Careers

Thank you for your interest in the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Los Angeles Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender orientation, or different ability.

We have the following positions open.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is looking for a passionate and energetic individual to join and lead its advocacy team, advancing the organization’s strategic goals by formulating, developing, and implementing responses (both reactive and proactive) on key preservation issues affecting the architectural and cultural heritage of Los Angeles County (encompassing 4,751 miles and 88 cities). Politically savvy self-starters, creative and innovative thinkers, and those that are able to multi-task and collaborate are encouraged to apply.

Through the management of a team of three staff members (Community Outreach Manager, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, and Preservation Coordinator), the Director of Advocacy oversees multiple initiatives and ongoing issues, projects, and various campaigns to broaden awareness and support for the preservation and reuse of historic places. This position works closely with local governments, grassroots nonprofit partners, and elected officials to build support, leverage potential partnerships, and engage diverse constituent groups.

The Director of Advocacy helps develop effective public outreach campaigns, and has strong skills and experience in public speaking, media relations, and implementing preservation strategies. The position oversees an established conservation easement program that includes design review, regular monitoring, negotiating, and expanding the portfolio. Candidates for the position will already have or need to develop a strong understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The Director of Advocacy is a full-time, exempt position. This position reports to the President and CEO and spends more than fifty percent of his/her time on discretionary, independent decision-making.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage a team that works with community advocates and partners to help save historic places.
  • Set priorities, develop calls to action, and implement broad efforts to advocate on behalf of and preserve diverse historic places throughout greater Los Angeles.
  • Represent the Conservancy at public hearings and meetings, providing statements and testimony.
  • Track public policies and legislative issues relative to preservation and development at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Work with local governments, elected officials and staff to adopt and/or improve public policies, including preservation ordinances.
  • Collaborate with the Conservancy’s Administrative, Communications, and Development departments, and work especially close with the Director of Education and team to coordinate, develop, and implement initiatives and programming that broadens the Conservancy’s reach and audience.
  • Cultivate working relationships with community advocates, media, public agencies, and elected officials.
  • Ensure advocacy interventions and decisions include a broad range of perspectives and experiences that reflect the vast diversity of Greater Los Angeles.
  • Develop and shape innovative initiatives and identify new organizational partnerships to address new and emerging issues, and opportunities for neighborhood outreach and engagement within diverse communities.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and prepare appropriate responses to Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and other environmental impacts through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Apply the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation through project and design review, including the Conservancy’s conservation easement program.
  • Generate written content on advocacy issues and initiatives for internal and external communications, including the Conservancy’s website, newsletter, and public comment letters.
  • Identify, develop, and manage relevant grant projects, as appropriate.
  • Provide staff support for the Conservancy’s Board Advocacy Committee.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in historic preservation, with a degree in historic preservation or a related field.
  • Good working knowledge of historic preservation, urban planning, public policy, and architectural history.
  • Familiarity with and full understanding of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Strong understanding (existing or ability to acquire) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Politically savvy and familiarity with government decision-making on historic preservation and planning issues in the City of Los Angeles, other local governments, and state and national levels.
  • Strong “people skills,” including the ability to interact with and motivate individuals.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and analytical skills.
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-motivated with good teamwork and organizational skills.
  • Strong public speaking and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to speak Spanish or other languages is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Asana and other project management systems.
  • Experience managing staff and project teams.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is committed to diversity as a core value. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. To read more about our commitment to DEI please read the L.A. Conservancy’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Benefits

Excellent benefits including health, dental, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with 5% match (after one year of continuous employment); paid holidays and vacation. Salary range is between $125,000-$145,000 and is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume/CV to jobs@laconservancy.org with “Director of Advocacy” in the subject line.

Join the education team in telling the stories of Los Angeles and the people who inhabit it as Volunteer and Program Coordinator for the Los Angeles Conservancy. The Volunteer and Program Coordinator is a full-time, exempt position who reports to the Director of Education. This position serves as the primary liaison for the Conservancy’s 300-plus volunteers, including approximately 60 walking tour guides. The Volunteer and Program Coordinator plays an intrinsic role in building and maintaining relationships between Conservancy staff, patrons, property owners, community members and L.A. Conservancy volunteers. As such, the Volunteer and Program Coordinator exhibits empathy, patience and respect in every interpersonal interaction, and is culturally sensitive to the needs of individuals and communities. 

This position is the administrative lead for the Walking Tour and Student Feild Trip programs and the primary organizer for all volunteer-based trainings and events. In addition, the Volunteer and Program Coordinator implements quality control measures for volunteer-driven programs, institutes tour guide and volunteer management best practices, models excellent customer service skills, and is comfortable giving tours and teaching. This position also contributes to the creation of educational content, which entails researching and writing walking tour scripts, booklets, brochures and online resources.  The Volunteer and Program Coordinator works a Tuesday through Saturday work schedule, as well as occasional evenings and weekends. 

Volunteer and Program Coordinator Duties  

  • Manages the administrative duties of the Walking Tour Program and Student Field Trips, including scheduling tour guides, collecting payments and communicating with tourgoers and group tour leaders.  
  • Oversees the scheduling and assignments of volunteers for all necessary Conservancy events, including the annual benefit and Preservation Awards. 
  • Manages annual tour guide and volunteer training, including enrichment and professional development opportunities.  
  • Recruits and builds a pool of volunteers that reflect the diverse inhabitants of Los Angeles County. Creates benchmarks to retain and advance volunteers. 
  • Serves as a backup tour guide or teacher and gives tours or teaches when necessary to patrons of all ages, including K-12 students. 
  • Takes on administrative duties for the Last Remaining Seats (LRS) program, including: 
  • Obtaining licensing and permissions for films screened 
  • Working with and overseeing outside vendors 
  • Facilitating the LRS volunteer committee. Coordinates communication between Committee leadership and attends all meetings 
  • Scheduling volunteers and conducting training for all screenings 
  • Maintains all volunteer information in a Salesforce database. 
  • Researches, creates and edits educational content, including walking tour scripts. 
  • Updates volunteer handbooks, keeping up with best practices for volunteer policies and procedures through ongoing program assessment and analysis. 
  • Provides staff support when needed for non-education events.

Education and Experience  

  • A degree in higher education or two years or more of professional work experience in a related field. 
  • Experience managing volunteers in a museum or nonprofit setting. 
  • Public-facing job experience; dedication to delivering quality customer service. 
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks without prompting. 
  • Strong writing and editing skills. 
  • Experience teaching, conducting tours, or speaking and presenting to the public. 
  • Excellent time management and prioritizing abilities. 
  • Able to give criticism and feedback in a courteous, positive manner and to exhibit a professional demeanor in all working relationships. 
  • Able to demonstrate good judgment and creativity, and to motivate others. 

Preferred Skills 

  • Experience using data management systems such as Salesforce, virtual platforms (i.e., Zoom, Google Meet) and social media platforms. 
  • Familiarity with using Microsoft Office. Asana experience a plus. 
  • Experience coordinating educational programs in a museum or nonprofit setting; experience working with youth a plus. 
  • Knowledge of and passion for architecture, history, Los Angeles neighborhoods and culture or historic preservation helpful  
  • Bilingual in Spanish or other language highly desirable 

Physical Requirements 

  • This job is a hybrid of remote and in-person work. Must be available to work in the downtown L.A. office at least twice a week (Saturday and one other day) and at other in-person responsibilities, such as weekly walking tours and special events.  
  • This position must be available to work a Tuesday through Saturday work week as well as occasional evenings and weekends. During June, working late at night (often until midnight or later), over several Saturdays is required. 
  • This job entails coordinating walking tours and other events inside and outdoors in urban settings throughout the year. This can require moving for extended periods (often over multiple miles) and navigating stairs. 
  • This job entails moving up to 30 pounds multiple times in a row, packing boxes, pulling carts, loading and unloading.  

The Los Angeles Conservancy is committed to diversity as a core value. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. To read more about our commitment to DEI please read the L.A. Conservancy’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.   

Benefits 

Excellent benefits including health, dental, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with 5% match (after one year of continuous employment); paid holidays and vacation. Salary range is between $60,000- $70,000 and is commensurate with experience. 

To Apply 

Email cover letter and resume to jobs@laconservancy.org with “Volunteer and Program Coordinator Application” in the subject line.