Neighborhood Grants Program Coordinator

City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs

Los Angeles, CA

Job Summary
The City of LA Dept. of Cultural Affairs is seeking to employ a Part-time /As-needed Worker (2.5 days per week). This worker will: offer advice, assistance, and encouragement to individual artists/activists, arts ensembles, and community cultural businesses that wish to receive grant-support (or are returning applicants) to produce arts activities, events, displays, or festivals. Compensation is approximately $ 2,200 per month (based on 23 hours per week and $23.30 per hour).  

Agency and Address of Employment
City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
201 N. Figueroa Street #1400, Los Angeles, CA 90012
ATTN: Grants Program Office
Email:  dca.grants@lacity.org

About DCA
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports free and low cost, high quality arts and cultural experiences which are accessible and celebratory  for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 40 million annual visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles.  

About the DCA Grant Programs Office
DCA has a large and diverse portfolio of 300+ grant-contract supported organizations and individuals. These contractors cover and overlap in many neighborhoods.  DCA also wishes to meet, train, and support new community event producers. We also strive to market and promote both established and emerging creative-event producers who can provide the general public with opportunities for engagement, “edu-tainment,” and social dialogue. Applicants should go online to the City of LA DCA website (culturela.org) and read the guidelines and instructions for the Arts Activation Fund. This entry-level grant program is fast-paced (monthly deadlines) and open to community members with little or no grant-writing experience. Additionally the program coordinator must offer coaching and business-logic to help community members achieve clarity and direction on whether or not to apply. We refer to this program as “high-touch” in our office since it offers an open gateway but cannot result in no more than 20 winning proposals each year.

Job Overview
The goals of this position are threefold: a) to assist with the operationalization of a new community quick-grants program called the Arts Activation Fund, b) to prepare and present materials to Mayoral Commissioners and supervisors, and c) other duties to assist members of the Grant Office with: the posting of grant application instructions and forms, auditing of proposals, and evaluation of community projects. The NGPC will report to Ben Espinosa, DCA’s Grant Manager, who reports to DCA’s Grants Director. The NGPC will not perform, assign, review, or evaluate the work of any other DCA staff members.

Hours
16-18 hours per week (with approximately 16 office hours on a regular schedule, and 4-6 community interaction hours on an as-needed schedule). The two primary days of the week for office hours are flexible (Monday-Friday) but will fall between 9am and 6pm. Community outreach hours may be weekdays, weeknights, or weekend hours, depending upon the dates and times of community events in the worker’s portfolio.


Term of Employment and Compensation
Preliminary contract for seven months of work will be offered from November 2019 to June 2020. Based upon the performance of the employee and the availability of budgetary resources, the term may be extended or a new agreement between July 2020 to June 2021. Compensation will be approximately $23.30 per hour, which at 23 hours per week is approximately $2,200 per month.

This is not a civil service position. The selected candidate will be employed as an as-need/at-will employee.

Eligibility
Applicants must have:
No less than two years of professional work skills in producing, evaluating, or attending community arts events in the Los Angeles region as well as excellent customer service skills including: logical and analytical thinking, superb written and oral communication skills, and ability to perform duties on deadlines with minimal guidance after being trained.
Applicants may have:
EITHER two years (or more)of full-time paid experience as a program coordinator or administrator within a cultural agency, OR A degree from a community college or four-year university in Arts Administration, Art History, Architecture, Business Administration, English, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Communications, or any artistic disciplines (such as: Design, Literature, or Media Arts) plus one (or more) year(s) of part-time or full-time experience coordinating a program which involve communities and creative/cultural expression.

Desired Qualities
• A self-starter who will thrive in a small team environment within a larger organization
• Diligence in managing interpersonal communications, making/meeting appointments, and office deadlines
• Operate a personal computer very proficiently (the City is a PC and not a Mac environment). Powerpoint and SlideRoom are the platforms for the Arts Activation Fund program.
• Proficiency using the Internet to research facts, people, businesses, products, and services
• Knowledge of LA’s neighborhood cultural distinctions and appreciation for multiple forms of artistic practice.
• Respectful of the many diverse communities of the Los Angeles region and democratic about the multiple ways different communities want to improve their neighborhoods through social-organizing and festival-style events.
• Ability to coach people to clarify their project-concepts so they are ready for competitive review.
• Basic knowledge of the roles of private and public philanthropy in supporting community-based public-benefit activities.
• Ability to refer applicants to other funding opportunities or models when/as it becomes clear that their proposals do not match the mission of AAF
• Highly organized and able to speak diplomatically with community clients as well as publically at government hearings

Application Elements
Applicants should submit:
•  a cover letter highlighting the experiences, skills, and attributes which qualify them for the NGPC position and demonstrate deep interest in working in the field of community cultural-arts events;
•  a professional resume; and
•  one professional reference letter from a prior/present supervisor, co-worker or client

Application Deadline
Application packets should be postmarked or emailed to dca.grants@lacity.org by October 17, 2019

Selection Process
The top candidates will be interviewed until the position is filled. In the interview, emphasis will be placed on the nature and adequacy of the candidate’s education, experience, skills, and training.  City maintains the right to cancel this search and/or re-post the position if a broad set of competitive proposals are not received by the deadline.

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NOTE ABOUT CIVIL SERVICE CLASSIFICATIONS
While this position does not provide any direct promotional or transfer opportunities, the selected employee will be working with many civil servants in the Arts Associate, Arts Manager, and Management Analyst classifications; and will observe and learn about these classifications of full-time civil service. Qualifications for and examinations for civil service positions can be researched through the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department through the following web link:  http://per.lacity.org

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