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Available Positions

Department: Development, Exempt Status
Reports To: Director of Development

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 Development 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 Development Manager is responsible for creating, implementing, and managing a new membership program with a goal to increase donor cultivation and retention. The Development Manager reports to the Director of Development 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 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 on annual gift solicitations as needed
  • Other duties and tasks as requested by the Director of Development 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: Human Resources, Inner-City Arts, Subject: Development Manager, 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021 at NO CALLS PLEASE.



Inner-City Arts is seeking an experienced, practiced Ceramics Teaching Artist to join our team.  The primary role of this instructor is to be responsible for activities associated with the leadership, planning, teaching and assessment of classes, both on-site and at school sites, and associated family and teacher training programs.  This job includes, but is not limited to, the daily teaching of classes and participation with a full teaching staff in the planning, documentation, evaluation, written reflection and reporting of on-going and new programming to realize the mission of the organization.  The Ceramics Instructor also participates in special programs such as after-school classes, weekend programming, special fundraising events for the organizations, site specific events, and community events. The Ceramics Teaching Artist serves as representative at any external events such as conferences. This position reports to the Program Manager.

Sample responsibilities include:

  • Works with the programs staff to carry out duties and uphold and realize the mission and vision of Inner-City Arts
  • Provides team leadership to all staff within ceramics studios, including mentorship and goal setting for each team member
  • Co-teaches with other ceramics teaching artists
  • Plans, sets-up, teaches and cleans up for core classes, after-school classes, Institute classes as scheduled
  • Plans and writes curriculum for programs, including working collaboratively with other ceramics instructors and classroom teachers through planning, school visits, and follow up activities for students
  • Supervises and oversees the work of studio support staff, including a ceramics lab technician, studio assistants and volunteers
  • Coordinates all studio communication and manages day to day studio operations
  • Works with Programs Manager to schedule classes and staffing within the ceramics studios
  • Manages ceramics budget; maintains ceramics studio including the organizing, inventorying, ordering, and acquisition of supplies
  • Provide support  for other staff Teaching Artists and Independent Contractors who teach within the same studio or department
  • Coordinates culminations, exhibitions, additional activities, special/collaborative projects at site, at schools, and in the community
  • Mentors novice Teaching Artists and Studio Assistants with a growth trajectory towards teaching artistry
  • Plans, teaches, and participates in the Professional Development Institute, trainings for classroom teachers
  • Participates in staff development
  • Participates in long range planning for the organization
  • Represents Inner-City Arts within the larger field at conferences and relevant events


  • BFA or advanced degree in Ceramics, or related art form.
  • 6+ years’ experience and practice in the field as a teaching artist: prior teaching experience with ages 5-18 years. Must be able to provide relevant and engaging arts experiences that build students’ arts skills, while having the ability to articulate connections to students’ social, personal and academic development.
  • Knowledge of public school goals, vision and teaching methodologies; knowledge and/or experience working with English Learners; experience in designing curricula appropriate for different age groups of children; experience in differentiating instruction for diverse populations; knowledge and/or experience teaching in child-centered education and interest in integration strategies and curricular connections;
  • Must be a team player, exhibit patience, enjoy working with children and be sensitive to working with diverse populations of all ages.
  • Lifting, up to 50 pounds is required for this job.

HOURSFull-time position/40 hours per week including evenings, early mornings or weekend hours.

LOCATIONInner-City Arts is located in the downtown Los Angeles Warehouse District, adjacent to Skid Row.

SALARY:  Commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter of interest to: Jennifer Carroll, Associate Director of Education, Inner-City Arts: 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