Associate Director

City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts

Topanga, CA


Position Title: Associate Director

City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts is seeking an Associate Director to support the Co-Founder/Executive Director and the mission of City Hearts.



For over thirty-three years, City Hearts has provided equal access to the Arts for the most-at-risk boys and girls in economically stressed neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County with in-school and after-school curriculum-based programs in Photography, Dance, Theater Arts, Shakespeare and Music. Currently, City Hearts is in ten school sites and one transitional housing center, and reaches about 400 underserved youth each week.



The Associate Director will join the City Hearts’ team at a pivotal moment as the Co-Founder/Executive Director transitions into a more strategic leadership role, with a goal of moving away from oversite of the day-to-day administrative and program activities. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced nonprofit professional to be part of this new phase of growth. Reporting to, and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Associate Director will be a key City Hearts’ team member, and help guide City Hearts into its next chapter.

Based at City Hearts’ administrative office in woodsy Topanga Canyon, the Associate Director will assist the Executive Director in the strategic, program and operational management of City Hearts, and will be responsible for the daily management of City Hearts on-going operations, including overseeing programs; developing and directing staff, fiscal and contract management; representing City Hearts with funders, partnerships/coalitions and the larger community; and supporting City Hearts fundraising, event and marketing activities. In addition, the Associate Director will assist the Executive Director, and the other members of our engaged Board of Directors in implementing City Hearts’ long-term strategic goals critical to the agencies’ continued success.

The perfect candidate will understand the impact of change and will value the importance of creating a culture that welcomes the divergent views of team members, while maintaining a commitment to best practices and innovation.

In addition to the Executive Director, our dedicated staff includes a part-time Grant Writer, a Program and Administration Coordinator, and a Fund Development Associate. City Hearts contracts with numerous professional teaching artists in charge of school-site program implementation.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about empowering our youth through education and the Arts, and who is prepared to take on new and exciting challenges. The right candidate and fit can expect to grow in this position.



  • A bachelor’s degree, ideally in general or Arts Education (or in any arts genre), Public Policy, Nonprofit Management, or equivalent experience
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in a management or leadership position working with nonprofits
  • Preferred: familiarity with Arts education nonprofits for underserved youth in diverse communities and/or schools
  • Strong fundraising, events, grant writing and grants management skills- experience with government grants is a huge plus
  • Excellence in organizational management, ability to set and achieve strategic objectives, and budget design, implementation and management
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Ability to think strategically and provide thoughtful input to a broad range of internal and external tasks across all levels of supervision
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as part of a team and work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to meet deadlines and multi-task and manage projects from start to finish
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Proficient MAC computer knowledge: MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Knowledge in the use of technology for accomplishing the organization’s goals, including social media, office systems, and financial management and reporting
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver's license
  • Ability to climb stairs and lift at least 25lbs.



  • For the right candidate, we are open to discussions about a full or part-time schedule.
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience.



  • Please visit the City Hearts website to learn more about our programs.
  • Email resume and cover letter to [email protected]
  • Subject Line: Associate Director

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