The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles

Project Director for the Sustainable Development Goals Housing Accelerator

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, founded in 2014, supports building a better quality of life for Angelenos by driving transformative change through public-private partnerships. The Fund collaborates with leaders and experts, cultivates diversity, capitalizes on creativity, and champions new ideas. The Fund targets programs that are time-specific, impact-oriented efforts around priority areas by facilitating private resources to ongoing civic programs, as well as focusing on new, innovative solutions. The Fund embraces opportunities that take risks and carefully measures results to be data driven, efficient and accountable. The Fund embraces the idea that building cross-sector partnerships will help make Los Angeles the safest, most prosperous, most livable, and best-run big city in the world.

POSITION: Project Director for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Housing Accelerator
LOCATION: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012
REPORTS TO: President, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. The position will work closely with the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, Mayor’s Office for City Homelessness Initiatives, and the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, as well as the Housing and Community Investment Department and related city and external agencies who may be critical to supporting pilot technologies and test beds.

SUMMARY: The SDG Housing Accelerator Project Director will be tasked with developing a full project proposal, to be submitted to philanthropic and institutional funding partners. This project proposal shall be fully coordinated with subject-matter experts within the Mayor’s Office, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and with external partners both local to Los Angeles and as part of the Arizona State University/Thunderbird School of Global Management and City/County of Nairobi, Kenya. This project proposal shall propose a process for identifying opportunities where emerging technologies, including but not limited to distributed ledger, 3-D printing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced data analytics, robotic process automation, quantum and cloud computing, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and drones, can be piloted for social impact applications, specifically around solutions for individual housing insecurity and/or increasing affordable housing stock. The project proposal should focus on who, what, and how certain technologies, likely in partnership with private or academic partners, can be applied and tested in Los Angeles. Such pilot proposals must be rooted in the services, platforms, and programs that exist within either Los Angeles or Nairobi, with the goal of improving current service delivery models or removing friction from current processes. The Project Director must have basic knowledge or be able to quickly learn and understand how planning, housing, and social service processes are administered within Los Angeles, and where current partnerships to test new models of delivery are in place. This project proposal shall include project milestones and deliverables over an initial 24 months, with a plan to transition and begin off-ramping these efforts by the end of 2022.
The Project Director must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, possess a flexible leadership style, be highly-organized, detail-oriented, professional and able to work with all types of personalities as well as feel comfortable with managing multiple projects simultaneously. The Project Director must be a quick learner, have demonstrated excellence in project design and management, skills in conducting and rapidly assimilating passive and field-based research, and a passion for emerging technology, social entrepreneurship, and international development. This position is for someone looking for a dynamic, exciting work environment and with a deep commitment to tackling one of the biggest challenges - housing and homelessness - facing the City of Los Angeles.


  • Gather information from City and subject-matter expert (SMEs) personnel with respect to the most pressing needs facing Angelenos who are housing insecure or in need of affordable housing, as well as the biggest challenges facing the construction of more affordable housing units.
  • Research and draft a landscape analysis of prospective 4IR technologies that may have application in Los Angeles, as it relates to particular challenges on housing affordability or factors that may contribute to housing insecurity.
    • Coordinate this research with Arizona State University/Thunderbird School of Global Management
    • Conduct interviews with SMEs
  • Propose pilot projects and scope how they might take shape in LA, including possible clients/partners/ funding estimates/ scalability/ measures of impact.
  • Produce a proposal for Hilton.
  • Travel to engage with partners, as appropriate.


SALARY: This is a full-time, temporary position for a max of 5 months. Contingent upon securing grant funding, this position could be renewed for an additional 3-5 years. Salary is competitive and based on experience


  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible related experience in strategy or project design and management for public sector, philanthropy, or social-impact focused organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort with emerging technologies and the start-up/social enterprise community.
  • Knowledge and skill in developing project plans, grant proposals, and written reports.
  • Experience building and maintaining professional collaborations across public, private, non-profit and academic sectors.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to schedule and plan events and to convene and facilitate public meetings.
  • Skilled in exercising sound judgment and good analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including experience with public speaking.
  • Strong written communication skills, including the ability to write and execute phased work plans.
  • Willingness and desire to work diligently to deliver results.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and to manage multiple projects and tasks at a time.
  • Candidates must be able to start work by mid-January 2020.


Minimum education level - Bachelor's Degree or equivalent required.
Master’s Degree preferred.

To apply

Interested applicants should email a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications along with a complete resume that includes work and education experience and a short (1-3 page) writing sample to [email protected] Please put SDG Housing Accelerator Project Director in the subject line of the email.