Director, Government & Community Engagement


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Community and DEI
151 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles
United States of America




Reporting to the Chief Content and Engagement Officer, the Director of Government and Community Engagement, leads, manages and evaluates the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s (Association) relationships with all levels of government leadership and oversees diverse community partnerships and engagement. They will proactively facilitate key relationships on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will work collaboratively with all departments and facets of the organization to maximize engagement and ensure lasting and positive impact. They serve as a thought partner, leader and champion for equity, diversity and inclusion especially regarding the Association’s external affairs priorities. The Director will be strongly committed to growing the organization’s capacity as a compassionate, collaborative community and civic partner.


Position Elements:

  • Strategically direct and facilitate the Association’s relationships with various government leaders and staff at different levels (local, regional, state and federal).
  • Develop and maintain relationships with government officials and staff and with arts advocacy groups and membership associations that represent the Association’s priorities. Serve as key representative and contact for all civic leaders and staff including but not limited to, all Los Angeles County Supervisor offices and the County Office of Protocol, City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, California State officials, and various city, county and state departments, agencies and commissions. Proactively engage government officials and staff as thought partners and advisors.
  • Work closely with executive and senior leadership to ensure County-related issues such as transportation, access for patrons with disabilities, ballot initiatives, lease agreement compliance, renovation issues, required reports, all requests for approvals, etc. on behalf of the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford, are appropriately managed/completed in a timely manner.
  • In addition to reporting to the Chief Content and Engagement Officer, advise and work with CEO, Executive Team and Senior Team members and offer perspectives and recommendations on government related priorities and communities, ensuring alignment with organizational strategy.
  • Participate in all senior team meetings and retreats. 
  • Direct the development and/or implementation and evaluation of innovative partnerships, community engagement activities and initiatives that deepen and solidify the organization’s relationship with LA’s diverse communities, with particular sensitivity and expertise related to cultural equity, diversity and inclusion. This might include free public concerts in non-traditional spaces throughout the LA community, organizing and facilitating community engagement sessions as well as other activities that nurture and encourage meaningful connections with the Association. Serve as community contact as needed.
  • Manage and guide the priorities and work of the Creative Partnerships Manager, primarily focused on the FordLab program and also providing support across the organization.  Set clear goals and track progress and assist with prioritization. Also work closely with the Director, The Ford to ensure an effective FordLab that is evaluated regularly.
  • Strategize with Institutional Giving team in order to maximize government funding applications.
  • Regularly monitor legislation and public policy issues affecting the arts and the Association directly; recommend and organize appropriate action by the Board, staff, volunteers and orchestra.  Draft all related communications on behalf of CEO and other key executive team members.
  • Determine participation in action requests for advocacy needs from Arts for LA, Californians for the Arts, California Alliance for Arts Education, the League of American Orchestras and others. Draft all related communications on behalf of CEO and other key executive team members.
  • Serve as staff liaison with the Association’s Board in government relations questions and issues as needed.
  • Oversee inclusion and updates of required recognition within LA Phil materials for all government support and partnerships.
  • Ensure maintenance of an in-depth contact list and communication records for civic and community leaders and provide regular (weekly, monthly, quarterly) communications, reports and updates to various stakeholders.
  • Devise ongoing assessment and evaluation methods to benchmark against goals and priorities and determine progress, approaches and revisions. Create and present periodic reports and analysis.
  • Work with the CEO and the Chief Philanthropy Officer to identify board candidates that bring diversity of race, gender, age, orientation, ability, expertise, sphere of influence and perspective.
  • Devise protocols and oversee all ticketing requests from civic leaders and auction item requests from community organizations. Work closely with Marketing and Communications department to devise and disseminate community engagement tickets through YOLA and key partners such as social service, parks and recreation and educational organizations and also annually evaluate process and impact. 
  • Potentially serve on Los Angeles County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Committee and/or the Association’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force.
  • Coordinate government relations efforts with The Music Center and all resident companies.
  • Supervise budgeting and planning functions for assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Support special projects and major events such as galas, as needed. Regularly attend LA Phil and non-LA Phil events and convenings in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California.

Minimum Requirements

  • A minimum of 8 years of work experience directing or managing government relations and/or community engagement on behalf of non-profit organization; history of building trust through the development of creative partnerships. Experience within arts organization, preferred.
  • Track record in developing meaningful strategies and impact in community engagement work.
  • Knowledge of policymaking, varying roles and protocols within all levels of government.
  • Deep knowledge and training in equity and inclusion.
  • Skilled in relationship cultivation, team and consensus building.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong collaboration and leadership skills.
  • Usage of creative and strategic approaches to issue resolution.
  • Ability to respond quickly and thoughtfully to community and legislative issues, and able to successfully deal with varying personalities.
  • Familiarity and relationships within Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles or State of California, preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and mediation skills.
  • Must be computer literate and self-supporting with email, calendaring, spreadsheets, correspondence, power point presentation creation and all administrative needs. Ability to pick up various software and systems to increase efficiency and productivity. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Policy, or other related areas required, advanced degree preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Fluency in a language other than English, preferred.
  • Ability to work and be present for events and performances on weekends and in the evenings throughout the year.
  • Dedication and commitment to engage in and promote equity, diversity and inclusion among the staff, vendors, and within interactions with the surrounding community is a must.


COVID Workplace Safety Requirements

This position will require you to interact with employees, patrons, vendors and others who may or may not be vaccinated or recently tested. You will be required to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) required by the LA County Department of Public Health protocols and the LA Phil.  You agree to comply at all times with the LA Phil’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan, including testing and vaccination requirements.


How to apply:

Complete the online application by clicking here

  • Complete the application with all pertinent information.
  • At the end of the application, a confirmation page will appear when your submission has been successful


The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the FCIHO.