Director, Los Angeles

Exploring the Arts (ETA) 

Pasadena, CA


ORGANIZATION:    Exploring the Arts (ETA)

POSITION:             Director, Los Angeles

LOCATION:            Pasadena, CA

REPORTS TO:       Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director




Exploring the Arts (ETA), a non-profit organization with headquarters in New York City, was founded in 1999 by world renowned American singer and artist Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto, an accomplished NYC teacher and school leader.  ETA’s early mission was to support Frank Sinatra School for the Arts (FSSA), founded by Tony and Susan in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens.  FSSA now serves 740 students across 6 performing and visual arts majors.  The school has one of the highest graduation rates in NYC and most FSSA graduates continue their education at highly- regarded art programs, conservatories, and competitive colleges and universities.  

In 2009 ETA expanded its mission and began a robust “Partnership” program to help build, grow and sustain high-quality arts education programs within NYC public high schools. In 2013, ETA expanded further to establish an office in Los Angeles. Since that time, ETA has partnered with 46 public schools, and more than 90 arts and cultural organizations on both coasts to provide nearly 25,000 students in high need student populations with equitable access to arts education.

ETA is seeking an exceptional, motivated, highly capable individual to manage the day-to-day executive, programmatic, administrative operations of the ETA Los Angeles office (based in Pasadena). The position requires local travel and some national travel.


The Director will be expected to maintain and grow the Los Angeles office infrastructure and proactively grow a Los Angeles based Partnership program consistent with ETA’s mission and core values. This individual will report to New York City-based Executive Director, Toby E. Boshak.  Two ETA board members are based in Los Angeles.  For more information, visit:



The director will work closely with the Executive Director to enhance ETA’s impact on Los Angeles students. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 


Organizational and Fundraising Management:

  • Implement key metrics to measure capacity and growth opportunities; organizational infrastructure, program roll-out, program evaluation.
  • Help ensure that ETA is meeting its legal, tax, and financial reporting obligations.
  • Work closely with the NYC office to determine ETA’s opportunities for service, partnership and growth on behalf of LA students and schools.
  • Ensure ETA’s physical Los Angeles location (office needs) meets the needs of the ETA employees.
  • Supervise full-time program manager
  • Engage in active fund raising on the local level and in coordination with the NY-based Director of Development & Communications, national level:
    • Prospect research
    • Grant writing
    • Preparing funder reports
    • Donor cultivation


Program Development and Management:

  • Create evidence-based programs serving teachers, students and arts partners.
  • Create opportunities for Principals and arts leaders within the ETA Network to share best practices within the ETA Network.
  • Coordinate programmatic developments with NY office to ensure consistency across offices
  • Continue modification of existing programs and partnerships to best serve LA students.
  • Serve as the lead point of contact and collaboration with school leadership, funders and arts partners.
  • Work closely with school principals and leadership teams on the development of arts-focused strategic plans for each ETA Partner School.
  • Implement school selection process for new school cohorts.
  • Fulfill program commitments to Partner Schools – including distribution of funds, technical assistance and strategic supports.
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of potential partner schools.
  • Analyze program implementation on an on-going basis and make necessary adjustments and improvements.
  • Provide expertise and collegial support to the Director of Programs and Assessments to ensure data collection and analysis alignment between both cities.


Internal and External Communications

  • Ensure that Executive Director has routine and timely information about ETA’s efforts in Los Angeles.
  • Under the Executive Director’s direction, provide regular updates to ETA founders, staff and board members.
  • Ensure that key stakeholders and program partners are aware of program successes and challenges in a timely manner.
  • Work with the Director of Development & Communications to craft a proactive communications strategy that includes a plan to introduce ETA to key, local media outlets.
  • Help articulate ETA’s mission, goals, and achievements to a variety of audiences via online, in person, and print channels as well as represent ETA at local and national convenings and conferences.
  • Continually update and improve ETA’s support materials.
  • Build meaningful partnerships with leading foundations, non-profits, arts organizations, cultural institutions, and civic leaders in Los Angeles.  





  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university; Graduate degree preferred.
  • 5 or more years of non-profit, foundation and/or government management experience.
  • Strong understanding of Los Angeles County education systems, as well as the arts and non-profit communities.
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial, collaborative environment.


Skills and Requirements

  • Superb oral, research and written communications skills
  • Experienced group facilitator and public speaker
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, coupled with demonstrated effectiveness at working with educators and cultural institution leaders and managers.
  • Knowledgeable about and committed to LA County initiatives for inclusivity, diversity and equity.
  • Ability and desire to use data to drive decisions and manage work plans.
  • Ability to utilize technology to improve day-to-day operations.
  • Ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Knowledgeable about current local (CA) education and arts education trends, legislation, and state and county-wide initiative.
  • Knowledgeable about local funding for the arts and arts education
  • Meticulous data management.


Personal Characteristics

  • Belief that high quality visual and performing arts instruction should be an integral part of every student’s public-school education.
  • Desire to hold oneself accountable for results and be transparent about success and shortcomings.
  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school professionals, artists, parents and students.
  • Highest integrity. Sense of responsibility and stewardship for all funds provided to operate Exploring the Arts.




ETA offers competitive salary and benefit packages.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and salary history. 


Send resume and cover letter to­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ [email protected] with the subject: LA Director.

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