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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.
• 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:
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.
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
Park Equity Coalition Building and Leadership Development
Local Advocacy Strategy & Policy Advancement
Neighborhood Land Trust Organizational Team Work
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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