Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 sites throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.


ECF Art Center Programs nurture 135 gifted, adult artists with varying degrees of disabilities.  Our artists have had their works exhibited at the Smithsonian Gallery, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and locally.  You can visit the Art Center Programs website at www.ArtECF.org.


The Program Supervisor will nurture adult artists (18 years and older) with intellectual disabilities, teach art techniques, supervise staff, and provide program over site.


  • Maintain program standards as required by regulatory agencies (including ECF, Department of Developmental Services, etc.) for the operation of the program (program services, staffing, safety, and physical plant specifications).
  • Create annual draft budget proposal and review projects for each fiscal year, review program budget and expenditures, and maintain approved program budgets. 
  • Recruit, select, and supervise staff.  Provide facility orientation and training (policies, procedures, etc.) for new hires, volunteers, and interns.  Evaluate staff annually and provide to the Director for review.  Handle employee relations issues.
  • Maintain maximum client enrollment. Review client referrals and consult with the Case Manager to finalize enrollment decisions.  Develop and maintain effective relationships and open communication with artists and their families, affiliated agency staff, Regional Centers, and community members.
  • Ensure artists have proper supervision at all times while at the Art Center including during arrival, breaks, departure, and outings.  When needed, assist program participants with personal hygiene including toileting and occurrences of illness and incontinence. 
  • Organize art projects and curriculum and oversee the productivity of projects created by the Art Instructors, including developing new art methods, providing access to proper art supplies, and ensuring client safety.  Introduce artists to new art techniques while expanding one’s own knowledge of art materials and techniques from two dimensional to three dimensional works.  Teach and encourage artist independence, collaboration, and care of materials.  Ensure art equipment and studio are properly used and maintained.
  • Supervise the maintenance of the building, equipment, and inventory.  Ensure building is open daily and on time during regular program hours.
  • Act as public relations/community outreach spokesperson.  Disseminate information and develop cooperative relationships.  Facilitate communication between the artist and public so the work can be presented and discussed by the artist.  Assist with organizing and curating art shows and events.  Staff and supervise exhibitions.   Organize and facilitate critiques on artists’ artwork.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (MFA preferred).

Experience: one year of supervisory experience, and two years working with special needs adults.  

Knowledge/Abilities/Skills: Extensive applied art knowledge in any one of the disciplines: Ceramics, Printmaking or Painting (Ceramicists and Printmakers should have a basic knowledge of Painting and Drawing) and knowledge of contemporary western art (mid century – present).   Must be organized and have a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.   Must be personable and comfortable working with developmentally disabled adults. 


$1,440.00 to $1,944.00 bi-weekly


8740 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232


Qualified applicants may submit a cover letter, including a portfolio of finished works, and resume by mail, email, or fax to: Exceptional Children’s Foundation, 5350 Machado Road, Culver City, CA 90203, [email protected], (310) 391-1059.   Please visit our website at www.ecf.net.

To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, and/or protected veteran status.