Venice Arts ,

Director, Center for Creative Workforce

2 months ago
Employment type
Full Time
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

To ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.

About this job

Venice Arts seeks a versatile, accomplished, and committed Director for its Center for Creative Workforce Equity, whose programs provide meaningful opportunities for creative career pathways to Los Angeles County’s talented, low-income young people, ages 18-24. Primary roles and responsibilities include managing the strategic growth of this program, especially the Film & Digital Media pilot, a partnership with the LA County Department of Economic Opportunity; managing creative sector employer partners; overseeing the development and refinement of curricula; managing staff; and assuring program-specific administration.

Roles & responsibilities

Strategic Leadership & Management Oversight

• Steward the strategic growth and development of programs.

• Manage ongoing activities, with an emphasis on the Film & Digital Media pilot, a partnership with the LA County Department of Economic Opportunity, whose cyclical programs currently


1. Creative Conversations, a series with sector professionals.

2. Visual Storytelling, Production, and Editing Certificate, a paid, 160-hour program building creative and technical knowledge and skills, while preparing young people for paid internships.

3. The Creative Sector Internship program, with placement opportunities provided in a variety of creative companies.

4. The Editing Pre-Apprenticeship, including education/training and apprenticeship/early career placements.

• Assure the development and management of relationships with current and prospective employers, whether for career panels, mentorships, field trips, shadowing, or work-related placements.

• Build the CCWE Advisory Board through quarterly meetings and off-line relationships that allow them to contribute


• Assure CCWE’s teaching artists understand Venice Arts’ project-based, experiential pedagogy and its program-specific curricula

• Oversee the development/refinement of curricula


• Supervise teaching faculty, the Creative Career Counselor, and the Program Coordinator

Reporting & Administration

• Complete required reports from select funders and provide stories and images to the Director of Grants, as requested

• Assure the efficient maintenance of all quantitative and qualitative program data, analyzing such data to assure the quality and impact of programs


The ideal candidate:

• Is a filmmaker, photographer, or multimedia artist with exceptional technical knowledge/skill

• Demonstrates experience in arts education and curriculum development; understanding of project-based learning a strong plus and at least 5 years of teaching experience preferred

• Demonstrates an understanding of the range of career pathway opportunities in the creative sector

• Understands the fundamentals of workforce development and both the opportunities and challenges to creative sector internships, apprenticeships, and early career job development

• Is an excellent people manager, working well with a team, as well as independently

• Is well-organized, highly detailed oriented, and able to manage multiple deadlines successfully

• Is comfortable analyzing visual, statistical, and anecdotal data

• Is an excellent verbal and written communicator

• Is entrepreneurial, resourceful, and flexible in a hands-on environment

• Possessing an M.A. an asset, but not required

To apply

Send résumé along with a brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter highlighting relevant experience to No phone inquiries or walk–ins. Work samples, syllabi samples, and additional information may be requested if an interview is scheduled.

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