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Program Coordinator
Turnaround Arts: California

Los Angeles, CA

Turnaround Arts is a public-private partnership created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council. The program is designed to bring effective and integrated arts education into some of the lowest performing elementary and middle schools in the country.  Through this initiative, schools in the process of reform develop new strategies and tools to shift school culture and climate, and better engage students and parents through the arts.

The Turnaround Arts: California office seeks a skilled Program Coordinator to coordinate general program administrative functions, support special events, assist with our planned expansion and foster communications with schools, partners and media. The ideal candidate will be passionate about mission driven work, a self-motivated and ambitious team player, and excited about helping a new non-profit grow from the ground up. Join us and contribute to the changing face of education reform strategy.

Specific job responsibilities:

  • Maintain positive relationships with schools and key stakeholders including sensitive and confidential contacts
  • Communicate clearly and professionally to explain procedures, regulations and processes to a wide variety of individuals
  • Use discretion and judgment to communicate with media, high-profile officials and VIPs
  • Support special event planning, scheduling and execution, including, but not limited to: press conferences, media events, symposiums, visits with high-profile artists and public officials
  • Develop and maintain communications systems targeted at specific audiences
  • Develop master communications content calendars
  • Coordinate, post and monitor content for a variety of social media platforms
  • Ensure a consistent look and voice throughout all communications collateral
  • Adhere to guidelines for the communication of program related information
  • Process grant applications, program applications and other school deliverables and track adherence to deadlines
  • Draft and process contracts and track adherence contract terms and deliverable deadlines
  • Fact check and copy edit communications materials to ensure transmittal of error-free documents
  • Draft news releases and other correspondence involving research and persuasive writing
  • Provide advice to managers on program issues and resolving operational issues
  • Serve as the initial point of contact for the Turnaround Arts: California office
  • Develop and manipulate data in multiple databases
  • Calendar meetings and provide written meeting minutes
  • Coordinate travel arrangements
  • Provide budget support and process and track reimbursements and check requests
  • Compose letters, e-mails and presentations with clear writing and proper grammar
  • Maintain highly organized digital and paper filing systems
  • Assume other responsibilities as requested

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field of study
  • Demonstrated experience to perform the job responsibilities outlined above

Required skill sets:

  • Ambition and desire to help grow a non-profit startup from the ground up and support its expansion
  • Highly organized, self-motivated team player, excited to play a critical role in a small office and contribute to meaningful, mission driven work
  • Logistics experience, including coordinating meetings, symposiums, media events or other widely attended events
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, demonstrating tact, diplomacy and accuracy
  • Experience managing social media content and platforms
  • Ability to professionally format letters, press releases and other documents, including basic visual/graphic communications
  • Demonstrated discretion in dealing with high-profile contacts
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, take appropriate initiative and work independently
  • Ability and willingness to learn and perform a variety of administrative tasks as shifting program demands require
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to represent Turnaround Arts in an professional manner


  • Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience
  • Benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays and paid time off

Application procedure:

Submit the following materials to with the subject line “Program Coordinator Position.” Materials will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis with priority given to applications received by March 21, 2016. Interviews anticipated in April 2016.

  • Turnaround Arts: California Employment Application (available at
  • Cover letter demonstrating interest and ability to perform the job responsibilities outlined above
  • Resume demonstrating experience and education

NOTICE: All statements made on the application materials are subject to verification. Exaggerated, false or misleading statements may be cause for rejection of the application and/or termination of employment.

All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied offer of employment. We reserve the right to reject any or all applications, or to terminate the selection process for any position without prior notice.


Deadline: 03-21-2016

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