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Join Ryman Arts as it celebrates 25 years of service in Southern California and its recent expansion to two program sites in Los Angeles and Fullerton. Ryman Arts is meeting a vital need to foster the education of young artists by providing professional fine arts classes and college and career planning, free of charge, to gifted teen artists. Ryman Arts has been designated a National Program of Excellence by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities for the past three years. Almost all alumni continue on to higher education and many pursue careers in the arts. The sequential curriculum provides college-level foundation courses in drawing and painting in a rigorous and supportive environment for 600 high school students each year, and extensive outreach in high-need communities in LA and Orange County. Classes are held on the campuses of Otis College of Art & Design and California State University, Fullerton. Ryman Arts also coordinates the annual international drawing festival, The Big Draw LA, a public arts engagement initiative.

Position Description

The Development and Communications Manager implements fundraising and communications strategies with a long-range goal of generating diversified, sustainable income and increasing its public profile to enable Ryman Arts to achieve its mission. The Development and Communications Manager writes extensive materials for grants and internal and external publications, including print, web, and social media. This individual ensures that Ryman Arts’ image and “brand” are consistently maintained and well represented in the community, and seeks opportunities to build awareness of Ryman Arts. This individual works closely with the Executive Director, Board, other staff and consultants to ensure that fundraising and public communications are coordinated throughout the organization. This is a full time position reporting to the Executive Director. Office is located in Los Angeles.

Principal Responsibilities and Examples of Duties
  • Manage cultivation and solicitation fundraising strategies in support of the organization’s growth, including annual operations, special campaigns, and endowment aimed at individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies.
  • Manage communications strategy in support of the organization’s overall communication plan, including press outreach, newsletters, other publications, website and social media to strategically build public awareness of Ryman Arts. Coordinate the work of outside public relations counsel.
  • Communicate effectively verbally, online, and in print with different stakeholders (including foundations, corporations, vendors, event hosts, and community members.)
  • Research appropriate grants for Ryman Arts, develop annual grant calendar and ensure that all planned grant proposals and reports are well prepared and submitted on time to maximize chances for funding. Research and write assigned grants and reports.
  • Write, edit and coordinate schedule and production of Ryman Arts publications including newsletter, website, blog, social media, and press releases.
  • Implement and track progress on cultivation and solicitation plans for individual and selected prospects including Board solicitation, major gifts, special donor groups, direct mail, and planned giving. Generate and analyze reports from database for Executive Director and Board.
  • Manage special events during the year for cultivation and fundraising, working closely with other staff and volunteer committees. Solicit sponsorships and in-kind donations for events.
  • Develop and maintain systems for cultivating, thanking, tracking and building strong relationships with donors and prospective donors.
  • Carry out research on potential supporters and create profiles as needed.
  • Work with the Executive Director to respond and be proactive with appropriate external media, and serve as primary press contact.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
  • Require BA, (MA preferred) with major coursework in English, the arts or a related field. Additional training in fundraising preferable.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, particularly in writing grant proposals and external communications, preferably with an education or arts organization.
  • Outstanding writing and editing ability in print and online with the ability to capture and tell appropriately compelling stories, as evidenced by professional writing samples.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, able to meet deadlines and adapt communications for specific purposes and audiences such as campaign collateral, press, and foundation or government grants.
  • Experience with individual cultivation, corporate sponsorships, and organizing cultivation and fundraising events.
  • Excellent verbal presentation skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, with complete fluency in Word, Excel, CMS software such as Drupal, and donor/mailing list management database.
  • Dependable, responsive, and flexible with the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Proven ability to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals, including consultants, volunteers, donors, board members and community.
  • Able to work on occasional weekends or evenings for special events. Able to transport self to off-site locations.

Comprehensive benefits include employer paid health insurance, paid vacation, holidays and sick time, and eligibility for employer contribution to 403(b) retirement plan.

To apply, submit cover letter, resume and professional writing sample by mail to:

Ryman Arts: Development & Communications Search
315 W. Ninth St., Suite 806
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview, position is open until filled.