Director, External Affairs

22 Aug, 2019


Director, External Affairs

Para Los Niños
Los Angeles, CA

Director, External Affairs Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the Vice President, External Affairs, the Director, External Affairs, will lead diverse strategic initiatives to raise visibility and support from elected, civic and community leaders for Para Los Niños’ mission and work. The Director will also spearhead building a pipeline of parent and community advocates in support of Para Los Niños. This is a great opportunity for a dynamic, experienced, creative, and thoughtful leader who can lead multiple advocacy initiatives and build strong, lasting systems to support them.  This role will manage one part-time employee.


The Director, External Affairs will perform a broad range of duties including all aspects of public affairs and advocacy, including:

  • Create a Strategic External Relationship Development Plan: Lead and implement strategy to develop positive working relationships with elected offices, partner organizations and community leaders to build support for Para Los Niños children, youth, and families. The scope of work includes:  relationship mapping, developing relationships with external constituents and engaging other PLN staff and leadership as appropriate, developing and implementing communications and engagement calendar with elected offices and external partners, and training and building capacity of PLN children, youth, and families to attend meetings with elected officials. 
  • Create PLN Community Leader Program: Develop and manage a multi-year Community Leader Program that builds understanding of the political and social forces that impact their or their child’s education and schools, and empowers and builds their capacity as leaders to advocate for themselves, their child, and schools while leading their peers in doing the same. The scope of work includes developing the content and programming, leading parent workshops and trainings, managing all logistics and communications associated with the program.
  • Manage Advocacy Communications and Efforts: The Director will serve as the advocacy lead for all cross-functional parent engagement efforts at PLN and serve as a point for upcoming projects such as 2020 Census Outreach and Voter Registration efforts.
  • Track and Monitor Legislative Policy: Track policy and legislation that impact PLN children, youth, and families including K-12 education, after school, mental health, community transformation, youth workforce services, and early education; engage external constituents with advance items as appropriate; provide legislative and policy updates to the PLN community as appropriate.
  • Data Management: Create a universal system to communicate to all PLN stakeholders; Manage and maintain data tracking systems that tracks all touchpoints with parents, youth, and external constituents
  • Fundraising: Work with Vice President, External Affairs and other Development staff to find additional funding for advocacy and external affairs work.
  • Internal and External Engagement: Work collaboratively with staff and external partners to find opportunities for staff to showcase their work and share best practices with a broader audience.


  • Commitment to Para Los Niños’ core values and mission
  • Knowledge of urban school environments, early education, youth workforce services, and other policies that impact our programs
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, including educators, school leaders, other school-based and home office staff, civic leaders, and elected officials
  • Proficient communication skills: Ability to write memoranda, create reports and facilitate meetings.
  • Data fluency: Expertise in designing/evaluating both canned and ad hoc reports.
  • Goal Setting: Understanding of outcome-based performance and process for determining key metrics.
  • Ability to work independently, and coordinate multiple large projects through planning, prioritizing, and multi-tasking in a fast paced environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred
  • Valid driver’s license plus ability to provide own transportation to complete travel requirements of job.


  • Bachelor’s degree  
  • Three (3) years of professional, full-time experience managing advocacy and parent or community engagement efforts
  • Two (2) years working on legislative and policy issues or political campaigns
  • Work schedule requires occasional evenings and weekends as needed

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Job posted: 2019-08-22