Public Affairs Manager - Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles
Administration – Public Affairs /
Full-Time Regular /
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is seeking an experienced Public Affairs Manager with excellent communication and customer service skills to work in our Downtown Los Angeles Headquarters.  This position will collaborate with the Senior Public Affairs Manager and leadership to develop and implement a Public Affairs strategy designed to achieve the Agency’s advocacy goals - including public education, direct lobbying of elected officials, and grassroots community organizing. Monitor local, state, and federal legislation to ensure that Planned Parenthood Los Angeles staff and supporters have the tools, information, opportunity, and motivation to be effective advocates.  Help support daily activities of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County (PPAP), a 501(c)(4) organization, including election analysis, public education, candidate research and endorsement, fundraising, Board management, and community and electoral organizing. Help maintain PPLA and PPAP legal compliance. Assist PPAP online communications platforms, including website, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. Additionally, manage VAN supporter database; train other staff, volunteers, and interns in proper use and support the Public Affairs Department in a wide variety of projects.

Over one hundred years ago, Planned Parenthood was founded on the idea that everyone should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams. Founded 57+ years ago, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is one of the largest providers of reproductive health care services in Los Angeles County. The Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) team works together to provide high-quality, affordable reproductive health care to women, men, and young people across Los Angeles County. At PPLA, you will discover a culture of like-minded individuals who are eager to make positive contributions to their community and to the Planned Parenthood mission.

Our Ideal Candidate will have the following qualifications:

    • High school diploma or equivalent required.
    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
    • Working knowledge of the legislative process required.
    • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
    • Experience writing in a professional capacity preferred.
    • Knowledge of social media best-practices
    • Demonstrated ability working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
    • Minimum five (5) years in organizing, public relations, community engagement, communications, and/or other related disciplines required.
    • Minimum five (5) years working in advocacy, grassroots campaigns for a fast paced, multi-faceted organization required.
    • Track record of building relationships with a variety of stakeholders including internal customers, elected officials, and activists/volunteers
    • Experience in brand management preferred.
    • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
    • A reliable and flexible means of transportation is required.
    • Ability and willingness to travel within Los Angeles County.
    • Reliable means of transportation for onsite and off-site work.
    • If using a personal vehicle to drive for work purposes, a valid CA driver license and current auto insurance in compliance with the minimum requirements of CA vehicle code are required.

About the Position:

    • Abortion patients are cared for at each of our health centers, and in part through the administrative, support, and other non-clinical services provided at all PPLA locations, and by all PPLA employees. Supporting these critical services is an essential job duty, and a fundamental responsibility of all employees and contractors.
    • With Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications, and Marketing, implement strategy for all advocacy efforts.
    • Lead grassroots advocacy efforts, including but not limited to: activist recruitment, training, and engagement; visibility at rallies, town halls, and other events; phone banks and other grassroots lobbying actions; and grassroots outreach events and online advocacy campaigns.
    • Manage volunteer programs to motivate and educate activists and community supporters. Ensure all volunteers have completed the required onboarding process. Identify opportunities for interdepartmental collaborations and manage grant applications.
    • Spearhead the creation and development of college Generation Action Programs, including recruitment, leadership management, bylaw development, and training program implementation.
    • Manage direct lobbying efforts by organizing and conducting meetings in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. Create and submit letters on behalf of PPAP in support and opposition of bills. Manage recruitment, develop and implement strategic plans for policy priorities in each meeting, work with, manage travel logistics and bookings.  
    • Support management of PPAP Board of Directors; draft communications, attend meetings, provide information to Board Members as needed.
    • Support the monitor PPAP and PPLA online communications platforms, including website, Twitter, and Facebook accounts for activities that may threaten the safety of PPAP and PPLA. Report to senior management and other departments as needed.
    • Build and manage relationships with elected officials and their staff to further advance Agency’s advocacy goals by keeping regular communication including legislative, event invitation, newsletters and reports. Maintain current database of contacts.
    • Support annual Capitol Day planning efforts, including interfacing with Agency departments, strategically determining policy and training priorities, developing meeting talking points, making travel arrangements, scheduling lobby visits, and recruiting and training attendees.
    • Represent PPLA and PPAP at community events and other presentations.
    • Liaison with PPAC, PPFA and other affiliates regarding legislation, lobbying activities, updates, electoral campaigns, and other timely issues.
    • In collaboration with Senior Public Affairs Manager, manage Public Affairs internship program: recruit, select and train interns; supervise interns including managing schedules, developing and delegating tasks, and creating and implementing relevant trainings; create a positive learning environment by providing a meaningful experience as well as targeted growth and continued engagement opportunities; strategically engage community partners and elected officials.
    • Understand grant agreement between PPLA and PPAP to ensure PPLA’s legal status as a 501 (c) (3) organization is protected at all times.
    • Compile monthly grant reports of PPAP activity. Assist with drafting CEO reports and other related materials to track PPAP activities. 
    • Provide support to the Director of Public Affairs, Director of Communications & Marketing Vice President of Public Affairs and the Public Affairs Department as needed.
    • Regularly update and implement Communications and Media trainings for PPLA New Hires including policy training for external and strategic partnerships. 

Generous salary and benefits package includes:

    • Medical, dental, and vision coverage options for you and eligible dependents
    • Free basic life/AD&D policy with additional voluntary coverage options
    • Short Term Disability, Critical Illness and Accident policies
    • 403(b) Retirement plan with up to 3% employer match
    • Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Account plans
    • Public Transportation and Commuter Pre-Tax Reimbursements
    • Generous vacation, sick, and holiday benefits
    • Hiring range: $86,000 - $103,000 per year (Exempt)
Compensation Philosophy and Position Hiring Range:
At Planned Parenthood Los Angeles we continuously work towards our values of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion including with our compensation philosophy. PPLA recognizes that decisions about pay and benefits have significant impact on staff, so we are committed to ensuring all positions are rooted in a description that identifies competencies, duties, responsibilities and qualifications, and that they are compensated equitably which takes into account both internal organizational equity and market compensation data for similar roles.

Equal Employment Opportunity will be afforded to all applicants and other covered persons without regard to protected characteristics, including their perceived protected characteristic. Protected categories include: race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hair styles such as, braids, locs, and twists as examples but not exhaustive list), color, religion or religious creed (including religious belief, observation, practice, dress, and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding/chestfeeding, or related medical conditions), reproductive health decision-making, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status (including past, current or prospective service in the uniformed service), and any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  PPLA will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with the requirements of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.