Program Coordinator, Catalyst Program

Job Type

Full Time Temporary


Minimum: $44,000.00
Maximum: $50,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



525 South Hewitt Street
Los Angeles
United States


Join MAKE IT IN LA, a community of creators that turn their passions into products in Los Angeles! From space and special effects to food and fashion, Los Angeles is the largest center of manufacturing in the country. MAKE IT is a non-profit spun out of LA Mayor Garcetti’s office to harness the creative potential of the region by connecting creators with the resources they need to “make it” here.

MAKE IT IN LA is seeking a self-starting Program Coordinator as we take the organization to the next level and launch our new Catalyst Program. The program aims to identify promising emerging and established entrepreneurs and help them manufacture and scale in LA. You will play a pivotal role as the first full-time paid staff member reporting directly to the Executive Director. You will independently work closely with our volunteer “Catalysts,” corporate partners, and the diverse creators and manufacturers in the program. You will also engage and grow our broader community through various events, social media, and digital content.

We seek someone who is resourceful, curious, meticulous, and fearless as we rapidly evolve the organization and expand its impact. You must have exceptional oral and written communication skills as you will be heavily engaged in external relationship building. This is a grant-funded position through February 2019, at which time this position will end. Flexible hours.


If you are successful, within a year you will:

  • Coordinate the launch and growth of our pioneering Catalyst Program, which is building a community of 100+ vetted emerging and established founders and brands, and empowering 20 of them to start manufacturing in Los Angeles
  • Help build and manage a Catalyst advisory team of at least 20 experts and successful founders that want to give back
  • Produce at least a dozen events, including factory tours and a MakerWalk, and partner on half a dozen other educational events, which will inspire and help 1,000 attendees. 
  • Expand our broader community to 4,000 email subscribers and 10,000 social media followers 
  • Help create and retain hundreds of quality local manufacturing jobs for Angelenos.

Job Duties

  • Track and connect participants in our programs, including Catalysts, creators, manufacturers, and sponsors.
  • Oversee communications with our broader community (monthly newsletter, social media, website, invitations, etc.)
  • Use your own judgment and discretion to manage and grow our social media accounts and help build our brand.
  • Create content as appropriate, such as newsletters, event summaries, creator profiles and interviews, simple videos, etc.
  • Coordinate events, sometimes with partners, such as workshops, factory tours, CEO dinners, MakerWalk, and a possible conference. Manage consultants and vendors for larger events when appropriate.
  • Develop a longer-term communications plan with the Executive Director—including social media, content, and PR—to build awareness and engagement with our core audiences and beyond
  • Identify and research new events, creators, resources, and potential sponsors and partners relevant to our movement
  • Oversee interns and volunteers to do research and help deliver on projects
  • Develop and document workflows and automate processes where possible
  • Occasionally support the day to day work of the Executive Director
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Job Requirements

  • 2-3+ years of experience in program coordination, marketing, and communications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Event planning experience
  • Savvy using social media to engage and grow audiences
  • Experience creating and editing content in various media (i.e., web, newsletters, social media). Audio and video editing a big plus.
  • Confidence with technology tools and an eagerness to learn new ones a must. At a minimum: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google apps, Dropbox, Photoshop. Experience with WordPress, Mailchimp, Illustrator, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Slack, Calendly, Asana, Airtable, Zapier and other tools a big plus.
  • Courage, imagination, and a sense of adventure a must!

MAKE IT IN LA is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to apply. MAKE IT IN LA will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, political affiliations or activities, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, as we are hiring fast!

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