Manager of Civic Imagination

Public Matters

Los Angeles, CA

Public Matters is seeking a Manager of Civic Imagination. We are looking for an experienced programs manager, looking to infuse creativity and intersectional practices into equity-driven civic engagement projects. You will be an integral part of our small and dynamic team.

The Manager of Civic Imagination will be responsible for the oversight of Public Matters’ projects. In this role, you will be responsible for managing client, partner, and community relations; and for helping to implement community engagement strategies including participatory workshops, socially engaged art, and events. You will manage projects with a wide-range of partners, collaborators, and contributors: community members; schools; non-profit organizations; small businesses; universities; and municipal agencies. You will have an opportunity to work with people of diverse ages, educational backgrounds, and lived experiences on projects that aim to advance community well-being. You will also be responsible for project and staff management, budgeting, and invoicing for multi-sector projects. The position will report to Public Matters’ Co-Principals.

The position will be hybrid, both online and in-person. Your work will take place in the neighborhoods where Public Matters works, as well as at Public Matters’ headquarters in Silver Lake. Currently, our work is focused on traffic safety and mobility education and encouragement projects in East L.A. and University Park, but work varies in theme, approach, and location. As the role is rooted in community-based practice, including events and activities, the work will include occasional nights and weekends.

As Manager of Civic Imagination, You’ll Be Responsible For:

  • Bringing your experience, creativity, and skills to managing Public Matters’ work.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with partners, clients, municipal agencies, funders, community members, and other stakeholders.
  • Meeting with and presenting project-based work and goals to policymakers, decision-makers, and allies.
  • Managing project budgets, including invoicing and reporting for grants and contracts.
  • Advancing project and community-led goals, working closely with Public Matters’ Co-Principals to define project goals, timelines, roles and responsibilities, and deliverables.
  • Planning and implementing creative community engagement activities and projects in partnership with team members and collaborators.
  • Analyzing and synthesizing community feedback.
  • Oversee the work of the Creative Civic Engagement Associate and Fellows.
  • Mentoring Public Matters’ Fellows and interns in partnership with Public Matters’ team members.
  • Participating in conversations to grow Public Matters as a social enterprise and
    consultancy, as appropriate.

What You Bring to the Role:

  • You are self-motivated and take initiative.
  • You are committed to social justice.
  • You are not afraid of your creativity; you find ways to integrate it into what you do and you want to use it to upend inequitable systems.
  • You and your work don’t easily fit categories. You’re driven by principles not boundaries.
  • You like to take an idea and make it happen. You enjoy planning, coordinating and managing events, sometimes more than one at a time.
  • You are rigorous and detail-oriented. Some might call you an organizational geek.
  • You are an experienced and passionate communicator. You write well. You speak with conviction. In a variety of settings, you are able to connect both in writing and verbally with groups of all shapes and sizes including community groups and large agencies.
  • You cherish working directly in and with LA’s communities, with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • You think critically and aren’t afraid to share your opinions.
  • You can work in group settings and independently.
  • You adapt, pivot, and respond to unforeseen circumstances with grace and optimism.
  • You enjoy exploring and learning new things, across fields of interest and themes.
  • You bring joy, humility and humor to your work.

Your Qualifications:

  • Four-year college or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience directly engaging Los Angeles communities.
  • Bilingual/Fluent in spoken and written English and Spanish.
  • Skilled in office management software including MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Proficient in QuickBooks. Familiar with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere), WordPress, Social Media and communications platforms like MailChimp.
  • Arts, urban planning, or creative cultural background and work experience preferred.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, list of three references, writing sample (max. 500 words), and portfolio (if applicable, not required) to [email protected] by September 10, 2021. No calls please.

Public Matters is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive environment of mutual respect and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, gender-queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and veterans.

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