Jan 25, 2010

Job Opps: After School Arts Program

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to remind friends that LA’s BEST is always hiring for site specific and travelling assignments – a “current” listing of openings can be seen at www.lasbest.org.

· All positions are part time

· Most are for weekday assignments during the after school hours

· Most positions involve directly working with children

· Rate ranges from $13 to $21 an hour

Jan 11, 2010

Metro Artist Workshops: Public Art Opportunities

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Learn about upcoming transportation related public art opportunities and how artists can apply. Opportunities include five new stations for the new Metro Orange Line Extension from Canoga to Chatsworth. Workshops are free and open to all.

Tuesday, January 26
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Canoga Park Library
20939 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303

Free parking is available in the library parking lot.

Thursday, January 28
6:00 - 7:30 pm
California State University, Northridge Art Gallery
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330

Metered parking is available in lot E-6 off of Halstead.
Directions and a parking map are available at: http://www.csun.edu/artgalleries/location.html

Metro seeks to change public perception about transit and to transform the customer's experience through excellence in art and design. Central to this objective, Metro Creative Services includes the agency's in-house design studio, which creates Metro's brand communications, and the agency's art and design excellence programs, which commission wide-ranging projects by visual artists and promote overall design quality of customer environments. From intelligently designed, user-friendly customer information, engaging and effective advertising and a newly designed fleet of buses and trains to large scale site-specific artworks by world-class artists and live poetry readings, Metro employs art and design to create a sense of place, engage transit riders, and improve quality of life throughout Los Angeles County.

For more information visit metro.net/art and click on "Artist Opportunities" or call 213.922.4ART.

Job Opening: AVP of Foundation and Government Relations

Associate Vice President Foundation and Government Relations

Located in the East Village Arts District in Long Beach, CA the Museum of Latin American Art seeks an Associate Vice President of Foundation and Government Relations. Founded in 1996, MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the presentation of contemporary Latin American fine art. The AVP of Foundation and Government Relations is responsible for directing and managing the Museum's efforts to secure funding from foundation and government sources for annual giving, exhibitions, education programs and capital funding. The AVP of Foundation and Government Relations directly reports to the Vice President of External Affairs.

The AVP of Foundation and Government Relations will research and write foundation and government grants that best match the museum's funding needs. Meet goals f by developing strategies for cultivation and solicitation of current and potential donors. The AVP of Foundation and Government Relations is responsible for follow-up reports, as required by grantors.

The successful candidate must have Bachelor's Degree required; 4-5 years fundraising experience with foundation and government relations in a museum setting preferable. Deep familiarity with Raiser's Edge software and/or equivalent programs is essential.

Compensation is very competitive and commensurate with experience with appropriate benefits, including health and dental insurance, vacation, participation in 403b retirement plan, and access to disability and other group insurance options.
To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications and must submit a letter of interest, resume, and salary history to jobs@molaa.org; for more information visit ww.molaa.org

P.S. ARTS- P/T Temporary Program Assistant

Position: Program Assistant- Temporary/Part-Time
Reports to: Director of Programming
Location: P.S. ARTS Offices, Los Angeles, Mar Vista area
Hours: 20 hours a week, some flexibility in scheduling

POSITION SUMMARY: Under direct supervision by the Director of Programming,
the Program Assistant provides administrative and logistical support for the
Program department’s activities.

* Provide administrative support for P.S. ARTS’ Program Team
* Coordinate and maintain logistics including school schedules, inventories
and databases
* Coordinate all program department meetings
* Track expenditures to submit to Finance department
* Order supplies for Program department and Teaching Artists
* Coordinate logistics for professional development residencies
* Maintain Program department calendar
* Archiving images of student work, grant documentation, surveys and program
* Shooting, archiving, editing footage of programs
* Process check requests
* Other related projects as they arise.

* Experience working in an arts education setting a plus
* Strong editing skills
* Ability to create arts education curricula a plus
* An eye for filmmaking and video editing skills a plus
* Strong communication skills
* Ability to work cooperatively
* Professional and courteous phone manner
* Meticulous attention to detail
* Proficient on Office suite software
* Comfortable with Apple operating systems
* Interest in arts education
* Creative problem solver
* Strong editing skills helpful
* BA or BS degree

Salary: $16/per hour, 20 hours per week

To apply: Email resume and cover letter attached as one document labeled
“Last Name, First Name, Program Assistant” to elda.pineda@psarts.org.
Subject heading should read “Program Assistant”. Word documents or PDF
No phone calls please.

About P.S. ARTS
P.S. ARTS’ mission is to improve the lives of children by bringing arts
education to underserved public schools and their communities. Currently we
reach 12,000 students. For more information, please visit our website,

LAUSD Arts Ed Call to Action

Arts for LA has launched an advocacy campaign to voice support for
arts education in LAUSD, the second largest school district in the
nation. The campaign was developed in response to California's
continuing fiscal crisis and LAUSD's subsequent proposal to eliminate
50% of Elementary Arts Teachers, or 173 of 345 teachers, for the
2010-2011 school year. The purpose of the campaign is to win board
support to maintain the integrity of LAUSD's Arts Education program by
retaining its elementary arts teachers.

Arts for LA has created an Action Center at www.artsforla.org/groups/lausd
to inform and inspire students, parents, business owners and the
creative communities throughout the region to participate in this
unprecedented advocacy effort. All stakeholders are encouraged to
visit the site to send a letter to School Board representatives
encouraging them to maintain the arts teacher positions.

In 1999, the Los Angeles Unified School District took an historic
leadership role in restoring standards-based arts education by
adopting a ten-year plan and hiring key implementation staff. LAUSD
invested millions of dollars in this initiative. The investment
focused on three areas: Classroom Instruction, Teacher Development and
Community Partnerships. LAUSD has spent ten years recruiting,
training, and supporting these teachers.

Visit www.artsforla.org for more information and to take action.


Yiddishkayt is Hiring


Programming/Communications Position

(Creative configurations are possible, from full-time to part-time,
from programming to communications)

Yiddishkayt strives to ensure the survival of the endangered thousand-
year legacy of Yiddish language, history and culture. Through a
variety of programs, from cultural events, education projects,
innovative communications and a fellowship for young adults,
Yiddishkayt (meaning all things Yiddish) seeks to connect generations
old and young with their priceless heritage. In 2010, Yiddishkayt
celebrates its fifteenth year of building a Yiddish-conscious
community in Los Angeles.

Yiddishkayt, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Yiddish culture and
language, seeks a creative, efficient, and energetic Programming/
Communications staff member (or alternative configuration) to join a
small and passionate team. The successful candidate will maintain our
nationally recognized reputation and help shape the future of a dynamic
˜and growing˜organization. Future programming will support our
mission to promote Yiddish as a profound pathway to Jewish identity.
Within the next one to two years, the Programming/Communications
Position will focus on producing cultural events, expanding the
Yiddishkayt Fellowship to reach new groups, preparing walking tours of
historic Jewish Los Angeles, communicating with members and helping to
construct a new presence on the internet.

The full roster of responsibilities of the position may vary depending
on skills and experience. We are looking for an individual who can
fulfill most or all of the following responsibilities.

Research, conceive and maintain a calendar of new and existing
cultural events targeting a variety of audiences.
Work with staff and volunteers to produce small and large events.
Promote our mission through strategic partnerships and collaborations.
Recruit fellows and facilitate the written curriculum for the
Yiddishkayt Folks-Grupe (Fellowship) in Yiddish culture for young
adults and expand the program to reach other demographics.
Compile existing research and work with existing partners to help
launch regular walking tours of a historic Jewish neighborhood.

Publicize ongoing programs and one-time events in print and online.
Publish monthly email newsletter, along with periodic event alerts.
Maintain our website with up to date information and creatively
maintain a web presence through content on YouTube, Flickr, Facebook
and Twitter.
Help write and distribute press releases for events and ongoing
Create flyers and graphics for use in print and on the web.
Work with the Development Director to write and design development
materials, such as information packets, brochures, fundraising letters
and emails.

Yiddishkayt seeks a candidate with a strong representation of most, or
all, of the following qualifications.

Core Qualifications
Bachelor‚s Degree, preferably in a related field
Minimum of two to three years of relevant work experience.
Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills.
Experience in conceiving, planning and producing events.
Ability to focus on multiple projects simultaneously.
Creativity in approaching potential challenges.
Basic internet proficiency required, knowledge of HTML, CSS, is a plus.
Experience with Constant Contact, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and
Twitter encouraged.
Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office
applications, especially Word, and Excel. Experience in an Apple
environment, with iLife and iWork is helpful and knowledge of
Filemaker is a plus.
Familiarity with non-profit organizations and/or the Los Angeles
Jewish community is preferred but not required.
Knowledge of Yiddish language, culture and/or history is encouraged.
Interest or passion in Yiddish is essential.

Additional Qualifications
Experience in facilitating group learning programs.
Graphic design skills and/or experience.
Experience working with digital photos and video. Knowledge of
programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive,
Dreamweaver, or Final Cut a plus.

Salary + Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience
Medical benefits for full-time employees
Generous vacation benefits
Join a vibrant arts and culture community

How to Apply
Please send us your resume, three references, a brief writing sample,
and a cover letter by email to info@yiddishkayt.org (PDFs are
preferred). Position opens mid-January to early February,
applications accepted until position is filled. If you are interested
in a part-time configuration of the position (i.e., principally
programming or principally communications) please specify so in your
cover letter.

FREE Dance Classes Every Tuesday Night!

The Dance Team of Mosaic-LA offers FREE dance classes to the public every Tuesday night at 8pm. Our talented group of experienced instructors teach a variety of fun filled classes, suitable for those with little to no dance experience, but still a fun challenge for those at the intermediate to advanced level.

It's a great opportunity to learn how to dance, get a great workout, and meet new friends, all in a non-competitive dance environment!

Join us every Tuesday at 8pm at:
William Carey University, Franson Hall (across from Basketball court)
1539 E. Howard St.
Pasadena, CA 91104

Upcoming classes include:
1/12 Hip Hop w/Rey & Stacey
1/19 Zumba w/Katy
1/26 Breakdancing w/B-Boy Don
2/2 Ballet Fundamentals w/Shannon
2/9 Hip Hop w/Rey & Stacey

Please join the Facebook group "Mosaic Dance Classes" for more information, updated class schedule, and dance class videos!

Contact: dance@mosaic.org


Seeking STAGE MANAGER and LIGHTING DESIGNER for the musical comedy:
13 Performances: April 2nd – May 8th
Scott Kelman Theater/Electric Lodge, Venice
Equity 99 seat plan; Stipend

Producer: Diane Shinozaki
Associate Producer: Gerardo Lopez
Director: Jen Bloom
Choreographer: Keith Wright
Music Director: Steve Huber
Set Designer: Michael McGee

Pot! The Musical is the story about a young girl named "Sweetie" and her
journey as a non-pot smoker to discovering her life purpose as various
dominating characters parade through her life on both sides of the
spectrum. Whether you are for or against pot it's a musical comedy that
uses laughter to bring to light the circus created by society's
ignorance and discrimination against one of nature's most miraculous

Please email resume/headshots to: Libra3productions@gmail.com

www.potthemusical .com

Long Beach Opera is seeking a high-energy Development Director

The Director of Development reports to the Artistic & General Director of the Long Beach Opera and works collaboratively with the Board, its Development Committee and opera staff.


The Director of Development (DoD) is responsible for creating, directing and managing all fund raising strategies and programs to further the mission of the Long Beach Opera. The DoD will be responsible for the creating and executing a full range of annual and long term fund development strategies supporting a 2010-11 company budget in excess of $1.5 million, with unearned income budgeted at $750,000, as well as a remaining 2009-10 company budget of $1 million with remaining unearned income budgeted at $170,000.

These strategies will include corporate, foundation and government solicitations, annual donor acquisition and renewal campaigns, donor cultivation and benefit fulfillment, major gift solicitations, planned giving programs, endowment and capital campaigns and special events. Candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills , a team oriented attitude as well as a high-energy approach to problem-solving.

Long Beach Opera ended 2009 in the black, and has ambitious goals for the next decade â€" we intend to grow from a $1 Million budget today to a $1.5 million budget next year, a $3.5 Million budget in 2015, and a $10 Million budget by 2020.

This position is a obviously key to meeting those goals, and we’re looking for someone whose passion and ambition will help us get there.



• Provides leadership for the planning, creating and executing all annual fundraising plans and activities. The activities will include foundation, corporate, government solicitations, individual donor solicitation and cultivation, major gifts, planned giving and special events.

• Prepares comprehensive detailed fundraising plan with calendar.

• Creates long-range strategic development plan that includes corporate sponsorship, major donor cultivation, planned giving and endowment and capital campaigns, as well as overseeing all grant writing.

• Maintains comprehensive Major Gifts program.

• Works with Board of Directors, the Artistic & General Director, and staff to assure that Development Plan supports the opera’s strategic plan and common objectives.

• Manages donor and prospective donor relationships through a comprehensive stewardship program of introduction, cultivation and benefit fulfillment activities.

• Assists board members in their individual development activities.

• Generates, with appropriate staff, all donor/prospect solicitation material and correspondence.

• Assures that all interactions with prospective donors are recorded in the patron data system.

• Meets fundraising goals set forth by the development committee, the Board of Directors and the Artistic & General Director.

• Leads grant research and grant writing process.


• Works with Senior Staff to develop fundraising initiatives in support of their programs.

• Participates as a member of the senior management team.

• Responsible for managing development personnel.

• Expected to attend all opera functions.


Must possess a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of proven development and fundraising experience in a nonprofit organization and a successful track record in individual, corporate and major giving.

Candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills, excellent organizational ability, and superior oral and written communication skills as well as a sophisticated understanding of the tools of fundraising, and the ability to work as part of a high-energy team and motivate others.

Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and government sources is essential. Knowledge of contact management systems, databases, research or other donor relations tools is needed, as are superior skills on the internet and with spreadsheets, donor/relationship software and word processing systems.

A given is knowledge of, or a deep appreciation for opera and the arts.


• To retain 90% of current sources of fundraising income.

• To significantly increase operational unearned current income streams by end of FY10.

• To identify and submit at least 2 grant proposals per month during 2010.

• To create a program for Planned Giving by end of FY10.

• To maintain a high profile status in the Long Beach/Los Angeles/Orange County community as well as work collaboratively though the arts organizations of our community.


Salary competitive, DOE. Application deadline is January 31, 2010. Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and list of four references to: Mitisek@longbeachopera.org

Jan 5, 2010

P/T Job: Development Assistant for Robey Theater Co.

Local theatre company has opening for P/T Development Assistant beginning Mid-January 2010.

Position would report to Development Director and individual chosen will play important role by providing admin support for Development efforts: fundraising; special events; direct mail appeals; and donor & public relations.

Significant Duties would include:

processing donations; maintaining donor log; preparing acknowledgement letters maintaining other foundation; corporate giving logs creating monthly fundraising reports & other database reports as needed attending or accessing on-line donor database training programs conducting preliminary donor research and creating prospect sheets coordinating Spring and year-end appeals tracking tax credit donations maintaining audience database assembling donor and PR kits for productions, readings and meetings other duties as assigned by Development Director or Artistic Director as needed

Performance measures:

Donations processed & acknowledged w/in 24 to 48 hours?
Success in maintaining accuracy of database records
Accuracy of fundraising reports
Success in coordinating production of appeals mailings
Success in maintaining donor and audience hard copy files

Preferred Skills & Knowledge:

At least three years' work/volunteer experience in other Development role
Interest in the arts and some experience volunteering/ working in a non profit arts organization
Proficiency in all Microsoft Office software applications
Working knowledge of one major donor management tool
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to prioritize tasks and work within a small non profit environment
Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
Excellent interpersonal skills
Appreciation of and healthy sense of humor

Position will begin at $15/hr for ten hours a week to begin. Rate and number of hours may be reviewed during 90-day probationary period. At 90-day review, decision to extend and on what terms will be made.

For more information or to apply, please contact Judith Bowman at 626.707.1230 or e-mail robeydevelopment@gmail.com.

Position is Downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles theatre Center 514 South Spring Street, LA 90013.

Resumes should be forwarded by e-mail to robeydevelopment@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on 01.06.2010. Interviews will follow during the second full week in January.

Jan 4, 2010

Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts

Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts

The Los Angeles Opera has an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts who will be responsible for overseeing the patron program and implementing various strategies to acquire new donors and renewals of gifts. Some activities will include hosting meals with donors and prospects, attending performances, and otherwise representing the L.A. Opera in a positive fashion to the donor community.

Qualified candidates will have a BA or BS degree in a related field or equivalent experience in addition to at least 5 years of experience in development, especially for a non-profit arts organization. This position must be prepared to work nights and weekends as needed.

Please send résumé and salary requirements to: jobs@laopera.com

Kelly Christ

Artistic & Human Resources Assistant

Speakers Bureau

P: (213) 972-3140 F: (213) 972-0745

Speakers Bureau Phone: (213) 972-8016


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Dance/Gymnastics Teacher needed for immediate hire
POSITION: Dance/Gymnastic Instructor for preschool program
TERM: Year-round; Position will begin in January
SCHEDULE: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
PAY: Minimum pay is $40 per hr; Negotiable based on level of experience
(part-time, no benefits)

LOCATION: Kids Klub Pasadena

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Dance/Gymnastics teacher will teach children ages 3-7
beginning level dance and gymnastics.

•Create an engaging and challenging curriculum.
•Set up/break down of equipment for each class.
•Communication with site coordinator, parents and program director.
•Keep program attendance records.

•Previous experience working with preschool and school age children.
•Excellent classroom management skills.
•Strong dance and gymnastics background.
•Ability and passion to work with children.
•Flexibility with changes in attendance and facilities.
•Ability to work independently and multi-task.

•Valid driver's license and reliable car

Please send a resume and cover letter to:
Steps in Art
Subject: Dance/Gymnastic Teacher
(no calls please)