LA Housing Movement Lab Director
- 1 month ago
- Employment type
- Full Time
- Los Angeles
- Closing date
About this organization
Since 1996, SAJE has been a force for economic justice in Los Angeles. We believe that all people have a right to the city, and that the future of neighborhoods should be decided by those who dwell there. For over 25 years, we have worked side-by-side with our members to improve our community by advocating for tenant rights, healthy housing, and equitable development. We focus on housing policy because it is a root cause of economic and social inequality, shaped by decades of redlining, racial covenants, and most recently, predatory lending and foreclosure practices. Our work seeks to protect vulnerable communities from eviction, lockouts, and harassment, preserve existing affordable housing, and promote the production of additional affordable housing in new construction. Ultimately, our aim is to decommodify housing through the creation of permanent affordable housing, community land trusts, and public and social housing that prioritizes people over profits.
About this job
**Please do not hesitate to apply if you have less housing justice knowledge/experience; this can be developed in the role. The chief qualifications for this position are extensive experience with high-level movement strategy, strong coalition building skills, and a strong framework for understanding the impacts of commodification and racial capitalism for marginalized groups **
The LA Housing Movement Lab (LAHML), a network of 25 Los Angeles-area housing justice groups, the majority of which are grassroots and member-based, is seeking an experienced and visionary strategist to serve as Director.
The LAHML was founded in 2019 to ensure that all poor and working-class people and people of color in Los Angeles County live in high-quality housing that is affordable and rooted in stable, healthy, resilient, accessible, and vibrant communities. With this goal in mind, the LAHML crafts strategy, tactics, analysis, and narrative to build the movement for the decommodification of housing in Los Angeles.
Rather than focus on specific campaigns, the LAHML is a central server for Los Angeles’ housing justice movement, building long-term strategic vision and partnerships, supporting the development of key policies and initiatives, and convening member organizations to knit actions and projects together toward the common goal of decommodifying housing in the region and beyond. As such, the LAHML provides a space and framework for the type of deep, big-picture thinking and planning that can be difficult to carve out time for during specific campaigns but that is integral to a robust housing justice movement.
The Director will be responsible for determining the strategic direction of the LAHML. In partnership with LAHML member organizations, the Director will craft a long-term vision and roadmap for expanding decommodified housing in Los Angeles County and move others to adopt this vision and approach.
The successful candidate is passionate, charismatic, committed to justice, and has the ability to engage in highly structured analyses that will form the basis of productive, long-term strategic planning. They will have strong relationship-building skills, extensive experience managing staff and leading networks, coalition spaces, and campaigns, a deep commitment to decommodification and alternative forms of land and home ownership, an orientation toward intersectional movement building, and experience fundraising for initiatives that challenge traditional economic systems. Additionally, they are excited to deepen alignment across the Movement Lab network, and to mobilize member organizations to work together to decommodify housing in Los Angeles.
Roles & responsibilities
Oversee overall direction and strategy of the Movement Lab
Anticipate changes in the political and/or funding landscape for housing and steer the LAHML to respond appropriately
Build on and update long-term roadmap to decommodification (including but not limited to policy) with key milestones at 2, 5, 10, and 20 years
Develop and implement a plan to orient member organizations around a decommodified housing roadmap
Identify and strategize around opportunities to accelerate the decommodification of housing across Los Angeles County
Develop and implement a strategy for changing public perceptions and cultural narratives around the decommodification of housing
Ensure the decommodification roadmap for Los Angeles County connects to state and national efforts
Engage and inspire network working groups
Represent the LAHML in public forums and the media
Convene member organizations three to four times times per year for political education, relationship-building, strategy sessions, and working group updates
Lead and facilitate LAHML Steering Committee meetings
Develop, hold, and maintain key relationships with housing justice leaders, elected officials, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
Designing and execute work plans for LAHML staff to achieve goals
Manage staff and contractors; monitor work progress, monitor and ensure compliance with SAJE policies and procedures, and approve time cards
Train and oversee LAHML staff
Minimum Bachelor’s degree
Minimum eight years’ work experience, preferably leading campaigns and coalitions
Experience fundraising for initiatives that challenge traditional economic systems
Demonstrated expertise in movement ecosystem analysis and long-term movement strategy development
Demonstrated facilitation skills in large-scale network/coalition spaces
Alignment with SAJE’s mission and values
Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, gender, and economic justice
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Curious, flexible, and adept at problem solving
Able to work cross-functionally with different kinds of people and teams
This is a hybrid in-person position, and applicants should be vaccinated against infections and diseases according to the recommendations of medical professionals and the CDC.
Policy expertise on decommodification, social housing, and/or community land trusts
Working familiarity with models of decommodified housing around the world
Pre-existing relationships with Los Angeles-based housing justice organizations
Experience developing cultural narrative and communications strategies
Your application must include a cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references; applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response. Email to email@example.com; no phone calls please. Include “[LAHML Director]” and your full name in the subject line.
SAJE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. BIPOC, WOMEN, AND LGBTQ CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
SAJE strives to maintain a 40-hour work week and a sustainable work/life balance and offers a competitive benefits package and salary (based on experience). This is a full-time, salaried position. The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $115,000 plus benefits (including medical, vision, and dental) with three weeks of vacation per year (four weeks per year after one year of service) and 13 holidays.