Director of the Community Arts Partnership

CalArts Community Arts Partnership - Valencia, California

Job Category: Executive Management

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: January 14, 2019

About Our Organization

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

Job Summary

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Director of the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP). The Director oversees the overall management of this community-based initiative, including oversight of programs, operations, fiscal management, personnel, site integrity, and the quality of experience for both CalArts employees (instructors and administrative staff) and community participants. This position reports into the Office of the Provost, and develops strategic and sustainable partnerships and programming through close work with the offices of the President, Provost, Development, individual Schools and faculty, and other members of the senior management team. The position also assists the President with the stewardship of the “CAP Council”, a group of funders and supporters who are key to the success of the partnership nodes.

The ideal candidate will have experience managing employees; have experience with the needs and expectations of the diverse communities of Los Angeles county; understand the power of the arts to give agency and voice to those often not heard; be a deft and patient communicator; be able to work well both independently and collaboratively; and be genuinely enthusiastic about, and committed to, the mission of CalArts.


Program Development & Management:

  • Develop, implement, and supervise programs that are consistent with CalArts’ mission, are appropriate for the CAP model, and meet the needs of constituents.
  • Ensure programmatic excellence in classes, exhibitions, performances, and special events through rigorous program evaluation, and consistent management of finance and program administration.
  • Determine areas of potential strategic expansion of partnerships that are consistent with CAP goals, adhere to our partnership model, and have a comprehensive funding plan.
  • Create and monitor a comprehensive annual programmatic plan which is tied to a budget to achieve CAP’s goals.
  • Review and evaluate curricula and programs. Analyze data and apply analysis to refine and improve program strategies and implementation.


  • Cultivate and strengthen new and existing relationships with partners, donors, community/political/and business leaders, peer institutions, and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with school and community partners to develop, implement, and evaluate CAP’s programs, insuring that the programs offered meet the needs of CalArts and the partner.  Clearly communicate expectations, roles, and desired outcomes. Maintain open dialogue and stewardship throughout the partnership.


  • Work with the CalArts offices on the development of external communications strategies and on creating integrated communications programs that incorporate media relations and print, video and electronic marketing and program branding efforts.
  • Oversee the development of communication strategies and promotional materials (including web-based, print and non-print media) through Institute offices.
  • Develop and maintain mechanisms for regular communication among internal stakeholders.


  • Establish an administrative environment and decision-making process that promotes a positive working atmosphere, ensures transparency, and ensures collegial staff relations.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate CAP personnel (administrative staff).
  • Direct and supervise the recruitment and selection of teachers (including CalArts faculty, alumni, and student instructors).
  • Align the department’s management structure to ensure that CAP has the capacity to execute its vision as well as develop and maintain excellent programs.
  • Oversee the effective use of all programmatic resources needed to achieve CAP’s goals and objectives through human resource planning, facilities and space management, and equipment/technology planning.
  • Provide operational oversight of CAP programming sites, including contracts, insurance, safety and compliance with CalArts policy and state/federal law.
  • Oversee negotiations of contracts and agreements with community partners, donors, and instructors.
  • Ensure compliance with all contracts, gift agreements, and articulation agreements, including the development of reports (statistical, qualitative, etc.) when requested.
  • Regularly review, update, and implement policies and procedures related to all operational facets of CAP.
  • Establish and implement rigorous accountability standards for grant and budget tracking.
  • Oversee preparation and submit for approval annual operating budgets. Monitor and authorize expenditures in accordance with approved budget; oversee preparation of updated projections based on actual income and expense activity.
  • Partner with other institutional departments to oversee and administer faculty and property management, including administrative and instructional resources, equipment, inventory, physical assets, matters of health, safety, and security and emergency management.
  • Collaborate with various Institute offices including President, Provost, academic units, Development. Finance, Communications, Human Resources and IT.


CalArts seeks candidates with as many of the following qualities and characteristics as possible:

  • Intellectual curiosity, creativity, strategic thinking, fundraising ability and significant leadership capability, including hands-on management experience.
  • Experience in curricular/program development, assessment, and evaluation.
  • Experience in community outreach, advocacy, and building collaborations
  • Demonstrated affinity for, and experience working with diverse populations in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated record as an effective leader with superior supervisory skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Significant language skills in both English and Spanish.
  • The ability to manage interpersonal situations that require tact, diplomacy, and discretion; the ability to navigate conflicts that arise from differing expectations.
  • Strategic planning and budget management skills.
  • The ability to communicate and interact effectively with a diverse group of internal and external contacts, including academic professionals, board members, government officials, and community partners.
  • The ability to develop new workflows and business processes, and challenge existing ways of thinking/managing.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office, Google and Adobe apps.


All candidates are required to possess the following:

  • An Undergraduate degree, or commensurate experience, and a minimum of 5-years of related work experience dealing with the arts, education, foundation or program funding management, and/or community development;
  • An understanding of the mission of CalArts and a deep personal commitment to the arts.

Our preferred candidate shall possess some of the following:

  • Relationships with: national/international foundations and other funders; LA City, LA County, CA state, and federal government agencies and leaders (especially as it related to the arts and/or education); school districts, teachers, and administrators.
  • Management of arts or educational initiatives in large urban settings (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, etc.)
  • A graduate or professional degree in a related field (arts, education, management, etc.)

How to Apply

Position is available immediately.  If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Please indicate in the subject line: Director of the Community Arts Partnership in order to be considered.

Equity & Diversity

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking.  Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.