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Executive Director

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Streetlights | Los Angeles, CA


Published 12 days ago

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The STREETLIGHTS Production Assistant Program ( is seeking an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR to support its mission of creating careers behind-the-camera for skilled young people from diverse backgrounds who have historically been denied equal access to one of California’s largest workforces: The Entertainment Industry. 

STREETLIGHTS was founded in 1992 as a social justice organization by Commercial and documentary producer, Dorothy Thompson, to address the lack of fulfilling job opportunities available in the Entertainment Industry to young men and women from L.A.’s underrepresented communities. Specifically, she noted the shortage of employment options that would support greater diversity on TV Commercial, Film and Television productions. Now the foremost Job Training, Job Placement and Career Advancement program in the country, STREETLIGHTS’ goal is to see even more of its graduates established in careers, not just jobs; to see them progress from Production Assistants to Union memberships or management positions in behind-the-camera fields that interest them and for which they show aptitude.

The comprehensive 4-week production training is held four times a year, followed by services dedicated to Job Placement, to help the new Production Assistants get a foot in the door and make the necessary contacts for the freelance world of production. What distinguishes Streetlights from other Job Training and Placement programs is its proven Career Advancement component, which provides experienced graduates with worthwhile and rewarding professions, as well as financial and social parity.


The Executive Director will join the STREETLIGHTS’ team at a pivotal moment as the Founder/Executive Director transitions away from the responsibility for the day-to-day Program, Fund Development, and Administrative activities and into the newly titled role of Executive Placement Director.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a demonstrated track record of superior performance and leadership in corporate or nonprofit management. Reporting to the STREETLIGHTS Board of Directors, the Executive Director will help guide STREETLIGHTS into its next chapter of changing lives, while creating more diversity on the stages and locations of Southern California and beyond.


  • Development/Fundraising: Fund Development is a key responsibility of this position, including, but not limited to the creation, implementation, management and oversight of all current and new streams of funding, working in collaboration with the Board of Directors to increase individual and corporate donations, as well as grant writing,  sponsorship procurement, event planning, etc
  • Community and Corporate Relations: Responsible for connecting with Entertainment Industry entities, Labor and Management groups, governmental and corporate representatives, etc. to both, establish new job opportunities for STREETLIGHTS’ graduates and to garner financial support for the program. A significant part of the job will be to enhance the Program’s profile as a leader in the field of diversifying behind-the-camera projects in Feature Film, Television, TV Commercial and New Media productions and to raise brand awareness and support for our work.
  • Program: Responsible for collaborating with the Managing Director and Executive Placement Director in the implementation, refinement and/or development of programming, including in Job Training, Job Placement and Career Advancement efforts.
  •  Operations: Responsible for administration of overall operations of the STREETLIGHTS.
  • Financial Management: Responsible for the financial management of the corporation, including, but not limited to accounting, financial analysis and reporting, creating and managing annual budget and maintaining a system of controls and compliance with all local, state and federal regulations.
  • Staff Management: Responsible for overall leadership and management of staff.
  • Marketing: Responsible for oversight of marketing, public relations and promotions efforts across all platforms and, in collaboration with Managing Director, all marketing materials.
  • Board of Directors: Responsible for supporting all activities associated with the Board of Directors; including providing information, advice and counsel to the Board, Board Committees and Board Members, including developing and implementing short and long-term strategic goals to ensure STREETLIGHTS’ continued success and sustainability.

The perfect candidate will have the ability to develop a vision that looks to the future yet embraces the organization’s established strengths. They will understand the impact of change and will value the importance of creating a culture that welcomes the divergent views of team members, while maintaining a commitment to best practices and innovation.


  • Undergraduate degree, ideally in Business, Public Policy or Nonprofit Management, or equivalent employment experience.
  • At least 3-5 years’ progressively responsible senior management experience required, knowledge of the Entertainment Industry hierarchy and production, and experience in workforce development, or education, or working with young adults.
  • Demonstrated and measurable success in fundraising, knowledge of fundraising trends and the fundraising community, as well as knowledge of the principles and techniques of grant procurement and contract administration, community organization, fiscal and organizational management, principles and practices of marketing and public relations.
  • An innovative, approachable, and hands-on supervisor, the Executive Director will be a progressive, open-minded and entrepreneurial self-starter with keen business acumen and strong people management skills to deliver results. A proven track record of success in working with boards, staff, communities, and major donors to achieve goals is a must.
  • Provides Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership skills. In partnership the Board, the Executive Director will have the ability to develop and implement clear, action-oriented, innovative strategies for a successful leadership transition over time, and across all levels of supervision.  
  • Excellence in operational management, including ability to set and achieve short and long-term objectives, and provide superior budget design and implementation that meet all internal and external financial reporting requirements.
  • Administrative experience and direct experience supervising, motivating, coordinating and evaluating staff performance.
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate program activities; negotiate and administer contracts, work with Commercial vendors, corporations, government agencies, community groups and other organizations as necessary.
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  •  Ability to work gracefully under pressure in a collaborative, creative, fast-paced, non-corporate environment.
  • Proficient PC computers and MS Office. Knowledge in the use of technology for accomplishing the organization’s goals, including social media, office systems, grants management (Filemaker Pro) and financial management (QuickBooks).


  • Salary: Commensurate with experience
  • Medical benefits
  • Generous vacation, sick, and holiday allocation 


  • Please visit the STREETLIGHTS’ website to learn more about our programs.
  • Submit resume AND Cover Letter
  • Please include in Subject Line: Executive Director

The STREETLIGHTS Production Assistant Program ( is seeking an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR to support its mission of creating careers behind-the-camera for skilled young people from diverse backgrounds who have…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

How to Apply

Please submit resume AND cover letter to

Please submit resume AND cover letter to


662 N. Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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