The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) seeks motivated professionals who want to use their talents and skills to make a difference. Our 500+ FTE staff are adaptive problem solvers and passionate about enriching people’s lives. If you are mission-driven, dedicated to superior service and support, can diligently work independently and in a collaborative environment, join our team. LAHSA is leading the fight to end homelessness in LA County. Here, not only would your work have a real impact on the community, but we also offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.
Created in 1993, LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles. As the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, we coordinate and manage over $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting the agency with the development and implementation of its DEI strategic plan. The DEI Program Coordinator will work collaboratively with key stakeholders, internal and external partners as well as community leaders to drive LAHSA equity initiatives. Specifically, the program coordinator is responsible for supporting the Director of Equity on DEI initiatives regarding employee resource groups, the LAHSA Equity Committee, professional development committee, and racial equity goals. This position will also collaborate with HR teams, matrix teams, and the DEI Specialist. The DEI Program Coordinator will work collaboratively and support racial equity initiatives, particularly those driven by the Ad Hoc Committee for Black People Experiencing Homelessness Implementation Workgroup. Additionally, the DEI Program Coordinator will develop and operationalize DEI plans that enable progress on goals and partner to embed inclusion and diversity metrics and practices in all programs and policies.
Essential Job Functions
Responsible for developing and implementing deliverables to achieve LAHSA DEI strategy/action plans.
Builds relationships and work cross-functionally to drive the successful and on-time completion of assigned projects or tasks.
Design and facilitate development training/experiences, specific to increase cultural competency, humility, and sensitivity.
Partners with ERG leads and Executive Leadership to establish clear objectives and governance structure that are tied to agency strategic goals and evaluated regularly.
Oversees the engagement of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and help develop and implement advanced education to improve organizational cultural competency with a focus on inclusion; leads the expansion of ERGs.
Leverage data to evaluate strategies and programs measuring achievement of goals and action plans.
Identifies growth opportunities and further efficiencies that impact the program and/or departments success and aids in development of strategic plans to achieve objectives.
Plans events, including preparing budgets, sourcing vendors, preparing communications and marketing materials for DEI programs and initiatives.
Partners with Deputy Chief Talent Officer and HR Director to establish clear governance regarding diversity recruitment tactics and goals that are tied to DEI initiatives.
Participates with Professional Development Committee to develop and establish clear governance, process, measurement, and goals regarding coaching, mentoring and programs that are focused on organizational impact and evaluated consistently.
Supports in educating employees, leaders, and partners on leading best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion to recognize, value, and appreciate various social identities, bridging ideas to relate to and support organizational climate of diversity and inclusion.
Utilizes best practices to develop new innovative programs that drive DE&I engagement, development, and action.
Collaborates with city and county officials in the coordination and implementation of the Ad Hoc Committee for Black People Experiencing Homelessness Recommendations.
Supports and facilitates LAHSA Equity Dialogue Series, designed to strengthen learning and education around equity and bridge understanding among disparate social identities.
Interfaces with internal and external key stakeholders including other departments, leaders across the organization, representatives from external agencies/organizations in the management of DEI programs to provide guidance, resolve issues, grow the programs, and/or implement processes and/or solutions.
Assesses communication and training needs, develops, and implements any applicable communication, education, training, on-boarding and/or guidance related to DEI goals.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of homeless service system.
Comfortable with data analysis and the ability to see where DEI issues and initiatives intersect with the organization’s practices.
Excellent people skills, specifically relationship building skills and a capacity for collaboration and interpersonal relationships.
Public speaking experience in small and large group forums, and excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
Must be able to navigate gray area, and thrive in ambiguity and change.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to express concepts clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences.
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, leadership relationship-building and collaborative skills to work with diverse groups and stakeholders.
Ability to develop strategic workplans.
Advance level of computer software programs specifically, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Outlook).
Ability to understand and articulate the effects of structural and institutional racism on underrepresented minorities.
Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and timelines.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse community and organizational groups.
Other duties and special projects as assigned.
Training & Experience
Proven professional experience and educational background.
Term: Full-time, Exempt, Temporary ending June 2023. A continuation of employment contingent upon funding availability.
Effective November 1, 2021, LAHSA will require proof of vaccination for all employees. This requirement is in response to the public health emergency and is intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among LAHSA employees, our stakeholders and those we serve – it will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency.
Employees may apply for an exemption if they cannot be vaccinated due to complicating medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs. If the exemption is approved, then the employees will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing.