$1 Million. 5 Winners. Two Years to Shape LA.
Submit your idea by March 30, 2018.
LURN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building sustainable communities through innovative urban planning strategies, advocacy, action---oriented research, and responsible development. Founded in 2008, the organization employs a multi---disciplinary approach to its work, creating spaces for new ideas, compiling research, supporting local entrepreneurs and leaders, and helping other organizations implement their innovations.
LURN administers a suite of economic development initiatives that provide resources to businesses and entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods. These initiatives include:
COMPRA Foods, a purchasing cooperative and distribution program managed in partnership with the LA Food Policy Council and API Forward Movement. COMPRA Foods aims to increase access to healthy and affordable foods in low-income neighborhoods by leveraging the collective purchasing power of small grocers and convenience stores in low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles;
The Semi’a Fund, a micro-loan fund focused on providing low-interest loans to entrepreneurs in low- income neighborhoods. The Semi’a Fund focuses its outreach on entrepreneurs in the informal economy and other business owners who have an entrepreneurial vision but no access to capital. In addition to capital, the Semi’a Fund offers one-on-one coaching for its clients; and
The (Re)Store Fund, a micro-equity program that invests in businesses in low-income neighborhoods. In exchange for patient capital, LURN receives a minority stake in the business and leverages its networks and resources to help the business grow over time. Repayment of the investment is based on the performance of the business.
In addition to this work, LURN advocates for thoughtful urban policy such as the legalization of street vendors, and maintains a portfolio of clients through its mission-oriented consulting practice, LURN Advisors.
LURN is seeking an Associate to support LURN’s economic development initiatives. The Associate will primarily focus their efforts on: the COMPRA Foods initiative, a purchasing cooperative and distribution system for small grocers and the Semi’a Fund, a micro-loan fund for entrepreneurs in low- income neighborhoods. The Associate is a self-motivated, energetic individual, who will be working with a wide range of community members and program partners. The Associate will report to the Director of Programs and Operations and will work closely with LURN staff on other projects as necessary.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Other Programmatic Support
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
LURN offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. A cover letter and resume should be submitted to [email protected] For more information, please visit www.lurnetwork.org.
Bilingual: English and Spanish
Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].