Reporting to UNITE-LA's Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, the Manager of Equity and Inclusion is passionate about meaningfully engaging cross sector stakeholders in Los Angeles and California in issues related to equity, inclusion, education and talent development along the cradle to career spectrum (prenatal-career). The Manager will develop and cultivate relationships with targeted leaders from business, education, government, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders in Los Angeles and more broadly in California to advocate for equity and inclusion in early care and education, K-12 education, higher education, and talent development, with a heavy emphasis on issues related to digital equity. The Manager will help activate and connect key stakeholders to engage in policy/advocacy, programming and systems change efforts that ensure an equitable and inclusive education and workforce development system for Los Angeles youth and families.
Over the past 25 years, UNITE-LA has established itself as a trusted cross-sector intermediary, dedicated to supporting the development of effective public education and workforce development systems locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally, so that all children and youth succeed in college, career and beyond. Utilizing a networked approach, we work across systems, sectors, institutions, and divides to bring together business, education, government, community-based organizations, philanthropy to co-design impactful solutions to the most pressing education and workforce issues, with a special focus on resilient youth populations.
Through the intersection of programming, policy, and systems change efforts, UNITE-LA works to increase access to high- quality early childhood education, develop career pathways in high-growth industries, improve college access and success, and ensure workforce readiness, especially for individuals with high barriers into the workforce.
- Coordinate tactics between UNITE-LA's Policy, Programs, and Systems team leads to develop and innovate new opportunities to engage key stakeholders in equitable and inclusive education and workforce development efforts.
- Advance current and develop new innovative initiatives to support key stakeholder engagement in equitable and inclusive education and workforce development efforts in communities across Los Angeles and California.
- Organize introductory meetings between UNITE-LA program/initiative leads and regional/statewide stakeholder leaders to discuss priorities in equitable and inclusive cradle to career education.
- Identify key areas of policy, programmatic, and systems alignment between UNITE-LA and key stakeholders focused on equity and inclusion.
- Coordinate between UNITE-LA and Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) for their collaborative efforts related to local/statewide stakeholder engagement efforts related to digital equity.
- Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships that will advance fundraising and stakeholder engagement to improve equitable and inclusive education and workforce outcomes.
- Coordinate and document all regional/statewide stakeholder engagement efforts in Los Angeles Digital Equity Action League (LA DEAL) .
- In partnership with policy staff, develop and prep key stakeholders to deliver testimony and participate in key legislative deadlines to advance equity and inclusion related to Los Angeles youth and families.
- Promote and elevate the work through different communications strategies to external audiences, including businesses, chambers, government, nonprofits/CBOs, and philanthropy.
- Lead, manage and convene roundtables, host events, provide technical assistance, curate content for stakeholder-friendly communications, elevate promising and best practices for equity and inclusion.
- Maintain records of conversations and manage project deliverables.
- Write and submit reports to funders on activities and outcomes accomplished.
- Help grow funding to develop new and support existing programs through funder cultivation, proposal development, reporting outcomes and other stewardship activities.
- Engage in all-hands-on-deck UNITE-LA projects and events.
- Engage in other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of four to six years of relevant work experience. Bachelor's degree OR an additional four years of relevant work experience can be substituted for the educational requirement.
- Type of experience:
- Experience advancing issues related to equity and inclusion is required
- Experience successfully developing, implementing, growing, and managing projects and/or programs is required
- Experience serving as an intermediary between the business community, institutions of education and other community stakeholders on equity and inclusion issues is required
- Experience with Salesforce is desirable
- Other skills and abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships and partnership and collaborate with a broad array of stakeholders (e.g., business community executives, education leaders, elected officials, nonprofit organization leaders, foundation program officers) to launch, grow and/or execute programming or projects
- Excellent strategic thinking and ability to develop creative ideas and innovative solutions
- Demonstrated ability to manage and execute multiple projects on deadline
- Highly organized
- Ability to work well independently and as a part of a team
Compensation: This is a full-time position, with an annual salary of $55,00-$70,000. Our competitive benefits package includes paid sick leave, vacation, and work-life harmony time, in addition to a robust paid holiday schedule; 401(k) participation with employer contribution; competitive health, vision and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, and more. UNITE-LA promotes and embraces and values a culture of work-life harmony with flexible schedules and offers employee growth development plans to support pathways forward.
UNITE-LA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to developing and sustaining a diverse workforce, because we believe that it makes our organization stronger. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, gender, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please include Manager, Equity Initiatives in the subject line of the email.