Workforce Development Organizer – Climate Initiatives

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 who will focus on shaping our workforce development priorities and networks for our Climate Initiatives teams (LAANE’s RePower LA and Water Campaigns). The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated and laid bare inequality, and we must confront these forces and act to protect vulnerable communities’ health and economic well-being. Working with allies, LAANE’s Climate Initiatives have secured billions to upgrade our power and water systems, reduce climate impacts, create good union jobs, and improve pathways to access these jobs. We also know that more work is needed to increase opportunities for Black, Latinx and other workers in communities where there is a disproportionate burden of income and environmental inequality.

 

Position Responsibilities: The Workforce Development Organizer will help develop “high road” job creation and job access strategies, meaningfully engage allies and partners, navigate the workforce development system, advocate for policies and programs, and build deeper understanding of the barriers workers face and potential pathways to good union jobs. Responsibilities include leadership on a California Workforce Development Board High Road Training Partnerships project related to union apprenticeships into LADWP positions. We are seeking a professional who will be able to work well with unions, community organizations, environmental and environmental justice groups, workforce development professionals, educational institutions, and public agencies. Reliable transportation is required.

 

Qualifications:

    • Social justice values/work experience: A strong commitment to racial and economic justice and the labor movement. Prefer experience with social/environmental justice, workforce development, labor organizing, advocacy, education, public administration, and/or working with communities of color and populations facing barriers to employment (e.g. formerly incarcerated/houseless/foster youth). 
    • 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. Experience in workforce development preferred. Skills in grant administration and/or navigating complex systems are a plus.
    • Working as a leader within a team: Ability to work independently and collectively, possession of strong interpersonal communication skills. Willingness to work longer hours and weekends when necessary. A strong commitment to racial and economic justice and the labor movement. Prefer experience with social/environmental justice, workforce development, labor organizing, advocacy, education, public administration, and/or working with communities of color and populations facing barriers to employment (e.g. formerly incarcerated/houseless/foster youth).

 

Terms of employment: LAANE’s salary and benefit standards are competitive, with a salary at $62,400 starting January 01, 2022. 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. Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@laane.org, name files as “Your Name_CL” and “Your Name_Resume,” and put “Workforce Development Organizer” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Not all applicants will receive a response.

 

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