REDF is a pioneering venture philanthropy accelerating a national movement of employment social enterprises—mission-driven, revenue-generating businesses that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. For people with histories of incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and young people who are not in school or working, social enterprises provide the paying, transitional jobs and services they need to stabilize their lives, develop a work history, and build skills and conﬁdence. When employees are ready, social enterprises help them ﬁnd competitive employment.
Research shows this approach works. It leads to greater economic security and mobility and a signiﬁcant rate of return to society—$2.23 in beneﬁts for every $1 spent.
Since 1997, REDF has invested in 219 social enterprises in 30 states and the District of Columbia. To date, those businesses have earned over $1.1 billion in revenue and employed over 73,000 people (and counting).
Together with our social enterprise partners, we are working to build a better, more inclusive society where all people have the jobs and support they need to get ahead—and the pride, purpose, and path to self-sufficiency they deserve.
About the Government Partnerships & Policy Team
The Government Partnerships & Policy team informs and influences federal, state, and local policymakers to promote the growth of employment social enterprise (ESE) and increase economic opportunity for social enterprise employees through funding, intermediation, and public policy. The Government Partnerships & Policy team is charged with managing existing programs like the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), the nation’s first public-private partnership connecting workforce and employment social enterprise, while also creating new and innovative public-private partnerships that help grow the social enterprise sector.
The Temporary Associate will lead LA:RISE relationships and initiatives in supporting the program’s goals and REDF’s greater Los Angeles regional strategy. The Associate will be responsible for supporting the success of LA:RISE in the City and County of Los Angeles. They will work closely with the Manager of Government Partnerships & Policy to accomplish the programmatic development and management of the LA:RISE program. They will also support key partners and initiatives within local government, business, philanthropy, and nonprofits in the LA:RISE partnership.
Support LA:RISE Program Management
- Lead Relationship Manager with a minimum of 4 LA:RISE partners including Employment Social Enterprises, WorkSource Centers, America’s Job Centers of California Centers, and other programmatic partners in delivering individual contractor goals and program execution.
- Employment social enterprises are purpose-driven, revenue-generating businesses that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get good jobs, keep those jobs, and build a better life.
- WorkSource Centers act as a personal employment agency offering services for free to adults, dislocated workers, veterans, the homeless, and the re-entry population.
- Support Manager, Government Partnerships & Policy in managing government relationships, employer engagement, and other city-funded initiatives.
- Create program materials, standard operating procedures, and training materials.
- Update program materials and be comfortable utilizing various online platforms and programs like WordPress, Salesforce, and MailChimp
- Support LA:RISE program operations including any process or program improvements.
- Independently manage small projects and own small workstreams in larger collaborative projects. Perform project planning; establish scope, timeline, and resources.
Develop Learning Community within LA:RISE Partnership
- Support quarterly LA:RISE all partner academy meetings for both city and county along with additional training opportunities for the LA:RISE partnership.
- Attend and support committee and working group meetings as assigned to promote REDF and employment social enterprises
Support Strategic Communications
- Plan and organize internal communication, fundraising, finance, and programmatic efforts vital to implement partnerships.
- Collaborate with Marketing & Communications and Community teams to develop and disseminate high-quality communications including monthly e-newsletter, quarterly progress reports, and regularly updating the portal online and resource pages on REDFWorkshop.
- In partnership with the Marketing & Communications team and Manager, develop and organize communications and outreach marketing and collateral including event/program web pages, testimonials, reports, and flyers for internal and external partners
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 2-4 years of experience.
- Possesses basic theories, skills, and practices of government contracting, compliance, and reporting requirements, specifically subject matter knowledge of Los Angeles workforce, homelessness, opportunity youth, and reentry services.
- Makes work method decisions, usually for routine individual assignments. Supports in-team and cross-team decision-making through analysis and informs and consults appropriately.
- Exercises limited autonomy, performing work with moderate to significant supervision and guidance. Follows precedent, guidelines, and procedures. Able to organize individual work and in-team efforts. Has good follow-through and judgment on when to ask for help.
- Communicates concisely and effectively, verbally and in writing to in-team audience. Creates custom, tailored communications and reports for in-team audience.
- Excellent project management, critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills.
- Strong and effective individual collaborator and contributor on in-team and cross-team efforts. Adheres to guidance on collaboration with various partners.
- Skill with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, WordPress, MailChimp and ability to work extensively at a computer
- Experience with customer relationship management (CRM), preferably Salesforce, with basic reporting and analysis ability.
- Compensation: range based on work experience and/or degrees
- $22 – $28: High school and 1-3 years of research/data search entry or B.A. plus 1 year exp.
- $26 – $45: High school and 4+ years of research/data search entry or B.A. plus 2-4+ years exp
- Ability to help craft REDF’s next 20 years of impact
- Work with passionate, dedicated people
- Apply your passion for social change in your career while using business as a force for good
- Operate with a high degree of autonomy in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
- Opportunity to learn continuously by building your skills and broadening your perspectives at conferences, workshops, and more
Please submit your resume and cover letter via REDF’s applicant portal. A personalized cover letter is required; applications without one will not be considered.
REDF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with staff members and prospective employees, and will not discriminate against applicants for employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. REDF encourages employment applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities REDF serves. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, REDF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.