Co-founded in 2014 by renowned architect Frank Gehry and arts education advocate Malissa Shriver, Turnaround Arts: California is a non-profit organization that administers Turnaround Arts, a school reform program launched by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under the Obama administration and now run by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The program is designed to bring effective and integrated arts education into some of the lowest performing elementary and middle schools in the country. Through this initiative, schools in the process of reform develop new strategies and tools to shift school culture and climate
and better engage students and families through the arts.
Turnaround Arts: California seeks an energetic, enterprising leader to serve in this newly created Executive Director role, overseeing all aspects of organizational growth and sustainability. Reporting to Turnaround Arts: California President (and co-founder), and working closely with the Director of Program and Strategy, the Executive Director will provide organizational strategy, relationship management, and fund development, to ensure overall organizational and operational success and sustainability. He or she will build the fundraising practice into a systematic, strategic approach that converts interest into investment in the organization, ensures complete capitalization, diverse sources, and a prudent reserve. He or she will help to maximize the organization’s human capital. He or she will support the Director of Program and Strategy’s achievement of programmatic excellence, while orchestrating continued high-visibility for the organization and tackling larger, non-programmatic goals, such as partnering for public policy change and large public awareness campaigns. He or she will be committed, diplomatic, strategic, ethical, and good for the culture of the board, staff, funders, artists, and Turnaround Arts schools. The ideal candidate will be an experienced, independent, motivational leader who is passionate about mission driven work, has proven fund development experience, and is excited about nonprofit administration. Join us and contribute to the changing face of education reform strategy.
SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
In coordination with the President, the Director of Program and Strategy, and the Board:
Build a development strategy including setting and tracking progress towards concrete short and long-term goals, creating a systematic approach, and relevant tools (e.g. technology, calendars, communications)
Formalize, expand, and manage institutional fundraising including prospect research, writing grant proposals, and reports to foundations, in collaboration with the Director of Program and Strategy
In close coordination with the President and co-founder, develop strategy for cultivating major individual donors and diversifying income
In close coordination with President and Board Chair, support Board development and expansion, to optimize engagement and fund development
Identify and optimize opportunities, such as creative partnerships with funders, universities, or others who are in strategic alignment with Turnaround Arts: California and may invest time, funding, or expertise towards shared goals
Manage relationships for organizational success, including with artists, the board, staff, funders, the national program, schools, prospects, and other core stakeholders.
ADMINISTRATION, OPERATIONS, HR
Oversee all administrative aspects of the organization and program, in conjunction with the Director of Program and Strategy, including:
Organizational budget development, tracking, forecasting, revision, and reporting
Participating in the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of staff and contractors
Managing end of fiscal year closeout and reporting
Preparing of budgets, reports, and other materials for the Board of Directors
Developing and executing contracts, overseeing contract management, and adherence to budget
Recruit, hire, train, and manage the performance of and the retention of staff according to organization protocols
Oversee Director of Program and Strategy in her management of a 3-person team, and manage the staff and board for success
Oversee the creation of annual and long-term goals, ensuring alignment of the organization’s various efforts to maximize impact, growth, and sustainability
Coordinate with Turnaround Arts: National, both adhering to national standards and helping redefine success inside the Turnaround Arts national network
Build mutually beneficial, strategic relationships with other local and national partners in the educational, arts education, and policy fields
With Program Manager, supervise media and communications strategy including, and not limited to, developing a communications plan that identifies and targets key audiences and emphasizes the central role arts education has played in turning around historically underperforming schools
Build strategy to meet fund development goals and work with Program Manager to execute
Build and execute a partnership strategy to set and achieve non-programmatic goals in larger domains, such as goals related to changing public policy, raising awareness, or championing public education, as envisioned by the board
This position is based in Los Angeles and requires the Executive Director to work onsite at the Turnaround Arts: California office. 15-20% travel, including overnight travel, is required.
KEY ATTRIBUTES AND SKILLS OF THE SUCCESSFUL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Self-aware leader with a collaborative, outcomes-based, growth mindset approach
Ability to handle complex, fast-paced workload with a high level of professionalism
Diplomatic and responsive with various internal and external stakeholders.
Successful at leading fundraising efforts -- especially supporting the cultivation of individuals and board members and creating an active grant funding pipeline
A track record of building successful partnerships across sectors
Successful and efficient management of three or more staff and organizational operations
Polished oral and written communication skills
Ability to represent Turnaround Arts: California in an exceptional manner
Experience with press and other types of visibility
Absolute discretion and confidentiality
Passion for equity in education, using the arts to increase young people’s success
Perform other duties as assigned or needed
Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience
Benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k plan, paid holidays, and
paid time off
Submit the following three materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Executive Director Position.”
We are interested in filling this position ASAP so materials will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis with interviews anticipated to start in April.
- Turnaround Arts: California Employment Application, find our application on http://turnaroundartsca.org/careers/
Cover letter demonstrating interest and ability to perform the job responsibilities outlined above
Resume demonstrating experience and education
NOTICE: All statements made on the application materials are subject to verification. Exaggerated, false or misleading statements may be cause for rejection of the application and/or termination of employment. All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied offer of employment. We reserve the right to reject any or all applications, or to terminate the selection process for any position without prior notice.