Community Organizer – RePower LA

Please note that LAANE staff are currently working remotely from home. We are exploring ways to move forward in our work approach for the remainder of the year, with a goal of ensuring the safest working conditions and environment for all of our staff.

Founded in 1993, LAANE is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all – with a focus on women, low-income communities, and people of color. Combining dynamic research, innovative public policy, and deep coalition organizing, LAANE promotes an economic approach based on good jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment. Our work has included raising the minimum wage in 5 L.A. cities, overhauling our waste and recycling system to hold corporations accountable, and creating good, green jobs at LADWP. For more information about our work, visit www.laane.org.

Campaign Description: LAANE is currently seeking a full-time organizer for our RePower LA campaign. RePowerLA is a coalition of community-based, environmental and environmental justice and labor organizations with the goal of bringing together a movement of ratepayers, and workers to build collective power and expand access to energy programs and green union jobs at LADWP. In the last ten years, RePowerLA, along with our partners, pushed LADWP to break down barriers to good employment through the Utility Pre-Craft Trainee Program, fought and help to expand the Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) and Shared Solar programs to make sure energy efficiency programs are accessible to people who have been historically locked out, like renters and communities of color. Moving forward RePowerLA works to move the city of Los Angeles away from the extractive economy and more towards a regenerative one by centering the people most impacted, which are workers, renters, and ratepayers. As part of LAANE’s Climate Initiatives Team, this campaign is connected with our Water Campaign which aims to empower communities, transform lives with good jobs, and ensure the human right to water.

Position Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Community Organizer will be responsible for elevating the voice of workers and frontline communities, develop leadership programs, contribute to campaign strategy, meaningfully engage allies and partners, help advance policy change and workforce development priorities, and lead public actions. We are seeking a qualified professional who will be able to work well with unions, community organizations, environmental and environmental justice groups, and public agencies. Responsibilities include supervising interns. The Community Organizer will also work directly with the Research & Policy Analyst and Communications Associate. Reliable transportation is required.

Qualifications:

  • Cultural competency and social justice values/work experience: A strong commitment to racial and economic justice and the labor movement; cultural humility, knowledge of utility, re-entry communities, and clean energy issues is a plus, fluency in Spanish is ideal.
  • Excellent organizing strategy and campaign planning skills: Experience (2-5+ years) doing community and/or labor organizing, experience working with diverse communities (especially Black and/or Latinx communities) and a multi-racial coalition, working well under deadline pressure, detail-oriented, and methodical. Willingness to work longer hours and weekends when necessary.
  • Working as a leader within a team: Ability to work independently and collectively within a team, think proactively, possession of strong interpersonal communication skills, and emotional intelligence.

Terms of employment: LAANE’s salary and benefits standards are competitive, with a salary range starting at $54,000, depending on experience. Full family health benefits, 401(k), generous time off, subsidized Transit Access Pass, commitment to work/life balance, parking. Friendly, team-oriented working environment.

Application Process: This position is available immediately. Email cover letter and resume to repower@laane.org. Please put “Community Organizer” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

LAANE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN, LGBTQ PEOPLE, AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.