Los Angeles Ecovillage Institute

Associate Director

Employment type
To Be Determined
6 months ago
Los Angeles

We are looking for an interim Associate  Director to co-manage the day to day activities of the organization, including grant writing and fundraising; growing membership; managing grants, asset management for the organization’s loan fund; developing and executing projects; and building partnerships with community groups and various organizations. The candidate will be able to effectively communicate LAEVI's mission and current projects to community members, governmental officials, media outlets, potential donors and foundations, and other stakeholders. Candidates should have knowledge of and experience with intentional communities, permaculture, urban planning, Los Angeles, environmental issues, project management, navigating local institutions, and have strong follow-thru ability while multi-tasking.  More info here:

This is an interim position with the potential  to become part of a permanent three-person team over three overlapping phases.  Each phase will last approximately six months.

Phase I:  Program Development: write grants and manage contracts, develop membership, outreach, tours, community surveys/organizing

Phase II: Administrative:, maintain website, newsletter, manage social media, maintain membership database (Access), bookkeeping (QuickBooks), library organizing/administrating

Phase III: Projects development and oversight, be part of a consulting team to facilitate urban ecovillages.

Professional Qualifications

Most important qualifications include knowledge of and experience living in intentional community, knowledge and experience with cooperatives, and urban ecology, and the  desire and ability to have your “job” be a “life style” rather than just a job.  Person must live close by and potentially become a resident in the Los Angeles Eco-Village.

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Basic understanding and experience working with nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to diverse stakeholders and the public
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.
  • A track record of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Tri or Bilingual in Spanish, Korean​ and English is preferred.


About Us

LAEVI, formerly CRSP (Cooperative Resources and Services Project), was founded by Lois Arkin in 1980 as a resource center for cooperatives. Over the years, CRSP’s focus narrowed to cooperative and ecological neighborhoods. ecovillages and intentional communities. By the mid 1990s, the organization’s primary focus was developing the Los Angeles Eco-Village* (LAEV) demonstration neighborhood. LAEVI continues to provide a variety of resources to the now well established LAEV as well as to other small cooperative ecological communities both locally and nationally.  In addition, LAEVI sponsors and gives notice of a variety of public events about more ecological and cooperative living patterns in association with other like minded organizations.

LAEVI in collaboration with the Los Angeles Eco-Village (LAEV) Intentional Community members helped create two additional nonprofit organizations: the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust (​BVCLT​) and Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana (​USTU​), a limited equity housing cooperative.  The nonprofit​ Cultivating Sustainable Communities​ was also a partner in developing the Land Trust. 

In July 2012, LAEVI transferred ownership of two of its buildings to the resident co-op, USTU, and donated the land underneath those buildings to the BVCLT. The intent of these organizations, in combination with one another, is to secure permanently affordable environmentally sensitive cooperatively structured housing for current and future generations of low to moderate income households. Together, USTU and BVCLT own 50 units of permanently affordable housing.  LAEVI’s most recent acquisition is a commercial property on the northern boundary of LAEV, currently positioned to become a Community Hub, Eco-Hostel, urban teaching farm, and a scientific research project for bio/phyto/myco remediating brownfields..

To apply

Contact Lois Arkin for an initial phone conversation 213-738-1254.  Send letter and resume to Lois Arkin at [email protected]