L.A. Works

Communications Coordinator

Employment type
6 months ago
Los Angeles

L.A. Works is looking for a talented, ambitious, and enterprising communicator with a passion for civic engagement. This individual should have a demonstrated ability to create a strategic communications plan and then execute that plan by writing, producing, and managing various types of content.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit in early March, the L.A. Works team was quick to pivot to address critical nonprofit needs as well as create new, virtual ways forå volunteers to serve the community and reduce social isolation. Calls for action have grown louder as Angelenos are feeling empowered to make change to address racism and social inequities. This new reality has only amplified our need to communicate more efficiently and effectively with our stakeholders and the broader LA community. The results produced by a successful candidate will help us raise our profile, strengthen our existing relationships, recruit new volunteers, and cultivate new donors.

This role requires a people-oriented person with a genuine ability to identify stories and tell them effectively through newsletters, social media, our website, emails, and earned media. This role also requires a high level of creativity, independent thinking, attention to detail, journalistic or creative writing, and project management skills.

Essential Job Functions

The list that follows is not intended to be comprehensive; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major responsibilities of the position. Incumbents may not be required to perform all roles listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

Collaborate with others and work with volunteers to develop L.A. Works’ voice, to be shared across multiple platforms:

  • Produce bi-weekly/monthly newsletters to volunteers, nonprofits, and corporate stakeholders. This includes gathering information, writing short program descriptions, drafting brief newsletter stories, and proofreading.
  • Write press releases, media alerts, white papers, opinion pieces, marketing material, and background stories. Maintain media and influencer lists; cultivate media relationships.
  • Maintain and refresh website content to keep current, relevant, and accurate. Spot issues, offer solutions, fix or ask for help.
  • Identify and develop stories appropriate and potentially unique to each media platform.
  • Spearhead campaigns, including:
    • bi-annual fundraising appeals
    • KCET advertisements
    • LA Magazine advertisements
    • Thought leadership events for earned media.
  • Identify, engage, cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective donors and partners to engage and expand their financial support.
  • Support team as appropriate in developing marketing material and communications with constituents.


Additional requirements:

  • Know our audiences, their needs, their interests, the value we bring to their lives, and how much they matter to the strength and vibrancy of our community.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and has the ability to multi-task.
  • Be curious, inquisitive, interested, and a good listener. Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Have a history of civic engagement and strong point of view about the power volunteers can have in making a significant impact in the community.
  • Meet baseline responsibilities and requirements within a set schedule;
  • Valid driver's license and access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments. Initiate NSWOP and criminal history check prior to hire;
  • Demonstrated Mac computer and program skills, including
    • Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce (or equivalent) database management, presentations, mail merge, and digital/social media; and
  • Work collaboratively to support L.A. Works programming across all department.


Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director.

Time expectations and salary: This is a full-time position. Targeted Hiring Range $43,000 - $45,000 Annually. Salary commensurate with experience and internal equity. L.A. Works offers a competitive benefit package including health insurance, professional development opportunities, a non-match 401k, and generous time-off. The job description doesn't constitute a contract of employment and L.A. Works may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.


To apply

If this sounds like the kind of job you’d look forward to, please submit a cover letter, one-page writing sample (preferably an opinion piece), and resume in a single PDF document to [email protected]