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Community Engagement Manager

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LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin | Los Angeles, CA
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LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin


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Published 13 days ago

Start Date

October 15, 2019

Application Deadline

September 27, 2019

Salary

Salary commensurate with experience.


About LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin

Nick Melvoin has spent his career fighting for our city’s schoolchildren. He believes that together, with the right leadership, we can ensure that every student in Los Angeles has the opportunity to succeed. Born and raised on the Westside of LA, Nick served as a seventh and eighth grade English teacher at Markham Middle School, an LAUSD campus in Watts. In addition to serving as a teacher, Nick worked in the Obama White House with the Domestic Policy Council and the US Attorney’s office where he took part in various civil rights investigations as a legal clerk. Before his election on May 16, 2017, Nick led and facilitated efforts by students, parents, teachers, and community members to rethink and shape the future of our city’s schools. He was also an adjunct professor at LMU where he taught teachers how to improve their own advocacy in the classroom. In working for nonprofits such as Teach Plus and Educators 4 Excellence, Nick helped to improve the support teachers across the state receive before and during their time in the classroom, as well as amplify teacher voice in policy-making.

As the second largest school district in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 1,000 schools, and over 225 public charter schools. The boundaries spread over 710 square miles and include Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California. Nick represents Los Angeles Unified Board District 4 which includes the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, East Hollywood, Encino, Hollywood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Tarzana, Topanga, Westchester, West Hollywood, Westwood, Woodland Hills & Venice.

We work to ensure every family in this district has high-quality school options and that every child in Los Angeles has the opportunity to attain an excellent education. We do this, in part, by leading by listening: engaging our parents and school communities as partners to serve their diverse needs. We’ve made progress by spearheading the creation of a mobile app for parents, improving school facilities, and cutting red tape. We also work to transform educational opportunities by protecting and expanding access to high-quality school options for every student.

Overview

The team is comprised of 6 members, supervised by the Chief of Staff. This role will work in close collaboration with schools, principals, teachers, parents, and community stakeholders to anticipate and respond to their needs to ensure all LAUSD students graduate college- and career-ready.

Essential Duties:

•      Build relationships: We expect that you would develop and maintain relationships with principals, teachers, parents, and community stakeholders throughout Board District 4; this includes being proactive and visiting all of the schools in your portfolio, learning about their needs and how our office can help. The ability to build relationships across lines of difference to advance an equity-focused agenda is imperative.

•      Develop a proactive strategy to address school/community needs: You would convene meetings with school leadership, community stakeholders, district staff, city agencies, and others to understand and solve issues in Board District 4 schools; to succeed at this, we expect you would track needs identified by community stakeholders, prepare written analyses of community concerns, and develop and implement solutions in collaboration with your supervisor.

•      Respond and solve community concerns: On a daily basis, you will likely take constituent calls, emails, letters, and visits seeking assistance on a variety of issues from your portfolio of schools. You would address issues with relevant District staff or service providers to find the best possible outcome; you will track active constituent casework in a system, aggregate results and challenges, and discern trends that warrant coordinated responses, including strategies, projects, or events that respond to these constituent needs.

•      Analyze and advise: On an at least twice-monthly basis, you would join our team’s work in analyzing hundreds of pages of LAUSD policies, budgets, contracts, and other proposals that are voted on in board meetings. You would own specific issues and draft summaries, talking points, and key questions to prepare Nick for board meetings and committee hearings.

•      Represent the Board Member: You will participate in community meetings and events as Nick’s representative, and gather information from key meetings as it pertains to LAUSD Board District 4’s policy agenda.

•      Communicate clearly: For your portfolio of schools and policy issues, you will be responsible for writing talking points and briefing documents for events and meetings that Nick will attend. You would also work closely with our communications team to develop compelling narratives about our schools to share with a broad audience.

•      Be a team player: You will be the lead on a portfolio of schools; this will require other team members’ help to solve or explain specific issues to your schools. Conversely, the policy team will need your help when digesting the board or committee agendas. You will also work on communications strategies to proactively share the good work you and Nick are doing in the community. We believe in urgency, courage, hard work, solving problems, and being kind to others.

Qualifications

Must-have

  • Be a self-starter, problem-solver and solutions-oriented
  • Strong project management skills and ability to understand, work with, and apply data
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience building relationships with diverse constituents and stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and stay adaptable

Nice-to-have

  • Spanish speaking (Very nice to have)
  • At least 4 years of professional work experience
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Grit, a growth mindset, and a good sense of humor 


About LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin

Nick Melvoin has spent his career fighting for our city’s schoolchildren. He believes that together, with the right leadership, we can ensure that every student in Los Angeles has the opportunity to…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

Benefits include generous and low out-of-pocket costs for health, dental, and vision plans, amongst others. Downtown LA parking is also free.

Benefits include generous and low out-of-pocket costs for health, dental, and vision plans, amongst others. Downtown LA parking is also free.

Level of Language Proficiency

The ideal candidate would be conversational in Spanish, able to speak comfortably one on one with Spanish-speakers and in front of groups. Writing in Spanish would be even better.

The ideal candidate would be conversational in Spanish, able to speak comfortably one on one with Spanish-speakers and in front of groups. Writing in Spanish would be even better.

How To Apply

HOW TO APPLY

For interested candidates, please send the following to Sarah Angel, the Chief of Staff at sarah.angel@lausd.net, with a subject line that reads (exactly as written): Community Engagement Manager Application.


Please include the following three things:

Cover letter answering the following questions (in no more than one typed page in Word, 11-point font):

  • What is it about this role or the LA education landscape that resonates with your experience and/or interests?
  • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
  • Whether you speak and/or write Spanish and to what degree of fluency specifically? (Are you comfortable in one on one conversations in Spanish? Speaking to groups in Spanish? Writing emails?)

Resume

List of Three References (at least two who were your supervisor) with phone numbers and emails; we will only contact them after notifying you.


HOW TO APPLY

For interested candidates, please send the following to Sarah Angel, the Chief of Staff at sarah.angel@lausd.net, with a subject line that reads (exactly as written…

Location

333 South Beaudry Avenue, 24th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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