Raise $350,000+ annually in individual giving based-revenue primarily through donor acquisition and retention, and innovative digital/print fundraising campaigns
  • Raise $50,000+ annually in corporate-based revenue primarily through corporate volunteer/member acquisition and retention
  • Engage more than 500+ donors annually


  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of prospective donors (giving $250 - $5,000) to cultivate, solicit, and steward
  • Assist and manage the development of the Annual Fund including direct mail, e-campaigns, membership opportunities, donor acquisition, donor retention and stewardship
  • Develop and execute turnkey moves management strategies for existing donors
  • Work with the Associate Director of Communications to manage Annual Fund messaging, direct mail appeals, and solicitation timeline, with outreach to all Inner-City Arts constituencies (e.g., current/lapsed donors, volunteers, staff, parents, etc.) two - four times per year
  • Steward and manage peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns focusing heavily on year-end by engaging staff, volunteers, Board of Directors and the Young Professional Advisory Board; develop and sustain new strategies to increase participation, retention, fundraising and leadership
  • Lead strategy and serve as the main point of contact for recruitment events including Food for Thought, general tours, lunches, breakfasts, and 4+ annual fundraisers
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to pinpoint, solicit, and manage corporate donations and memberships including in-person presentations/meet-and-greets to prospective companies
  • Provide timely gift reports and analysis to build momentum and maximize year-round giving
  • Conduct on-going personalized phone contact with Annual Fund donors/prospects
  • Assist the Director of Development and CDO in soliciting sponsorship of and planning for events including the Inner-City Arts Imagine Awards annual gala
  • Oversee Donor Source as a development tool and provide training to development staff; prepare donor profiles in support of development and leadership

Supporter Engagement

  • Create and lead strategy around member/donor onboarding and execute member welcome activities when new supporters join
  • Serve as primary contact and liaison for all inquiries, feedback and ideas; communicate with supporters about engagement opportunities, events, and organizational successes
  • Ensure donor satisfaction/retention through email, telephone, face-to-face meetings, thank you notes and other stewardship activities
  • Manage and keep accurate records of member information in our database including, but not limited to, contact updates, events attended, conversations, and customer service inquiries

Other Duties/Projects

  • Support the CEO and CDO on annual gift solicitations as needed
  • Other duties and tasks as requested by the Director of Development, CDO, and CEO


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • High energy professional who takes initiative and has a passion for fundraising and Inner-City Arts’ mission and vision
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in individual giving, donor coordination, development and fundraising
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising; gift closer
  • Knowledge of individual giving and membership program design in the non-profit landscape
  • Professional, resourceful; ability to take initiative and assist with multiple projects effectively; works with a sense of urgency and proactively looks for new opportunities and donors
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record of translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
  • Ability to help construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan
  • Adept at use of social networks for fundraising, e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, crowd sourcing, etc.
  • Comfortable representing the organization on campus tours and offsite events
  • Strong computer skills, especially MSWord, MSExcel, MSPowerpoint, Outlook; proficient in fundraising software/ informational databases; knowledge of Donor Perfect
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with leadership and senior management, staff and Inner-City Arts’ Board of Directors

HOURS: Full-time position (will require 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 education and experience.

TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter to: Subject: Senior Individual Giving Manager. No calls please.

Inner-City Arts is seeking an experienced Senior Accountant to join our team.  The primary role of the Senior Accountant is to perform daily finance & accounting functions to support the Director of Finance. Reporting to the Director of Finance and working collaboratively with the administrative, development and communication teams, program and professional development staff, board committees, and the Inner-City Arts community, this person will have strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, exceptional attention to detail and quality control, and an interest in education and the arts.



  • GL maintenance, monthly journal entries, and financial statement preparation
  • Assist with timely month-end, year-end and grant year close cycles
  • Support Director of Finance in budget preparation & presentation to the BOD
  • Coordinate with staff accountant and development department to ensure that cash receipts are recorded, deposited and reconciled with QuickBooks and Donor Database. Ensure all support documents are provided for Director of Finance review
  • Collaborate with development department on event budgets, monitoring against budgets, and final reporting
  • Responsible for monthly bank reconciliations and investment activity reporting
  • Review and approve semi-monthly payroll with staff accountant
  • Collaborate with HR administration as needed: Review of vacation & sick-time accruals and holiday benefits for staff
  • Assist Grant Writer with program budgets and grant reporting
  • Asset management and depreciation schedules
  • Assist with annual external audit & tax return preparation
  • Ensure that all financial transactions comply with federal, state and company policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Perform financial analyses or other accounting tasks as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Finance


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance.
  • 4+ years senior accountant experience, preferably in non-profit sector
  • Proficient with QuickBooks and Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Available to periodically work evening and weekends to provide financial oversight and support for special events
  • Must be organized, detailed, show initiative, and able to work with minimum supervision
  • Knowledge of government and grant reporting
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and external agencies

HOURSFull-time position/40 hours per week including occasional evenings or weekend hours.

LOCATIONInner-City Arts is located in a modern, creative facility in the downtown Los Angeles Warehouse District, adjacent to the Produce Mart and Skid Row.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY:  Email resume and cover letter to info@inner-cityarts.orgAttn: Senior Accountant position.  Please include salary history. No calls please.

“I am just completely blown away by this place, from the second I walked in. The music, the space, the energy here - it just allows you to be free with yourself, and to accept yourself and learn to love yourself.”

– Actor Sara Ramirez, Grey’s Anatomy