Director of Development and Communications

16 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

As its mission, artworxLA combats the epidemic high school dropout crisis with a long-term, sequential arts program offering students a pursuable life path that inspires them to stay in school, evolve as unique individuals and flourish as creative adults. Through in-depth school programming, students explore how the arts can better prepare them for success in both their school and professional careers.

Founded in 1992 as The HeArt Project, artworxLA has expanded and refined its program as an innovative approach to dropout prevention and served over 800 students in 31 alternative high school classrooms in 5 school districts 2021-22, including the Digital and Media Arts Academy. Over the years, artworxLA has established and maintained partnerships with nearly every major cultural institution in Los Angeles, as well as a number of professional art venues, creative businesses, and working artists of all disciplines.

In 2022-23, we anticipate serving close to 40 alternative high schools and over 1000 students throughout Los Angeles County. Going from a $1.5M budget in 2021-22 to a budget of $1.9M in 2022-23, artworxLA will continue to be one of the preeminent arts education organizations in Greater Los Angeles serving some of the most vulnerable youth in our communities.

About this job

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Communications (Director) will lead artworxLA’s fund development and marketing efforts. Collaborative and innovative in nature, the Director will work closely with organizational leadership to create and execute a development and communications strategy.

The ideal candidate has a successful track record of applying for and receiving government and foundation grants, as well as creating and building relationships with individual and corporate donors. An experienced manager and developer, this individual will directly oversee artworxLA’s Development Manager, Development and Communications Associate and work closely with two contractors, a Grant Writer and a Graphic Designer.

Roles & responsibilities

Development Strategy & Leadership

-Develops annual development plan, which is aligned with artworxLA’s strategic goals.

-Oversees all fundraising efforts for foundation, corporate, individual and government sectors.

-Facilitates and participates in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition of donors (individual and corporate), involving volunteer leaders (such as board members and other community members) as appropriate.

-Works with Executive Director to create and manage annual Development and Communications budget.

-Assists in submitting financial records for annual Audit.

Board Relations

-Attends all Board meetings and provides Executive Director with income and Board giving information, as requested.

-Works with Executive Director to develop and maintain active and consistent relationship management with Board of Directors.

Foundation and Government Grant Management

-Develops & manages strategy and calendar for meeting foundation and government annual goals.

-Works with Grant Writer to strategically align requests with priority areas of funder.

-Provides Grant Writer with updated, relevant information to present in all applications and reports.

-Provides Executive Director and Bookkeeper with calendar and parameters of needed financial information for grant applications and reports.

-Researches new foundation grant-making opportunities.

Communications & Marketing

-Develops and implements artworxLA’s communications strategy.

-Produces an Annual Report to highlight artworxLA’s programming success, as well as contributions to the arts education field.

-Collaborates with the Graphic Designer to develop media collateral.

-Keeps campaigns on deadline and on budget.

Staff Leadership

-Oversees Development Manager in creating a fundraising and marketing strategy to meet the year end annual fund goal.

-Leads staff in implementing and executing work plans to meet individual and organizational goals.

-Works with development and communications staff and consultants to execute fundraising events including logistics, campaigns and strategy.


-Bachelor’s degree preferred.

-Minimum of five (5) years’ development, fundraising and communications experience, ideally with an arts or education organization.

-Successful track record in securing government and foundation grant funding.

-Knowledge of moves management, donor retention, and new donor acquisition strategies.

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

-Experience working with nonprofit boards, committees, and donors.

-Strong interpersonal skills in order to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.

-Passion for and/ or interest in the arts.


  • Salary is commensurate with experience. artworxLA offers a generous benefits package medical, dental, vision, 403B retirement contributions, annual PTWO of 16 paid holidays, 3 personal days, and 15 vacation days. Flexible hybrid work schedule.
  • artworxLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pathways LA does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation or citizenship. All qualified applicants, including minorities and women, are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants needing accommodation for any part of the application process may contact Envision Consulting at 626.889.7905 to request and arrange for assistance.

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