LA2050
Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

Senior Manager, Community Relations & Outreach

Employment type
Full Time
Posted
about 1 month ago
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Description

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

The mission of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, located in MacArthur Park, is to build community through music by presenting an annual free summer concert series of 50 performances. Every summer the series lineup features a diverse range of performances and music genres, from acclaimed emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning artists. Since opening in 2007, over 500,000 Angelenos have enjoyed high caliber entertainment at the free summer concerts while celebrating community and the diversity of Los Angeles. Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles is part of the national network of permanent outdoor Levitt music venues, each with the mission of building community though music. Beginning this year, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation will oversee all aspects of the concert series at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. For more information about Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, the national Levitt network, and the Levitt Foundation, see below.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is seeking an experienced, high-performing Senior Manager, Community Relations & Outreach for the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. This position will play a lead role in the Levitt Foundation’s efforts to build strategic partnerships for the Levitt Los Angeles program resulting in a robust community partners program, audience development and overall community engagement. The Senior Manager, Community Relations & Outreach will be the Levitt Pavilion’s key community liaison, interfacing regularly with community organizations, neighborhood associations, schools, government offices and agencies, and other local entities to create awareness of the summer concert series, develop active partnerships, and garner support for the concerts. This position will be responsible for the Levitt Pavilion’s volunteer program, including recruitment and management, leading up to and throughout the summer concert series. This position will also take an active role in sponsor cultivation and stewardship.

Successful candidates will be bilingual (Spanish and English), self-motivated, and have the ability to work productively in a fast-paced environment. Ideal candidates will also have the ability to successfully plan and manage projects independently and work collaboratively as a team—this position will work closely with the Levitt Foundation’s Programs, Communications, and Operations Departments in producing and promoting the summer concert series. The Senior Manager, Community Relations & Outreach will be based in the Levitt Foundation’s Echo Park office, with office hours scheduled at the MacArthur Park Community Center two afternoons weekly. The Senior Manager, Community Relations & Outreach will also attend relevant community meetings and events. This position will be responsible for various aspects of on-site management of the Levitt Pavilion lawn area throughout the concert series and will be expected to attend every concert of the series, Thursday through Sunday evenings, mid-June through mid-September.

The Senior Manager, Community Relations & Outreach position is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about the power of the arts to activate public spaces and build stronger, more interconnected, and healthier communities. The Levitt Foundation offers a dynamic and collaborative work environment, with opportunities for professional development.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and implement outreach plan, particularly in the diverse Latino neighborhoods of the MacArthur Park-Westlake area; identify opportunities for collaboration and engagement
  • Play the lead role in developing audiences that represent the diversity of Los Angeles through outreach efforts, specifically the MacArthur Park-Westlake area; actively engage local residents to participate in Levitt Pavilion concerts and activities
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with community entities including government offices and agencies, local businesses, schools, and area organizations such as nonprofits representing a range of services and programs, faith-based communities, neighborhood associations, etc.
  • Develop and implement a community partners program with activation on-site at the Levitt Pavilion throughout the concert series
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to recruit, manage, and sustain concert series volunteers; facilitate training and ongoing support and oversight
  • Engage the local business community by soliciting in-kind donations and sponsorships and encourage participation in outreach and marketing initiatives
  • Assist in the cultivation and stewardship of corporate sponsors to support programming and activities at the Levitt Pavilion
  • Attend relevant community meetings and events; articulate and represent the Levitt mission at community events, meetings, and do presentations as needed
  • Develop and manage Community Advisory Council comprised of key community stakeholders and representatives of community organizations to support community involvement and help provide direction for programming and activities at the Levitt Pavilion
  • In collaboration with the Operations and Programs Departments, manage on-site Lawn activation throughout the concert series, including Kids Zone arts & crafts area, pre-concert activities, and food & beverage vendors
  • Collaborate with the Communications Department in the monitoring and management of Levitt LA social media to increase audience engagement and program visibility
  • Collaborate with the Communications and Programs Departments in the production, design and content of concert series promotion, both print materials and online
  • Strategize, implement and manage grassroots outreach and marketing efforts throughout the Westlake District and surrounding communities, including distribution of promotional materials
  • In collaboration with the Communications and Programs Departments, conduct public relations through Spanish-language media outlets
  • Perform other duties as assigned
     

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual Spanish and English, required
  • 3 – 5 years of direct experience in community relations and grassroots neighborhood outreach
  • Proven track record in developing successful and effective community partnerships
  • Self-motivated with high degree of initiative
  • Strong leadership qualities with ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Strong ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment, while maintaining high attention to detail
  • Strategic thinker with strong problem-solving skills and ability to anticipate partner needs and address challenges effectively
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, with ability to adapt in a variety of settings
  • Strong ability to multi-task and manage multiple, often competing, priorities and pace workload to meet project benchmarks and deadlines
  • Excellent ability to work and communicate effectively, professionally, and considerately in diverse environments and within diverse communities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Spanish; ability to translate between both languages orally and in writing
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • Passion and support for the Levitt mission of building community through music
  • Familiarity with the histories and cultures of LA’s diverse communities; knowledge of the communities in the MacArthur Park-Westlake area and surrounding neighborhoods, a plus
  • IT competent; familiarity with Microsoft Office products and Mac operating system
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to commit to being on-site at the concerts throughout the series, Thursday through Sunday evenings from mid-June through mid-September, including pre-concert set-up and post-concert breakdown
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Must have valid CA driver’s license, insurance, and automobile to use during working hours; mileage and parking will be reimbursed by Levitt Foundation on a monthly basis
     

ABOUT LEVITT

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a national private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. We empower communities to transform neglected outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life.

Beginning in 2017, the Levitt Foundation will oversee all aspects of the free summer concert series at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in MacArthur Park, including programming and production, marketing and promotion, community relations and outreach, and on-site operations. The Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park has proven to be an asset for the community by providing free access to the performing arts. A public/private endeavor, the Levitt Pavilion continues to contribute to the positive transformation of MacArthur Park over the past decade.

In 2007, the MacArthur Park band shell, which was built in the 1950s and stood dilapidated and unused, was transformed into the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Since its launch, hundreds of thousands of people have attended concerts on cool summer nights with spectacular downtown vistas, creating a vibrant energy and welcoming community gathering space.

The Levitt Foundation realizes its mission of community through music through two key programs: permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. In 2017, more than 450 free Levitt concerts will be presented in 22 towns and cities across America, serving more than 600,000 people.

Permanent Levitt venues are located in cities as diverse as Los Angeles and Pasadena, California; Westport, Connecticut; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee; and Arlington, Texas. With the exception of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, each permanent Levitt venue is programmed, managed and supported by its own 501(c)(3) Friends of Levitt nonprofit organization, presenting 50 free concerts every year. Due to accelerating interest from cities and engaged citizens, the Levitt network is growing. Developing Levitt locations across the country include Denver (opening 2017), Dayton (opening 2018), Sioux Falls (opening 2019), and Houston (opening 2020), amongst other cities.

This year, 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities will present free Levitt concerts through the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series. 2017 locations include Greensboro, N.C.; Sheboygan, Wis.; Utica, N.Y.; Carson City, Nev.; and Middlesboro, Ky., to name a few. Each Levitt AMP winner will present 10 free concerts in a reimagined public space beginning this spring and continuing through the fall.

All Levitt concerts feature acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning artists in a broad range of music genres. Levitt’s family-friendly vibe and open green spaces attract people of all ages and backgrounds. Friends, neighbors, as well as those whose paths might not cross otherwise, gather to relax on the lawn or dance to the music. As an example of the high caliber talent presented across the Levitt network, the 2017 GRAMMY nominees included 25 artists who have performed on Levitt stages in recent years.

Visit www.levitt.org and www.levitt.org/los_angeles to learn more.

To apply

Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to [email protected], including “Senior Manager, Community Relations & Outreach” in subject line.

Compensation commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package, including health insurance and 401k. EEO/AAW employer.