Program Coordinator for Civic Leadership Academy


Program Overview

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (LA FED) will be launching a new program called the “Civic Leadership Academy” that will empower workers to be the leaders of tomorrow. The Academy would seek to recruit and empower workers and union members to lead and serve their communities through elective office, boards, and commissions. This program will empower participants to take on civic leadership roles in their own communities.

Beginning in January 2018, each cohort would last four months and take place the second Saturday of each month.  The instruction and curriculum development of each cohort will be facilitated by a leading training organization.  Each cohort will consist of 40-50 participants; with a goal of 100 participants per year for 3 years.  After each cohort, the LA FED would continue relationships and guide the program graduates by continuing to support their leadership endeavors.

Program Coordinator Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Program Coordinator in the LA Fed’s Civic Leadership Academy will fall under two primary fields: participant recruitment and participant placement.

  1. Participant Recruitment.  The Program Coordinator will work directly under the supervision of the Political Director and work closely with our affiliated unions and allies to recruit their members into the Leadership Academy. This will be achieved through relationship building, one-on-one engagement, addressing any needs unions may have and continual follow up.
  1. Participant Placement. At the conclusion of each cohort the Program Coordinator is responsible for maintaining relationships with program graduates and to guide their next steps through an individualized pathway to leadership plan.  In addition to maintaining relationships with graduates, Program Coordinator will coordinate quarterly gatherings for participants.

Description of Duties

  • Work under supervision of the Political Director to achieve program goals;
  • Ensure that each affiliated union design and implement a member recruitment plan;
  • Conceptualize and construct plans for member recruitment;
  • Establish, manage and  track overall program participants and their placements into leadership positions with individualized leadership plans for each participant;
  • Establish accountability systems to ensure that participant goals are met, including the implementation of post-academy debriefs and assessments;
  • Plan and execute post quarterly gatherings for program graduates;
  • Handle confidential and non-routine information with sensitivity;
  • Analyzes problems, determines approach, compiles and analyzes data and prepares reports/recommendations;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Strong working knowledge of federal, state and municipal levels of elective office;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in high pressure, politically sensitive and fast pace environments and within deadlines;
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication, team work and problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise excellent political judgment and discretion;
  • Ability to work independently within context of a plan;
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, and demonstrated experience in developing personnel and reaching goals;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Detail oriented and highly organized with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to maintain and protect the confidentiality of information.
  • Willingness to take initiative and ability to prioritize
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.  Familiarity with databases a plus.
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in labor, political or community union office preferred
  • Able to travel locally, and occasionally accompany the LA FED to meetings


This position is project based and will be on an annual contract; compensation will be based upon experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Submit the Cover Letter and Resume (PDF no more than 3 pages total) by October 31, 2017 to Devin at