Now Hiring: AmeriCorps VISTA Nonprofit Relations Coordinator

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We strive to empower Angelenos to address pressing social issues through volunteerism and community collaborations. L.A. Works has more than 25,000 registered volunteers who, by our best estimates, have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community. More information about L.A. Works: http://www.LAworks.com

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve. AmeriCorps VISTA is one of three main service programs of AmeriCorps that connects full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp   The term of service lasts for 1 year. A Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Training is required for all members.

Position Overview: L.A. Works seeks a passionate, dedicated, highly motivated individual who is capable of managing L.A. Works’ nonprofit and volunteer relationships and is ready for a transformative year of growth as an AmeriCorps member. In focusing on building effectiveness and sustainability of volunteer programs and delivery at organizations addressing anti-poverty issues including community and economic development and healthy futures, the L.A. Works Nonprofit Relations Coordinator will become familiar with the diverse organizations and volunteer opportunities throughout Los Angeles. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will help transform our nonprofit partners’ volunteer programs to increase their capacity for poverty reduction in the community through more effective volunteer recruitment, placement and engagement practices. This position will require an entrepreneurial attitude, a pro-active drive to identify challenges and possibilities, management of a diverse portfolio of projects, a strong attention to deliverables, strength in building connections, and working towards seeing effective results in the LA community. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, and have experience working in nonprofits or with nonprofit volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities Include:


●    Develop relationships with a core group of nonprofit agencies, providing them with consultative support to assist them in identifying challenges and areas of growth in their volunteer program and guiding them through action plans to address the needs;

●    Create a management plan to best track multiple projects of varying degrees with nonprofits to complete them in a timely and thorough manner;

●    Be proactive in reaching out to the community to set up meetings and discussions;

●    Meet multiple deadlines and benchmarks set by L.A. Works and the AmeriCorps grant;

●    Identify new, creative volunteer roles at nonprofit partner sites;

●    Conduct targeted recruitment efforts online and offline to improve volunteer matches and increase the number of volunteers placed at the nonprofit sites;

●    Manage the online volunteer management and recruitment system for Community Connections with a high degree of autonomy;

●    Contribute to quarterly and annual grant reporting;

●    Create and disseminate marketing materials to the community to advertise the program;

●    Identify opportunities for further growth and expansion of L.A. Works volunteer opportunities and partnerships;

●    Serve as a community ambassador at L.A. Works events to recruit volunteers for a wide variety of volunteer opportunities;

●    Serve as a resource for volunteer management inquiries and recruitment efforts;

●    Assist with the logistics and delivery of the Service Enterprise Initiative to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations’ impact via leveraging the time and talent of volunteers; and

●    Participate in staff events and projects including large scale Days of Service.

Key Qualifications:

●    Bachelor’s degree;

●    Commitment and understanding of the AmeriCorps principles and values including the one year of service

●    Ability to adapt to the living allowance and other lifestyle challenges common for AmeriCorps members;

●    Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;

●    Comfortable and effective in a “coaching” role with nonprofit professionals;

●    A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time of pressure;

●    Engaging public speaker and networker with ability to connect successfully with a wide range of individuals, especially nonprofit leaders;

●    Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;

●    Superior, persuasive, and proven writing and marketing capabilities;

●    Proficient in developing processes and procedures to track data;

●    Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment;

●    Interest in nonprofit work and belief in the value of community service; and

●    Access to personal car for travel throughout Los Angeles County.

Additional requirements:

●   Valid driver’s license;

●   Must be at least 17 years of age and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.;

●    Some evening and weekend commitments;

●    Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite;

●    Knowledge of databases and Google products a plus.

Salary: A $15,996 per year stipend before taxes. It breaks down to about $1,333 a month before taxes.

Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, choice of Education Award or End of Service stipend, housing search assistance, health coverage, living allowance, travel coverage when applicable, relocation allowance if eligible, training accommodations onsite and offsite.

Location: L.A. Works is in Cypress Park, close to Elysian Park and just north of downtown Los Angeles, near Dodger’s Stadium. We are accessible by the gold line. This position will also be required to travel around Los Angeles by car.

Duration: One-year commitment.

Application Procedure: If you are interested in growing professionally within an innovative, highly respected organization through a year of service, we invite you to submit a single PDF document which includes the following to Gyasi Ross, Director of Programs, gyasi@laworks.com:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Professional References
  • And answer a short online questionnaire by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/k4cd52k

Application Deadline: Applications are due by Friday, June 5th @ 5 p.m.  L.A. Works is committed to providing an inclusive workplace that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to achieve its mission. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.

Key Components for Successful Volunteer Recruitment

By Meghan Maloney

Volunteers can prove to be a huge benefit to your organization. Aside from providing extra hands and eyes to your projects, they offer unique perspectives that can help strengthen your organization’s mission.  Here are some key components that need to be implemented to ensure successful recruitment for your volunteer program.

Identifying where exactly volunteers can contribute is one of the first steps in recruitment. Having an open dialogue with your team about incorporating a community workforce is key to building a foundation to a successful volunteer program. This conversation could include the roles volunteers can fill in, the frequency of opportunities, and the supervising staff members for the program. There will definitely be a structural change in your organization once a volunteer program is incorporated, and change can be uneasy for some. If your team is on board with recruiting volunteers, great! If some feel uneasy about the switch, then more dialogue about how your organization plans to utilize volunteers will be key. These growing pains are necessary, but will ease as you gain support in recruiting and managing volunteers in the future.

11133927_10153352650765955_2138150001715835132_oOnce you’ve identified the roles and responsibilities for your volunteers take on, you can focus on writing the catchy service opportunity descriptions to find the best match. Traditionally unpopular volunteer opportunities–but still incredibly vital–such as fundraising can sound more appealing if the job descriptions are written in an engaging way. Advertising these positions will be crucial in how your recruitment pans out. Consider this: Is your organization willing to set aside a budget for posting on websites with wide reach such as idealist.org? Are there any volunteer hubs (like LAWorks.com) that offer free submissions of volunteer opportunities? Do you have a strong media presence? Is the local volunteer center at a nearby university open to recruiting volunteers for you? Dedicating a “Volunteer Now!” tab on your website is also a great way to recruit, as this is the first place people will look for these opportunities. Determine where your organization would like to find volunteers, and then use those medium to assist you with recruitment.


Deciding what sort of budget to allocate to volunteers will also be an area of conversation for successful recruitment. Your volunteer budget may include items such as food, T-shirts, and the swag items. Materials needed to complete the volunteer project will also need to be factored into this budget.   Other investments to consider when proposing your volunteer budget are background checks and TB tests, especially if they will be working with youth. Your organization may not be able to cover full costs, but can partially cover some of those expenses. Additionally, your organizations may elect to refund that money back to its volunteers when they have volunteered for a specified amount of time. Ultimately, when volunteers see a marked investment in them, they will invest more into your organization.

Now that you’ve started getting some responses from interested volunteers, your organization must devote some thought into orienting the volunteers to the work at hand. Having an engaging on boarding and training curriculum in place is essential for successful recruitment. Having the volunteers understand the magnitude of their impact is key for their buy-in; they must feel that what they are doing has purpose and meaning. This includes clearly outlining the reasons for why they are volunteering, and how the opportunity will make a tangible impact. Hosting a formal orientation, followed by a detailed training of their task, is an effective  way of having the volunteers understand your organization from a broad perspective as well develop personal relationships with people on staff or other volunteers. Including an organizational chart of staff members and what they oversee will acquaint volunteers to different aspects of the organization. A handbook/manual with contact information, the mission statement, and other essential volunteer information can help the volunteer take pride in their service.

Leadership is an indispensable aspect of volunteer recruitment and retention for both skilled and general volunteers. Skill-based volunteers require more check-ins from leadership to ensure that their skills are not being manipulated as free labor. Having them feel like they are part of the larger staff is a great way for them to feel valued and appreciated for their skill-based volunteering. With general volunteers, having a staff member as their point person–even better if it’s a volunteer coordinator–shows that the organization has a more sophisticated volunteer program. General volunteers also like the comfort of knowing that they have someone to report to; that person becomes the face of the organization for them.

The final key is retention. Recruitment is only as successful as how well an organization can retain their volunteers.  Volunteer appreciations every couple of months will help them feel connected to the organization and feel like their contributions are recognized by the team. Having a database of volunteers will be the cornerstone for retention; this will be the organization’s starting point in reaching out to past volunteers. Engaging them is imperative, and can be accomplished through social media shout-outs, newsletters for upcoming events, or even mailing out personalized thank-yous. The culture surrounding volunteers will be a determining factor for recurrent volunteerism. Reflect and consider how your organization incorporates and integrates volunteers into the mission and organization.

Volunteer recruitment is normally a challenging feat. With patience, persistence, and a solid action plan, your volunteer program will soon reflect the efforts put into recruiting awesome volunteers!

For more information or resources, please check out the following blogs/links:

Volunteer Central: Recruit, Train, and Retain! 

HandsOn Network: Effective Volunteer Recruitment Strategies

World Volunteer Web: 16 Tips in Recruiting Adult Volunteers

Celebrate Older Americans Month With RSVP!

RSVP_KOCEspotIn celebration of Older Americans Month, L.A. Works’ program for volunteers aged 55+, RSVP, will be featured on public television -PBS SoCal and KCET. Keep an eye out for our commercials encouraging viewers to get active, stay healthy, and volunteer! RSVP volunteer opportunities are specially designed for older, active individuals who want to contribute their time and expertise to the Los Angeles community. We all benefit from the invaluable wealth of experience that volunteers 55 plus bring to the service movement. If you know someone with time on their hands looking for a way to get involved, tell them about RSVP. Contribute to your legacy and make a difference in the LA community.

Here are some fun opportunities to get involved in Older Americans Month:

SPEND THE DAY WITH RSVP
THURS MAY 7th at  2PM
Come out for a special introduction to our RSVP partner, The Gentle Barn!  This amazing animal rescue farm in Santa Clarita is offering an introduction and orientation to all RSVP volunteers. Meet our RSVP staff, make friends and make a difference:  click here for details!

SENIOR HEALTH FAIR
TUES. MAY 19th from 9AM – 12PM
Hosted by our partner the City of West Hollywood, this annual health fair offers a wide range of free health screenings, many older adult services and free lunch!  Be sure to save your spot by calling this number:  #323-848-6820

JOIN OUR RSVP TASK FORCE
We’re looking for you! RSVP is actively welcoming dynamic and creative individuals to serve as ambassadors for our new program. The time commitment is just a few hours each week, but the impact is tremendous. No experience required, just positive energy and willingness to outreach and connect more adults aged 55+ to RSVP. Send us an email here:  RSVP@laworks.com

RSVP DAY OF SERVICE
SAT. JUNE 13th from 8:30AM – 12PM RSVP volunteers will join together to help transform the Boys and Girls Club in Highland Park. In addition to the fun morning of service, 24 Hr. Fitness has agreed to join the RSVP day of service as a partner (details on what they will be providing to volunteers to follow). For more information and to sign up, email RSVP@laworks.com.

LA’s Promise Awarded Service Enterprise Certification

We are proud to announce that LA’s Promise has been awarded Service Enterprise certification by L.A. Works. serv_enterprise_landing04a The Service Enterprise Initiative is a national program administered through Points of Light that recognizes nonprofits with exceptional volunteer programs. Nonprofits that operate as Service Enterprises more effectively address community needs and run on almost half the median budget than those nonprofits that do not leverage volunteers across all levels of the their organization.

To qualify for certification, organizations must go through a year long process that consists of attending a series of best practices workshops, creating action plans, and strategize with expert coaches from the Executive Service Corps on ways to best implement their plans.

We spoke with Caitlin Krier, Associate Director of Community Partnerships, about LA’s Promise’s journey in becoming certified.

L.A. Works:
Tell us more about LAP! How does your organization engage volunteers?

LA’s Promise:
Our mission is to graduate every student attending an LA’s Promise neighborhood school college and career ready. Through a robust school turnaround model, LA’s Promise partners with a cadre of schools committed to ensuring that students growing up in poverty receive an excellent education.

Something cool thing about LA’s Promise is that we have so many different ways for volunteers to get involved in our work. I believe in the idea that students are more likely to succeed when their schools are community hubs, and in order for that to work, we need to bring in folks from the community who are willing to share their skills, passions and resources with the students who need them. Volunteers can do everything from helping plant trees in our teaching gardens to leading workshops on post-secondary options to connecting students with internship opportunities at their companies. Since we’ve started this Service Enterprise work, we’ve been able to open up new volunteer opportunities as well, such as speaking at our middle school career day and helping secure in-kind donations for all of our school programs. We have also begun working with several university service groups to engage college students in leading activities such as college workshops and college fairs for our middle school students.

LAW:
How has Service Enterprise benefited your org?

LAP:
One big change has been with how we run events, especially those that fall on the weekends. Instead of begging our staff to come out and help, we are able to work with an amazing cohort of volunteers who are excited to participate and be a part of these events! Since weekends are usually better for volunteer availability, this has been a great match.

LAW:
What has been the most rewarding aspect of this certification journey?

LAP:
For me, the most rewarding part of the journey has been the process of self reflection and pushing ourselves to build service enterprise into everything we do. It was really cool to build a volunteer tracking and orientation plan from scratch, and to see those things be realized, especially our first volunteer orientation in February. We went from having a couple of volunteers to an entire database of people that we can call upon to help with projects and events throughout the year.

LAW:
What are some tips/advice you would give other organizations that are thinking about Service Enterprise/are already going through the process?

LAP:
My advice would be to not worry about your volunteer program needing to look a certain way. The self reflection piece is really key, because you’re able to hold onto the core values and vibe of your organization while enhancing it. We are never going to have 200 volunteers donating their time every week at LA’s Promise, and that’s okay! We have been creative about how volunteers can become an intricate part of who we are as an organization.

We are honored to award them with this accomplishment, and we are looking forward to seeing all the amazing work they continue to do with their volunteers!

Now Hiring: Special Event Coordinators

Special Events Coordinator (flexible, part-time contractor position)

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With more than 20 years of success, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.  L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.

Position Overview: As a part of the L.A. Works leadership community, the Special Events Coordinator (SEC) will plan and lead corporate volunteer events on a per-project basis. This is a flexible contractor position, perfect for someone looking to grow his or her leadership experience and supplement his or her income. Coordinlawd14_004ators will be pre-trained and certified by L.A. Works. The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, be knowledgeable about the latest trends in the nonprofit sector, and have experience working with and managing volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.
Responsibilities for Special Events Coordinator Role:

Leadership and planning of hands-on community service projects for volunteers and nontraditional relationships with corporate partners. Overall project work consists of ~50% hands-on labor, physical work and project prep; 40% project planning; 10% project leading.



Special Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
●    Work with designated school, nonprofit, or community agency to develop and lead a volunteer event for team of 50-300 corporate employee volunteers that fits within event budget;
●    With support of Senior Special Event Coordinator, communicate with corporate liaison to ensure all corporate partner needs are being met;
●    Scope volunteer project activities and plan event logistics such as first aid, parking, run-of-show, etc.
●    Train corporate volunteers as site leaders for event;
●    Ensure that supplies, water, and food are delivered to project site and pre-sorted ahead of time;
●    Provide Senior SEC with supply order at least 2 weeks prior to event for purchase and delivery;
●    Secure all necessary permits and ensure school processes (insurance, approvals, etc.) are handled, as appropriate;
●    Document event activities through pre- and post- event photos, action photos of volunteers working, high-quality photos of murals. Create final report with # of people served, volunteer hours contributed, and other impact statistics;
●    Complete survey evaluation and any necessary event close out;
●    Promote L.A. Works programs and follow up with volunteers who want to stay involved;
●    Attend and lead signature Days of Service and other special events/corporate volunteer projects as needed.
●    Complete other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:
●    Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three years progressively responsible leadership experience;
●    Event planning or production planning experience, a plus;
●    Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector; in-depth understanding of volunteer management and engagement practices, a plus;
●    A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
●    Great organizational skills, detail-oriented and meets strict deadlines;
●    Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
●    Comfortable delivering presentations and guiding a room of participants;
●    Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
●    Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
●    Strong problem solving skills; ability to see the big picture as well as immediate needs; and
●    Great organizational skills, detail-oriented and meets strict deadlines.

Additional requirements:
●    Ability to lift up to 50 pounds;
●    Valid CA driver’s license;
●    Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
●    Availability for some evening and weekend commitments;
●    Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; and
●    Experience with Salesforce, a plus.
Reporting: This position reports to the Senior Special Events Coordinator.
Position Status: SECs are independent contractors, billed through 1099 forms. Work will be available on a project-by-project basis based on event availability and SEC schedule/performance. Transportation, mileage and other work-related expenses are the responsibility of each SEC and will not be reimbursed by L.A. Works.

Payment Structure: Payment is determined and paid on a contract basis for each individual project. In addition to SEC performance, considerations include complexity of project, number of volunteers, level of existing corporate contract relationship, potential public exposure of event, etc. Project estimate is $525-725 for ~35 hour project to start, upon the discretion of the Director of Corporate Engagement and Senior Special Events Coordinator.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest and relevant skills to HR@laworks.com.

Ellen Degeneres Volunteers with Mattress Firm at L.A. Works BusinessWorks event

While visiting LA from hometowns all across the country, more than 1,000 Mattress Firm volunteers transformed Evergreen Elementary School with more than 50 murals across the campus, inside and out, new tables, garden beds, and benches. ellenThis was part of their annual Give Big event and they truly gave big this year, with an additional donation to the school of $25,000 beyond their contribution of the transformation itself.

The volunteers were surprised to see Ellen Degeneres kick off the day with a hilarious set of mattress jokes. The volunteers from this L.A. Works project will be highlighted on a future Ellen show episode (info to be announced soon).ellen_speaking  teamwork

1500 volunteers made MLK Day of Service 2015 a huge success

More than 1500 school, community and corporate volunteers made this mlkday2015_jamesworthy2 year’s MLK Jr. Day of Service a very special “Day On, Not a Day Off”. Volunteers honored the life and legacy of Dr. King as they spent the day giving back to the local community.

After the band and cheerleaders from the school performed, special guest Former Los Angeles Laker James Worthy, City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, L.A. Works co-founder Bob Johnson and Joan Sullivan CEO of the Partnership for LA Schools spoke alongside the principals Dr. Gomez and Mrs. Washington and teachers from Santee Education Complex and Frida Kahlo High School in South Los Angeles to get the morning started. We were thrilled to have L.A. Works board member (and esteemed actor) Roger G. Smith emceeing the kick-off.

mlkday2015_volsfridaBefore the day was through, more than 275 gallons of paint was added to the walls, 17 cubic yards of mulch spread across two campuses, and 10 garden boxes were irrigated and put back into action.

L.A. Works is so thankful to our hosts at Santee and Frida Kahlo for inviting us into their schools. And we could not have done the work without the support from major sponsors like: Northrop Grumman, Target, Macy’s, Kaiser Permanente, American Honda and the Jonathan Club.

We even made the news!

national: http://time.com/money/3668231/volunteer-martin-luther-king-jr-day-of-service/
local: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/josh-rubensteins-weather-forecast-jan-19/vp-AA8mi80

Now Hiring: Director of Corporate Programs

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With more than 20 years of success, L.A. Works is a recognized leader in the national service movement. L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: (1) increasing volunteer participation in the community; (2) building the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and (3) educating volunteers and encouraging civic engagement in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.  L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.

Position Overview: The Director of Corporate Programs will oversee the day-to-day management and growth of L.A. Works’ corporate volunteer program.  In collaboration with the Executive Director and the L.A. Works leadership team, this individual is responsible for helping raise the profile and impact of L.A. Works’ corporate volunteer programs. Our corporate fee-for-service social enterprise programs supports thousands of free ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout Los Angeles. The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, be knowledgeable about the latest trends in the nonprofit sector, have an entrepreneurial mindset, and have experience working with and managing volunteers. Corporate experience is a plus. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage program to mobilize up to 15,000 volunteers annually;
  • Respond to corporate inquiries, pitch new prospects, lead presentations, close deals, and provide client customer service to potential corporate sponsors;
  • Manage corporate relationships with consistent communication year-round to bring corporate volunteers into the L.A. Works family (managed in salesforce);
  • Develop and maintain relationships with schools, nonprofits, and agencies to create living list of transformative community projects (managed in salesforce database);
  • Recruit and supervise team of expert event coordinators to plan and execute (lead) corporate service events;
  • Plan and lead corporate service events, as necessary;
  • Communicate with elected officials, VIPs, and stake holders in each council district re participation in local area service projects;
  • Identify in-kind and vendor relationships for sponsorships and discounted rates;
  • Supervise warehouse staff; manage inventory (supplies and equipment) maintain vans, and purchase, load, and transport event supplies and equipment;
  • Create and coordinate signature days of service; and
  • Play significant role in development and launch of new corporate initiatives, beyond hands-on projects.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of five years progressively responsible management experience;
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector; in-depth understanding of volunteer management and engagement practices;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
  • Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
  • Comfortable delivering presentations and guiding a room of participants;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful to develop new, unique programs and initiatives;
  • Great organizational skills and detail-oriented nature; and
  • Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment.

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Experience with Salesforce, a plus;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, skills, and recent salary history to HR@laworks.com.

 

 

Boyle Heights Highlights: L.A. Works Day 2014

lawd14_004 lawd14_257  lawd14_127    Former speaker John Perez, City Controller Ron Galperin, L.A. Works Co-Founder Bob Johnson, Maria Cabildo, President of East LA Community Corporation, and Skylar Lenox representing the Mayor’s office set the stage for a rewarding and transformative L.A. Works Day this Saturday! The work digging, building, painting, and carting buckets of rocks and mulch across a steep hillside wasn’t easy, but without complaint a thousand corporate and community volunteers spent their day getting dirty. The kids at Soto Elementary, families who play soccer and t-ball at Boyle Height Rec Center, and lawd14_029lawd14_051community members gardening at Mott Urban Garden all thank you for your time, energy, and amazing hard work! And for those who missed this exciting day – keep an eye out for MLK Day in January as our next large-scale day of community engagement and civic pride.

Special thanks to:
Jonathan Club volunteers and staff who spent their Saturday cooking up some tasty Philly Cheese Steaks to feed the hungry volunteers after a hard morning of work. The food was delicious and ice cream was a perfect treat for the hot, hot day.
New and returning Volunteer Leaders who led the projects throughout this Boyle Heights neighborhood.
Arianna Basco who emceed the kick-off, getting us all excited about the day.
Rob Naples and Ella Turenne for capturing the event through their camera lenses.
Sponsors Northrop Grumman who has supported L.A. Works for more than 20 years as well as event sponsors Target, Macy’s, McDermott Will & Emery, AT&T ,the LA Lakers, Southern California Leadership Network, and DIRECTV who made the day possible.
MGM, Kaiser, and Occidental College for bringing out lawd14_112energetic and enthusiastic teams.
All the community nonprofits and agencies who joined us for the volunteer fair.LAWD14_001-S

Now Hiring: AmeriCorps VISTA Nonprofit Relations Coordinator

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We strive to empower Angelenos to address pressing social issues through volunteerism and community collaborations. L.A. Works has more than 25,000 registered volunteers who, by our best estimates, have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community. More information about L.A. Works: http://www.LAworks.com

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve. AmeriCorps VISTA is one of three main service programs of AmeriCorps that connects full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp

The term of service lasts for 1 year. A Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Training is required for all members.

Position Overview: L.A. Works seeks a passionate, dedicated, highly motivated individual who is capable of managing L.A. Works’ nonprofit and volunteer relationships and is ready for a transformative year of growth as an AmeriCorps member. In focusing on building effectiveness and sustainability of volunteer programs and delivery at organizations addressing anti-poverty issues including community and economic development, education and healthy futures, the L.A. Works Nonprofit Relations Coordinator will become familiar with the diverse organizations and volunteer opportunities throughout Los Angeles. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will help transform our nonprofit partners’ volunteer programs to increase their capacity for poverty reduction in the community through more effective volunteer recruitment, placement and engagement practices. This position will require an entrepreneurial attitude, a pro-active drive to identify challenges and possibilities, management of a diverse portfolio of projects, a strong attention to deliverables, strength in building connections, and working towards seeing effective results in the LA community. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, and have experience working in nonprofits or with nonprofit volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop relationships with a core group of nonprofit agencies, providing them with consultative support to assist them in identifying challenges and areas of growth in their volunteer program and guiding them through action plans to address the needs;
  • Create a management plan to best track multiple projects of varying degrees with nonprofits to complete them in a timely and thorough manner;
  • Be proactive in reaching out to the community to set up meetings and discussions;
  • Meet multiple deadlines and benchmarks set by L.A. Works and the AmeriCorps grant;
  • Identify new, creative volunteer roles at nonprofit partner sites;
  • Conduct targeted recruitment efforts online and offline to improve volunteer matches and increase the number of volunteers placed at the nonprofit sites;
  • Manage the online volunteer management and recruitment system for Community Connections with a high degree of autonomy;
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual grant reporting;
  • Create and disseminate marketing materials to the community to advertise the program;
  • Identify opportunities for further growth and expansion of L.A. Works volunteer opportunities and partnerships;
  • Serve as a community ambassador at L.A. Works events to recruit volunteers for a wide variety of volunteer opportunities;
  • Serve as a resource for volunteer management inquiries and recruitment efforts;
  • Assist with the logistics and delivery of the Service Enterprise Initiative to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations’ impact via leveraging the time and talent of volunteers; and
  • Participate in staff events and projects including large scale Days of Service.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Commitment and understanding of the AmeriCorps principles and values including the one year of service
  • Ability to adapt to the living allowance and other lifestyle challenges common for AmeriCorps members;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Comfortable and effective in a “coaching” role with nonprofit professionals;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
  • Engaging public speaker and networker with ability to connect successfully with a wide range of individuals, especially nonprofit leaders;
  • Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
  • Superior, persuasive, and proven writing and marketing capabilities;
  • Proficient in developing processes and procedures to track data;
  • Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment;
  • Interest in nonprofit work and belief in the value of community service; and
  • Access to personal car for travel throughout Los Angeles County.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license;
  • CANNOT be engaged in any means of paid work outside of the full-time VISTA role;
  • Must be at least 17 years of age and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Knowledge of databases and Google products a plus.

Salary: A $15,996 per year stipend before taxes. It breaks down to about $1,333 a month before taxes.

Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, choice of Education Award or End of Service stipend, housing search assistance, health coverage, living allowance, travel coverage when applicable, relocation allowance if eligible, training accommodations onsite and offsite.

Location: L.A. Works is in Cypress Park, close to Elysian Park and just north of downtown Los Angeles, near Dodger’s Stadium. We are accessible by the gold line. This position will also be required to travel around Los Angeles by car.

Duration: One-year commitment.

Application Procedure: If you are interested in growing professionally within an innovative, highly respected organization through a year of service, we invite you to submit a single PDF document which includes the following to Gyasi Ross, Director of Programs, gyasi@laworks.com:

Application Deadline: Applications are due by Friday, October 31st.

 

L.A. Works is committed to providing an inclusive workplace that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to achieve its mission. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.