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Available Positions

Chief Development Officer

Department: Development and Communications
Job Reports To: Chief Executive Officer 

Responsibilities and Outcomes

The CDO oversees and provides leadership for all fundraising and communications initiatives and activities for the organization. Expands Inner-City Arts’ fundraising capabilities and elevates Inner-City Arts’ fundraising goals. Working closely with the Director of Development and Director of Institutional Giving, leads a multifaceted development operation including major individual gifts, foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorships and grants, events, board and leadership volunteer development, annual giving, direct marketing and crowdfunding, communications and public relations, and community volunteer opportunities.

The CDO will be charged with personally developing, leading, and growing major individual gift activities. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and builds relationships with donors and prospects with the capacity to give five, six, and seven figure leadership level gifts. Works in close partnership with the CEO, members of the Board, and other development staff members in coordinating their activities in this area, providing coaching and coordination, and leads in creating a cultural shift where individual donors are sought after and highly valued. Designs strategies to engage donors, develops tailored proposals and engagement opportunities. Builds a robust pipeline of potential donors through effective research and networking. Constant face-to-face, telephone, and electronic communications with organizational supporters and prospects.

Provides energetic and visible leadership and motivation to the Board, Founders Board, and other leadership volunteers. Works with the Board and CEO to develop and implement plans to recruit and involve leadership-level volunteers.

Provides leadership and direction to development and communications staff (current team of 9), including providing direct supervision and coaching to the Director of Development and Director of Institutional Giving. Creates a collaborative, fun learning environment.

As one of five members of executive management, serves as one of the key leaders of the organization. A strategic thought partner and a skilled collaborator, offers valuable insights and input on broad strategic discussions and builds bridges with Inner-City Arts’ departments, partners, and stakeholders.

Monitors progress toward goals for all campaigns. Shares regular updates on progress towards goals with senior management, the Board, and campaign leadership. Works closely with the CFO and CEO and others on the development and monitoring of the annual budget.


Strong commitment to personal and team excellence. Track record of successfully raising funds, managing a team, and providing leadership to board, staff, and volunteers. Proven fundraising skills, especially in the area of individual donor relationships. Exceptional relationship development skills. Ability to think strategically and creatively, as well as to implement and follow-through. Experience leading teams to achieve ambitious objectives. Knowledge of the non-profit sector and awareness of the context in which Inner-City Arts operates. Ability to work under pressure, with grace and diplomacy. Excellent oral and written communications skills, and ability to passionately communicate the impact of Inner-City Arts’ work. High degree of professionalism and integrity.

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: 

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

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.


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