First 5 LA

County Systems Fellow

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles, CA


The County Systems Fellow will support the work of the Executive Vice President in his/her capacity of strategically assessing possible alignment of Los Angeles County initiatives and priorities with that of First 5 Los Angeles. The responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to: staffing and preparing for meetings with County partners; following up on work resulting from County partner meetings; conducting independent research on topics relevant to County-identified projects; writing up reports and representing First 5 LA in County discussions and meetings.


The County Systems Fellow should visibly demonstrate the adopted organizational values of collaboration, integrity, respect, accountability, purpose, shared leadership and learning in the execution of their key areas of responsibility:

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Represents First 5 LA and the EVP at meetings involving key county and other external partners involving county work
  • By researching and general familiarity with county structures, programs, and projects, assists EVP in assessing alignment to First 5 LA priorities
  • Prepares memos, compiles information and materials to the EVP in support of emerging county work
  • Keeping EVP and others in First 5 LA abreast of emerging issues and projects involving county partnerships

Essential Duties:

  • Assesses, plans and organizes work on County projects and initiatives aligned to First 5 LA’s priorities, cultivating and strengthening relationships with County agency staff to identify and advance aligned First 5 LA/County priorities
  • Assesses ways in which First 5 LA’s work might support and eventually be sustained by systems administered and managed by County departments, agencies, and offices
  • Composes summaries and reports on issues and component activities of projects
  • Conducts issue-focused research on best practice and emerging trends in relevant areas
  • Develops and implements internal communication and coordination processes to support First 5 LA colleagues to understand and leverage County systems and programs as potential platforms for First 5 LA projects and initiatives
  • Assesses First 5 LA’s portfolio of work and relevant County priorities to identify areas of alignment
  • Works collaboratively across First 5 LA teams, assessing when to hand off/pick up projects as necessary
  • Through the EVP, engages County partners via discussions, meetings, participation in workgroups
  • Supports the EVP on work related to First 5 LA/County projects, through verbal and written updates as needed
  • Provides research and information on relevant topics to support emerging work, drawn from best practices and research, including in areas outside of LA County
  • Creates work plans and timelines for First 5 LA/County projects and work
  • Leads projects, representing First 5 LA in various meetings, discussion, groups
  • Presents information and relevant materials to various groups
  • Composes short project descriptions, summaries, findings and recommendations for internal and external distribution
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Organization-wide Competencies
    • Commitment to organizational mission and values: Mission-driven and self-directed, with a demonstrated passion for First 5 LA’s work to strengthen families and improve child outcomes; strives to model organizational values through daily actions and behaviors
    • Possesses Customer-Focused Mindset: Is able to identify appropriate and relevant stakeholders; identifies internal and external stakeholders needs (customers); is responsive to stakeholder needs, considers impact when making recommendations
    • Collaborative: Collaborates with peers to drive results in alignment with organizational and operational goals in support of the organization’s mission; is able to work in cross-functional teams; is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials and the general public
    • Communicates Effectively: Communicates effectively both written and oral; strong presentation skills; demonstrates ability to develop and deliver relevant and appropriate communications; delivers messages in a direct manner; able to tailor messages appropriately to various audiences
    • Demonstrates Integrity and Judgment: Follows through on commitments letting others know of his/her true intentions; ensures decision-making or recommendations are fact-based and others understand the decision/recommendation before moving forward; considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
    • Demonstrates Critical Thinking: Applies critical thinking, logic and reasoning to analyze complex problems and information; identifies relative strengths and weaknesses of options, solutions or approaches
    • Demonstrates Strategic Thinking: Identifies key issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision; develops alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values to develop a point of view on a course of action to accomplish goals; develops priorities with the right balance of short and long-term wins

Job Specific Competencies

  • Role Specific Content: General knowledge of County structures and organization; general knowledge of First 5 LA outcome areas and related projects; demonstrated organizational skills to balance and prioritize multiple assignments and projects that may involve collaboration and facilitation with others within First 5 LA and/or County agencies; demonstrated ability to follow through on projects, assignments, and execution; ability to effectively communicate and share information with internal and external stakeholders on critical information and issues ;
  • Content Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge; ability to learn and apply new skills; ability to learn how to operate new systems quickly; demonstrated ability to set priorities, establish clear expectations and execute identified projects; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; knows how to use technology tools to effectively manage and expedite processes; uses resources effectively
  • Planning and Organization and Project Management: Works in an organized manner with strong attention to detail; prioritizes and plans work activities; ability to effectively manage overlapping projects and deadlines; ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; integrates changes smoothly; sets goals and objectives; ability to manage high performance projects


Minimum of three years of experience in a related field preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus on political sciences, social services, education, health or related field preferred
  • Advanced degree a plus

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to use widely supported internet browsers

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

  • Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Valid automobile liability insurance

Travel Requirements:

This position does not have any travel requirements

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will sit, talk, hear and use hands up to 2/3 of the time. The employee will stand and walk up to 1/3 of the time. The employee is routinely required to carry and/or lift up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Date approved: 11/30/2016

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