The Los Angeles Conservancy is looking for an individual with preservation experience and that comes prepared to collaborate as a team, 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. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Director of Advocacy.
- Lead the Conservancy’s neighborhood outreach efforts in a diversity of neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County, including collaboration with residents, neighborhood organizations, and elected officials on preservation education and advocacy issues.
- Oversee outreach within the broad Latino communities, through priority assessments, constituent interviews, community conversations, and other market research, focusing on the attitudes of different generations and cultural groups within Latino communities towards historic preservation.
- Encourage a reciprocal dialogue with Latino residents to identify significant cultural resources and, when necessary, organize and prepare residents with essential tools for fighting preservation issues.
- Develop special projects addressing historic preservation in diverse neighborhoods, including sensitive home repairs, establishing Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), landmark nomination process, etc.
- Look for opportunities to craft a plan of action for neighborhood outreach that engages a diversity of people in the history of their built environment, including identification of new organizational partners for innovative programming.
- Review Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and other documents preservation issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
- Monitor and track relevant public hearings and schedules for Conservancy issues.
- Coordinate periodic Conservancy public workshops on preservation topics.
- Write and regularly contribute for newsletter and other outlets.
- In collaboration with Communications, conduct public relations work through Spanish-language media outlets.
- Oversee and provide translation of Conservancy website content, educational materials and brochures into Spanish.
- Represent the Conservancy at public hearings and meetings on preservation issues.
- Give presentations to community organizations on historic preservation and the work of the Conservancy.
- Develop 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.
- Familiarity with both longtime and first-generation Latino immigrant residents, as well as the diverse cultural groups within Latino communities throughout Los Angeles County.
- Ability to effectively communicate the value of historic preservation to residents and elected officials.
- Political savvy and familiarity with government decision-making on historic preservation issues in the City of Los Angeles, other local governments, and state and national levels.
- Successful experience with neighborhood and community outreach, community organizing, and including facilitating small-group discussion.
- Good working knowledge in historic preservation, urban planning, public policy, and/or architectural history.
- Experience with developing, guiding and managing special programs.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in both Spanish and English, ability to translate orally and in writing, and comfort with public speaking.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Self-starter with good teamwork and organizational skills.
- Ability to multi-task and take on numerous projects and initiatives at once.
Salary is competitive based upon experience. The Conservancy offers a competitive benefits package that includes twelve days of vacation, two personal days, twelve paid holidays, parking, fully-paid health and dental plans, and a 401(k) retirement program. All employment at the Los Angeles Conservancy is at will.
About the Los Angeles Conservancy
The Los Angeles Conservancy, formed in 1978 over the battle to save Los Angeles’ Central Library, is now the largest local historic preservation organization in the United States, with nearly 6,500 members from around the Los Angeles area. The Conservancy works to protect threatened historic structures from demolition or damaging alterations, and aims to put in place strong public policies to support historic preservation in Los Angeles.