Kids in the Spotlight,

Media Arts Program Director

2 months ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

Job Title: Media Arts Program Director
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Location: 145 S Glenoaks Blvd Ste 124, Burbank, CA
Hours: 40/week

Kids In The Spotlight, Inc. (KITS) seeks a Media Arts Program Director to lead its transformative arts education and vocational training programs for foster youth. The Media Arts Program Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer and supervises one staff member in addition to various contractors throughout the programming year.

KITS helps foster youth heal and grow from trauma through the power of storytelling and filmmaking. In the KITS Script-to-Screen program, Black and Latinx foster youth from across Los Angeles County write, star in, and cast their own short films. The films are directed by industry professionals and showcased for the public at the annual KITS Film Awards, our version of the Academy Awards, giving validation to young artists in foster care.

The Media Arts Program Director is a media arts professional with an experience-based knowledge of the non-profit sector and the expertise to teach all aspects of media production. This position will design creatively stimulating and healing learning environments for residential youth ages 12-17 and transitional age youth (TAY) ages 18-22. The Media Arts Program Director will collaborate with their KITS colleagues to develop and maintain partnerships with foster youth-serving organizations and industry professionals in implementing KITS programs.

KITS seeks a culturally competent project manager and educator who is comfortable working in a small team. The right person has at least three years of demonstrated success in media arts, has experience working with marginalized youth, and is familiar with modalities for healing from trauma.

Scope of Position:

Program Development and Implementation

  • Design, promote, coordinate, and conduct KITS’ programs for system-impacted youth, ensuring that participants receive transformative media arts education and high-quality vocational training and mentoring experiences
  • Schedule in-person and online learning experiences including Script-to-Screen classes, table reads, film shoots, career days, guest speakers, the National Short Screenplay Competition, PSA gigs, and other media arts opportunities in a manner that deploys KITS’ program budget and in-kind resources efficiently and effectively
  • Oversee scheduling for Teaching Artists, Film Directors, volunteers, and film crews
  • Liaise with agencies serving foster youth; manage enrollment of KITS media arts classes
  • Oversee the creation of promotional media including behind-the-scenes shorts, film trailers, clip packages, etc.
  • Work closely with the consulting Event Producer to plan, promote, and produce the annual KITS Film Awards
  • Liaise with industry professionals and studios who can supply in-kind resources and sponsorships for film shoots and the KITS Film Awards, serve as Teaching Artists and Film Directors, and supply mentorship and job opportunities for youth, as well as rent space for film shoots at the Production Studio for a Cause
  • Increase public awareness of KITS films and youth through screenings, film festivals, and special events
  • Maintain youth database and partner contacts database in collaboration with KITS colleagues
  • Supervise KITS’ Production Coordinator with support from the Youth Advocate Specialist
  • Track data and generate reports on the plans, activities, and outcomes of KITS media arts programs
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer

Team Contributions

  • Fulfil tasks delegated by KITS’ Fund Development department in support of grant funding submissions
  • Help cultivate and maintain relationships with current and potential donors and sponsors
  • Support the Operations Manager in producing funder reports and the annual impact report
  • Write copy by request for promotional materials, social media, newsletters, and other communications
  • Attend training sessions as required by grant funders and KITS administrators
  • Prepare and present program reports for the KITS Board of Directors
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed

Required Skills and Experiences

  • A thorough understanding of media production styles and processes
  • A thorough understanding of, and experience with, a wide variety of audio and video production equipment
  • A working knowledge of media production software including Adobe Creative Cloud and Premiere Pro
  • Bachelor’s degree in media arts and/or any combination of training and experience that supplies the knowledge and skills needed to perform in the position
  • Prior in-depth engagement with a non-profit organization
  • Ability to meet deadlines for multiple projects and be thorough, organized, and attentive to detail
  • Excellent written communication skills: ability to compose, edit, and proofread materials
  • Experience developing and implementing instructional curricula
  • Creative and innovative approach to media education
  • Ability to represent the organization professionally
  • Alignment with the KITS mission
  • Youth development experience
  • Managerial experience
  • Curiosity / lifelong learner
  • Ability to give and accept feedback
  • Exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Demonstrates honesty, integrity, intelligence, empathy, work ethics, commitment, diligence, and dedication
  • Knows how to lead and follow: ability to communicate effectively in real time while working remotely as a team, operating autonomously with minimal supervision, and accepting guidance when appropriate
  • At least three years of high-quality performance work with increasingly greater responsibility in a professional career focused on media arts

Additional Requirements

  • Must be available to work evenings as needed and occasional weekends
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license (or be able to obtain one upon employment), have a safe driving record, and maintain California minimum required automobile insurance
  • Must be willing to use personal vehicle for reimbursable business-related local travel as needed
  • Must be COVID-19 immunized and boosted

Desirable Skills

  • Trauma-informed service delivery
  • Experience working with foster/ underserved youth
  • Nonprofit leadership / business entrepreneurship experience
  • Spanish / English bilingual

Working Conditions / Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform repetitive movements. Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment.

The environment is oriented to public service and subject to constant work interruptions. Employees may work under the stress of continual public and/or inter-departmental contact and work with volunteers, while adhering to tight timelines.

Schedules are flexible. Employees are invited to negotiate their desk hours with the Chief Operating Officer, with the largest portion of their availability on weekdays between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

Compensation: $60K annually. Benefits package includes health, vision, dental, paid holidays, vacation, personal/sick days. A retirement savings plan is projected for implementation in the 2023 calendar year.

Interviews are ongoing, with an anticipated start date between Monday, February 28 and Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Kids In The Spotlight, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply

To be considered for the position, interested applicants should send the following:

  • Cover letter that describes how your experience, knowledge, and skills are a good fit for the position
  • Resume detailing relevant experience
  • Three references with telephone and email contact info

Please email the application materials described above as PDF attachments to Chief Operating Officer Raleigh Barmer at

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Applications accepted Tuesday, February 15 through Friday, March 18, 2022.