Position Title: Arts High Foundation Executive Director
Classification: Chief Executive Officer
Supervisor: Arts High Foundation Board of Directors
About Arts High Foundation
Arts High Foundation (AHF) is the fundraising arm of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts (LACHSA), a premiere public arts high school in Southern California. AHF raises funds from the private sector to support LACHSA arts programming, which receives no support from public sources. This funding ensures that the faculty and the school have the necessary resources to deliver a professional quality curriculum and experience for its students. LACHSA graduates countless successful professionals in the entertainment and creative arts industries, including performers, filmmakers, producers, writers, dancers, choreographers and visual artists.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the chief executive staff member of Arts High Foundation, and as such accepts responsibility for the success or failure of the enterprise. This position gives formulation and leadership direction to the achievement of the Foundation’s philosophy, mission, strategy, annual objectives, and goals. Serving as chief spokesperson, this position ensures all communication, written or spoken, properly represents the institution’s image and mission. The Executive Director also works in close contact with the administration of LACHSA and LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education) to ensure that the mission and actions of the foundation are in line with and supportive of the mission and actions of the school.
Essential Governance Support Responsibilities
- Enables the Board of Directors to fulfill its governance and working function
- Facilitates optimum interaction between the LACHSA Principal and management team, parent and other school supporting organizations and the AHF Board
- Supports the Board in fulfilling its governance and annual fundraising responsibilities and building and managing an organization of committed, effective Board members, working committees and initiatives
- With the Treasurer, AHF and LACOE accountants, oversees and manages all financial activity and annual audit
- Develops and executes annual fundraising plans to achieve short and long term goals
- Ensures the Board and Board Chair are kept informed of the AHF’s financial condition, apprising them in a timely manner of any important factors, current or potential concerns relating to budget and donor participation, and recommending a course of action
- Assists the Board in accomplishing its fiduciary and judiciary oversight roles, and monitors investment performance against prior year(s) and agreed-upon targets
Essential Management Responsibilities
- Makes certain that the AHF’s philosophy and mission statements are pertinent and practiced throughout the organization
- Ensures that the AHF complies with all applicable reporting requirements
- Partners with the Board to ensure effective strategic planning and implementation, including building staffing and infrastructure appropriate to supporting the Foundation in achieving its mission
- Takes the lead role in securing funds necessary to cover the Board approved budget
- Involves and supports the Board of Directors and leadership volunteers in fulfilling their roles in fundraising and as community advocates and ambassadors, including working with the Ovation Guild
- Oversees annual communications plan and strategy, assuring appropriate publicity and marketing programs are designed to encourage greater community involvement and financial support
- Oversees maintaining constructive relationships with major donors and taking the lead in developing new donors, as assigned or in partnership with Board members
- Maintains a constructive working relationship with school community partners, including LACOE, LACHSA, Alumni Association, Parent Community and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (and their deputies)
- Develop partnership/relationships with leaders in other Los Angeles arts institutions and the arts education community
- Supervises AHF staff and contractors and ensures all are clear about, conversant with and understand their roles and responsibilities. Provides the tools and resources (including access to professional development and training) needed to accomplish their annual goals
- Ensures that AHF staff are fully qualified and motivated, work effectively with various constituencies
- Create and ensure that there is a provision for management succession.
- Ensures the work environment attracts, maintains and motivates quality staff and volunteers
- Formulates and administers all major management and operational policies
Qualifications: Education, Experience and Requirements
- A minimum of 5 years of nonprofit senior to executive management experience, preferably with significant high-level fundraising experience in an arts or education environment
- Board development and support experience with a keen understanding of the Board’s role and responsibilities
- Demonstrable experience in developing and successfully executing an annual fundraising plan and related calendar to accomplish annual and long term goals in an efficient and timely manner
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to create strategic and annual work plans
- Strong financial management and budget development experience and ability to translate financial information for the board, school administration, high level supporters and other key stakeholders
- Ability and demonstrated experience to effectively identify, cultivate, solicit and steward high-end donors and prospects on behalf of the Foundation.
- Significant experience with managing volunteers
- Excellent collaborator, strong self -management skills
- Skilled in Microsoft Office software programs
- Working knowledge of Google suite of products, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
BS/BA degree required, advanced degree preferred
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary depending on qualifications and experience.
Benefits include: medical/vision/dental benefits package; paid vacation; up to 10 paid sick days; cell phone/parking reimbursement; 401K
Requires coordination and manual dexterity, normal mental and visual ability, ability to lift as required in a normal office environment, the ability to sit for long periods of time, and use a computer and telephone
The work environment is consistent with a typical office environment, including cubicle workstations. Noise level is quiet to moderate including photocopiers, telephones, verbal communication, etc. The successful applicant will work well in multicultural teams and with diverse constituencies. S/he will be self-motivated, work well under pressure, and able to handle several projects at one time. S/he will have good judgment and, ideally, a sense of humor.
Arts High Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.