Program Coordinator

Sustainable Little Tokyo

Los Angeles, CA

Sustainable Little Tokyo Program Coordinator

Job Title: Sustainable Little Tokyo Program Coordinator

Salary and Benefits: $17/hr. - $19/hr.; full benefits package

Hours: Full-time (30-35 hrs./week); Non-Exempt

Start Date: As soon as possible


Organization:  Located in Little Tokyo, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) is a hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture and a community gathering place for the diverse voices it inspires – JACCC connects traditional and contemporary; community participants and creative professionals; Southern California and the world beyond. JACCC’s campus includes offices, meeting and gallery spaces, a theater and a plaza. For over 30 years, JACCC has produced and sponsored a wide variety of performances, festivals and events.


Starting in 2013, Sustainable Little Tokyo (SLT) has been the community-driven, neighborhood-based initiative that will sustain Little Tokyo for future generations, wherein sustainability is defined in three ways: environmentally, economically (small businesses & cultural/community institutions), and culturally/historically. SLT consists of three lead partners (JACCC, Little Tokyo Service Center, and Little Tokyo Community Council) and many community partners in Little Tokyo. SLT also has a strong public partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and Metro, as well as environmental organizations. SLT artists have produced public art on utility boxes, windows across Little Tokyo, and have greened desolate alleys into temporary life. SLT staff and collaborators have produced 100 year-old-tree walking tours, historical cocktail nights and arts cultural eco-festivals.


Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Sustainable Little Tokyo Program Director (PD), the Sustainable Little Tokyo (SLT) Program Coordinator (PC) will coordinate administrative and programmatic activities for SLT. The PC will support overall arts and culturally-based strategies to engage artists and community stakeholders to amplify SLT’s mission, and activities within the broader Little Tokyo and Los Angeles neighborhood landscapes.


The PC will also engage in multiple strategies to organize relevant community connections, partnerships and engagements for ongoing program and one-time events, as well as work with the Development and Marketing teams to generate support for SLT’s activities and goals.

The position is responsible for, but not limited to:


Coordinate Administrative & Programming Activities associated with Sustainable Little Tokyo (SLT).

  • Oversee timelines, programmatic goals, and fulfillment of activities for SLT.
  • Coordinate administrative needs and logistics for annual FandangObon Festival and Windows of Little Tokyo public art project; recurring events such as Hiro’s Bokashi Club and Jitensha LT bike tours; annual Historic Grapefruit Cocktail Night; and other relevant events and projects.
  • Communicate and engage with key constituents, community leaders, and partners participating in SLT.
  • Act as a primary contact point and liaison for SLT.
  • Support coordination of quarterly SLT Community Forums with Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC).
  • Support administrative needs for SLT committees and chairs, as needed.
  • Represent SLT at relevant community meetings, presentations, and convenings.


Community Outreach & Marketing

Collaborate on outreach and marketing strategies for SLT activities, and fulfill relevant tasks for engaging and reaching diverse audiences.

  • Support the design, production, and distribution of both on and off-line marketing strategies, including monthly email newsletters, weekly social media postings, postcards and other collateral, flyers, etc.
  • Collaborate with community outreach and marketing through partnerships with Little Tokyo Community Council, Go Little Tokyo, and key community representatives, such as local housing, Little Tokyo Service Center’s (LTSC) resident services staff, etc.


Community Organizing

Assist with community organizing, with particular focus on the inclusion of low-income and/or monolingual Japanese and Spanish-speaking stakeholders as leaders and participants in SLT.

  • Assist with Japanese and/or Spanish translation and interpretation needs for collateral and community meetings.
  • Collaborate with LTSC resident services for inclusion of residents in local affordable housing communities.


Traits and Characteristics: JACCC seeks the following:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Professional manner, strong interpersonal skills, diverse cultural competencies and strong customer orientation.
  • Detail-oriented and work effectively under pressure while meeting all applicable deadlines.
  • Able to work evenings & weekends
  • Able to ascend/descend stairs on a daily basis to reach JACCC offices located on second floor of the Aratani Theatre.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Ability to lift and carry 15 pounds.


Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Japanese or Spanish is Preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university: or two or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education & experience.
  • Minimum of one year of community organizing.
  • Experience working in community-based collaborative settings.
  • Experience organizing meetings and producing gatherings and events.
  • Microsoft Office skills required. Google docs/Google drive knowledge is preferred.


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: $17/hr. -$19/hr.
  • Vacation: Six (6) days of vacation for year one; Twelve (12) days of vacation/year thereafter
  • Sick Time: Six (6) days of sick time for year one; Twelve (12) days of sick time/year thereafter.
  • Holidays: Full-time employees will be paid for the following (15) holidays:
  1. New Year's Day
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  3. President's Day
  4. Memorial Day
  5. Independence Day
  6. Day Before/After Independence Day (date to be determined by management annually)
  7. Labor Day
  8. Indigenous People’s Day
  9. Veterans Day
  10. Thanksgiving Day
  11. Day after Thanksgiving
  12. Christmas Eve
  13. Christmas Day
  14. New Year’s Eve
  15. *Employees’ Birthday (The holiday is to be used within 7 days of the employee's birthday. Either seven days prior or after employee’s birthday.)


Parking: Monthly parking pass provided where available.


An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Disclaimer: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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