Job Type

Full Time




Los Angeles
United States


LURN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building sustainable communities through innovative urban planning strategies, advocacy, action-­‐oriented research, and responsible development. Founded in 2008, the organization employs a multi-­‐disciplinary approach to its work, creating spaces for new ideas, compiling research, supporting local entrepreneurs and leaders, and helping other organizations implement their innovations.

Position Overview

LURN is seeking a Development and Communications Associate to generate fund development opportunities and creative communication strategies as well as plan and executive events on behalf of the organization. This team member will be responsible for:

Development & Event Curation

  • Coordinating development and fundraising efforts such as writing grants, researching potential funding opportunities, cultivating relationships with funders, overseeing donor engagement efforts, and coordinating grant reporting;
  • Managing grant administration and implementation including compliance requirements, as well as coordinating with partners and staff to implement timely invoicing and reporting;
  • Managing overall fundraising activities including grants management and reporting in conjunction with the Executive Director as detailed in LURN’s fundraising plan;
  • Leading all event planning, sponsorship solicitation, and logistics for events that align with LURN’s mission, including communication with the Board of Directors on event and sponsorship engagement; and
  • Leading the Fundraising Committee meeting with the Board of Directors.


  • Maintaining social media accounts with consistent engagement and interesting content, as well as increasing the number of people engaged in LURN’s work;
  • Developing and implementing a strategy for increasing story-telling from within the organization to help raise awareness on important initiatives. This includes taking photographs of projects and activities, maintaining a LURN blog, and producing an annual report;
  • Coordinating monthly newsletters and organizational updates; and
  • Writing press releases on behalf of LURN and acting as the main point of contact for press coordination.

Other Programmatic Support

  • As the general point person on behalf of the organization, providing friendly and responsive email and phone correspondence with external partners, stakeholders, volunteers and clients;
  • Representing LURN in meetings with partners, stakeholders, funders, and the public at large;
  • Assisting in program-related and mission-oriented research efforts;
  • Supporting the cultivation of a creative, productive environment with staff, board, and supporters; and
  • Other duties assigned as necessary.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university;
  • At least three years of experience in fund development;
  • Fluency in economic development and/or community-based finance;
  • Capability to work effectively with diverse audiences;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Positive, upbeat attitude that supports LURN staff and its organizational partners; and
  • Commitment to LURN’s mission and interest in urban planning and economic development.


LURN offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. A cover letter and resume should be submitted to For more information on our organization, please visit

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


A cover letter and resume should be submitted to For more information on our organization, please visit