Los Angeles Walks

Advocacy and Engagement Manager

Employment type
Full Time
29 days ago
Los Angeles

Advocacy & Engagement Manager

August 17, 2017

Applications due by 5pm on Friday, September 15, 2017

Job Overview and Requirements

Are you ready to use your political savvy and interpersonal skills to advocate for safe, accessible, and equitable streets in Los Angeles? Are you eager to collaborate with and learn from two dozen coalition partners as you tackle the day-to-day work of organizing to create a healthy, sustainable, connected, and
just city together? Are you interested in being part of the growth and development of a nonprofit organization, expanding its base and increasing its impact and influence citywide?

Los Angeles Walks is looking for an Advocacy & Engagement Manager to coordinate, facilitate, and expand the LA Vision Zero Alliance while conducting local level organizing and programming around safe streets initiatives in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Walks is a project of Community Partners. With support from the executive director, communications consultant, advisory board, and Community Partners staff, the Advocacy & Engagement Manager will split time between coordinating the LA Vision Zero Alliance (60%), coordinating local organizing and programming activities (30%), and supporting fundraising and
administration (10%).

LA VISION ZERO ALLIANCE: As the City’s Vision Zero initiative moves from the data analysis and project-planning phase to implementation, the need for an expanded, representative, and effective Vision Zero Alliance is clear. We need an experienced coordinator and facilitator who values inclusivity, process, teamwork, and power sharing to further develop the Alliance. Our hope is to add a dynamic leader who can coordinate a network and develop community power around healthy, active streets while helping to maintain and grow a small nonprofit organization. The position offers a tremendous amount of latitude and opportunity for growth and influence.

ABOUT US: Los Angeles Walks is a pedestrian advocacy organization that works to make walking safe, accessible, and fun for all Angelenos. 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 disinvestment, particularly in regards to the Vision Zero High-Injury Network. 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 fiscal 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.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director
SUPERVISES: Volunteers, Interns

LA Vision Zero Alliance (60%)

  • Convene and facilitate the LA Vision Zero Alliance, including full member meetings, Leadership meetings, workgroup meetings, retreats, and sporadic educational sessions.
  • In partnership with the executive director and Alliance leadership, conduct policy advocacy, communications, and actions related to Vision Zero policy and implementation.
  • Serve as liaison to the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Mayor’s Office, and other agencies involved in the Vision Zero initiative.
  • Build new and strengthen existing relationships with coalition members to increase participation in workgroups and actions.
  • Develop coalition cohesion by conducting team building and social activities.
  • Collaborate with current Alliance members to assess membership assets and gaps within the coalition and strategically recruit and retain partner organizations.
  • Evaluate Alliance processes and practices regularly and make improvements.

Organizing and Programming (30%)

  • Prioritize communities on or near the Vision Zero High-Injury Network.
  • Identify community-based organizations and institutions with which to partner on programming, including Safe Routes for Seniors, Vision Zero, and Walk This Way/Caminale.
  • Organize or participate in established community events/actions to increase awareness of road safety countermeasures as well as City-led safety initiatives, such as Vision Zero or Safe Sidewalks LA.
  • Work with partners to empower community members to speak with their decision-makers on roadway safety issues and experiences.
  • Develop additional opportunities for community members to engage with decision-makers.
  • Participate in partner meetings/events and engage in strategic coalitions to support Vision Zero and other citywide projects, plans, new legislation, and institutional changes to improve streets for walking.

Fundraising and Administration (10%)

  • Support the executive director to grow Los Angeles Walks’ budget, assist in building relationships, organizing fundraising events, and grant writing.


  • The Advocacy & Engagement Manager we seek will have a track record of experience and accomplishment at nonprofit, government, or private sector organizations. They will be an organized, focused, personable leader 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
  • A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public policy, public administration, public health, communications, or a related field
  • At least three years’ experience in public policy, advocacy, and/or community organizing
  • Experience managing relationships with civic leaders, community stakeholders, and volunteers
  • Experience in facilitating coalitions and establishing good working relationships with other leaders and individual members
  • Experience working with communities of color and community-based organizations, with a nuance understanding of power dynamics
  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Love of continuous learning
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends


  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling interviews on September 15.
  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for two pieces of writing relevant to this position, e.g. (1) a sample communication to coalition members regarding a specific topic or (2) a sample strategy for mobilizing support for a specific action. We will provide writing prompts at least five days in advance of your interview date.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter.
  • We would like the selected candidate to start in early November 2017. Community Partners’ hiring process requires the selected candidate to complete a LiveScan.


  • Community Partners, fiscal sponsor of Los Angeles Walks, will be the Advocacy & Engagement 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; the Executive Director and Advocacy & Engagement Manager 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_AdvocacyEngagementManagerPosition.pdf.
Send to [email protected]. Use the subject line: Advocacy & Engagement Manager Applicant.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Los Angeles Walks/Community Partners is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.
Credit: Thank you to Ranier Valley Corps for the framework and wording of portions of this job description.