EMPLOYER: Los Angeles County Arts Commission

POSITION: Senior Development Strategist                       CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission seeks a full time Senior Development Strategist to provide leadership in strategic partnerships with private sector funders to increase the capacity of Arts for All, the Ford Theatre Foundation and other Arts Commission programs to provide services for the residents of Los Angeles County.

While the Arts Commission is primarily supported through the County’s general fund, and is itself a significant funder of the arts, administering a $4.5 million grant funds to more than 380 arts organizations annually, the Arts Commission also has established robust and complex partnerships with foundation, corporate and individual funders across program areas. Working closely with the Arts Commission’s Executive Director, Director of Arts Education, the Managing Director of the John Anson Ford Theatres and senior staff, and overseeing a team of three full time staff, the position will be responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive, multiyear strategy to increase and deepen these private sector partnerships in ways that increase overall support for the field.

Arts for All is the Los Angeles County arts education initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Established in 2002 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Arts for All supports and connects school districts and arts organizations working to advance quality arts education for the County's 1.6 million public school students. Currently partnering with 59 school districts and two charter school networks, Arts for All is on track to reach full scale, serving all 81 Los Angeles County school districts by 2020. Supported by a Pooled Fund, which is currently comprised of 24 corporate, foundation and government partners, Arts for All plans to more than double contributed revenue to support arts education in Los Angeles County over the next five years.

The Ford Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the John Anson Ford Theatre, a 1,200 seat historic outdoor amphitheater owned by the County of Los Angeles. The Foundation, in partnership with the Arts Commission and Department of Parks and Recreation, supports programs that nurture artists, arts organizations and community. The Ford Theatres is currently undergoing $56 million in County-funded renovations and new construction that will address major deferred maintenance, upgrade theatrical infrastructure and improve amenities for audiences and performing artists. Concurrently with construction, the Foundation is investing resources to plan and execute a capital campaign to secure funding for additional renovation components that will benefit the community, and to grow the Ford Theatre Foundation’s endowment and individual donor base to insure the long term stability of the facility.

Other divisions of the Arts Commission develop and submit proposals to the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and other programs such as Art Place, that support creative placemaking and technical assistance for arts organizations.



  • Creating, implementing and managing strategies that grow and deepen annual contributed income and realize aggressive goals for long term growth of private sector partnerships. 
  • Creating initiatives that expand philanthropic partnerships by leveraging existing and engaging new stakeholder networks.
  • Expanding and managing a portfolio of major institutional and individual donors by prospecting, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding relationships with new and existing high level supporters.
  • Preparing and managing development budgets, including philanthropic income forecasts and expenses.
  • Assessing and refining fundraising practices and technology to ensure maximum efficiency and results.
  • Managing consultants and full time development staff, including evaluating and mentoring team members and ensuring delivery of high quality consulting services.
  • Organizing work plans to successfully achieve goals.
  • Providing guidance and direction to stimulate involvement and best utilize the fundraising abilities and resources of advisory networks, such as the Arts for All Pooled Fund and Ford Theatre Foundation Board.
  • Orienting, educating, and actively engaging the Ford Theatre Foundation board in fundraising and advocacy with their professional and personal networks and leading Board development initiatives.


The successful candidate will have a minimum ten years of increasing development advancement responsibility and demonstrate proven success in building or expanding large-scale annual fund, major gift, or capital campaign programs with a focus on foundation, corporate and individual giving. Exceptional writing, oral and interpersonal skills are required, as is the ability to interface effectively with senior management, corporate and foundation funders, board members, staff, and government representatives. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint), donor database software and advanced tools for donor prospecting and research is also required.


The successful candidate will be a proactive and collaborative leader, strategic thinker, highly skilled advancement professional and experienced manager with a personal commitment to the arts. Key qualities include:

-       Ability to create and deliver effective and persuasive presentations to individuals and large groups.

-       Ability to manage time and priorities and to develop and manage a highly organized and results oriented work plan.

-       Ability to make well informed decisions in a timely manner.

-       Ability to coach, mentor and manage staff to achieve a high level of productivity.

-       Ability to collaborate with other staff to ensure that development initiatives are aligned and integrated with the Arts Commission’s programmatic mission, vision and goals.

COMPENSATION: This is a full-time contract position with some benefits: $95,000 - $135,000. Placement within the range will be commensurate with candidate's qualifications.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest, resume and a list of three references. Application package should include an overview of experience designing and implementing comprehensive development campaigns. All submissions should be emailed to [email protected] with Senior Development Strategist- [Name] as the subject line. Please do not submit any application materials through the US mail or phone regarding the status of the submission. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met and may close without advance notice.

BACKGROUND: The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities, and provides leadership in cultural services. In addition to its role implementing Arts for All, the Arts Commission funds 380 nonprofit arts organizations through a $4.5 million grant program, programs and operates the Ford Theatres, funds the largest arts internship program in the country and manages the County’s civic art policy. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the LA County Holiday Celebration for public television. www.lacountyarts.org.