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Community Engagement Associate
Inclusive Action for the City is a non-profit, community development financial institution (CDFI) whose mission is to serve underinvested communities and build thriving local economies by improving access to transformative capital, and advancing policy through collaborative research and community-driven advocacy. We envision diverse communities that have equitable and sustained access to resources, and exercise agency over their futures.
Inclusive Action is seeking a Community Engagement Associate to lead Inclusive Action’s direct coordination, mobilization and relationship building with community members (including workers, families, and small business owners) and community-based partners, who are important to Inclusive Action’s mission of building strong local economies and achieving economic justice.
The Community Engagement Associate is passionate about Los Angeles, infinitely curious, self-directed, and interested in producing and coordinating excellent power-building efforts in service of the communities Inclusive Action is dedicated to. They recognize the urgency of economic justice work and are interested in disrupting the “status quo” approaches to revitalizing neighborhoods.
This team member will be responsible for:
Leading outreach efforts for the organization, including designing and implementing initiatives that educate the community about Inclusive Action’s programs;
Creating and executing a plan for engagement with Inclusive Action’s clients and community members in partnership with the Policy and Access to Capital teams;
Supporting the Policy team, by engaging the Inclusive Action’s clients and community members in advocacy efforts which may include informing policy priorities, testifying in public hearings, and ensuring that community voices are centered in all public processes that Inclusive Action is influencing;
Providing recommendations on how to best train Inclusive Action’s clientele on how to engage in policy processes;
Assisting in identified training processes for clientele and identifying the right clients to complete such training; and,
Supporting the Access to Capital team by informing community members about our microfinance service offerings. This may entail educating community members and micro-entrepreneurs about available resources at Inclusive Action as well as via the organization's network.
Advocacy & Collaboration
Assisting with building relationships, partnerships and collaborations with other leaders and organizations aligned with Inclusive Action’s mission;
Working with Inclusive Action’s Policy & Access to Capital teams to integrate community members in advancing policies that serve our communities, and leading that work with data and compassion;
Facilitating engagement across community members and with organizational partners, as needed, including compiling meeting agendas, meeting materials, and preparing and sending follow-up documents;
Serving as a connector among partner organizations, as well as accurately and responsibly relaying the issues of our communities to elected officials and other government agencies;
Representing Inclusive Action in meetings with partners, stakeholders, and the public at large; and,
Advising internal leadership and organizational partners on important community politics and information.
Designing and implementing an effective community organizing and outreach plan that connects community members to Inclusive Action and facilitates their power building in Los Angeles;
Supporting the development of a Community Advisory Board, made up of Inclusive Action community stakeholders that can inform the organization’s service offerings and policy platform;
Managing multiple projects/workstreams from start to finish on time and within budget;
Working in cross-functional teams; and,
Meeting both internal and external deadlines for coalition and partner work;
Other Programmatic Support
Assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of community outreach and organizing efforts;
Supporting Inclusive Action’s communication efforts, by identifying community voices that can share experiences and inform systems change in Los Angeles;
Supporting event coordinating and fundraising activities as necessary; and,
Other assigned duties when necessary.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
Minimum 4 years of relevant experience (e.g. community organizing or development, participatory research, grassroots policy advocacy, etc);
Strong verbal and written communication skills;
Strong time management skills;
Ability to work in hyper-collaborative settings;
High emotional intelligence and ability to communicate clearly and thoughtfully with impacted residents, team members, and organizational partners;
Ability to center the needs of impacted residents in all capacities as advocate and collaborator;
Ability to see the big picture while breaking down concepts into more tangible and actionable steps;
Spanish and English verbal and written fluency;
Positive, upbeat attitude that supports Inclusive Action staff and its organizational partners; and,
Commitment to Inclusive Action’s mission and interest in urban planning and economic development.
Inclusive Action for the City offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The salary range for this position is $65,000- $75,000 depending on experience. The position also offers full medical, dental, and vision benefits, a 401k retirement plan with 3% matching after one year of work, 18 paid holidays, and up to two weeks of paid vacation a year with an opportunity to accrue more after serving two years with the organization.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inclusive Action will inform you before reaching out to references. Please make the subject of your email “YOUR NAME – “Community Engagement Associate”. For more information on our organization, please visit www.inclusiveaction.org.
Impact of COVID-19 on Inclusive Action
Currently the Inclusive Action team is working in person at the office 40% of the time and remotely 60% of the time until further notice and all employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The physical office is located in Boyle Heights and is available for necessary in-person appointments as well as optional work space. All applicants are expected to live in Los Angeles County.
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