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Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Community Organizer

Employment type
Full Time
Posted
12 days ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

Summary: The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust’s (“Neighborhood Land Trust”) Community Organizers provide integral connections between the Neighborhood Land Trust and community residents. Each Community Organizer (CO) is expected to develop and maintain a wide-range of relationships within their assigned project/community, including relationships with community members, Neighborhood Councils, homeowners and neighborhood organizations, business leaders, elected officials, City and County of Los Angeles departments, and other project/community stakeholders.

CO responsibilities include developing resident leadership, building support and membership, performing outreach and education, overseeing a neighborhood campaign, and involving resident leaders in organization-wide campaigns. The successful candidate will be expected to implement the following goals: 

  • Develop and maintain a strong base of active and informed park equity leaders at a minimum of three (3) parks/gardens projects.
  • Build effective organizing relationships with partners, elected officials, and other key stakeholders near each project site.
  • Keep and maintain organized files of agendas, flyers, sign-in sheets, and other important documents per project.
  • Develop and implement a neighborhood campaign with a diverse base of park users/gardeners.

 

CO must represent the organization with a high level of professionalism, organization, and friendliness. The Community Organizer reports to the Director of Organizing.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.
  • 1 - 2 years of experience in community organizing and leadership development in a non-profit setting.
  • Demonstrated consciousness of racial justice, environmental racism, and equity.
  • Self motivated, creative, detail-oriented, and energetic.
  • Experience working in low-income communities of color.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to be a public speaker; comfortable presenting in front of large groups.
  • Demonstrated commitment to power building.
  • Experience with coalition-building to support projects and/or create neighborhood changes.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Google applications required.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Willingness to work after hours and weekends when necessary and ability to work independently.
  • Must thrive on change, innovation, and teamwork.

 

Background: The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust creates change by supporting low-income communities of color to more effectively realize their power and influence over the use of land. We work with residents to increase communities’ access to parks and gardens, while organizing to change local policies to develop more equitable park and food systems for generations to come. We believe that this work is necessary to overcome decades of disinvestment, racism, and environmental injustice in low-income communities of color and that no person in LA County should live without a safe park or access to fresh, healthy food. As a community-based non-profit land owner, developer, and steward for safe public space, we work with residents from design to stewardship.  We meet our goals by:

  • Designing, building and managing urban parks and gardens;
  • Organizing and developing campaigns to address both social and environmental conditions, including park equity and land use policy improvements;
  • Supporting and developing community leaders, both youth and adults to be advocates for park equity and food justice through programming, training, and technical assistance.
  • Partnering with community-based organizations, government agencies, and key stakeholders to advance our project and policy work.

 

Since 2002, we’ve helped create 27 parks and community gardens. We currently steward 12 parks and community gardens and we’ve got another eight in our active development pipeline. We take pride in innovative and challenging work which makes change a part of our regular work day life.

Annual Salary: Salary is based on qualifications and experience. Neighborhood Land Trust provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, vision, dental, supplemental insurance, 401k, vacation time, sick time, holidays, flexible schedules, an annual professional development budget, staff events and the support of a healthy work-life balance.

Key Responsibilities: The CO is primarily responsible for growing Neighborhood Land Trust’s visibility in communities, cultivating community residents as leaders, advocates, and organizing residents in low-income communities of color to improve their neighborhood and park equity. CO will maintain direct and strategic communication with partner organizations, residents and leaders, elected officials, and more. The CO will cultivate relationships in communities to promote park equity, food justice, community development, and policy changes. The essential functions or duties listed are intended as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Project Strategy and Leadership Development

  • Ensure all work is performed in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
  • Manage a minimum of three (3) parks and/or gardens. 
  • Perform and oversee various forms of outreach, including door-to-door, phone banking, tabling, etc.
  • Create and distribute appropriate educational materials and mailings in the languages needed for your assigned community.
  • Have a presence at relevant local community events and meetings to integrate partners and their membership into project and organization’s campaign work.
  • Identify, recruit and develop community members to play leadership roles at park sites.
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders and residents within assigned project area.
  • Coordinate meetings with the community members in the identification, design and development of park or community garden projects.
  • Manage conflict and perform crisis management of community issues that directly impact park projects.
  • Organize community events to engage residents and generate enthusiasm for campaigns and programs.
  • Develop strategic campaigns around each park/garden project site that helps to improve the public health and safety of a neighborhood.

 

Communications

  • Contribute to the Neighborhood Land Trust’s communications and overall storytelling efforts.
  • Have knowledge of social media platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
  • Take photographs and provide basic copy describing photos, both of which may be used on social media platforms, as well as in institutional communications including an electronic newsletter.
  • Support Neighborhood Land Trust brand and marketing efforts, such as by wearing Neighborhood Land Trust shirt or name badge at company events when requested.

 

Administrative

  • Perform administrative activities associated with effective project management, including: compiling, storing, and retrieving data for assessments and reports; create and maintain project files (both electronic and paper) in a manner easily accessible by all staff members.
  • Answer phones and respond to e-mails (and any kind of correspondence) in a timely manner.
  • Respond to vendor, donors, and community members in a responsive timeframe.
  • Support with grant proposals and reports.
  • Develop systems and best practices for project organizing work, and train organizing team as directed by Director of Organizing.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns.

 

Neighborhood Land Trust Organizational Team Work

  • Attend coalition meetings, staff meetings and retreats, and conferences as requested.
  • Respond to requests from your supervisor for special projects, as needed.
  • Work as a team player to fulfill the mission and goals of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts for the organization and to sustain this position.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
To apply

Apply here: https://landtrust.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=18

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. People with multiple marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply, including queer, trans, people with disabilities and/or people of color. The Land Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

We will begin reviewing applications on April 9, 2018.