Job Opportunity - Hollywood Field Deputy

LA City Hall

The Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell is seeking a smart and passionate candidate with experience in community relations to fill a field deputy position serving the Hollywood neighborhood in the 13th Council District. We’re looking for a dynamic and dedicated professional who loves working with constituents, and is driven to do good in our communities. We need someone who is emotionally mature, a good problem-solver, and an excellent communicator. We want the person who is ready and eager to join a very busy, hard-working team focused on getting things done for the District.

A City Council field deputy represents the Councilmember in neighborhoods in the district, providing direct assistance to constituents, businesses, homeowners and tenant associations, and neighborhood councils.  Field deputies also serve as liaisons between constituents and city departments for various policies and projects, and are charged with engaging and mobilizing constituents in their neighborhoods. They are project managers, and handle many issues and stakeholders at one time.

The ideal candidate should have: experience with public speaking; a knowledge of, or background in, city government; demonstrated an excellent ability to communicate in writing; be detailed-oriented and a self-starter; have good judgment; be a great team player and a strong ability to achieve established goals.  The ideal candidate will have done some of the following:

  • Worked with neighborhood stakeholders to help build consensus around a project or issue, where there were a variety of differing opinions.

  • Worked as a community organizer with responsibility for building grassroots support for an initiative, project, or campaign.

  • Represented an elected official, political candidate, or community organization to a group of community stakeholders.

  • Successfully assisted a member of the community by engaging a government agency to help solve a complex situation.

  • Successfully delivered a project in a challenging setting, with many stakeholders, from start to completion.

  • Written a comprehensive briefing memo for a public official analyzing background, issues, stakeholder opinions, political implications, and making recommendations or developing a plan for action, including developing talking points.

Main duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending meetings of local government and community groups (before, during, and after business hours), speaking on behalf of the Councilmember, and reporting back with recommendations for action on issues of importance to the district.

  • Tracking district priorities as identified by the Councilmember, recommending strategies for achieving those priorities, and executing a plan.

  • Identifying, planning, and coordinating community events for the Councilmember, including advancing the event site and writing event memorandums, talking points, preparing background information, and staffing the event with the Councilmember.

  • Maintaining an awareness and involvement in district affairs and issues, reporting to the Councilmember and other staff as appropriate.

  • Interacting productively with people of diverse backgrounds and situations.

  • Community organizing, engaging and mobilizing constituents in the 13th District neighborhoods.

The selected candidate must be willing to work non-standard hours as needed, including evenings and weekends, and perform tasks outside of his or her primary work assignments as necessary.

The position is full-time and exempt from civil service.  Compensation based on experience.

Application deadline - November 9, 2018

To apply, please email a resume and a cover letter to Jeanne Min, Chief of Staff, at jeanne.min@lacity.org.