Development and Communications Director


Los Angeles, CA

As its mission, artworxLA combats the epidemic high school dropout crisis with a long-term, sequential arts program offering students a pursuable life path that inspires them to stay in school, evolve as unique individuals and flourish as creative adults. Through in-depth school programming, students explore how the arts can better prepare them for success in both their school and professional careers.

Founded in 1992 as The HeArt Project, artworxLA has expanded and refined its program as an innovative approach to dropout prevention and now serves approximately 1000 students in 31 alternative high school classrooms in nine school districts annually. In the Fall 2018, artworxLA will expand its partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District to establish Central High School – John Adams Branch as an Arts Academy, which provides focused arts education and core subject instruction for alternative education high school students who have shown a potential and interest in the arts. Over the years, artworxLA has established and maintained partnerships with nearly every major cultural institution in Los Angeles, as well as a number of professional art venues, creative businesses, and working artists of all disciplines.

Development and Communication Director

Reporting to the Executive Director, artworxLA seeks a Development and Communications Director to lead its fundraising and marketing efforts and to work closely with the Executive Director in the following areas:


Development & Cultivation:

  • Develop and execute annual fundraising strategy for the organization and its $1.8 million operating budget
  • Manage staff of 1 full-time Development Manager, 1 part-time Media and Digital Content Producer and independent contractors including a grant writer and graphic designer
  • Oversee all fundraising efforts for Foundation, Corporate, Individual and Government sectors
  • Conduct, collect research and maintain portfolio on donors and prospective donors


Foundation and Government Grants and Reporting

  • Develop & manage strategy and calendar for meeting foundation ($600K) and

government ($140K) annual goals

  • Work with grant writer to strategically align requests with priority areas of funder
  • Provide grant writer with updated, relevant information to present in all applications and reports
  • Provide Executive Director and Bookkeeper with calendar and parameters of needed financial information for grant applications and reports
  • Research new foundation grant-making opportunities


Fundraising Campaigns

  • Develop fundraising and marketing strategy to meet November Annual Fund goal of $65K, May Annual Gala goal of $250K, and Special Events goal of $20K
  • Develop work plans for staff to implement to meet goal
  • Develop targeted and strategic list of recipients and plan for follow through
  • Work with graphic designer to create campaign
  • Keep campaign on deadline and on budget
  • Develop and implement communications strategy, including work with designer
  • Manage event logistics
  • Identify and follow through with donor prospects  
  • Honoree logistics
  • Cultivate new and existing contacts (both individual and corporate) to increase giving and engagement over time



  • Attend all Board meetings, and provide Executive Director with income and Board giving information as requested
  • Work with Executive Director to create and manage annual Development and Communications budget
  • Assist in submitting financial records for annual Audit
  • Update give/get report cards for Board



  • Develop and oversee annual public facing communications strategy and schedule (digital, print, and social media):
  • Produce an Annual Report to highlight artworxLA’s programming success, as well as contributions to the arts education field as a whole
  • Develop One-pager summary sheets and Media Kits
  • Manage Website Maintenance


Terms of Employment
Full-time 40 hours/week position with health and retirement benefits. Candidates must be available Monday–Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, and some nights and weekends.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé to:
Shelby Williams-Gonzalez, Development and Communication Director and Incoming Executive Director, artworxLA, 1930 Wilshire Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90057 or [email protected]


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