Public Matters

Creative Civic Engagement Associate

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Public Matters is seeking a part-time, Creative Civic Engagement Associate. We are looking for an inspired, vibrant individual, who relishes engagement, leadership development, and intersectional approaches to community-based work. You will be an integral part of our small and dynamic team. 

The Creative Civic Engagement Associate will be responsible for helping to implement Public Matters’ creative civic engagement projects. In this role, you will work directly on projects with a wide-range of community members, schools, organizations, universities, municipal agencies and project partners. You’ll work with people of diverse ages, educational backgrounds, and lived experiences. You will be responsible for directly working with LA’s communities of color to implement participatory projects that aim to advance community well-being, mobility, traffic safety, and educational attainment. 

You will help implement creative projects, educational programs, and workshops with high school-aged youth and local families, and public events. You will also develop public-facing communication strategies to promote projects and their messages. This will include written content, graphic design, video production and post-production. The position will report to Public Matters’ Co-Principals and the Manager of Civic Imagination. 

The position will be hybrid, both online and in-person. Your work will take place in the neighborhoods where Public Matters works, as well as at Public Matters’ headquarters in Silver Lake. Currently, Public Matters’ work is focused on traffic safety and mobility education and encouragement projects in East L.A. and University Park, but work varies in theme, approach, and location. As the role is rooted in community-based practice including events and activities, the work will include occasional nights and weekends. 

As Creative Civic Engagement Associate, You’ll Be Responsible For: 

  • Coordinating, producing, and implementing community engagement activities and projects including public-facing activities, events, and socially engaged art in partnership with team members and collaborators. 
  • Overseeing Public Matters’ external communications, and creating project-based content for Public Matters’ social media feeds, email blasts, and website.
  • Recruiting, mentoring, and managing the work of project interns and volunteers in collaboration with the Manager of Civic Imagination.
  • Maintaining relationships with partners, clients, municipal agencies, community members, and other stakeholders. 
  • Bringing your experience, creativity, and skills to Public Matters’ work. 
  • Advancing project and community-led goals, working closely with the team to execute project goals, timelines, and deliverables.


What You Bring to the Role: 

  • You are self-motivated and take initiative. 
  • You are committed to social justice.
  • You cherish working directly in and with LA’s communities of color.
  • You are an experienced and passionate communicator. You write well. You speak with conviction. You are comfortable speaking to groups of all shapes and sizes, and in a variety of settings. You are able to connect easily with people from all walks of life and of all ages.
  • You are not afraid of your creativity; you find ways to integrate it into what you do and you want to use it to upend inequitable systems. 
  • You and your work don’t easily fit categories. You’re driven by principles not boundaries. 
  • You enjoy planning, coordinating and implementing events, sometimes more than one at a time. 
  • You love to teach and mentor. 
  • You are a passionate and emphatic listener. 
  • You are a detail-oriented, critical thinker. 
  • You work effortlessly in group settings and independently. 
  • You adapt, pivot, and respond to unforeseen circumstances with grace and optimism.
  • You bring joy, humility and humor to your work, bringing your full self to all that you do.


Your Qualifications:

  • Four-year college or equivalent. 
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Bilingual/Fluent in spoken and written English and Spanish.
  • Experience directly engaging Los Angeles communities. 
  • Skilled in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere), Social Media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter) and WordPress. Proficient in office management software including MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). 
  • Arts, planning, or creative cultural background and work experience preferred. 


Compensation: $2,600 per month, based on 24 hours/week. Includes two weeks paid vacation. 

To apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, list of three references, writing sample (max. 500 words), and sample social media posts and/or design samples to [email protected] by September 10, 2021. No calls please.

Public Matters is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive environment of mutual respect and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, gender-queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and veterans.