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LA Voice

Project Manager, Faith In Housing

Employment type
Full-Time
Posted
3 months ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

LA Voice believes all people have power and a voice. Every day we amplify that power by uniting diverse faith voices and equipping grassroots leaders to organize their power for what their communities need and want, winning systems changes that improve the lives of all county residents. We are an interfaith, multi-racial, multi-lingual organization of 55 churches, synagogues, organizations, and mosques that represent more than 50,000 families in Los Angeles County. (See our Facebook page L.A. Voice or website www.lavoice.org).

Our diverse and experienced team works with communities across the county to create a Los Angeles with racial equity and abundant life for all.

LA Voice is a member of Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network, www.faithinaction.org), the largest grassroots spiritual and congregational organizing network in the U.S. and a member of PICO California, an effective, highly respected grassroots organization playing a significant role to turn the tide toward inclusion and equity across the state.

Position Summary:

LA Voice is seeking a full-time project manager to lead an innovative new project for our organization, Faith in Housing. The goal is to increase the total amount of affordable and supportive housing units in Los Angeles County by providing support in the form of information, partners, and decision making support to churches and other congregations who are exploring building affordable and/or supportive housing on their properties.

According to a recent report released by the Southern Coalition of Nonprofit Housing, Los Angeles County needs 568,255 more affordable rental homes to meet the needs of its lowest-income renters. Yet the traditional sources of financing for affordable housing are inadequate to meet our housing needs, making it extremely crucial that we find ways to increase development of new affordable housing units through other means.

As the county has turned attention to this crisis, many have identified a unique opportunity: churches and other houses of worship who have property and a desire to develop housing on their property. The opportunity could be of significant benefit for the congregations and the community by providing crucial new housing for our most vulnerable neighbors. Several Los Angeles area churches and synagogues have started to explore the opportunity, but the process can be intimidating—even before speaking with a developer, and the benefits and risks are not always clear. There is a need for an infrastructure that congregations could tap into in order to explore and pursue this opportunity before getting into the details of development plans and technical work, and LA Voice is stepping in to play that role in partnership with others. We are seeking a full-time staff person to reach out to congregations to determine interest in constructing housing on their property, usually in partnership with experienced housing developers.

The ideal candidate has a passion and track record of doing justice and supporting community leaders in building power as well as familiarity with congregational leadership structures and experience and training in community organizing. They are effective at navigating leadership spaces in multiple communities; have a track record of being well organized and persistent and supportive in follow up and communication; effective communication skills relevant to the communities we serve; some knowledge of housing development and experience working with developers; and comfort or fluency in multiple ethnic and religious communities. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a diverse and growing organization and team that is creating positive, systemic change in Los Angeles and California.

Essential Functions (to include, but not limited to):

  • Conduct 1:1 and group outreach to congregations throughout the county, building relationships with congregational leaders who have property that is eligible for development.
  • Work with individual congregations to design conversations and processes that facilitate discernment about housing development
  • Create a process to assist congregations to evaluate the potential for housing development on their property and facilitate each evaluation process until the congregation reaches a decision
  • Serve as a liaison between congregations and other parties involved in the process, ensuring that the congregation understands each step of the process
  • Develop or adapt management tools for the project (e.g., checklists; best practices;learnings), outreach materials and support materials
  • Conduct thorough evaluations and communicate best practices to our partners
  • Work with a steering committee to advise on these and ongoing projects, as well as informational outreach materials and resources
  • Coordinate with other partners including Genesis LA (https://www.genesisla.org/), and others, and LA Voice staff to seek out potential opportunities for development across the County of Los Angeles

Qualifications Required:

  • Minimum three years experience in program management, community organizing, or other community leadership role
  • Basic familiarity with the issues of housing and homelessness, personal experience a bonus
  • Evidence of ability to work with diverse religious, racial, and geographic communities
  • Driven, self-disciplined and flexible; able to work independently and on a team
  • Group leadership skills; experience nurturing, managing, and guiding teams of people successfully toward shared goals
  • Familiarity with congregational life in some form
  • Experience working with clergy and people of faith
  • Effective communicator in interpersonal, group presentation, and other formats
  • Effective interpersonal and relational skills; self-reflective
  • Able to prioritize and set goals and to design and carry out work plans

Other Possible Qualifications:

  • More than five years of impactful community organizing
  • Personal experience with homelessness, displacement, or severe rent pressure
  • Fluency in Spanish or other language related to our work
  • B.A. or Masters degree

Experience in housing development, real estate or property management

 Compensation and Benefits:

  • This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to senior staff. This position is currently funded for a two-year period with possibility of extension, or integration into the broader LA Voice team once the special project has ended.
  • The job includes regular evening work and some weekend work.
  • Salary is very competitive and based on experience (comparable to a project manager in housing development jobs in Los Angeles Co.).
  • Benefits include a comprehensive health plan and retirement account.

To be considered for employment, candidate must possess a valid CA Driver’s License, current automobile insurance, and consistent and reliable transportation.

LA Voice is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

To apply

All applicants must apply for this position online(Apply in the link below)  Please have the following two (2) documents ready to upload to your online application:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format)  
  2. A cover letter stating why this is a fit for you and for LA Voice

https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=PICONETWORK&cws=1&rid=537