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The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles

Executive Director, Expand LA

Employment type
Full-Time
Posted
12 days ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

Executive Director of the Expanded Learning Alliance (ExpandLA) Out-of-School Time (OST) Education and Enrichment Initiative 

Office Location*:
Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012 
*Because of COVID-19 health protocols, day-to-day work will be virtual/remote until
further notice. 

About the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles 
Founded in 2014, the Mayor’s Fund of Los Angeles (Fund) supports building a better quality of life for Angelinos by driving transformative change through public–private partnerships. The Fund drives collaboration with leaders and experts, cultivates diversity, capitalizes on creativity, and champions new ideas. The Fund oversees time-specific programs and impact-oriented efforts around priority areas by facilitating private resources to ongoing civic programs and by focusing on innovative solutions. The Fund embraces opportunities that take risks and carefully measures results to be data driven, efficient, and accountable. The Fund is built on the idea that building cross-sector partnerships will help make Los Angeles the safest, most prosperous, most livable, and best-run big city in the world.

What Is Expanded Learning? 
Expanded learning refers to educational support systems as well as enrichment and recreational opportunities for young people and their families during non-school hours.

About the Position
Los Angeles has a rich, diverse community of organizations that provide transformative learning and enrichment experiences for children and youth outside of the school day. In January 2020, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti (Mayor’s Office) and the Fund launched a program to bring together an array of youth-serving organizations and OST providers throughout the area. In response to a strong, long-standing desire for coordination, collaboration, and advocacy in the out-of-school enrichment space—and with input from a diverse group of community leaders serving on a task force, advisory council, and focus groups composed of key stakeholders—the Mayor’s Office and the Fund are incubating an OST enrichment intermediary organization, ExpandLA, that will support and strengthen the expanded learning ecosystem in Los Angeles to provide equitable access to high-quality OST educational and enrichment opportunities. 

Access to out-of-school education and enrichment opportunities is critically important to advance educational equity. The priorities at the heart of this new inclusive initiative are access, equity, cultural and community connection, and racial and social justice. The ExpandLA initiative aims to create an equitable system of access to expanded learning programs for children and youth in Greater Los Angeles to activate their limitless potential. By supporting, connecting, and advocating for expanded learning organizations, ExpandLA seeks to achieve the following:

  • Greater and sustained visibility and investment in the expanded learning field
  • More children and youth engaged in expanded learning pathways and programs 
  • Greater access to quality OST programs for all youth across the region’s diverse communities 
  • High-quality expanded learning programs 

 

In partnership with the Fund and the Mayor’s Office, the executive director of this initiative, which ultimately will become a new, independent, nonprofit organization, will report to a board of directors; build an advisory council comprising expanded learning providers, educators, and other community-connected stakeholders; and collaborate with the advisory council to advocate for, support, and connect expanded learning opportunities that provide equitable access for children and youth in the Los Angeles area. 
 
The founding executive director of ExpandLA will be a community-connected, passionate, and inclusive leader as well as an advocate for the OST movement and providers. The executive director will work alongside enrichment leaders and educators across the region to help transform young people’s lives.
 
The executive director will implement the vision and mission of this intermediary organization and will be responsible for creating and leading an inspiring, positive, and healthy workplace; successfully drafting and executing a strategic plan; creating an advisory board; collaborating with the advisory board and leaders across Los Angeles’s diverse communities; creating and managing budgets; fundraising and grant reporting; listening to the region’s diverse communities; building key relationships (i.e., providers and school districts); advocating for expanded learning partners; and recruiting, developing, retaining, coaching, and leading a staff team. 

VISION: ExpandLA aims to create an equitable system of access to expanded learning opportunities for children and youth in Greater Los Angeles to activate their limitless potential.

MISSION: ExpandLA’s mission is to advocate for, support, and connect expanded learning organizations so that all children and youth in the Los Angeles region have equitable access to expanded learning opportunities.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Visionary leadership and management with integrity 
  • Promotion of access, equity, inclusion, and social and racial justice across all areas of the organization’s work 
  • Close partnership with the board of directors and advisory board 
  • Fund development 
  • Communications 
  • Budgeting and planning 
  • Creation of community relationships with a focus on collective impact 
  • Cultural competence, respect, and deep community connections 
  • Creation and support of a healthy, positive work environment 

 

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • Familiarity with K–12 pedagogy, programming, and systems, especially related to expanded learning (formal or informal) 
  • Five to seven years of progressive knowledge of and experience working with expanded learning leaders and providers or a related nonprofit field involving organizing, advocacy, and capacity building 
  • Proven commitment to social and racial justice, diversity, equity, equal access, and inclusion 
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; ability to communicate with a variety of audiences
  • Excellent organizational management experience with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage budgets
  • Past success working with an advisory board and a governing board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures 
  • Excellent multidisciplinary project skills 
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning 
  • Proven track record of working respectfully in collaboration with diverse groups
  • Passionate, idealistic, honorable, positive, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Ability to navigate complex political landscapes 
  • Ability to engage in courageous conversations about challenging issues 
  • Multilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply 

 

Compensation
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. This is a full-time position, contingent upon grant funding, with the first 12–18 months of funding secured. 

This opportunity offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, LT disability, PTO accrual, and a 403(b) with organization matching. 
 

To apply

Interested and qualified applicants should send applications to [email protected] and copy [email protected] 

Applications should consist of a résumé and a cover letter that addresses the following:

  • Applicant’s experience working on successful initiatives with diverse communities
  • Applicant’s philosophy about and experience with OST education, enrichment, or recreation 
  • Applicant’s experience fundraising for and launching a new organization, project, or initiative
  • Applicant’s leadership and management style and experience

 

Please write “ExpandLA Executive Director Position” in the subject line of your email. Address cover letters to Deidre Lind, president and CEO of the Fund. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2021. 

The Fund is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity to all employees, applicants, and program beneficiaries. The Fund does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation, or citizenship. We encourage all qualified applicants, especially members of historically underrepresented groups, to apply.