Employment | Los Angeles Conservancy


Available Positions

Development Associate

The Development Associate is an exempt position reporting to the Director of Development. They will have a key role in our efforts to grow our grant and major donor fundraising; and will be expected to:

  • Collaborate with staff to articulate the work of the Conservancy into successful grant proposals;
  • Help support and meet an approximately $3 million annual budget in 2019 from private foundations and corporations, as well as individuals. 
  • Have a portfolio of grants and annual budget goals that they are personally expected to meet, and hopefully exceed. 
  • Research and provide information on individual and organizational donors to other Development staff
  • Write additional materials and campaigns for the organization
  • Support the Director of Development

The ideal candidate is a strong and compelling writer who possesses excellent organizational skills and is meticulous with details, follow up, and juggling multiple deadlines and priorities. The position will interact with Education, Advocacy, and Communications staff to articulate the work of the Conservancy into successful grant proposals. The Development Associate will research prospects, develop proposals and reports, prepare correspondence, create budgets, maintain relationships with funders and program officers, keep accurate records and timelines, ensure compliance on all grants, prepare substantiation letters, and do additional research and writing for the Development department, as needed.

Expected Breakdown of Duties Approximately

This staff person will spend 30% of their time on grants: writing, reporting, and administration; 30% of their time on donor research (individuals, organizations and foundations) and research administration; 30% of their time writing fundraising appeals, and other writing/editing projects; and the other 10% of their time supporting the Director of Development, and other organizational needs.

Job Duties
  • Manage grant cycle: research and generate grant proposals and reports.
  • Proactively cultivate and maintain relationships with funders.
  • Generate updated quarterly grant revenue projections.
  • Provide research as requested on prospective and current individual and institutional donors for capacity and interest.
  • Support the Development department by tracking moves management for key major donors and prospects.
  • Support the Director of Development on administrative tasks, as needed.
  • Proactively research and suggest additional individual and institutional donors to approach for funding.
  • Maintain an up-to-date grants management system in Salesforce, including calendaring, record keeping and filing systems to ensure accurate and on-time grants and reports.
  • Prepare deposit memos and substantiation letters for grants and major gifts in a timely way.
  • Meet external and internal departmental deadlines.
  • Help with other writing assignments as needed. (i.e. direct mail pieces, newsletter articles, etc.)
  • Be flexible to work evenings and weekends as needed to assist with special events.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • At least 2 years of experience in development and grant writing, with a record of measurable results in writing successful grant applications.
  • Must be a top-notch writer and editor with an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both in writing and verbally.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Work as part of a team with colleagues, assisting with department and organization-wide programs and activities as needed.
  • Experience with donor research using donor research software, websites, and a nose for old-fashioned sleuthing.
  • Knowledge in creating and utilizing database reports to analyze donor information.
  • Comfort working with databases, including running reports and updating files; experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required (Word, Excel, Outlook). 
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

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 Apply

Please submit a resume, and a cover letter that lists significant grants awarded based on your efforts, as well as any memberships in Grants or Researchers organizations to jobs@laconservancy.org. No phone calls, please.

Preservation Coordinator

The Los Angeles Conservancy is looking for an individual with preservation experience and that comes prepared to collaborate as a team member, as part of the organization’s advocacy work to preserve and revitalize the built heritage of Los Angeles County. Creative and innovative thinkers that are able to get things done are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1978, the Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize historic places throughout Los Angeles County. With approximately 6,000 member households, the Conservancy has the largest membership of any local historic preservation organization in the U.S. We have a staff of eighteen and a budget of almost $2.8 million.

Our work is grounded in the belief that historic preservation empowers and nourishes communities by creating meaningful connections between people. We strive to preserve places that matter to all Angelenos.

We are looking for someone who, in addition to having the skills below, loves historic places and values their role in contributing to our communities.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Prepare responses to Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and other documents on preservation issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Monitor and track relevant public hearings and schedules for Conservancy issues.
  • Oversee the Conservancy’s preservation easement program, including the management and monitoring of properties.
  • Write and regularly contribute for newsletter and other outlets.
  • Represent the Conservancy at public hearings and meetings on preservation issues.
  • Help implement the Conservancy’s legislative initiatives on historic preservation policy in the City of Los Angeles and around Los Angeles County.
  • Coordinate various workshops and additional training for Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) boards, Realtors, etc. 
  • Provide assistance to neighborhoods seeking designation as historic districts, or City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), and to existing HPOZs.
  • Give presentations to community organizations on historic preservation and the work of the Conservancy.
  • Provide technical assistance and responses to email, telephone and online inquiries on preservation issues.
  • Provide support for the Conservancy’s Advocacy Committee and its all-volunteer Modern Committee (ModCom), focused on the preservation of Modern architectural resources.
  • Manage advocacy interns and Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Summer interns and oversee projects.
  • Occasionally, research and prepare nominations for City, State and National designations of historic properties.
  • Develop and prepares content for Conservancy’s website on advocacy issues and priorities.
  • Use Salesforce to track advocacy issues and as project management tool.
  • Provide support, when needed, on general office administration and with special Conservancy events throughout the year.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter with good teamwork and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills; bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus
  • Exceptional project management skills, and ability to manage numerous projects and multi-task
  • Creative and analytical thinking; exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communications skills, and comfort with public speaking  
  • Ability to prioritize and re-prioritize quickly and constantly
  • Ability to lead through collaboration
  • Positive attitude; ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in heritage conservation, urban planning and development, and at least three years of relevant professional experience, or a Master’s degree in historic preservation or a related field.
  • Track record of successfully driving projects to completion
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends

Salary is commensurate with experience.

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.

Position: Exempt

To Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, and writing samples to Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy (afine@laconservancy.org), with “Preservation Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.