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Community Engagement Manager, Pilot Projects (Non-profit)

Los Angeles, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

About LACI 

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies), transforming markets (through partnerships in transportation, energy and sustainable cities) and enhancing communities (through workforce development, pilots and other programs). Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. Learn more at

Position Summary:

The Community Engagement Manager will serve as the on-the-ground point person responsible for coordinating the participation of community stakeholders and partners (e.g. community based organizations, business entities, and elected officials) in LACI community benefit pilots. This position partners seamlessly with the Market Transformation team on pilot strategy and execution

What You’ll Do:

  • Community Engagement and Pilot Strategy: Craft community engagement strategy for pilots (e.g.  events, surveys, presentations, check-ins with community partners, and pilot debrief sessions). Assist with the development of pilot KPIs and data collection strategy and draft and process contracts with community partners. Assist with grant proposal development and grant administration
  • Collaborate with community partners: Work with Marketing & Communications Team to  develop and implement communication strategies (including logos, flyers, direct mailers, blogs, social media posts, and press releases) to uplift LACI pilots
  • Pilot Execution and Utilization: Serve as a bridge between the community and technical implementation team. Work closely with community pilot partners to help them achieve pilot KPIs (e.g. enroll  50 new E-Bike Members in  E-Bike Lending Library over a quarter) and achieve strong utilization of the pilot’s services. Identify opportunities to increase utilization of pilot services based on community learnings
  • Oversee and implement community engagement strategy for pilots: Including  events, surveys, presentations, focus groups, check-ins with community partners, and pilot debrief sessions. Collect and assess pilot qualitative data via focus groups and other strategies. Facilitate conversations between tech providers and community partners, and assist with conflict resolution as necessary
  • Attend and represent LACI at pilot related community events: Coordinate LACI led community events and workshops (e.g. EV ride and drive event, e-bike education workshops, etc). Share pilot updates with elected officials, funders, and other parties as requested
  • Building and Maintaining Partnerships: Regularly assess existing community partner relationships and opportunities to expand pilot partnerships. Develop new community partnerships in alignment with future community pilot priorities 

Why You’re Right for the Job:

  • You’re a master connector. The ability to connect with people and connect people to each other has enabled you to build strategic partnerships and lead mutually beneficial collaborations across groups with seemingly different interests. 
  • You're an experienced project manager who cares about the details. (Which means you just noticed that we used the wrong version of you’re/your and it bugged you -  just a little.) These strong project management and organizational skills give you the ability to assess dependencies, manage many moving parts, adhere to deadlines, and follow up promptly on action items.
  • You work well autonomously and can switch gears or pivot quickly. While LACI is a non-profit, it more closely resembles a start-up with a rapidly changing environment. You will need to wear multiple hats well, be comfortable in a results-oriented culture, and not require daily oversight or check-ins to be successful.
  • You thrive in fast-paced, highly autonomous roles. While LACI is a non-profit, it more closely resembles a start-up with a rapidly changing environment. So it’s a good thing your entrepreneurial spirit, and goal-oriented mindset allow you to be comfortable in a results-oriented culture. You know how to keep people looped in without requiring daily oversight or check-ins to be successful.
  • You’re authentic and approachable. Your demeanor and openness often lead people to approach you with their honest thoughts and feelings. You’ve been told that your responses to problems are refreshingly authentic and empathetic. You hold these confidences with care, so people know they can confide in and depend on you. 
  • You’re PRO-LACI. Translation: you’re a proactive, pro-environment, pro-solutions professional that is dedicated to making the world a cleaner, safer, better place to live in through clean technologies. In addition, you have a commitment to inclusion, or the need for solutions to support all people in a community regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, or ethnicity.


Basically, we want to know you can get the job done. This means you have:

  • 3-5 years of experience in community or government relations; and/or bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in community organizing, grassroots, direct service, and/or in-person outreach
  • Experience working with community based organizations serving communities of color
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage many moving projects at once
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interest and ability to work as part of a small team in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to initiate and work independently on projects
  • Demonstrated proactive approach to problem solving

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficient in Spanish (written, spoken, and translation)
  • Knowledge of cleantech, energy, and/or transportation sector 
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Understanding of marketing strategies to local communities
  • Experience interacting with policymakers

Work Requirements

  • Must work on site at our Downtown LA campus
  • Some travel may be required across Los Angeles County

Position Details:

This is a full-time position, starting immediately. LACI operates out of the La Kretz Innovation Campus, in the bustling Downtown LA Arts District. Since we are rapidly growing, you will be getting in on the ground floor at LACI, with the opportunity to evolve with us and shape your future here. 

Salary Range: Manager range $60-70k commensurate with experience, education, skills, etc and total compensation package including health benefits, 401k match, professional development, commuter benefits and more.

In addition to working on a campus with other innovators, we offer industry competitive benefits including:  paid holidays, vacation/sick time, 401(k) plan, and paid parking. We also support alternative transportation with a metro pass for every employee.


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