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CLA actively seeks to represent the diversity of the arts community in its staff and board of directors. CLA is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. CLA prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is prohibited by CLA.


Los Angeles

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Program Coordinator - Sacramento Office - Arbitration and Mediation Services (AAMS)  Sacramento Mediation Center (SMC)

Program Description: AAMS which was founded by CLA as a national alternative dispute resolution model program in 1980, helps artists and arts organization of all disciplines resolve conflicts. The SMC program was acquired in 2008. 

Responsibilities: The Program Coordinator of AAMS-SMC will serve as a neutral third party conciliator/mediator, discuss AAMS-SMC services with prospective clients, answer questions, and conduct intakes with diverse artists, arts organizations and other community members, conciliate arts-related and community conflicts, coordinate mediation sessions with volunteer mediators, and maintain accurate records in order to generate required monthly and annual reports for the Sacramento County Dispute Resolution Program and other funding agencies, as well as to provide periodic reports to the AAMS committee of the CLA Board. 

In addition, the Program Coordinator will maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego, and work with statewide staff to market AAMS to the arts, alternative dispute resolution and legal communities. The Program Coordinator will also develop program funding, help lead a variety of ADR training programs, as well as recruit and supervise program volunteers and interns, and perform other tasks as needed. There may be opportunities to mediate cases in the Sacramento CHCM program, while it continues on Zoom.

Supervision: The Program Coordinator reports to the Associate Director and will assist in maintaining quality standards for the program to fulfill the mission of CLA. 

Prerequisites: BA degree and completion of a 25-hour mediation training program are required; JD degree and legal background helpful. Experience with alternative dispute resolution, Sacramento arts and entertainment sectors, non-profit administration, city and county government, legal programs or other volunteer services will contribute to success. Desired qualities include excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong analytical abilities, facilitative leadership skills, ability to work on multiple tasks as a member of a team, flexibility, and a sense of humor. 

Time Commitment: This position is a full-time non-exempt position at 40 hours/week.

Starting Salary: $21 - $27 per hour, depending on experience 

To Apply: please send a letter of interest, a current resume and three references via e-mail to: No phone calls please.

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San Diego

San Francisco

Designing Creative Futures Program Manager - Job Description

Program Description: The Program Manager will work with CLA’s executive team in implementing Designing Creative Futures, a creative workforce development program for returning residents now being expanded statewide. The Program Manager will be charged with coordinating with CLA’s team and collaborating organizations/work sites throughout the planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting phases of the three-year program.

Responsibilities: will include helping to identify viable candidates for participation in the project and facilitating their on-boarding with participating organizations, reviewing proposed curriculum of partner organizations, maintaining weekly contact with trainees to monitor mentorship, supervision and support at their respective work sites, devising evaluative tools to measure the success of the interns throughout their employment, coordinating documentation of all aspects of the program, scheduling CLA’s monthly supplemental job readiness, communications and conflict resolution skills workshops for trainees, identifying and coordinating interns’ support by a career/college counselor(s) during the of internships, collecting requisite data for grants reporting, assisting in seeking additional funding as CLA seeks to replicate and scale the program, and other program-related duties, as needed. The role will require considerable personal initiative, creativity, flexibility and innovation, as the Manager will initiate the program in Northern California. Although initially intended as full time position, there is the possibility of flexibility as desired.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Arts degree and 3-5 years experience working with non-profit organizations, arts in corrections and/or re-entry programs required. Candidates must possess strong interpersonal, organizational and communications skills, as well as the capacity to work both independently and collaboratively on multiple tasks with competing timelines with flexibility and a sense of humor.

CLA’s programs, services and hiring practices support principles of equity, diversity, inclusivity and engagement. CLA is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities to individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation or veteran status. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Time Commitment: The position is full time.

Starting Salary: $24-$26/hour, depending on experience. 

To apply: Please send a letter of interest, a current resume and two references via e-mail to: No phone calls please.

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