PLN 1000

Associate Director of Government & Community Relations

Clinical Services, 849 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, California, United States of America Req #45
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

About PLN

Founded on Skid Row in 1980, Para Los Niños provides education and wraparound support, serving over 10,000 children, youth, and families annually in some of the most underserved areas in Los Angeles. PLN fosters pathways to success by striving for excellence in education, family support, and comprehensive social-emotional, and community-based services.

Through early education, TK-8th grade education, youth workforce services, and family and community services Para Los Niño’s’ model provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to break the cycle of poverty and help children and youth thrive.


Position Overview

Under the direct supervision of the Managing Director, External Affairs (with support from the Vice President, External Affairs), the Associate Director, Government and Community Relations, will support diverse strategic initiatives to raise visibility and support from elected, civic and community leaders for Para Los Niños’ mission and work.

The Associate Director will collaborate with program staff to build a pipeline of parent and community advocates in support of Para Los Niños. This is a great opportunity for a dynamic, experienced, creative, and thoughtful leader who can lead multiple advocacy initiatives and build strong, lasting systems to support them.  



The Associate Director, Government and Community Relations will perform a broad range of duties including:  

  • Manage and Execute PLN’s Strategic External Relationship Development Plan: Lead and implement strategy to develop positive working relationships with a portfolio of elected offices, partner organizations and community leaders to build support for Para Los Niños children, youth, and families. The scope of work includes:  building coalitions with diverse partners, developing relationships with external constituents and engaging other PLN staff and leadership as appropriate, developing and implementing communications and engagement calendar with elected offices and external partners, and training and building capacity of PLN children, youth, and families to attend meetings with elected officials. 
  • Lead PLN’s Digital Equity Coalition Work: With multi-year funding from the California Community Foundation, this role will play a leadership role across the county. This role with work closely with PLN’s Project Innovations Los Angeles to create a youth fellows program to advocate for high quality broadband for all in Los Angeles.
  • Manage PLN Parent Engagement around Key Issues: Working closely with PLN staff, the Director will meet with parents across the organization to build a bench of parents to advocate for issues that are important to them and important to the sustainability of PLN programming including charter school renewal, expansion of mental health services, and expansion of early childhood services. The scope of work includes developing the content and programming, leading parent workshops and trainings, managing all logistics and communications associated with the program. As part of this role, the Director will manage a part time parent advocate to support on parent engagement work.
  • Manage Advocacy Communications and Efforts: The Associate Director will serve as the advocacy lead for all cross-functional parent engagement efforts at PLN and serve as a point for upcoming projects such as 2020 Census Outreach and Voter Registration efforts.
  • Event Support: The Associate Director will support events where elected officials will be in attendance such as Felices Fiestas, Dia De Los Muertos, and our Annual Benefit Dinner
  • Track and Monitor Legislative Policy: Track policy and legislation that impact PLN children, youth, and families including K-12 education, after school, mental health, community transformation, youth workforce services, and early education; engage external constituents with advance items as appropriate; provide legislative and policy updates to the PLN community as appropriate.
  • Data Management: Create a universal system to communicate to all PLN stakeholders; Manage and maintain data tracking systems that tracks all touchpoints with parents, youth, and external constituents
  • Fundraising: Work with External Affairs and Development staff to find additional funding for advocacy and external affairs work and closely work with elected officials to find funding for our programs and other services
  • Internal and External Engagement: Work collaboratively with staff and external partners to find opportunities for staff to showcase their work and share best practices with a broader audience.


Qualifications and Experience Requirements

  • Commitment to Para Los Niños’ core values and mission
  • Knowledge of urban school environments, early education, youth workforce services, and other policies that impact our programs
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, including educators, school leaders, other school-based and home office staff, civic leaders, and elected officials
  • Proficient communication skills: Ability to write memoranda, create reports and facilitate meetings.
  • Data fluency: Expertise in designing/evaluating both canned and ad hoc reports.
  • Goal Setting: Understanding of outcome-based performance and process for determining key metrics.
  • Ability to work independently, and coordinate multiple large projects through planning, prioritizing, and multi-tasking in a fast paced environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred
  • Valid driver’s license plus ability to provide own transportation to complete travel requirements of job.


Education and Certification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree  
  • Three (3) years of professional, full-time experience working in advocacy or parent or community engagement efforts  or on legislative and policy issues or political campaigns
  • Work schedule requires occasional evenings and weekends as needed
  • Successfully pass all post offer, pre-employment screening requirements, including criminal background check, drug test and provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Current certification in CPR/First Aid  


COVID-19 Vaccine required for all employees 

Must have all required vaccinations, including influenza and Covid-19.


Physical Requirements

To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

  • Approximately 50% of time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and bend.
  • Must be able to speak and hear well. 
  • Good vision is imperative. 
  • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. 
  • Employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds without assistance


Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff

Candidates for employment at a Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following:

  • Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños.
  • Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards -- for self, students, and colleagues.
  • Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual professional development.
  • Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
  • Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team.
  • Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition.
  • Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively handle challenging situations
  • Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push own adoption of new technology and approaches.
  • Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance.

Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $82,740.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $113,768.00
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Clinical Services, 849 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, California, United States of America