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LA Voice

LA Voice 2020 Census Organizer

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles


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

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,, 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. We are an active member of the Million Voters Project, seeking to bring one million new and young voters of color permanently into the electorate.

Position Summary:

LA Voice is seeking a full-time 2020 Census Organizer to lead a two-year project for our organization. The project has two parts: coalition development in the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) and guiding overall census strategy for LA Voice. LA Voice is the regional lead in the San Gabriel Valley for the LA Regional Census Table, and this this position will be responsible for convening and organizing a coalition of organizations in the SGV to ensure a complete count of underrepresented communities in 2020. LA Voice also organizes with many “hard to count” communities outside of the SGV and intends to use organizing capacity to improve the count wherever possible, from our congregations to their surrounding neighborhoods, to supporting our coalition partners’ work as we are able.

The 2020 Census will seek to count nearly 400 million people, requiring cooperation among federal, state, and local governments, community-based organizations, private sector and philanthropy. Census data is used to apportion congressional representation and design congressional, state and local legislative districts. Census data shapes the distribution of $700 billion in annual federal allocations to states and localities, including funding for Head Start programs, public assistance, Medicaid, school lunch programs, Section 8 housing, and critical infrastructure such as public transit, hospitals, libraries and schools. In California, the annual distribution of $76 billion for federal programs depends on data derived from the census. If our residents go uncounted, it will inhibit both equal access to resources and equal political representation for Californians. With a geography of 4,000 square miles, Los Angeles County has been ranked as the nation’s hardest-to-count county. It is home to a population larger than 42 states, half of whom are categorized as hard-to-count (HTC), this includes: racial and ethnic minorities, children, urban and rural low-income households, limited-English-proficient immigrants, mixed-status families, homeless people, and LGBTQ communities.

In partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Census Table (LARCT), a countywide coalition convened by Advancement Project California (AP), LA Voice plans to address this challenge through coordinated outreach in hard-to-count communities. Our relationships with grassroots faith leaders and other community organizations across the county undergirds our ability to act as a trusted convener to support outreach and education.

As part of our organizing around the census in coordination with LARCT, LA Voice will be the facilitating organization in the San Gabriel Valley convening organizations to work together towards a complete count. The 2020 Census Organizer will be responsible for organizing and ensuring the success of the local Census Table in the San Gabriel Valley.

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

  • Collaboratively design overall census strategy for our 55 congregations;
  • Represent LA Voice at all census related meetings, including with sister organizations of PICO California across the state
  • Work closely with data lead and integrated voter engagement and immigration, housing and criminal justice lead organizers to create integrated strategic plan for 2019-2020
  • Identify and recruit organizations to be part of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Census Table; build relationships with those organizations via 1:1 meetings; and organize and implement bimonthly convenings in partnership with AP and a core leadership team (to be recruited) from multiple organizations;
  • Actively engage faith communities and organizations serving AAPI, formerly incarcerated, undocumented, houseless, and very low income Californians, among other hard to count neighbors.
  • Serve as primary contact and liaison between the San Gabriel Valley Regional Census Table organizations and AP as well as other regional census table anchors.;
  • Join AP and regional anchors for monthly coordinating calls/meetings;
  • Work closely with AP to identify and address the needs of LARCT members in the San Gabriel Valley;
  • Help AP update the countywide census outreach plan and use mapping tool when it becomes available to capture LARCT data on target geographies, populations, tactics, etc.; (i.e., focus on gathering and helping to organize data from respective region);
  • Hold one-on-one meetings with LARCT members as needed in the San Gabriel Valley;
  • Work closely with AP to ensure tight coordination between the LARCT and the County of Los Angeles.

Qualifications Required:

  • Minimum four years experience in program management, community organizing, or other leadership role
  • Experience with census outreach strategy or relevant experience in a related field (ie voter engagement)
  • Experience successfully coordinating coalition(s)
  • 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
  • Effective interpersonal and relational skills; self-reflective
  • Able to prioritize and set goals and to design and use complex work plans
  • Ability to communicate effectively via written and spoken word
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn technologies that connect groups over distance (e.g. Zoom, distance conferencing)

Other Possible Qualifications:

  • More than five years of impactful community organizing or other coalitional leadership
  • History of life/work and knowledge of and network of relationships in the SGV
  • Life experience similar to our hard-to-count communities (e.g., formerly incarcerated, formerly homeless, uncertain immigration status, high poverty household)
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin or other language related to work in the SGV
  • B.A. or Master degree

Compensation and Benefits:

  • This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to senior staff. This position is currently planned for a two-year period with possibility of integration into the broader LA Voice team once the project has ended.
  • The job includes regular evening work and some weekend work.
  • Salary is competitive and based on experience.
  • 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