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Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Policy and Campaign Manager

Employment type
Full Time
Posted
about 1 month ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

Job Title: Policy and Campaign Manager
Classification: Full-time, exempt position

Summary: The Policy and Campaign Manager is responsible for advancing the policy and advocacy objectives of the organization. This person plays an important policy and analysis role, helping to develop and implement the Neighborhood Land Trust’s policy campaigns. They translate complicated, policy-heavy material into accessible content suitable for diverse audiences. They will also produce comment letters, policy briefs, white papers, and other advocacy materials to be disseminated to lawmakers, advocacy partners, and residents regionally and statewide. They build relationships and create new partnerships with other non-profit organizations and community residents to further the Neighborhood Land Trust’s policy agenda in Los Angeles County beyond traditional park and conservation networks. 

They represent the organization with a high level of professionalism, organization, and friendliness. The Policy and Campaign Manager reports to the Executive Director.

Qualifications:

• Demonstrated consciousness of racial justice, environmental racism, and equity.

• Bachelor’s degree required.

• Advanced degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Law, Public Health or equivalent work experience (at least 2 years) in the fields of urban planning, environmental policy, environmental justice and/or community development required.

• Self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented, organized and energetic.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Ability to speak publicly and present in front of large diverse groups.

• Demonstrated commitment to environmental and social justice, the park equity movement, and land use issues. Experience working with low-come and communities of color.

• Experience engaging and building relationships with residents, lawmakers, government offices, and other policy and base-building organizations.

• Experience with popular education and creative formats for resident leadership development. 

• Experience in project management and meeting facilitation.

• Experience with coalition building and cultivation of partnerships and residents to support projects and/or create policy changes.

• Experience with community organizing and campaign development. 

• Experience supervising complex campaigns with multiple stakeholders and organizing/motivating volunteers and groups.

• Knowledge of park planning and funding policy.

• Familiarity with City of LA, County of LA, and state politics. Existing relationships with elected offices, agency staff, and community leaders preferred. 

• Ability to develop and analyze legislative and regulatory materials and develop easy-to-understand fact sheets and communication tools.

• Knowledge of local and regional park system governance processes preferred.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Google applications required. Adobe, GIS skills, statistical analysis tools strongly preferred.

• Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced work deadline-driven environment. 

• Willingness to work after hours and weekends when necessary and ability to work independently.

• Must thrive on change, innovation, and teamwork. 

• Demonstrated policy change experience. Must lead work that is emerging, not fully defined, and be expected to create strong organizational practices. 


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 and 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 have another eight in our active development pipeline. We take pride in innovative and challenging work which makes change a part of our regular work life.

Annual Salary: Salary is based on qualifications and experience. The 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 Policy and Campaign Manager is Neighborhood Land Trust’s primary policy advocate, responsible for supervising the execution of all campaigns, supporting local advocacy, engaging stakeholders, and managing delivery of grant and/or contract projects. They are a key member of Neighborhood Land Trust’s campaign strategy team, with responsibility for direct and grassroots lobbying efforts and contact with public agencies and elected officials about park system needs across LA City, LA County, and the State. They are tasked with helping to lead and run Neighborhood Land Trust campaigns for countywide park funding, projects and supportive policies. The Policy and Campaign Manager is charged with developing and overseeing the Neighborhood Land Trust’s policy platform, supporting the efforts of local park advocates in cities around LA County and bringing them together to further citywide/countywide campaigns, share resources, and expand awareness of the work happening around LA County. They are responsible for contract policy work. They lead the planning, execution, and evaluation of Neighborhood Land Trust’s annual Park Equity Summit. 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.

Campaigns & Networking

  • Develop and execute campaigns for additional park funding, equitable development of park systems, and park policy citywide, countywide, and statewide. 
  • Work intersectionally. Reach out to and develop strong relationships with diverse organizations and residents to raise awareness and support for park equity beyond the traditional supporters, to include: neighborhood councils, housing, transportation, equity, education, youth, environmental, and public health advocates citywide, countywide, and statewide.
  • Be a trusted resource for policy makers, the media and the community. Working with Communications staff, build professional relationships with staff, elected leaders, and media.
  • Craft the organization’s policy work, messaging, and advocacy tactics by directly responding to community concerns. Name, frame, and develop key policy concepts for the organization that can be utilized by all Neighborhood Land Trust staff and help develop a recognizable and authoritative policy platform. 


Park Equity Coalition Building and Leadership Development

  • Develop, convene, and facilitate a dynamic Park Equity Coalition that includes partners and residents. 
  • Co-lead the Park Equity Coalition’s Steering Committee and provide backbone support for the Coalition’s efforts including assistance with agendas, note taking, scheduling, and follow-up.
  • Engage and support other coalitions that advance Neighborhood Land Trust’s Park Equity Policy Platform including LAROSAH, ACT-LA, and OurParks. This includes understanding and supporting issues like affordable housing, transit/active transportation equity, and other environmental and social justice and land use equity issues. 
  • Build the capacity and engagement of partner organizations and residents on park equity issues by developing trusting, mutually-beneficial relationships. 


Local Advocacy Strategy & Policy Advancement

  • Develop policies and strategies to advance park equity issues across the city, county, and state by including residents most impacted by the lack of parks in the naming and framing of issues. Draw connections to park policy from land use, health, environment, education, economics, etc.
  • Advocate for park equity policies through meetings with elected officials by meaningfully engaging grasstops and grassroots leaders.
  • Become a recognized expert in park funding and policy/legislation in the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, and California and advocate for increased resources for park equity in Los Angeles County.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data from government, community, and partner sources.
  • Publish regular research reports and comment letters to advance Neighborhood Land Trust policy agenda, including an annual update to Neighborhood Land Trust’s Park Equity Policy Platform.
  • Build Neighborhood Land Trust relationships with city, county, and state elected officials, staff, and agency staff. 
  • Publish a monthly email to city/county leaders and staff with information on park equity funding opportunities, supporting resources, research, and trainings. 
  • Identify and document best practices regarding: funding, equity, programmatic success and more. Work to foster and highlight successes and challenges in LA County and California. Ensure those stories are being shared with Neighborhood Land Trust partners, the broader community, and policy makers.
  • Work with partner organizations and agencies to organize events and training opportunities to educate city/county leaders and staff on best practices in park equity, including the Park Equity Summit.
  • Conduct regular legislative visits along with community residents with City, County, and State elected officials and agency staff.
     

Neighborhood Land Trust Organizational Team Work

  • Respond quickly to emails, attend regular staff meetings, and keep regular records.
  • Attend coalition and resident meetings, staff retreats and conferences as requested.
  • Respond to requests from your supervisor for special projects, as needed.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts for the organization and to sustain this position by contributing to grant writing and reporting.
  • Work as a team player to fulfill the missions and goals of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


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.

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