Serving the Creative Arts Community Since 1974


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.


Bay Area Program Coordinator - Arbitration and Mediation Services (AAMS)

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. 

Responsibilities: The Program Coordinator of AAMS will serve as a neutral third party conciliator/mediator, discuss AAMS services with prospective clients, answer questions, and conduct intakes with diverse artists and arts organizations, conciliate arts-related conflicts, coordinate mediation sessions with volunteer mediators, and maintain accurate records in order to generate required monthly and annual reports for the Alameda 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 Sacramento, 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 Civil Harassment Court Mediation program, while it continues on Zoom.

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

Prerequisites: BA degree required and completion of a 25-hour mediation training program; JD degree and legal background helpful. Experience with alternative dispute resolution, Bay Area 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 can be part time and flexible, for 25 - 30 hours/week, or full time 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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Los Angeles

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San Diego

Educational and Career Counselor


Salary: $40 - $50/hour, depending on experience

Time Commitment: 

Flexible, approximately 40 hours spread over four months

Program Description:

Designing Creative Futures is a workplace reentry pilot program for formerly incarcerated residents of San Diego with an interest in pursuing careers in the arts.


California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is seeking to hire a part-time Educational and Career Counselor for our new program Designing Creative Futures, a unique workplace reentry program for formerly incarcerated individuals in San Diego, CA with an interest in pursuing careers in the arts. Participants in the program will intern at diverse arts organizations, attend enrichment workshops on communication skills, conflict resolution, workplace etiquette, career exploration, learn about college admission and financial aid processes.The Educational and Career Counselor will meet with the participants individually to help set career and educational goals and provide recommendations for the steps to achieve them. The Counselor should also be available to participate in intern orientation the week of January 10-15, 2022.


  • Knowledge of community college, UC and CSU, and private school admission processes

  • Knowledge of financial aid and scholarship opportunities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Enthusiasm and experience working with diverse constituencies

  • Knowledge of academic and technical pathways in the arts

  • Flexibility and creative problem solving

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Minimum of two years of experience

  • Equivalent combination of education and progressive, relevant and direct experience will be considered in lieu of minimum educational/experience requirements indicated above

  • Experience working with people who are or have been incarcerated a plus

  • Justice impacted individuals are encouraged to apply

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 Francisco

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