The Project Director is responsible for developing and implementing Alliance for Justice’s programs in Southern California. The Project Director will work primarily on AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative, which promotes active engagement in democratic process by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. The Project Director will be part of a team of skilled advocates and attorneys who provide nonprofits and foundations with the knowledge they need to become confident advocates, and with the resources and tools to help them navigate complex advocacy rules and regulations.
This position is based in Los Angeles County and will work in partnership with AFJ’s West Coast office in Oakland and its East Coast office based in Washington, DC.
- Develop and maintain partnerships with organizations, individuals and foundations that serve low income communities and communities of color in Southern California and are either engaged in policy advocacy, or would like to do so.
- Organize and conduct live and web-based workshops and trainings for nonprofit and foundation advocates; including logistics.
- Represent Alliance for Justice professionally in meetings, public events, trainings, and in coalitions with local nonprofits, foundations, allies and the public.
- Build the capacity of nonprofit and foundation allies to advocate for policy and systems change by making presentations and providing technical assistance on nonprofit and foundation advocacy, in collaboration with Bolder Advocacy team.
- Initiate contacts with organizations, donors and foundations including programs in philanthropic community.
- Develop and implement all aspects of AFJ’s programs in Southern California, including establishing goals and objectives, working with development staff on fundraising, and project evaluation.
- Report regularly on progress to organization including updates, analysis of the project’s impact on the community, and recommendations for the short and long-term growth of the project.
- Write, edit and review materials including fact sheets on legal topics, short blog posts, reports to funders, board and others.
- At least 3 years’ experience in planning and implementation of advocacy campaigns, which includes organizing, working in coalitions and planning events.
- Law degree and bar membership (California or any other state) strongly preferred.
- Familiarity with progressive advocacy community in Southern California helpful.
- Experience working in diverse, urban communities, and with low income communities.
- Excellent interpersonal skills (one-on-one and in a group format), cultural competency, strong listening skills, patience, and humor.
- Capacity to inspire others to engage in policy advocacy.
- Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including experience making presentations, conducting trainings, or providing technical support to adults.
- Highly organized and detail oriented.
- Strong collaborator, able to adapt quickly to changing situations.
- Ability to work independently with long-distance supervision.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed and travel as necessary.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice advocacy.
- Spanish or other relevant language proficiency preferred.
Salary commensurate with experience.
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter:
- by fax to 202.822.6068 ATTN: Alicia Peyton
- by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- or by clicking the button below to submit application online
Alliance for Justice is an equal opportunity employer