Communications Manager with The Alliance for Community Transit (ACT-LA)

The Alliance for Community Transit (ACT-LA) is a LA County-wide coalition of 41 organizations working at the forefront of racial, environmental, and economic justice. Our coalition members include tenants’ rights and community development organizations, workers’ centers, transit advocates, public interest law firms, environmental justice groups and public health advocates, among others. Thanks to our coalition’s diversity, we view housing and transportation issues through an intersectional lens. Our mission as a coalition is to uplift communities—through affordable housing opportunities, good jobs and access to high quality public transit—as the Southland transforms into a more sustainable region. Given our commitment to equity, we believe that low-income communities and communities of color must be centered in decisions that seek to transform our communities.

The Communications Manager would join a small staff team and take the lead in managing our coalition’s internal and external communications.

A successful Manager has strong leadership and project management abilities, an abundance of creativity and a history of working deeply with community groups and residents on storytelling and strategic communications.

The Manager would join the team during an intense period, as our coalition is leading advocacy around solutions to the housing crisis while also leading grassroots organizing efforts related to transit justice in LA County. The ability to multitask and lead diverse groups in prioritizing and executing campaign and other organizing and advocacy plans is a critical component to success.

The following are core responsibilities of the position:

External communications

●  Develop strategic communications plans for the coalition’s priority work areas

●  Oversee the engagement strategy and content development for ACT-LA’s action alerts and social and digital media channels, including creating new websites, webpages and managing our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and newsletters

●  Measure and analyze the impact of ACT-LA’s internal and external communications and continuously adjust our approaches to improve effectiveness

●  Work collaboratively with all of our committees to support their work with effective communications strategy and content

●  Draft action alerts, newsletters, blogs, op-eds and other written materials and edit coalition materials by our members or other staff

●  Build and manage ACT-LA’s online presence

●  Basic graphic design for our materials, social media and website

●  Build and steward relationships with local and national press

●  Help run both digital and in-person live events

●  Represent ACT-LA on panels, at community meetings, and at relevant events and prepare talking

points or otherwise support members to represent our coalition at these events

Internal communications and capacity building

●  Plan and facilitate communications, spokesperson, coalition-building, and campaign trainings for coalition member organizations and their member bases

●  Plan and co-lead ACT-LA’s member meetings

●  Lead strategic communications planning within our coalition and lead execution of plans

●  Work with Director to support on grant writing and grant reporting

●  Create materials for member mobilization, including pop ed tools and toolkits

●  Serve as liaison to communications staff in other coalitions

●  Coordinate with state, regional and local housing/mobility justice coalitions on shared

communications strategies

The following qualifications are required unless otherwise noted:

●  Deep, demonstrated commitment to racial justice

●  Solution-oriented attitude and ability to motivate others

●  Self-starter with ability to help groups make action plans and delegate tasks

●  At least two years of experience successfully managing campaign and/or non-profit communications

●  Significant experience working with grassroots organizers

●  Ability to work some evening/weekend hours is expected

●  Excellent writing skills and editorial capacity

●  Basic graphic design abilities

●  Experience and expertise on utilizing social media and web platforms to mobilize and advocate

●  Demonstrated training design and facilitation success

●  Event planning experience is preferred but not required

●  Spanish fluency is preferred but not required

●  Background in housing, labor and/or transportation issues is preferred but not required

Compensation:

Compensation level is dependent on years of communications experience; scale is $60,000-80,000

Medical, dental and vision insurance, a 403b retirement plan with match (on a vesting schedule), paid holidays, vacation and sick time and monthly transit pass contribution.

Location:

This position is currently remote, with hybrid office/remote model post-pandemic. Staff must be able to attend regular meetings and office hours in the City of LA and other parts of LA County. Note that ACT- LA is fiscally sponsored by Little Tokyo Service Center.

To apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to contact@allianceforcommunitytransit.org by May 7, 2021.

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ACT-LA encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and people with diverse gender identities to apply.