A Place Called Home

Civics and Community Engagement Coordinator

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA

A Place Called Home is seeking a Civics and Community Engagement Coordinator

Department: Programs

Reports to: Associate Program Director - Membership, Education & Wellness

FLSA Status: Hourly, Non-exempt

Hourly Rate: $14.00-$16.00/hour DOE

A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth and community center in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, fitness and health and wellness opportunities. As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become active community members capable of making positive change in the world in which they live.


At a critical moment in the community APCH serves, the Civics and Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for co-visioning and implementing a new program to educate, include and empower APCH teen and parent members in civic, social and economic issues and dynamics in the community; organize content, classes, workshops, trainings, field trips, gatherings, presentations and other functions to strengthen and inform our constituents’ awareness and engagement with/about the conditions and decisions in/for the community; establish and maintain partnerships with individuals and entities at local, city, state, and federal offices serving this community; organize community service projects and forums by and for our constituents. The Coordinator position is one of leadership and includes connecting with other departments at APCH to share resources and collaborate on projects and program elements.


  • The Civics and Community Engagement Coordinator will meet the following requirements and perform the following duties personally and through subordinates/interns/volunteers:
  • Adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards and values at all times
  • Work under the Associate Program Director - Membership, Education & Wellness to successfully implement the goals outlined in the organization’s Strategic Plan
  • Assist in developing/planning program work plan, monitoring program progress, and regularly reporting updates on program activities.
  • Research and Develop class curriculum, collateral, schedules, field trips, guest speakers, class projects, community service projects, etc.
  • Facilitate and lead regular class meetings for members on campus
  • Facilitate and lead regular evening and weekend meetings with members’ parents
  • Explore current community issues to utilize for class and project content
  • Develop relationships and access to elected officials and public servants
  • Assist members in developing understanding and positions regarding issues in the community
  • Compile archives regarding community issues and the program members’ civic activity in the community
  • Develop and foster relationships with external organizations and community partners in order to expand available resources and opportunities for members to engage with community issues and needs
  • Prepare and lead community gatherings to explore and educate regarding important matters, issues, elections, etc. affecting the community
  • Lead Voter Education and Voter Registration initiatives
  • Help APCH become a Polling Place
  • Overlap with other APCH program departments as appropriate
  • Attend all required program meetings (Department, Check-in with Supervisor, etc.) and encouraged to attend public events related to community issues
  • Prepare and submit all paperwork in a timely manner (Funding reports, Monthly reports, assessments, etc.)
  • Lead and contribute to ongoing development of program elements and policies
  • Perform other tasks as assigned


To perform this important job successfully, the Civics and Community Engagement Coordinator must be able to fulfill all of the elements of the Job Description to the highest standard and be able to work well with colleagues and youth and adults in a high energy, collaborative environment with open communications. Given the community we work with, a bilingual, Spanish-speaker is required. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of the past, present, and future of South Los Angeles and an awareness of changing political and economic dynamics that impact this community. The candidate must also have a strong work ethic, be able to multi-task and have the ability to prioritize. Experience teaching youth and adults and organizing meetings and events is essential. A Place Called Home is a learning organization and there is an expectation of continual growth and learning as a community. All employees are expected to contribute to ongoing growth and improvement in their departments via excellent job performance. Additionally, you are expected to speak up if you become aware of deficiencies and needs; and to offer solutions and make suggestions for improvements in your purview areas. Likewise, because each employee and each department is integral to the entire APCH community, we expect that as you focus on your area, you will also consider the big picture and the overall mission of the agency, and communicate with the appropriate individuals if/when you become aware of problems and/or have suggestions for ways and opportunities to make APCH stronger and better. The ideal candidate will have past experience or a strong interest in youth development and arts education, and a strong work ethic and self-motivation. Current college students or recent college grads starting their careers in the non-profit sector are strongly encouraged to apply.

Technical and Performance Skills

Ability to speak, write and read Spanish is mandatory

  • Excellent Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Time Management
  • Professionalism
  • Detail Oriented
  • Organizational Skills
  • Dedicated to excellence
  • Self-starter as well as team player
  • Excellent public relations skills
  • Strong customer service skills – ability to respond quickly to individual needs
  • Public speaking skills for instruction, tours, presentations and facilitation
  • Computer Skills: Mac and PC literate, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel – intermediate level, PowerPoint) required,
  • Adobe and databases preferred
  • Commitment to ongoing professional and personal development and growth


  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts or Equivalent Experience
  • Two years’ experience working with teen and adult population in instructional, community organizing, and/or
  • project-based environments
  • Familiarity with community organizing and outreach
  • Familiarity with civics; specifically structures of local governments
  • Demonstrates cultural-competence

Physical and Mental Demands

  • Able to work at a fast pace and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
  • Walking, standing required on daily basis
  • Sitting and use of hands/vision for computer work for extended periods of time
  • Lift up to 25 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to communicate and convey accurate information
  • Type 45WPM
  • Willingness to work after hours and weekends when necessary and ability to work independently

Additional Information

Must work well with diverse populations of employees and clients

To apply

Qualified candidates, please email resume, cover letter and references to Human Resources at [email protected]. Please include all documents as one pdf file and use “Civics and Community Engagement Coordinator” in the subject line. (E-mail submissions only/No phone inquiries) Responses will be sent only to individuals meeting the outlined requirements of the position.


Background screening required/Relevant skills assessment required during screening