Arts Administrator, Manager & Writer Seeking New Opportunity at DC Area
- Washington D.C. Metro Area
- Nonprofit Organization Management
Joshua Ford's Overview
- Programmer, Manager & Writer Seeking New Opportunity at DC Area
- Associate Executive Director at Washington DCJCC
- Chief Program Officer at Washington DCJCC
- Co-Director, Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts at Washington DCJCC
- Director at Washington Jewish Film Festival
- Associate Artistic Director at Theater J
- Freelance Stage Manager at DC Theater
- Grinnell College
- Montclair Kimberely Academy
Joshua Ford's Summary
I am a writer, public programmer and arts administrator with a passion for bringing big ideas to diverse audiences. Whether presenting public policy discussions, screenings of award-winning international films or producing professional theater, I have a record of high achievement which has attracted the attention and support of audiences, the press and the philanthropic community. I have had a particular focus on programming that brings both individuals and their issues from the fringes of the Jewish community into the mainstream. That has included the presentation of LGBT issues and individuals well before it had mainstream acceptance as well as supervising the only full-time outreach and engagement program to the GLBT community at any JCC in the country. I have also participated in the presentation of ground-breaking Middle East programming that tackles difficult issues with respect for all involved. I achieve these goals through the best practices in non-profit management and community building, working with funders and key staff to build success together. Whether you are looking to improve the language used in solicitation of donors or seeking to improve how you do program evaluation, I can help bring your organization to the next level. I’d like to continue to give voice to the marginalized, to engage the disaffected, to help people feel like they have some stake in a community and are neither isolated nor only obligated to look out for #1.
I am looking to work in a senior position for an organization or foundation engaged in the mission of fostering and improving communities through work in the arts, social action or policy. I’d like to bring my creativity and my talent for persuasive and compelling language to local and national efforts on behalf of the arts, civil rights, social justice and tolerance.
Joshua Ford's Experience
Associate Executive Director
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Recreational Facilities and Services industry
January 2011 – March 2014 (3 years 3 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area
• Oversaw exponential growth in the arts programs including 100% increases over the past 2 years in earned revenue for Film, Music and Literary Festivals and a 10% rise in overall program income.
• Managed search for a new director of Early Childhood, Youth and Family Programs that precipitated increases in preschool and camp enrollment, staff retention and expansion of programs for families with young children aged 0-12.
• Guided Outreach and Engagement programs targeted to young professionals, the LGBT community and those interested in social action through year-round and “special event” community service programs. Achievements included recognition of the GLOE – GBLT Outreach and Engagement Program by the Slingshot Fund as one of the most innovative programs and organizations in North America.
• Created timely and responsive programming by leveraging the resources of several departments to deal with hot-button issues such as “Race in America” and “Embracing Democracy” – a series of programs grappling with the American Jewish community’s changing relationship with Israel. Recognized with a Zahav Award at the 2014 JCCA of North America Biennial.
• Reinvigorated Jewish culture by commissioning a new live-score for the silent film The Yellow Ticket from Alicia Svigals, a founding member of the Klezmatics, The project received a touring grant from the Foundation for Jewish Culture which has brought it all around the country and allowed for a restoration of the film. Commissioned the sculptor Dahlia Luttwak to create a “reinterpreted” Sukkah to be publicly displayed on the front steps of the DCJCC’s historic building through a grant from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
• Expanded opportunities for community participation in new expressions of Jewish life through contests around the themes of various Jewish holidays that invited submission and exhibition of photographs, haikus and crafts. Used Social Media to expand reach of submissions and award prizes.
Chief Program Officer
December 2007 – December 2011 (4 years 1 month)
Supervise activities and budgets of all major non-fitness programs of the Washington DCJCC, including Arts, Community Service, Jewish Living & Learning, Seniors and Early Childhood, Camp & Family Services.
Serve on Agency’s senior management team to closely monitor all aspects of Center operation.
Manage collaboration between program directors and board leadership.
Act as a liaison between Federation, community agencies and other potential partners.
Articulate in talks and written materials a cohesive vision of programming and services delivered by the Washington DCJCC.
Organized event that established a $100,000 endowment fund for staff enrichment in honor of the departing CEO that included a personal letter from President Obama and testimonials from lay leaders, colleagues and long-time staff.
Launched the agency’s social media presence through blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Vine. Personally wrote hundreds of entries from tweets to blog posts that established a humane and responsive voice on topics in the arts, Jewish culture, politics and local events.
Co-Director, Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts
August 2004 – December 2007 (3 years 5 months)
Supervise program directors of the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington Jewish Music Festival, Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival and Screening Room.
Coordinate joint departmental fundraising and materials.
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Philanthropy industry
January 2003 – December 2007 (5 years)
Curated international Film Festival and year-round film program to reflect the best cinematic work being done in the field of the Jewish experience. Grew the size of the program and donor base by 50%.
Develop public programs to accompany films and encourage conversations and discussions between and amongst filmmakers, critics, scholars and audience.
Responsible for fundraising including corporate, private donors, in-kind and grants.
Represent the Film Festival at Berlin and other International Film Festivals.
Maintain and expand cooperative relationships with the media, cultural institutions, embassies, organizations and other festivals on a local, national and international level.
Associate Artistic Director
Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Performing Arts industry
June 2000 – April 2003 (2 years 11 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area
Oversaw production of six to eight show season at a professional Equity theater.
Developed audiences and group sales.
Assisted in season selection and artistic direction.
Supervise permanent, part-time and over-hire technical staff.
Wrote critically acclaimed play “Miklat” - Nominated for the Helen Hayes’ Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Subsequently produced in Palm Beach, St. Louis and Minneapolis.
Joshua Ford's Projects
Joshua Ford's Publications
Authors: Joshua Ford
- eJewish Philanthropy
- May 26, 2013
It is vital for arts institutions in the Jewish community, Jewish artists and the current generation of philanthropists that support the arts to begin articulating the argument that the support of the arts is not a distraction from the values the next generation of philanthropy seeks to support, but central to them.
Joshua Ford's Languages
Joshua Ford's Skills & Expertise
- Grant Writing
- Event Management
- Community Outreach
- Volunteer Management
- Program Development
- Board Development
- Event Planning
- Public Speaking
- Community Organizing
- Community Development
- Leadership Development
- Non-profit Administration
- Planned Giving
- Program Management
- Social Media
- Youth Development
- Annual Giving
- Arts Administration
- Social Justice
- Proposal Writing
- Program Evaluation
- Community Engagement
- Media Relations
- Resource Development
- International Development
- Public Relations
- Public Policy
- Policy Analysis
- Staff Development
- Strategic Communications
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Prospect Research
Joshua Ford's Education
Bachelor's Degree, American Studies
1990 – 1994
Grade: Graduated with Honors
Montclair Kimberely Academy
1986 – 1990
Grade: Graduated Cum Laude
1994 – 1995
Joshua Ford's Additional Information
reading, music, travel, history
- Groups and Associations:
- Honors and Awards:
• Slingshot Day 2013 – Conference Participant with Featured Program
• Community Conversation on Outreach To Interfaith Families – Breakout session leader, 2013
• Jewish Leadership Institute with Dr. Erica Brown
• Community Day of Learning, The Greater Washington Forum on Israeli-Arab Issues, planning committee, 2011-2014
• JCCA Professional Conference Panelist, Using New Media to Appeal To Young Adults, 2011
• Grants panelist for the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Kroll Documentary Film Fund (NY)
• Featured presenter at the 2004 National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Biennial Conference of North American Jewish Film Festivals in Boston and 2006 in Toronto
• Selected for July 2005 Kaplan Seminar for Emerging Leaders at the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
• Winner, 2006 Lynn Skolnick Sachs Award for Program Excellence
• 2002 Nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play at the Helen Hayes Awards
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