First 5 LA

Strategic Partnerships Specialist

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


The Strategic Partnerships Specialist’s primary responsibility is to support the Department in its execution of an organization-wide partnership strategy that contributes to the advancement of the First 5 LA's Strategic Plan outcomes. This role focuses primarily on the identification, assessment, and monitoring of existing and potential organization-wide partner relationships; and, on the organization-wide development and maintenance of internal processes to support clear accountabilities to both external partners as well as internal leaders. The Specialist assists in the identification and creation of partnership strategies which align to First 5 LA’s Strategic Plan, mission and goals to that of other institutions and organizations to further increase the impact of First 5 LA’s programmatic investments to activate potential partnerships and support the establishment of new policy and communication champions. This role supports the Department team in supporting the work of the Executive Vice President in his/her role in identifying and developing County agency partnerships which strengthen the implementation of First 5 LA's Strategic Plan priority areas.

S/he provides technical assistance and support to internal team members across the organization on emerging partnership opportunities and actively engages and communicates with internal stakeholders to support increasing levels of participation in the maintenance and cultivation of program-level partnerships that align with First 5 LA’s strategic priorities. When appropriate, the Specialist will represent First 5 LA with civic leaders and collaboratives within their respective arena of philanthropy, business or higher education. The Strategic Partnerships Specialist serves as both a direct report and thought partner to the Strategic Partnerships Managers.


The Strategic Partnerships Specialist (Philanthropy, Business, and/or Higher Education) 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:

  • Relationship and Partnership Strategy Research
  • Partnership Internal Capacity Building
  • Strategic Relationship and Partnership Qualification
  • Public Partnership Assessment
  • Partnership Coordination and Integration

Essential Duties: Relationship and Partnership Strategy Research

  • Assists in the development and implementation of the organization-wide partnership strategy that aligns with and supports the overall First 5 LA strategic plan
  • Supports the promotion of, and maintains a deep understanding of the First 5 LA’s Strategic plan priorities in network and collaborative forums with other potential partnership leaders and communicates linkages with First 5 LA’s goals and strategic vision
  • Conducts analysis on potential external partners. Identifies opportunities to expand relationships
  • Supports the department managers in fielding and vetting incoming opportunities

Partnership Internal Capacity Building

  • Identifies program staff training needs and analyzes tools to support the building of external relationships, networks, and partnership development
  • Supports development of processes and systems to ensure transparent, coordinated and collaborative approach to the development of strategic partnership implementation; maintains processes once established
  • Collaborates with Integration & Learning to support ongoing learning of current public / private partnership trends, emerging opportunities, and lessons learned from the field; collects information on lessons learned

Strategic Relationship and Partnership Qualification

  • Collects data, research and information to perform multifaceted analysis of qualitative information from respective arenas to assist the organization in assessing and making recommendations on potential partnerships
  • Analyzes potential partner organizations’ strategic plan, priorities and other data as required to assess potential linkages and alignment to First 5 LA priorities
  • Builds and maintain relationships (as appropriate) and/or a viable network in one or more of the following systems or institutions: philanthropy, business and/or higher education
  • Assists in the promotion of First 5 LA strategic priorities

Public Partnership Assessment

  • Supports analysis of existing public and private strategic plans and other relevant documents to determine most promising avenues of public-private partnerships; coordinates with Director of Strategic Partnerships and Executive Vice President, as appropriate
  • Supports the Department Management team in assisting the Executive Vice President on county and systems relationships and sustainability development, as appropriate
  • Builds a deep understanding of County practices and operations to support the development and implementation of pubic private partnerships

Partnership Coordination and Integration

  • Tracks performance of ongoing organization-wide strategic partnerships
  • Provides frequent communication information flow of potential partners and ongoing relationship touchpoints across the organization
  • Supports the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and values a diversity of perspectives
  • Adheres to policies and procedures to ensure alignment with State regulations, local ordinances and First 5 LA directives
  • Keeps apprised of all laws, regulations, statutes, rules and policies affecting First 5 LA and Proposition 10
  • Supervises contractors and consultants, as needed
  • Collaborates both internally and with external stakeholders to capture, synthesize and share learning and knowledge outcomes from the ongoing execution of all activities as necessary
  • 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 aware of and considers relevant internal and external stakeholders and their needs (customers); identifies solutions to be responsive to stakeholder needs; considers impact when executing daily tasks
  • 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; demonstrates active listening and comprehension; selects and uses appropriate communication methods to keep others appropriately informed; 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 effectively think through problems and information; identifies relative strengths and weaknesses of options, solutions or approaches
  • Demonstrates Strategic Thinking: Considers issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision; identifies alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values to layout several points of view on a course of action to accomplish goals

Job Specific Competencies

  • Role Specific Competencies: Strong knowledge of respective sector (philanthropy, business, or higher education) developing expertise in sector’s structures and imperatives; ability to analyze potential partner’s stated and implicit priorities and identify shared of common interest and alignment; excellent research skills; experience initiating partnerships with a diverse group of potential partners; experience working in collaboratives, networks and coalitions, including developing shared plans and understanding inter-personal dynamics among partners; ability to build trust internally and externally; ability to communicate, build trust and rapport in-person, by phone and email; ability to develop effective monitoring tracking, and communications systems; ability to adapt, pivot and seize emerging opportunities in the midst of dynamic environment
  • 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 five years of experience working in one or more of the following fields preferred: policy/development/strategy, policy research, policy analysis, advocacy, fundraising, research and evaluation, initiative development and program design
  • Experience working in the above mentioned fields with a focus on early childhood in Los Angeles County and /or California preferred
  • Progressively responsible experience working with one or more of the following sectors: nonprofit, philanthropy, government, higher education or business preferred
  • Experience working with multi-sector partners preferred
  • Experience working on building strategic relationships and innovative partnerships preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business, social work, psychology, public policy, social sciences, or a 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 requires travel locally, statewide and nationally as needed


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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