The Music Center (Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County) is seeking an experienced and versatile arts and culture leader with a significant multidisciplinary programming and producing track record rooted in engagement, large and small-scale project leadership and strong team management skills to join the Grand Park team, part of the TMC Arts division of The Music Center. In this role, they will help achieve The Music Center’s mission of deepening the cultural life of every Angeleno and further Grand Park’s vital role as L.A.’s Park for Everyone.
Grand Park, programmed and operated by The Music Center, is a 12-acre public space that stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east. Opened in July 2012, the park presents free year-round digital and in-person programming including fitness/wellness programs, weekly lunchtime food trucks, theatrical and dance presentations, site-specific performances, music events, holiday celebrations, video and art installations, and mid-size -to large scale events. Currently, event programming is ramping back up following a 14-month pause on live programs due to COVID19. Some live programs have a corresponding live stream and/or other digital companion program(s).
The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country and convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident of Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: TMC Arts and TMC Ops. TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, on Jerry Moss Plaza, in Grand Park, in schools and other locations all over Los Angeles County and on a digital platform called The Music Center Offstage. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the Plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil.
Reporting directly to the director, the Senior Manager of Programs is responsible for all Grand Park events and programs including digital programs, serving as a lead, guiding and coordinating with other departments. The Senior Manager of Programs is a key part of Grand Park’s external-facing leadership, fostering sustained, creative and equitable relationships with community partners across Los Angeles County.
The Senior Manager of Programs oversees all programming and production at Grand Park, supervising 2 full time staff, Production Manager and Programming Coordinator, and approximately 25 additional part-time, event staff positions.
In collaboration with the Director, this role determines programmatic vision and steers the strategies and tactics that will meet the park’s goals of excellence, access, inclusion and celebration in alignment with the Music Center’s larger strategic mission and vision. The Senior Manager of Programs joins the Grand Park department of the Music Center and works most closely with Grand Park’s Marketing, Operations, and Business staff. Additionally, the Senior Manager of Programs also works with other TMC Arts departments including Arts Producing, Community Engagement, Spotlight, Education and Civic Strategy on specific projects.
The Senior Manager of Programs leads the programming and production team in creating and refining smooth processes and optimized systems for event research, ideation, curation, project management, production/producing, program execution and reporting. Responsible for the Grand Park $2 million programming budget, The Senior Manager of Programs ensures programs are produced on time and on budget and in alignment with Grand Park and The Music Center’s mission, vision and values. The Senior Manager of Programs does this by bringing fresh ideas and deep programming experience to the team as well as through engaging broadly, deeply and thoughtfully with artists and partners across the county.
Programmatic and Producing Leadership:
Grand Park is seeking a highly accomplished Senior Manager of Programs with a minimum of 10 years of programming/producing experience and three years team AND project leadership experience. The ideal candidate will have a proven aptitude to lead complex events/programs/projects working with large and diverse program and production teams. This person will be a knowledgeable producer, strategic thinker, skilled communicator, relationship builder, and empathetic and attuned team player, knowing how to lead projects, support staff, advise and collaborate across the Grand Park Team and with partners across the county. This person will be mission and values driven, demonstrating commitment to collaboration, community partnership, and centering BIPOC voices.
This is a full-time exempt hourly position. Compensation package includes medical, dental and vision health plans, welfare insurance benefits, 401k plan, paid vacation and sick days. Salary range is $70,000-$75,000. The position is a hybrid of remote and in person. To be considered please submit a cover letter, resume, min 2 references (including minimum one former direct report) to [email protected]
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