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Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance

Development and Communications Associate

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

About KIWA: KIWA is a multiracial worker center, with roots in the Korean progressive movement. Founded in 1992 in Koreatown, Los Angeles, the mission of KIWA is to build the power of immigrant workers and residents and to organize a progressive grassroots leadership to transform our workplaces and communities, in Koreatown and beyond. KIWA has achieved victories in the restaurant and market industries and shaped the culture of work in Koreatown. We engage in policy campaigns, affordable housing advocacy, workplace campaigns, and worker- and tenant services in Spanish, Korean, and English. We are a membership-based organization open to all with a mostly Latinx and Korean base. Community organizing and community leadership development are central to our work and key to our vision for a more just society. We work in the areas of workers’ rights and workplace justice, tenants’ rights and affordable housing, and cultural resistance. We are seeking a dynamic individual to join our organization and work as part of a community dedicated to a more just, verdant, and livable community, city, and world.

Job Title: Development and Communications Associate

Employment Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt.

Open Date: 05/01/2020

Closing date: The position is open until filled or canceled.

Salary Information: $45,000-$50,000 DOE

Work Schedule: Generally, Monday through Friday, 40 hours; includes some weeknights, early mornings, and weekends. 

Benefits: Full employee healthcare after one month and 24 paid leave days accrued over one year. Cell phone subsidy.

We are seeking a motivated self-starter with a demonstrated interest in the intersection of strategic communications and nonprofit development. If you have strong writing and organizational skills, a background in nonprofit development, and/or communications, we encourage you to apply. This is a new position that the Associate will have the opportunity to build and will be under the direction of the Deputy Director.


Job Duty I:  Development (70%) 

  • Research and identify grant and contract opportunities & monitor application and report deadlines. 
  • Work with Deputy Director to draft and edit grant/contract applications and reports. 
  • Assist Deputy Director with foundation, government agency, and donor relations. 
  • Assist Deputy Director with annual dinner, donor program, and appeals. 
  • Manage and maintain meticulous donor engagement and giving records. 
  • Manage gift acknowledgments to ensure that all donors are thanked timely and appropriately. 
  • Coordinate fundraising logistics for events, including (but not limited to) list management, recording donations, and interfacing with donors and attendees. 
  • Draft compelling development communications such as annual reports, quarterly newsletters, decks, meeting briefs, event packets, and correspondence. 
  • As a KIWA staff member, participate in staff meetings and in ongoing staff training and development. 
  • Administrative work, program support, and shared management of our space.
  • Occasional lifting and carrying of materials and supplies. 


Job Duty II:  Communications (30%) 

  • Amplify KIWA’s organizing, policy campaigns, and services on social media.
  • Research, write, edit and proofread written materials, including press materials, talking points, op-eds, and social media posts, that resonate with KIWA’s target audiences (supporters, decision-makers, funders and allies).
  • Manage engagement with online influencers via KIWA social media platforms.
  • Write monthly e-newsletters highlighting KIWA news and relevant stories, events, and announcements.
  • Help to create editorial calendars to guide content across social media platforms.
  • Help establish benchmarks and key performance indicators (KPIs) for communications campaigns and programs.
  • Track media coverage of KIWA and our priority issues.
  • Create press contact lists based on daily tracking of relevant media stories.
  • Produce and manage content in various formats, including print materials, HTML, emails, webpages, videos, and social media posts.
  • Help to foster positive online interaction on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.



  • Support for KIWA’s mission.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, or other fields from a four-year college or university and/or 1-3 years’ experience in the field of non-profit communications or grant writing.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with the ability to communicate clearly and distill and streamline information.
  • Experience in various communications platforms (including social media, traditional print, and digital) and how they can be combined and leveraged for fundraising and communications strategies.
  • Experience with managing organizational social media accounts on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Proficiency with Mail Chimp, Adobe Photoshop, and other Adobe Creative Suite software is a plus.
  • Ability to work positively and collaboratively with team members at all levels.
  • Valid California driver’s license and legally required car insurance, and access to a personal vehicle to be used to conduct KIWA business are preferred. 
  • Spanish language proficiency (oral and written) strongly preferred. 
  • Creativity, positive energy, passion for social justice, and excellent team-building skills.


To apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to [email protected], with Development and Communications Associate in the subject line of the email.