Project Coordinator

Exempt

contact information

Lida Granados
lida.granados@lacity.org

job description

Job Title: Project Coordinator  

Terms: Full-time/Exempt  

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.  

Responsibilities

  • 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

  

Needed Characteristics  


  • 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

Minimum Qualifications  


  • 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)

Location 

Hybrid. The position will start as a remote work opportunity. As government offices begin to  reopen, the position will transition to in-person work.  

Reports to 

Workforce Development Director, Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity  

Compensation  

Full-time position with a salary that is commensurate with experience.  

Start Date  

August 2021  

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.


How to apply

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  lida.granados@lacity.org.