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Director of Development - Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise

Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Apr 26, 2023


Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise (LAAAE) is a public charter school located in the west downtown Los Angeles community.

The founding of LAAAE originated with Moctesuma Esparza, a motion picture industry leader who has received over 200 honors and awards, including an Emmy Award and Clio Award, as well as nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. In addition to movie making, Esparza has been active in the community, including previously serving on the Board of Directors of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) which is located on the California State University, Los Angeles campus. This experience led Esparza to envision a charter school as an option for students unable to access LACHSA, but whose dreams and talents needed to be nurtured and developed. He believed all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, should have access to a college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on visual and performing arts and entrepreneurship. Thus, LAAAE was founded and continues to develop into a viable public education option for students and families.


Reporting to the director of curriculum and instruction, the Director of Development is responsible for all grant writing, grant management activities, and writing projects to support fundraising for programs which benefit the LAAAE community. The Director of Development will maintain an understanding of our community and goals and work to organize, oversee, and report on projects that will benefit our students.

Core Values

  • Passion for working with a socio-economically, culturally, and racially with diverse students, including those with special needs
  • Cooperation with parents, students, administrators, and teachers to strengthen educational opportunities for students
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and constant professional growth
  • Exemplifies professionalism, punctuality, cordiality, and is team-oriented
  • Upholds and enforces board policy, administrative procedures, and school rules and regulations, and is supportive of them to the public

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify and Research foundations and corporate funders
  • Develop Cultivation Methods for Foundation/Institutional Funders
  • Manage private and public grant writing and reporting:

○ Prepare and write LOIs, concept papers, proposals that are tailored to each funder based on their priorities and requirements

○ Coordinate LAAAE’s participation in and submission of state and federal grants, work with contracted grant writers when necessary

  • Manage and write grant reports, ensure submission of thoughtful and timely reports ● Ensure compliance for federal and state grants, including facilitation of program officer calls, audits, monitoring visits, and regulatory guidance.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Two (2) years experience in grant writing and project management, preferably in an educational setting or equivalent education
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in writing competitive grant proposals or research and/or evaluation reports
  • Ability to meet with and engage Foundation staff and leaders.
  • Ability to pass criminal background investigation

Classroom and Campus Management

  • Works with the staff in developing and enforcing, in accordance with school guidelines, reasonable rules of student behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied
  • Works with the staff in taking necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities
  • Shares responsibility during the school day for the supervision of students in all areas of the school

Physical Demands

The employee may spend time standing and sitting in the classroom, workspace, or assigned supervision locations. While standing the employee may frequently hold light objects they are working with or demonstrating, etc. These can be held from waist level to slightly above the head. The employee must be able to walk through a classroom and be able to maneuver in tight spaces between desks. Dealing with students can entail kneeling or squatting, stooping and bending from 50-70 degrees at the waist on an occasional to frequent basis on a given day. A chalkboard, white board, or electronic smart board is occasionally to frequently used which can require grasping the chalk, marker, eraser, or electronic controller, reaching at, below or above shoulder height with the dominant upper extremity and may require trunk or neck rotation to look back at class.

The employee may be required to assist in physical education and this would occasionally involve lifting, using both upper extremities while assisting a child. The employee may be required to do playground/yard duty or outdoor supervision, which involves walking on even and uneven surfaces including pea gravel and negotiating a 6” curb.

The employee may assist with the use of computers, overhead projectors, TV, VCR, etc. which would require a 10 pound force to push or pull the TV/VCR stand. The overhead projector requires 5 pounds of force to move. When working with equipment it may also be necessary to forward bend, squat, and/or kneel.

The employee may move children’s desks and chairs to change the layout of the classroom or office space. It is occasionally necessary to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 25 pounds to a location up to 200 feet away.

The employee must sit on an occasional basis while working. This is done at the desk with forward bending from the waist, leaning on the forearms, and looking down which requires neck flexion. It is necessary to grasp and manipulate pens, markers, scissors, staplers, etc., either occasionally or frequently, depending on the day. The employee may occasionally have to climb or balance on counters, step- ladders or chairs.

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