Liberty Hill’s work is focused on Los Angeles County; however, we understand that what happens in L.A. influences the nation. In this historical moment, we believe it is especially important for Los Angeles to be a beacon of social justice nationwide.
OUR APPROACH: Liberty Hill is a public foundation founded in 1976 to power social change from the ground up by fueling grassroots community organizing. Every dollar invested in community organizing yields a $90 return in community benefits through progressive policy change. We support organizers who are tackling injustice with our three-pronged strategy: grantmaking, training, and alliance building.
Position Overview: Liberty Hill has a 30+ year history in funding community-based organizations fighting to preserve and protect housing rights in their neighborhoods and as such, was one of the first funders of tenant unions in Los Angeles County. Liberty Hill’s Housing Justice team includes policy and campaign advocacy, program implementation and community engagement of the City and County of Los Angeles’ plans to address the homelessness and housing crisis. In a city and county where most residents are tenants, a central tenet of our work is to ensure tenant protections are in place and enforced and to invest in innovative, community-based solutions to the housing crisis.
The Director of Housing Justice will join an innovative, nimble team to support community organizations working to protect and preserve affordable housing while building tenant power to win and implement crucial policy change. You will lead administration of the Stay Housed LA (SHLA) program in participation with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Spearheading SHLA’s implementation while supporting campaigns and policy to ensure a permanent eviction defense program in Los Angeles County.
What you will do:
- Collaborate with executives to develop and implement the Housing Justice team’s vision, priorities, and focus.
- Seek new funding opportunities, support proposal development, review proposals and work with development and leadership to secure new funding.
- Coach and develop HJ team members to address challenges and identify opportunities for development.
- Interface with LHF partners, particularly government partnerships helping t develop and advise HJ communication strategy.
- Oversee public awareness, outreach, and education components of the Stay Housed program. This includes managing communication, data, outreach team, internal and external staff.
- Cultivate relationships, attend meetings, manage, and be responsive to County and City staff involved in housing programs.
- Manage relationships, facilitate meetings, and get feedback from community-based organizations as well as organizational leadership to ensure compliance and program implementation.
- Develop a plan for challenges between legal service providers and community-based organizations. Mediating disputes and managing grievances.
- Engage with communities and organizations to learn about their priorities and needs and make recommendations for grantmaking investments with an eye towards developing and fostering relationships with organizations not currently in the liberty hill orbit, or with new organizations.
- Collaborate in the determination of grantmaking priorities, work with grantmaking staff to manage, process, and ensure timely delivery of grants.
- Collaborate with finance to manage budgets, sub-budgets, drafting and administration of subcontracts with partners and monitor payments.
- Provide technical support to implementing organizations on issues ranging from invoicing and program strategy to leadership development and tenant navigation.
- Support event planning.
What you will have:
- Education: Personal lived/professional experience - BS/BA Degree or equivalent preferred.
- 5+ years’ leadership experience in setting housing policy.
- 5+ years’ experience in working within or with government agencies and partners.
- 3+ years’ experience with coalition development and management.
- Deep knowledge of tenant rights and housing justice movement across Los Angeles County.
- Strong ability to synthesize complex information and present to key stakeholders, including foundations, government partners and individuals.
- Work in social justice movement work and organizing preferred.
- Experience with contract administration a plus.
- Dedication to Liberty Hill’s mission and vision.
- Ability to speak multiple languages a plus.
- Proficiency in Office365 and project management apps (Slack, Asana, etc.).
- Commitment to social and racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Ability to operate a remote workstation and laptop/screen for extended periods.
- Ability to travel for in-person meetings and events in Los Angeles County.
- 100% coverage for employee healthcare, vision and dental
- Employer 403b contribution and match
- Remote work stipend
- 22 paid holidays
- 2 Volunteer Days
- Fridays off in August
- 2 Weeks paid time off in December
Salary range DOE - $83,800 - $104,700