Turnaround Arts: California

Los Angeles, CA

Co-founded in 2014 by renowned architect Frank Gehry and arts education advocate Malissa Shriver, Turnaround Arts: California is a non-profit organization that administers Turnaround Arts, a school reform program launched by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under the Obama administration and now run by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The program is designed to bring effective and integrated arts education into some of the lowest performing elementary and middle schools in the country. Through this initiative, schools in the process of reform develop new strategies and tools to shift school culture and climate

and better engage students and families through the arts.


Turnaround Arts: California is seeking development professional to partner with the Executive Director to expand and diversify our network of support.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development and Communications Manager will manage development planning and administration, including building a comprehensive donor tracking system,  research and prospecting, project management of proposal and report submissions, and implementing processes to drive fund development to meet goals. The Development and Communications Manager will also be charged with the development and execution of communications strategy for Turnaround Arts: California, managing TACA’s communication strategy and activities, including our website, social media, e-newsletter and other communication platforms.


This role is key to the success of Turnaround Arts: California as our five-year old organization enters

a new phase of its work, focused on building a sustainable base of support. The successful candidate is highly organized, responsive to a fast-paced environment, can work well independently and collaboratively, and is highly committed to social justice and creating equitable educational opportunities through the arts.


Turnaround Arts: California is committed to building a culturally diverse, collaborative organization dedicated to increasing educational equity through the arts. Turnaround Arts: California strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.


Specific job responsibilities:


  • Development: With guidance from the Executive Director, manages activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations (i.e., research, outreach, and initial letters of inquiry).  
    • Leads development and prospecting research activities, including setting up calls and meetings for Executive Director with potential funders.
    • Maintains careful and accurate tracking of all institutional funds being sought and received, including multi-year grants. Tracks deadlines for proposals and reports to ensure timely submission of complete reporting packages, and inquiries about renewed support.
    • Develops, writes, and submits grant proposals and report packages for specific foundations, corporations and government funding sources.
    • Project management of proposal development for on-time proposal and report completion.
    • Maintain office systems and files (electronic and hard copy) to support all Development projects, timelines, deadlines, budgets, and operations.  
    • Implements all donor and gift record-keeping, including all records, files, gift processing, and written acknowledgement of all gifts to donors.


  • Communications:
    • Manages the organization’s digital communications platforms, including the website, social media, and email marketing.
    • Facilitates  positive press coverage reflecting partner schools, the program, and the organization.
    • Supports brand consistency, accuracy, and compliance across a variety of platforms and partners.   
    • Helps develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the organization's discreet audiences; put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.


  • Artist and Event Management: With support from the Executive Assistant, manage school visits and special events with high-profile artists and VIPs including, but not limited to:
    • Planning and facilitating school visits, events, and performance opportunities.
    • Acting as a liaison between schools, Turnaround Arts national, and artist management teams.
    • Managing media, vendors, volunteers, and photo/video crews, as necessary.
    • Ensuring necessary permits, releases, written agreements and other necessary permissions are obtained to support events and event documentation.


  • This position will require 10%-15% travel, including occasional overnight travel.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field of study
  • 3+ years of professional fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector, specifically grant writing
  • Demonstrated experience to perform the job responsibilities outlined above


Required skill sets:

  • Excitement about meaningful, mission-driven work
  • Self-motivated, with a team oriented, growth mindset approach
  • Background in project management and communications
  • Logistics experience, including event planning and coordination
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to handle complex, fast-paced workload with a high level of professionalism
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities and circumstances
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and track record of building successful relationships
  • Demonstrated discretion in dealing with high-profile contacts
  • Polished oral and written communication skills, demonstrating tact, diplomacy, and accuracy
  • Ability to represent Turnaround Arts: California in an exceptional manner
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Mail, Calendar, and Drive
  • Fluency with donor databases, Adobe Creative Suite, Wordpress, Mailchimp, and basic HTML
  • Ability and willingness to perform a variety of tasks as shifting program demands require




  • Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience
  • Benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k plan, paid holidays and paid time off





Submit the following materials to [email protected] with the subject line “Development and Communications Manager.” Only fully complete applications will be reviewed. No phone inquiries.

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