Inner-City Arts affirms that it is our policy to afford equal protection in all our personnel practices to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, military status or any other protected status as defined under state and federal laws.

Available Positions


Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts offers a place where youth are encouraged to explore their creativity, build their confidence, and therefore redirect the course of their lives and communities. With the core belief that arts education is critical to understanding our world, Inner-City Arts is regarded as one of the nation's leading arts education providers. The organization is also a vital partner in creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles by being an oasis of imagination, learning, and achievement in the heart of Skid Row.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer leads the organization’s vision, culture and overall strategy. With an annual budget of $4.5 million, a team of 30 full-time staff members, and a robust network of schools and partners, the incoming President/ CEO is an expert in strategic planning with exceptional communication skills and deep experience in fostering communities. Inner-City Arts is a complex organization with an outstanding reputation in the community, and it is critical for its internal and external stakeholders to be united in its vision for the future while navigating today’s challenges.

Core focus areas include:

Organizational Leadership

  • Leads, manages and advances the organization through staff development, financial management, fundraising, community engagement, external relations, operations management, and strategic planning.
  • Works with the Board and executive team to create and implement a strategic plan that includes, but is not limited to, fund development, program excellence, new opportunities and partnerships.
  • Effectively delegates to and collaborates with the executive team to improve agency efficiency, capacity and culture.
  • Leads the infusion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into all programs, activities, initiatives and organizational framework.
  • Ensures appropriate planning for the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19.
  • Works with the Board Chair to recruit, onboard, develop and engage effective board members.

Community Engagement/ Collaboration

  • Raises awareness for Inner-City Arts through the creation of a robust communications and marketing strategy.
  • Creates opportunities to regularly engage with youth, community members, volunteers, donors, staff and team members to improve programming and generate increased community involvement.
  • Cultivates relationships with a broad range of community sectors and key stakeholders, including leaders of nonprofit organizations, corporations, government, foundations, and private philanthropists to promote collaboration between organizations and further reach into the community to bring programming.

Financial Management/ Fund Development

  • Creates, monitors, evaluates and reports on an annual organization budget.
  • Establishes a financial strategy that ensures sustainability, healthy cash flow and adequate reserves.
  • Cultivates fiscally sustainable relationships with foundations, corporations, major donors, and prospects, taking a leadership role in developing donor engagement strategies and closing major gifts.
  • In partnership with the COO and Finance Director, oversees contract procurement, implementation and compliance with various government contracts.
  • Ensures that the agency’s financial plan aligns with overall vision, strategy, and short- and long-term goals and objectives.


  • Prior experience as a CEO or member of the senior leadership team, of a nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget greater than $2M.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in progressively responsible roles within senior management positions, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated fundraising success with major donors, capital campaigns, foundations and corporate partnerships.
  • An entrepreneurial business mindset with a proven track record leading a strategic planning process, resulting in improved efficiency, program expansion, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organizational budget.
  • Demonstrated experience in risk management, with an emphasis on addressing strategic and financial implications.
  • Demonstrated belief in and a commitment to continued professional growth and development of employees, volunteers and the Board of Directors.
  • Ability to lead a sophisticated executive operations team to oversee and collaborate with staff, work with diverse groups of people and a wide range of faiths, beliefs, ages, cultures, and experiences.
  • Focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the organization.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Inner-City Arts offers a generous benefits package, including medical, AD&D, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability. Inner-City Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

Envision Consulting was retained by Inner-City Arts to conduct the search for their incoming President/ CEO.


Inner-City Arts is an oasis of learning, creativity, and achievement in the heart of Skid Row, and a vital partner in the work of creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles. Since its inception, Inner-City Arts has provided hands-on arts instruction to over 210,000 public school students and 10,000 educators in the Los Angeles area. Every year, more than 5,000 elementary and middle school students — from among the most underserved urban neighborhoods in Los Angeles — receive high-quality creative experiences during the school day on the Inner-City Arts campus. More than 1,000 middle and high school students engage in workshops at Inner-City Arts after school, on weekends, and during the summer. In all this time, Inner-City Arts has partnered with LAUSD to provide transformational learning that meets the needs of inner-city students. 

The Media Arts Lead Teaching Artist is​ an ​experienced artist-educator who can develop and implement a 7-16 week curriculum for students ranging in grades K-12 and adults. The Media Arts curriculum includes computer-based media, including computer graphics, motion graphics, digital and traditional animation, virtual reality, video editing, digital photography, and future consideration for artificial intelligence. The fundamental curriculum for primary grades encompasses hand-drawn animation techniques and introductory media literacy through arts engagement. The candidate may be a specialist in one area of Media Arts, yet must have an ability to see the scope of a K-12 Media Arts curriculum and work with other media arts staff to develop a comprehensive scope and sequence across all developmental stages.

This position is responsible​ for collaborating with art form specific studio staff as well as other art form staff to support the facilitation of dynamic creative experiences for youth and program participants of all ages in all programs: Learning and Achieving Through the Arts, Visual (K-8th), Media and Performing Arts Institutes (4th-12th), Work of Art Program (college and career readiness grades 10th-12th), Enterprisers (post-secondary) and the Professional Development Institute (adults). The Media Arts Lead Teaching Artist must have demonstrated positive leadership and the ability to lead a team towards successfully implementing the organization’s mission and strategic goals. Additionally, the lead must hold a degree or equivalent experience in the specific art form.  


Specific Job Requirements:

  • Teaching across programs: LATA, Institutes, Professional Development, and special projects as needed
  • Support program expansion, on and offsite, through co-teaching and teaching in the studios as well as alternate sites
  • Collaborate with program leadership with onboarding of new team members to ensure continuity of practices
  • Contribute to the coaching and observation of studio staff in partnership with the Associate Directors of Education, Professional Development and the Chief Education Officer
  • Sustain and model a strong commitment to program objectives, which include: Social-Emotional Competencies, 21st Century Skills, and art-based skills, across all experiences 
  • Participate in the ongoing planning, development, and assessment of program content Support tracking of art form specific work plans
  • Ability to respond to changes in the arts and education ecosystem
  • Commitment to staying abreast of advancements in technology and research related to the designated art form
  • Support studio staff with budget development and tracking of expenses
  • Collaborate with program leadership on administrative content and practices
  • Develop and present studio related content to Inner-City Arts leadership and external partners
  • Willingness to teach, develop content, and seek professional development in multiple Media Arts content areas
  • Other duties as needed



  • BA, BFA or advanced degree in Animation, Digital Media, Filmmaking, Computer Graphics, Motion Graphics or related arts field
  • Experience developing and teaching curriculum content for various age groups, with least​ 5 years prior experience as a lead teaching artist/educator with elementary, middle, and high school populations
  • Ability to design and differentiate curricula to adjust for different age groups, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and learning abilities
  • Commitment to anti-racist education with training in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion best practices Knowledge and or experience working with English Learners or Special Needs population
  • Interest or experience in integrating academic content into the art form (i.e., math or language arts with design)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong collaborative skills
  • Self-starter
  • Understanding and articulation of VAPA and CCS Standards
  • Experience with Adobe software (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and or Premiere)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Excel, and Google Suites preferred

HOURS:   FTE, 40 hours per week

LOCATION:   Inner-City Arts is a contemporary, creative facility in the downtown Los Angeles Warehouse District, adjacent to the Produce Mart and Skid Row, currently providing all classes online.

SALARY:  Commensurate with education and experience.​    

TO APPLY:  ​ Please send a resume and letter of interest to the Hiring Committee, via email to​ with the subject "​Lead Teaching Artist- Media Arts​.”​ 

Inner-City Arts engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information, family care status, military caregiver status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws. All who believe they meet the stated qualifications are invited to apply. Inner-City Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

Inner-City Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts organization located in downtown Los Angeles, serving more than 5,000 children, teens, educators, and family members annually during the school day, after-school and on weekends. We believe that the arts are transformative and the cornerstone of a high-quality education that levels the learning field across socioeconomic boundaries. Inner-City Arts is a dynamic nonprofit organization that raises from philanthropic sources more than 90% of the revenue needed to support annual programs and operations for a $4.5+ million annual operating budget.

Inner-City Arts offers an artistic, dynamic work environment, where creativity, flexibility, collaboration and personal passion for the arts and arts education are critical to success.

2021 OPERATIONS STATUS: Since safer-at-home orders were implemented in school districts in March 2020, the organization has transitioned the majority of programs and administrative functions to virtual, work-from-home operations. Safety protocols allow staff the option to work on campus or to work remotely from home until campus reopens to all operations. Supervisors work with their staff members to establish an appropriate work plan, mindful of tasks that require on-campus access.

The Opportunity

Inner-City Arts’ Development team seeks a resourceful and tech-savvy professional who will exemplify the organization’s commitment to donor stewardship through support of key fundraising operations. The DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE will provide assistance for the department’s two Directors, while serving as the primary administrator of the donor database.

The Development team exemplifies a culture of thoughtfulness, diligence, flexibility and joy. Our success is dependent on each member’s passionate belief in the organization’s mission and their role within that work. Team members are known for embracing opportunities to step up when help is needed and support colleagues, seeking opportunities to bridge departments, bringing good humor to their work and being forthright and respectful to all members.

With a focus on fundraising goals, the DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE will be responsible for all aspects of donor and gift data. While the position calls for impeccable prioritization, analytical and organizational skills, this individual will find success by applying curiosity and creativity to their work — seeking solutions where none previously existed, identifying opportunities to increase efficiencies and lending a high-caliber, donor-focused approach to encourage donor engagement. The DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE will be comfortable working on multiple projects and across teams, supporting the Development Directors needs from clerical and administrative duties to research. This individual regularly will interface with Finance and Executive teams.

While this is an entry-level position, the individual will enjoy a range of experiences and opportunities to expand critical fundraising skill sets through event, campaign, grant, Board, and major gift support. Opportunities will be available to develop frontline  fundraising experience. Within the first 12 months, this person will play a key role in facilitating a database conversion, contributing to the taskforce for plan development and implementation

The Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary administrator for the Donor Perfect (DP) database by executing ongoing functions with regularity, accuracy and precision, including donor and gift entry, coding, and pledge tracking.
  • Provide reports, analysis and research, as requested by the Development Directors.
  • Manage a customized approach to donor acknowledgements, prepping communications and outreach for approval and final signature.
  • Facilitate weekly ledgers and monthly reconciliation with the Finance Department.
  • Participate on Individual Giving Team (which includes Annual Fund, membership program, and major gifts).
  • Support seasonal campaigns with list development, reporting, bulk-mail logistics, solicitation, contact tracking and analysis.
  • Participate on Events Team (which manages two annual fundraisers, donor affinity group meetings and cultivation events). 
  • Support strategy and execution of list development, invites, invoicing, revenue reporting, benefits fulfillment, guest registration, post-event data and gift entry and reporting. 
  • Support solicitation efforts and day-of duties, which includes overseeing registration and managing a team of registration volunteers.
  • Participate on Institutional Team via supporting corporate partner benefits fulfillment, gift entry, and generation of monthly acknowledgement letters.
  • Support Development Directors administrative tasks, such as meeting scheduling, donor outreach, document preparation, and report and presentation preparation.
  • Support the Directors in the administration of Board communications and fundraising.
  • Support Development team administrative tasks, such as calendar coordination; meeting announcements/agendas; correspondence; hard/electronic filing; general development office tasks (e.g., mail, supplies, invoices).
  • Field third-party inquiries, collecting information and directing incoming opportunities to appropriate point persons.
  • Support in-kind donation processes through database, acknowledgement and finance operations.
  • Support quarterly donor recognition updates on website, and year-end analysis for impact reports and tax reporting.
  • Update and maintain database records, including handling the import and maintenance of current mailing lists in Constant Contact.
  • Perform routine database review and clean-up to maintain accuracy.
  • Support the flow of volunteer information within DP and the use of that data in fundraising efforts.
  • Train staff to maximize use of DP.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 2-3 years of related database administration experience
  • Exceptional computer skills, including use of Donor Perfect or comparable donor database; use of Microsoft Excel/Word
  • High-energy professional with keen attention to prioritization, details and deadlines
  • Individual who anticipates needs, takes initiative, demonstrates flexibility, and displays a “can do” attitude
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively and graciously interface with others, including donors, students and staff
  • Self-starter with the ability to work both independently or with specific direction
  • Experience contributing to a collaborative and team-focused environment
  • Professionalism and discretion in the handling of confidential materials
  • Enthusiasm for this work, as well as Inner-City Arts’ mission and vision

HOURS: Full-time hourly position; non-exempt status. Some weekend work required.

LOCATION: 720 Kohler St. Los Angeles, CA 90021. Inner-City Arts is located in the downtown Los Angeles Warehouse District, adjacent to the Arts District.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter to: Jamie Cataldo, Director of Individual Giving & Events, at Subject: DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE. No calls please.

Inner-City Arts engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information, family care status, military caregiver status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws. All who believe they meet the stated qualifications are invited to apply. Inner-City Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

“I am just completely blown away by this place, from the second I walked in. The music, the space, the energy here - it just allows you to be free with yourself, and to accept yourself and learn to love yourself.”

– Actor Sara Ramirez, Grey’s Anatomy