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Los Angeles Walks

Communications Manager

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Job Overview and Requirements Are you ready to use your writing and design skills and media savvy to advocate for safe, accessible, and equitable streets in Los Angeles? Are you eager to collaborate with staff and coalition partners to develop, articulate, and distribute messaging that elevates the urgent need for a healthier, more sustainable, more connected, and a more just public realm? Are you interested in being part of the growth and development of a nonprofit organization, strengthening its voice and increasing its impact and influence citywide? Los Angeles Walks is looking for a Communications Manager to coordinate and implement all aspects of external communications regarding our work, which includes policy advocacy, local organizing, public programming, and coalition-building around safe streets initiatives in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Walks is a project of Community Partners. With support from the Executive Director, Advocacy and Engagement Manager, advisory board, and Community Partners staff, the Communications Manager will be responsible for developing communications strategy and coordinating all communications for Los Angeles Walks. The Communications Manager will also help to support the communications needs of two projects of Los Angeles Walks: the LA Vision Zero Alliance and SoCal Families for Safe Streets.

ABOUT US:​ Los Angeles Walks is a pedestrian advocacy organization that works to make walking safe, accessible, fun, and equitable in Los Angeles. We promote walking and pedestrian infrastructure in Los Angeles, educate Angelenos and local policymakers regarding the rights and needs of pedestrians of all abilities, and foster the development of safe and vibrant environments for all people walking. We believe that walking is the most fundamental form of mobility, and that everyone deserves a safe walking environment – regardless of income, age, race, ability, or ZIP code. We believe that providing all residents with a safe walking environment is a core function of government. We know that the historical and current disinvestment in low-income communities and communities of color has had staggering impacts on access to safe street infrastructure and on collision rates in Los Angeles. With that, LA Walks prioritizes support for projects and programs that address this historic and current discrimination, particularly in regards to the Vision Zero High-Injury Network. We consider the intersection of housing security and public investment in changing neighborhoods. We also value community-centered projects and deep community engagement.

OUR STORY:​ In 1998, urban designer Deborah Murphy founded Los Angeles Walks along with friends who were focused on fostering a more livable city. Over the years, thanks to a large and dedicated group of volunteers, Los Angeles Walks consistently worked to raise awareness about pedestrian issues and bring attention to the role of walking in the City of Los Angeles. In fall of 2011, under the fiscal umbrella of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Los Angeles Walks began a sustained, grassroots effort to support walking in LA. In 2013, Los Angeles Walks was granted scal sponsorship by Community Partners, joining 150 local projects moving the region forward. In 2015, we hired our first full time staff member and helped to found the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, a citywide coalition that Los Angeles Walks continues to coordinate, develop, and maintain. In January 2018 the organization grew to include a full time Advocacy and Engagement Manager.

REPORTS TO:​ Executive Director

SUPERVISES:​ Volunteers, Interns

Communications (80%)

  • Conduct a communications assessment. Develop a plan to improve and constantly evaluate the organization’s communications.
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy to increase awareness of the organization, enhance education and engagement efforts, and improve advocacy campaigns.
  • Manage Los Angeles Walks’ digital media:
    • Website (www.losangeleswalks.org): conduct an initial assessment and reorganization, and regularly maintain and update the site.
      • Social media: Analyze metrics and manage accounts. Share responsibility for the LA Vision Zero Alliance and SoCal Families for Safe Streets’ social media accounts.
  • Manage press list and work with Executive Director on all press-related matters. Build and strengthen Los Angeles Walks’ relationships with members of the media.
  • Manage the production and distribution of regular email blasts. Establish a strategy to increase and segment Los Angeles Walks’ email list.
  • Manage the production and distribution of Los Angeles Walks’ annual Footnotes report.
  • Assist in the development of program-related educational and promotional materials.
  • Assist in the development of a communications plan for the LA Vision Zero Alliance and SoCal Families for Safe Streets.
  • Assist with building the communications capacity of LA Vision Zero Alliance members as well as members of SoCal Families for Safe Streets.
  • Collaborate with staff on developing new ideas, directions, and venues for communications.


The Communications Manager we seek will have a track record of experience and accomplishment at nonprofit, government, or private sector organizations, particularly with campaign-based work. They will be an organized, focused, personable communicator with:

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for sustainable streets, active transportation, good urbanism, public health, and/or social justice; experience in one or more of these fields a plus
  • Eagerness to help build a small operation into a powerful voice for better streets and a better city
  • BA or graduate degree, preferably in public relations, communications, journalism, marketing, digital communications, or a related field.
  • At least three years’ experience in communications, social marketing, journalism, public relations, or a related position.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with media and advocacy communications
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with major social media applications and Google Apps
  • Proficiency in NationBuilder and InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop. Webcoding skills preferred.
  • Bilingual (Spanish speaker) preferred
  • Dependability, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Interest in developing processes and structure for a growing organization
  • Motivation and ability to meet deadlines and track progress with minimal supervision
  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift communication styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • A love of Los Angeles!


  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling interviews one week after the application deadline.
  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for the following:
  • Two pieces of writing relevant to this position, e.g. (1) a sample press release or (2) a one-pager FAQ regarding a policy recommendation. We will provide writing prompts at least five days in advance of your interview date.
  • One relevant item from your portfolio, including but not limited to an infographic, website design, video, social media content, etc.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter.
  • Community Partners’ hiring process requires the selected candidate to complete a LiveScan.


  • Community Partners, fiscal sponsor of Los Angeles Walks, will be the Communications Manager’s formal employer.
  • Salary range of $50,000 to $60,000 based on experience
  • Full-time, exempt position, working 40 hours per week. We believe in work-life balance; staff will hold one another accountable to keep workload in alignment with the true hours worked.
  • 10 days of paid time off, 12 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule
  • Community Partners’ benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance.
To apply

Please send a cover letter and resume as one PDF file. File should be saved as firstname_lastname_CommunicationsManagerPosition.pdf. Send to [email protected]. Use the subject line: Communications Manager Applicant. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Los Angeles Walks/Community Partners is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Applications due by 9am on Monday, May 14, 2018