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
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%)
Organizing and Programming (30%)
Fundraising and Administration (10%)
OUR HIRING PROCESS:
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
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.