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Employment Opportunities

Development Manager

Program/Department: Administration/Management

Reports To:  Producing Artistic Director 

Classification:  Full-Time Salary — Exempt

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization, produces artistic works and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific experiences. As the longest running professional theatre of color in the country, EWP has a full-time staff of 7 and produces 3-5 mainstage shows per season at the 240 seat David Henry Hwang Theater located in Downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, EWP’s education programs reach over 11,000 students in Southern California through touring shows and storytelling workshops; and its professional enrichment programs support artists with an actor conservatory program and the David Henry Hwang Writer’s Institute.  

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to EWP’s Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai, the Development Manager will oversee individual donor and corporate sponsorship programs, support Board development, and oversee the management and execution of grant writing to public and private funding agencies.  

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Producing Artistic Director to design and implement a comprehensive annual giving campaign; 
  • Oversee planning, strategy, and implementation of donor campaigns with Marketing Manager;
  • Devise and implement strategies to acquire, renew, and upgrade individual and corporate donors;
  • Strategically support the effective implementation and execution of an annual events schedule, including donor cultivation events, two annual fundraising events, and related efforts;
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors on their fundraising efforts and communicate development initiatives with the Board;
  • Manage a contract grant writer, oversee a robust grant writing calendar, and work with the General Manager in preparing budgets and financial documents related to grant programs;
  • Manage strategic community partnerships with neighboring businesses in Little Tokyo and other community non-profits;
  • Manage a Development Intern, when applicable;
  • Manage donor cultivation and VIPs during opening nights, and for the duration of a show run.

REQUIREMENTS

East West Players seeks a proactive and strategic leader to help shape the organization’s future. This individual will possess a passion for Asian American issues, and for bringing people together across community lines. Interpersonal skills and oral/written skills must be exceptional. We are seeking an individual who can develop big picture strategy, and then implement that strategy day-to-day — all with a vision to help EWP grow beyond current contributed income sources. 

Additional requirements include:
– 5+ years of development management experience, preferably in the arts field
A track record of securing major gifts and meeting contributed income goals
– Experience working with the Asian American community
– Proficiency in PatronManager and/or Salesforce is a plus
– Must be able to handle multiple projects efficiently, work under high-stress situations, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Compensation is commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation; sick leave; personal and holidays.

TO APPLY

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest, resume, and salary requirements via email to jobs@eastwestplayers.org, ℅ Snehal Desai, Producing Artistic Director.  Please include “DEVELOPMENT MANAGER POSITION” in the subject line. 

This position is available to start immediately.  Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early, with a preference towards submissions made by December 20th.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please do not submit any application materials through the mail or phone. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

It is the policy of East West Players to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


 

Finance & HR Manager

Department: Administration/Finance/Human Resources
Reports To: Producing Artistic Director
Classification: Full-Time Salary — Exempt

Position Summary: The Finance & HR Manager is responsible for all financial and human resource administration for East West Players. Specific responsibilities include management of daily office operations, financial oversight, bookkeeping, human resources management, contracts & agreements, theatre rental operations, and vendor management.
Traits and Characteristics: This individual will possess a passion for equity, diversity, and inclusion, particularly for the Asian Pacific Islander community, and for bringing people together across community lines. Interpersonal skills must be exceptional. They must independently initiate and pursue objectives in an organized and efficient manner, prioritize activities, and maximize departmental interaction to complete high-quality work on time.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Finance:
● Oversee daily financial activities including accounts payable and accounts receivable
● Manage payroll for full-time and part-time employees, including union and non-union personnel
● Negotiate and execute contracts (artistic, leases, unions, vendors, insurance, etc)
● Serve as point of contact for EWP vendors and external partners
● Collaborate with Producing Artistic Director and Board Chair to develop annual budgets
● Analyze and create weekly finance reports that are disseminated to the Producing Artistic Director and Board Chair
● Collaborate annually with our auditing firm to prepare audited company financials
● Work with Production to manage rental inquiries for our venue, shop, and props/costumes stock
● Lead the organization towards 100% PCI compliance
Human Resources:
● Work with Producing Artistic Director to create and implement company HR policies
● Responsible for the organization’s risk management strategy
● Manage employee benefits tracking and implementation (health, insurance, retirement – 403b)
● Ensure compliance with annual audits / reviews of insurance programs and employee benefits
● Manage the annual review processes and various staff trainings throughout the year
● Responsible for onboarding new employees
● Maintain an up-to-date employee handbook
● Stay informed about new legislation that impacts the organization

Experience and Qualifications: 5+ years of non-profit financial and/or human resources experience, ideally in the performing arts. Passion for demonstrable results in arts, arts education, or cultural impact organizations preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a participatory leadership style in working collaboratively with artistic personnel, staff, and volunteers. Experience with theatrical unions (AEA, SDC, USA/IATSE, etc) strongly preferred. Experience with Quickbooks is required; familiarity with MS Office, Google Drive/Docs, Dropbox, DocuSign a plus. Must be able to multitask efficiently, work under high-stress situations, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits plan is offered, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation; sick leave; personal and holidays.

To Apply: This position is available to start immediately. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early. Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via email by January 8, 2019 to jobs@eastwestplayers.org.

Please include “FINANCE & HR MANAGER POSITION” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: EWP provides all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Associate Technical Director
Program/Department: Production
Reports To: Director of Production
Classification: Part-Time Hourly (28 hours per week) 

Position Summary: The Associate Technical Director is responsible for supporting technical production and physical plant operations for East West Players (EWP). Areas of responsibility include technical production for stage productions and rental events, supervision of the EWP scenic, costume and prop shops, rehearsal space, and facilities support for the 236-seat David Henry Hwang theatre at Union Center for the Arts. 

Traits and Characteristics: This individual will possess a passion for equity, diversity, and inclusion, particularly for the Asian Pacific Islander community, and for bringing people together across community lines. They must independently initiate and pursue objectives in an organized and efficient manner, prioritize activities, and maximize departmental interaction to complete high-quality work on time. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Oversee scheduling, administration, and implementation of technical operations 
  • Maintain standards of safety and quality 
  • Schedule and supervise production crew 
  • See to the maintenance and care of lighting, audio, props, and costume inventory 
  • Supervise the scheduling, maintenance and operation of the EWP Shop facility 
  • Oversee purchasing for all production and physical plant operations 
  • Track expenses and budgets for productions and rental activities 
  • Maintain master schedule for all venues and site operations 
  • Oversee security and safety procedures for EWP venues 
  • Minor janitorial and repair work for EWP venues 
  • Maintain building exterior including signage, marquee, banners, etc 

Experience and Qualifications: 3+ years of hands-on technical theatre experience required. Experience supervising crews. Experience with theatrical unions (AEA, SDC, USA/IATSE, etc) strongly preferred. Possess a working knowledge of scenic carpentry (understanding of structural engineering, and basic construction) and scenic painting (understanding of basic painting technique, hazardous chemical care). Possess an understanding of basic rigging, safety and weight load bearing. Familiarity with MS Office, Google Drive/Docs, Dropbox, DocuSign a plus. Must be able to multitask efficiently, work under high-stress situations, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 

Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 50 lbs, climb stairs and catwalks, climb ladders, kneel, work at heights, work with arms above the head. 

Compensation: $18/hr 

To Apply: This position is available to start immediately and no later than January 27, 2019. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early. Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via email by January 10, 2019 to jobs@eastwestplayers.org. Please include “ASSOCIATE TD POSITION” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer: EWP provides all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Casting Calls

There are no open casting calls at this time.


Casting Requests

All casting requests must be submitted via email to casting@eastwestplayers.org. No phone calls please.


Play Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting your script to East West Players.

Please note that our mission focuses on the Asian Pacific experience, and the majority of the new works we workshop and produce revolve around Asian and Asian American characters and/or themes. We are interested in both plays and musicals.  Works need not be “issue-oriented,” in that race/immigrant issues can be an unspoken component in the work.

We are particularly interested in new comedies, musicals, and works that unearth the history of Asians in America.

Writers are strongly encouraged to browse through our production history, which can be found here. Ask yourselves what kind of plays we’ve produced in the past, and who our audience is.

Manuscripts are now being accepted via email. Scripts should be emailed to literary@eastwestplayers.org. Emailed versions of scripts are preferred.

Scripts should be submitted in a PDF format and must include the following:

1. A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number, website and email address.
2. A theatrical resume (two pages max) listing major productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, etc., as well as education and training information.
3. A 100 word max synopsis of the play.

Our Literary Committee will read all scripts we deem to be in line with the mission of the theater. Due to the large volume of submissions we will only reach out to playwrights whose work we are interested in.

If you have questions as to whether your work might be suitable for our theater or if you are a playwright with multiple works and not sure what to submit, email: literary@eastwestplayers.org for assistance. Thank you!