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Inner-City Arts - President/ CEO
Envision Consulting in Los Angeles, California
Date Posted 02/22/2021
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts offers a place where youth are encouraged to explore their creativity, build their confidence, and therefore redirect the course of their lives and communities. With the core belief that arts education is critical to understanding our world, Inner-City Arts is regarded as one of the nation's leading arts education providers. The organization is also a vital partner in creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles by being an oasis of imagination, learning, and achievement in the heart of Skid Row.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer leads the organization's vision, culture and overall strategy. With an annual budget of $4.5 million, a team of 30 full-time staff members, and a robust network of schools and partners, the incoming President/ CEO is an expert in strategic planning with exceptional communication skills and deep experience in fostering communities. Inner-City Arts is a complex organization with an outstanding reputation in the community, and it is critical for its internal and external stakeholders to be united in its vision for the future while navigating today's challenges.

Core focus areas include:

Organizational Leadership

  • Leads, manages and advances the organization through staff development, financial management, fundraising, community engagement, external relations, operations management, and strategic planning.
  • Works with the Board and executive team to create and implement a strategic plan that includes, but is not limited to, fund development, program excellence, new opportunities and partnerships.
  • Effectively delegates to and collaborates with the executive team to improve agency efficiency, capacity and culture.
  • Leads the infusion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into all programs, activities, initiatives and organizational framework.
  • Ensures appropriate planning for the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19.
  • Works with the Board Chair to recruit, onboard, develop and engage effective board members.

Community Engagement/ Collaboration

  • Raises awareness for Inner-City Arts through the creation of a robust communications and marketing strategy.
  • Creates opportunities to regularly engage with youth, community members, volunteers, donors, staff and team members to improve programming and generate increased community involvement.
  • Cultivates relationships with a broad range of community sectors and key stakeholders, including leaders of nonprofit organizations, corporations, government, foundations, and private philanthropists to promote collaboration between organizations and further reach into the community to bring programming.

Financial Management/ Fund Development

  • Creates, monitors, evaluates and reports on an annual organization budget.
  • Establishes a financial strategy that ensures sustainability, healthy cash flow and adequate reserves.
  • Cultivates fiscally sustainable relationships with foundations, corporations, major donors, and prospects, taking a leadership role in developing donor engagement strategies and closing major gifts.
  • In partnership with the COO and Finance Director, oversees contract procurement, implementation and compliance with various government contracts.
  • Ensures that the agency's financial plan aligns with overall vision, strategy, and short- and long-term goals and objectives.


  • Prior experience as a CEO or member of the senior leadership team, of a nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget greater than $2M.
  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in progressively responsible roles within senior management positions, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated fundraising success with major donors, capital campaigns, foundations and corporate partnerships.
  • An entrepreneurial business mindset with a proven track record leading a strategic planning process, resulting in improved efficiency, program expansion, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organizational budget.
  • Demonstrated experience in risk management, with an emphasis on addressing strategic and financial implications.
  • Demonstrated belief in and a commitment to continued professional growth and development of employees, volunteers and the Board of Directors.
  • Ability to lead a sophisticated executive operations team to oversee and collaborate with staff, work with diverse groups of people and a wide range of faiths, beliefs, ages, cultures, and experiences.
  • Focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the organization.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Inner-City Arts offers a generous benefits package, including medical, AD&D, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability. Inner-City Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

Envision Consulting was retained by Inner-City Arts to conduct the search for their incoming President/ CEO.

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