Oct 14, 2019

External Affairs Director

  • City Year
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Full-time Community Engagement and Outreach Development and Fundraising Executive Leadership Marketing and Communications Strategy and Planning

Job Description

Reporting to the Senior Managing Director of External Affairs, the External Affairs Director is a strategic leader who helps position City Year in the community and with public officials to help build awareness of our work and garner support. As a public-private partnership, City Year relies on the investment of the public sector and this role helps to maintain current funding and support building new funding streams. The ideal candidate cares deeply about addressing systemic inequities in education, is knowledgeable about the political landscape in Los Angeles and California and can represent City Year powerfully in community spaces. City Year values and continuously works to build an equitable and inclusive culture where diverse people feel they belong

Job Description

Government Relations

  • Develop and execute a strategy to engage elected officials in our work
  • Schedule and run site visits with elected officials and key staff members
  • Secure officials to participate in City Year signature events & service days


  • Partner with the public affairs firm to advise, outline action steps, and support strategy execution to secure state funding on City Year’s behalf
  • Attend meetings, locally and in Sacramento, to educate decision makers about City Year’s value proposition, role in the communities we serve, and impact
  • Support management of a statewide City Year coalition with leadership from San Jose and Sacramento including coordinating meetings and developing agendas
  • Partner with City Year nationally on enacting the organization’s policy platform, developing a deep understanding of the platform and working to operationalize it in Los Angeles and California


  • Track national, state and local education policy that may have impact on our work
  • Staff Executive Director and Managing Directors by preparing memos and sharing information to ensure team is current on key issues

School District Relations

  • Liaise with leadership of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Inglewood Unified, as appropriate, to ensure strong ongoing partnerships
  • Support the drafting and execution of contracting processes at both partner districts
  • Collaborate with City Year’s national District Engagement department to enact best practices in LA-area schools
  • Explore additional school district partnerships in greater LA area

Community Engagement

  • Collaborate with Senior Community Engagement Manager (SCEM) to deepen City Year’s presence and reputation in communities where we serve
  • Manage and support Senior Community Engagement Manager to meet performance and professional development goals
  • With SCEM, identify and represent City Year at key community coalitions, convenings, working groups, etc. that advance student outcomes and our impact in Los Angeles


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in Education, Policy, or Business Administration preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of community or government relations experience, including at least 1-2 years of leadership experience in community service, education, or youth development. 
  • Fluency in the educational landscape, as well as the ability to advise on strategic planning. 
  • Knowledge of the Los Angeles area’s community & educational organizations.
  • MS Excel experience, and MS Word and PowerPoint proficiency is required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • AmeriCorps/City Year alumni are encouraged to apply.

Additional Qualities Needed:

In order to succeed in this role, an applicant must have the following competencies:

  • Data informed decision making – demonstrated track record in using data to inform practice.
  • Data presentation – demonstrated ability to present data and results for a variety of audiences.
  • Outstanding project planning skills and strong attention to detail – capacity to imagine, plan and implement.
  • Strategic thinker – demonstrated track record of developing and improving systems.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.

Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

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