Friends of the Los Angeles River

Friends of the Los Angeles River seeks an experienced and motivated advocate for Los Angeles River restoration policy and advocacy. The Sr. Policy and Advocacy Manager will work with FoLAR’s broad, diverse coalition and internal team to lead FoLAR’s advocacy campaigns for local, state, and federal policy and planning decisions.

Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) was founded in 1986 on the belief that effective advocacy, education, collaboration, and imagination can accomplish great things. We know first-hand that urban ecosystem restoration requires creativity, technical knowledge, and tenacity - but also that our goals, while vast and visionary, are also undeniably attainable. We bring these attitudes and vision to our mission of protecting and restoring the natural and historic heritage of the LA River.

Jun 24, 2019
Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) is looking for a creative and industrious Events Manager to direct the planning and execution of FoLAR’s largest signature events and corporate partnership programs. This role requires an optimistic and detail-oriented approach to project management as well as strong collaboration and relationship management skills. The ideal candidate is a resourceful self-starter with a passion for finding inventive solutions and for executing impact-driven events. This position reports to the Deputy Director with close collaboration with the Director of Corporate Partnerships. FoLAR was founded in 1986 on the belief that effective advocacy, education, collaboration and imagination can accomplish great things. We know first-hand that urban ecosystem restoration requires creativity, technical knowledge and tenacity – but also that our goals, while vast and visionary, are undeniably attainable. We bring these attitudes and vision to our mission of protecting and restoring the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River.  Responsibilities: ·      Lead the planning and execution of FoLAR’s signature events – the Great LA River CleanUp, the largest urban river cleanup in the country; and Noche del Rio, FoLAR’s fall fundraising gala; ·      Manage all logistics, timelines, and relationships relating to signature events, including, but not limited to, vendors, partners, governmental agencies, contracted staff, supply procurement, on-site branding; ·      Focus on project and event details to ensure a flawless execution and positive experience for all participants and stakeholders; ·      Monitor event budgets and build and leverage strategic partnerships and in-kind donations to meet or come in under anticipated expenses while maintaining the quality of the events; ·      Collaborate with internal teams to leverage signature events to integrate departmental initiatives and priorities to maximize attendance, impact, and ROI; ·      Develop and maintain appropriate project management tools and communications to keep executives, stakeholders, collaborators, and team members informed, engaged, and invested in events; ·      Proactively handle any arising issues and concerns and troubleshoot any emerging problems on event days; ·      Conduct pre- and post-event evaluations and report on outcomes, successes, and opportunities for improvement; ·      Plan and execute periodic River Makers events – private cleanups for corporations and groups – with an emphasis on customer service and client satisfaction; ·      Partner with Development to identify and transition potential financial sponsors, partners, and major donors; ·      Support and project manage other events (e.g. summer programming, fundraising events) on an ad hoc basis and as determined by the Deputy Director and Executive Director; ·      Consult with the Executive team to maintain a low risk exposure for the organization; ·      Approach all events with creativity, entrepreneurship, and sound judgement and propose ideas to improve and streamline event planning and outcomes.  Qualifications: ·      5+ years of event management experience, preferably in the non-profit space; ·      Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience; ·      Exceptional project management, leadership, communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills required; ·      Ability to work across various levels of the organization while building trust and fostering collaboration; ·      Ability to multi-task and juggle multiple projects under a deadline; ·      Motivated to seek out innovative, creative, and modern ways to project manage, communicate, and elevate events on a regular basis; ·      Proven ability to oversee, directly manage, and develop full-time, part-time, and/or contracted staff, along with managing third party vendors and partners; ·      Must be a flexible, DIY-oriented, creative problem-solver with a positive demeanor, and work well under pressure; ·      Must be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented; ·      Must have flexibility with scheduling and available to work weekends and evenings; ·      Must have a valid California Driver’s License with a clean driving record; ·      Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer; ·      Spanish language skills a plus To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to  resumes@folar.org  with “Events Manager Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please send the cover letter in the body of the email as text and any documents (resume, etc.) as easily accessible attachments. No calls or walk-ins. 
Friends of the Los Angeles River Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs
Jun 18, 2019
This is a front line, externally-facing fundraising role. 90% of the Director’s time should be spent on direct cultivation. These activities should include: o  Identify, cultivate, solicit, negotiate and secure new corporate partners for our annual River CleanUp (the largest of its kind in the country), our fall gala, and River Makers – a corporate volunteerism program. o  Support ED and Board members in lining up meetings with top sponsor prospects, customizing sales pitches and benefit packages to grow revenue. o  Serve as the lead in creating and managing a robust and ongoing pipeline for new business. o  Collaborate with Events Manager to identify and secure in-kind support and donations. The remaining 10% of the Director’s time should be focused on the backend planning and administrative matters necessary to accomplish the above. This should include: o  Create pitch decks, proposals and correspondence to meet the caliber of our organization, and the quality of our offering as a leading sponsorship property. o  Effectively track and report on sponsor status and movement. o  Create and share sponsor agreements with relevant parties to ensure complete delivery of sponsor benefits and a worthwhile experience for sponsors. o  Collaborate with the ED and Director of Development to manage sales strategies and tactics across all sponsor-driven events and programs. o  Collaborate with the Events and Programs departments to identify sales opportunities and build customized corporate partnership models for each program. o  Collaborate with the Deputy Director and Director of Development to develop accurate annual budget for Unrestricted revenues. o  Work closely with Development Director to develop holistic development plans both for the organization as a whole and for each primary top level fundraiser (i.e. the ED and key Board Members). o  Work closely with colleagues in the individual giving, foundations and events areas to expand revenue generating opportunities. Other duties as assigned.   Position Requirements: ·      5-7 years demonstrated success in pitching and managing brand partners in sales, sponsorships, fundraising, or event marketing. ·      Strong leadership and management skills, with a track record of leading and inspiring employees. ·      This is the perfect position for an extrovert that loves networking and lives for the pitch! ·      Ability to manage multiple deadlines professionally and adeptly prioritize. ·      Ability to manage complex relationships with excellent interpersonal skills. ·      An entrepreneurial and creatively nimble work style that includes taking initiative, working independently, adeptly negotiating to get to the win and a rigorous work ethic. ·      Strong written and verbal communication skills. ·      Must have high energy, ability to adapt quickly and be flexible in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Ability to work efficiently cross-functionally and across multiple levels of management internally and externally. ·      Ability to work mornings, nights and weekends around events and key deadlines. ·      Bachelor's degree required. ·      Experience and/or strong interest in the environment or community-based nonprofits is a plus. To Apply To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to resumes@folar.org with “Director of Corporate Partnerships Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please send the cover letter in the body of the email as text and any documents (resume, etc.) as easily accessible attachments. No calls or walk-ins.  Friends of the Los Angeles River is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Friends of the Los Angeles River Los Angeles, CA, USA Development
Jun 18, 2019
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this is an extremely fast-paced and dynamic role. The Sr. Policy and Advocacy Manager acts as the internal and external face of advocacy for the organization. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, experience building strong partnerships, a proven track record of success with policy analysis, and interactions with policy makers. Experience in project management, personnel management, and public speaking is preferred. S/he will be largely self-directed, motivated, and innovative. Working with a small team of interns and part-time staff, the Sr. Policy and Advocacy Manager will develop strategy and implement campaigns to ensure FoLAR’s key issues and projects geared towards a restored LA River are accomplished at the local and state levels, with some occasional focus on the federal level as well. The Sr. Policy and Advocacy Manager is a top expert on River policy and planning issues and will work with FoLAR staff and partner organizations to develop strategies that influence decision-making and policy at the local, state, and federal level. The successful candidate will be expected to remain current with events and trends that relate to LA River restoration, the LA River community, and the activities and internal projects of FoLAR, as well as comply with policies and procedures of FoLAR.   Responsibilities o  Develop strategy and direct advocacy campaigns as they relate to FoLAR’s mission o  Track various issues and planning and policy decisions at the local and state levels o  Assist in the development of the annual policy budget and department work plan o  Manage policy department, which may include interns and part-time staff o  Work collaboratively with the Communications Manager to strategize and execute advocacy campaigns that focus on inside and outside games o  Ensure each primary campaign includes aspects of community organizing, engagement, education o  Manage government relations contractors o  Assist ED in monitoring and analyzing the political landscape to determine programmatic goals and adjust priorities appropriately o  Educate and engage agency and elected officials at the local, federal, and state levels on priority issues o  Build and maintain FoLAR’s strong coalition of disparate interests, including a broad range of organizations, elected officials, agencies, and community leaders o  Assist ED and Development staff in securing policy and advocacy funding o  Plan, coordinate, and implement advocacy-related programs o  Identify new and creative approaches to integrate policy objectives into organizational activities and programming o  Communicate effectively internally to ensure that policy and organizational priorities are clear to staff o  Staff the Policy and Legislative Committee with heavy oversight from the ED, attend Board meetings; help present issues/proposals to full Board and achieve buy-in   Qualifications o  Bachelors degree in planning, public policy, environmental science or related area required. Masters degree preferred. o  At least three years of progressively responsible experience in issue advocacy, legislative affairs, and/or campaigns; or other relevant experience/education. o  Confidence in public speaking and offering persuasive and often times dissenting opinion to field experts and/or positions of power o  Ability to absorb, retain, and strategically apply highly technical information o  Personnel management experience preferred o  Spanish speaking strongly preferred o  Demonstrated ability in working on collaborative projects that involve multiple organizations, stakeholders, and decision-makers o  Knowledge of government affairs and processes related to achieving policy change and funding o  Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively when writing and speaking o  Ability to multi-task and manage many projects simultaneously with scrupulous attention to detail o  Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters professionally   To Apply To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to  resumes@folar.org  with “Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please send the cover letter in the body of the email as text and any documents (resume, etc.) as easily accessible attachments. No calls or walk-ins. 
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