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POSITION: PROGRAM MANAGER, L.A. COLLEGE PROMISE WORKS
Opportunity to Transform Los Angeles’ College Student Workforce
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the L.A. College Promise in 2016 to provide free community college tuition for all Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high school graduates. The initiative is the signature education program of the Garcetti’s administration and has so far served more than 15,000 students across Los Angeles. L.A. College Promise is a student success initiative that is building a lasting college-going culture with unparalleled outcomes to date — such as a record increase in the numbers of LAUSD graduates enrolling both full-time and part-time at the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the nation’s largest community college district. At the Mayor’s direction, the initiative has expanded to remove even more barriers to higher education for students, and it now provides participants with free laptops, DASH transportation, and no-cost travel to nations around the globe.
Now, the Office of Mayor Garcetti and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, in partnership with LACCD and the City’s Workforce Development System, are launching “L.A. College Promise Works” to tackle additional obstacles that persists in the way of success for college students: The program will offer comprehensive work readiness training and job placement assistance to LACCD students. The Program Manager selected will play the pivotal role of guiding this work and laying the foundation of a transformational new jobs program in post-secondary education. The objective of the program is to create a sustainable, equity-driven employment pipeline that connects students to high-quality jobs and career pathways in the non-profit, public, and private workforce sectors. This new component in L.A. College Promise will impact the lives of hard-working students well beyond free college tuition; it will put hundreds of young people on a path to job training critical in today’s rapidly-evolving world of work and the careers of the future.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
The Program Manager will facilitate the development and implementation of L.A. College Promise Works. The program will co-locate Employment Specialists at LACCD campuses, who will serve as both job developers and system navigators to help participating students gain meaningful employment and connect to supportive services to ensure their success. The Employment Specialists will facilitate work readiness training and certification for participating students and engage local businesses and City agencies to place them in jobs and paid internships. The Program Manager will supervise the activities of the Employment Specialists and support the team members on a day-to-day basis. The individual will work closely with the Mayor’s Office, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the City’s Workforce Development System, and LACCD to ensure the specialists reach the program’s employment training and placement outcomes in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to:
The ideal candidate possesses a passion for making meaningful, sustainable change in the lives of college students and is ready to work in a high-energy, fast-paced, and collaborative work environment. The ideal candidate is a focused, self-starting, empathetic, and culturally sensitive individual who has the ability to design and implement interventions that lead to improved career outcomes for diverse college student populations. As a core member of the L.A. College Promise Works leadership team, the Program Manager will be responsible for consistently refining and improving the program model. The work of the individual will promote government program excellence in connecting participants to meaningful full-time and part-time employment that aligns with their academic field of study. The candidate must also demonstrate the following personal attributes and characteristics for the position. Importantly, the candidate must also have significant familiarity with community college systems.
Location: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Compensation: Full-time position with a salary that is commensurate with experience
Start Date: March 2020
This is an exempt, at-will position contingent on grant funding. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure.
Learn more about the L.A. College Promise: LACollegePromise.org/about.html
Application Process: Interested applicants should send their one-page resume and cover letter to [email protected] and please copy [email protected] . Cover letters may be addressed to Natalie Robles, Program Manager, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.