The mission of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (Levitt LA) is to make live music accessible to all, creating stronger and more connected communities while celebrating the diversity of our city and beyond. Every summer, 50 FREE concerts are presented at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park, featuring acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning performers in a broad range of music genres and cultural programming. Since 2007, over 600,000 Angelenos have enjoyed the high-caliber entertainment at Levitt LA, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together through the power of free, live music in a vibrant community gathering space. Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles is part of a national network of permanent outdoor Levitt music venues, each with the mission of building community through music. Learn more at levittlosangeles.org.
Levitt LA is seeking an experienced, high-performing Executive Director for the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. The Executive Director provides leadership to Levitt LA and is responsible for the overall operations of the organization, overseeing all aspects of onsite management of the Levitt LA concert series. This position takes the lead role in the overall operational, financial and administrative management of Levitt LA. This includes comprehensive fundraising, including cultivating and stewarding individual donors, identifying and writing grants, soliciting and securing sponsorships, and producing benefit events. The scope of responsibility also includes direct support to the Board of Directors and Board committees; strategy and oversight of bilingual (English/Spanish) marketing/communications, community relations and outreach, audience development, and curation of the summer concert series; developing strategic partnerships; and monitoring organization performance and impact.
The Executive Director will serve as the public face of the organization, clearly articulating its mission, programs and impact to increase visibility of Levitt LA and enhance the organization's community reputation and standing amongst the city’s cultural offerings
The Executive Director position is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to play an instrumental role in leading Levitt LA into a sustainable future and is passionate about the power of the arts to activate public spaces and build stronger, more interconnected, and healthier communities.
Provide support to and work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure strong fiscal health, identify and secure contributions, sustain positive government and community relations, increase overall organization visibility, and advance Levitt LA’s mission
In collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff, develop and implement a strategic plan to guide the organization
Work closely with Board committees to develop and implement organization policies, goals and objectives
Work closely with Board members to identify new Board and committee members whose talents, expertise and experience will further Levitt LA’s mission and support for the organization
Cultivate and maintain relationships with the City, elected officials and community stakeholdersto deepen impact and advance the mission of the organization
Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan to assure the organization’s funding base is diverse and robust, including sponsorships, foundation and government grants, individual donors, and fundraisers
Develop and maintain systems of prospect management and research
Manage and ensure that all funder expectations are met and delivered in a timely manner
Hire and supervise salaried and hourly employees, and perform human resources responsibilities in managing staff, seasonal employee onboarding, personnel policies, annual reviews and employee benefits
Establish a positive and healthy working environment in accordance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations
Financial Planning, Operations Management & Program Oversight
Develop and manage an annual operating budget of approx. $850,000 as approved by the Board of Directors and according to the organization’s financial policies and processes
Manage all daily activities of the organization, including financial transactions and accounting; ensure accurate reporting of finances and activities; ensure operations align with organization policies
Coordinate with City departments regarding venue maintenance, site improvements and necessary City resources
Oversee and ensure the annual series of 50 free concerts is produced at the highest professional standards, is reflective of the community, and meets national Levitt programming guidelines
Oversee and ensure collaborative, productive and respectful relationships with Community Advisory Council members, key stakeholders, community partners, and other related constituent groups
Oversee and ensure a strategy and effective implementation of bilingual (English/Spanish) communications, including marketing, public relations, social mediaand grassroots outreach; assist with public relations efforts
Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect or have the potential to affect the organization; develop strategies and implement plans to address any such issues
Conduct all actions necessary to maintain Levitt LA’s 501(c)(3) status and ensure compliance with all local, state and federal regulations regarding Levitt LA’s nonprofit status and charitable solicitation registrations
Bilingual Spanish and English, preferred but not required
Minimum 7 years nonprofit management experience, performing arts preferred
Minimum 5 years development experience with demonstrated success in securing sponsorships, individual donations and grants, as well as producing benefit events
Previous experience working closely with a Board of Directors
Strong leadership qualities, superb interpersonal skills, and willingness to work hands-on in executing Levitt LA’s strategies
Self-motivated with a high degree of initiative and entrepreneurial spirit
Exceptional budgeting and fiscal management skills
Previous experience with marketing and public relations
Excellent public speaking and written communication skills
Outgoing, approachable and effective relationship-builder
Innovative and strategic thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Strong ability to cultivate the creative ideas of others, connect ideas and project potential outcomes
Superior skills in organization and staff management, setting KPIs and meeting goals
Familiarity with Microsoft Office products, Mac operating system, and Google Drive
Familiarity with the histories and cultures of LA’s diverse communities; knowledge of the communities in the MacArthur Park-Westlake/Pico-Union area and surrounding neighborhoods, a plus
Willingness to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends, especially during concert season
Ability to commit to being on site at the concerts throughout the series, Thursday through Sunday evenings from beginning June through beginning September, including pre-concert set-up and post-concert breakdown
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
Valid driver’s license and current insurance required, with access toautomobile to use during working hours; mileage and parking will be reimbursed by organization on a monthly basis
Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org, including “Executive Director” in subject line.
Compensation commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package, including health insurance and 401k. EEO/AAW employer.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive benefits package, including health insurance and 401k. EEO/AAW employer.
About Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a national creative placemaking funder that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. We empower communities to transform underused outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life.
The Levitt Foundation realizes its mission of community through music through two main programs: permanent outdoor Levitt music venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. In 2019, more than 550 free Levitt concerts will be presented in 26 towns and cities across America, serving more than 750,000 people.
Permanent Levitt venues are located in cities as diverse as Los Angeles; Denver; Westport, Connecticut; Dayton, Ohio; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Memphis; and Arlington, Texas. Each permanent Levitt venue is programmed, managed and supported by its own 501(c)(3) Friends of
Levitt nonprofit organization (with Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles run by the Foundation), and each presents 50 free concerts every year. Due to accelerating interest from cities and engaged citizens, the Levitt network is growing. Developing Levitt locations acro...ss the country include Sioux Falls (opening 2019), San Jose and Fort Lauderdale, among other cities.
This year, 18 small to mid-sized towns and cities will present free Levitt concerts through the Levitt AMP Music Series. 2019 locations include Sheboygan, Wis.; Utica, N.Y.; Carson City, Nev.; and Middlesboro, Ky., to name a few. Each Levitt AMP winner will present 10 free concerts in a reimagined public space beginning this spring and continuing through the fall.
All Levitt concerts feature acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning artists in a broad range of music genres. Levitt’s family-friendly vibe and open green spaces attract people of all ages and backgrounds. Friends, neighbors, as well as those whose paths might not cross otherwise, gather to relax on the lawn or dance to the music. As an example of the high caliber talent presented across the Levitt network, the 2019 GRAMMY nominees included 17 artists who have performed on Levitt stages in recent years.
To learn more about the national Levitt Foundation, visit levitt.org.