Job Title: Project Coordinator
Location: Hybrid (Remote and Los Angeles City Hall)
Opportunity to Lead Innovative Programming to Reduce Academic Inequities in L.A. On June 1, 2021, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council signed an unprecedented Fiscal Year 2021-2022 “Justice Budget,” which prioritizes equity and makes significant investments in youth development and career pathways for young Angelenos. One such investment is the creation of the Student to Student (S2S) Success Pilot. This program will provide job skills training and paid employment to high-need students who will serve as tutors to their younger siblings who have struggled academically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the pilot is two-fold: to reverse the disproportionate learning loss experienced by our most vulnerable younger students; and to provide paid work experience and career exploration to older students to prepare them for essential employment in the education and childcare fields. The S2S Pilot provides a unique and innovative program model in K-12 education, bringing together the Los Angeles Workforce Development System (WDS) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to improve the lives of vulnerable students who have been among the most impacted by the pandemic.
About the Role
The primarily role of the Project Coordinator will be to implement the S2S Pilot on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. The recruitment, selection, training, and placement of the student participants will be facilitated by existing WDS youth employment contractors and LAUSD partners. The Project Coordinator will coordinate these contractors and partners effectively and efficiently to meet various program expectations and goals during the first implementation year of the pilot. Additionally, the Project Coordinator will also assist broader efforts and activities of the City of Los Angeles to expand work experience, school re-engagement, and career pathways exploration for young people.
Coordinate City of Los Angeles staff, non-profits workforce organizations, and education system partners of the S2S Pilot Program
Create an adaptable strategic plan, and develop and implement proven strategies that maximize on-time progress in work experience and tutoring activities
Ensure efficiency and consistency in the implementation of core program components across multiple worksites and partners
Identify quantitative metrics and tracking mechanisms to ensure program partners and youth participants are on track to meet program outcomes
Develop qualitative tools, such as parent and student surveys, to assess the multifaceted positive impact of the program
Provide timely and complete progress reports to staff of the Mayor and other stakeholders
Develop and deliver internal and external visual, oral, and written messaging that captures program successes
Memorialize program lessons learned and best practices to inform the potential continuation and expansion of the program beyond its first year
Research proven strategies and similar programs at the regional, state, and federal level to inform the successful implementation of L.A.’s program
Supervise support staff, such as interns and fellows, to assist with program execution
Other duties as assigned
A highly focused, effective, and culturally sensitive individual who has the ability and drive to achieve positive outcomes for socio-economically disadvantaged student groups
Ability to simultaneously meet multiple priorities, deadlines, and deliverables responsibly
Ability to use diplomacy to effectively engage and motivate diverse program partners toward a shared vision and collective action
Ability to build consensus and maintain positive professional relationships with program workgroups and stakeholders
Ability to navigate ambiguous environments with excitement and enthusiasm
1 - 2 years of experience in project coordination in K-12 education, preferably with a focus on improving academic achievement, career preparation, and college readiness
A bachelor's degree or a more advanced degree. An advanced degree may replace relevant work experience, on a year for year basis, for up to two years
Experience working with government staff, local education agencies, and non-profit community-based organizations
Proficiency in strategic planning and report-writing, as well as presentation preparation, meeting scheduling, meeting facilitation, and note-taking
Proficiency in public speaking and presentation delivery to diverse audiences
Proficiency in using Google Workspace (specifically Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Calendar)
Hybrid. The position will start as a remote work opportunity. As government offices begin to reopen, the position will transition to in-person work.
Workforce Development Director, Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
Full-time position with a salary that is commensurate with experience.
This is an exempt, at-will position with an anticipated end date of June 30, 2022. The individual in this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority.
To apply for the position, please email your resume and a cover letter by July 30, 2021, to Lida Granados, Executive Assistant to Deputy Mayor and Chief Equity Officer Brenda Shockley, at email@example.com.