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Associate Director of Community Organizing, Los Angeles


Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, and youth collaboration programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ+ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves.

Job Description

True Colors United is seeking an Associate Director of Community Organizing for a two-year placement on a collaborative team at a fast-growing organization committed to social justice, racial and LGBTQ equity, and building power and leadership of youth with lived experience of homelessness. 

The Associate Director will work with True Colors United’s Advocacy Division along with our partners at the Housing Justice Collective, Lens Co, and a cohort of young people with lived experience of homelessness in Los Angeles County to support and advise youth and young adults with experience of homelessness in co-designing community organizing and activism efforts that advance housing justice. This position is part of a team across the partner organizations working toward the broader goal of co-designing and implementing a young person-led intermediary for the homelessness response system in Los Angeles County. 


Reporting to the Public Policy & External Affairs Director, the Associate Director will:

  • Help build curriculum associated with community organizing and activism for community workshops, community meetings, and other events that help to implement the young person-led intermediary. 
  • Support the work of young adults with lived experience and service providers within the eight service provider areas (SPAs) in LA County in building out short and long term goals for regional organizing. 
  • Provide support to intermediary staff in developing their objectives and strategies for partnering with youth boards on the SPA level. 
  • Provide technical assistance to providers and partner agencies on building out structures and resources for compensating youth and young adults for providing their lived experience and subject matter expertise.
  • Co-create a framework for networking across various youth-led bodies and organizations across the Los Angeles region. 
  • Support the youth cohort in implementing the network and building cross-movement power. 
  • Support young people in designing and executing on-the-ground activism and social justice campaigns. 
  • Support young people in designing and executing social media-based and digital activism and social justice campaigns. 
  • Partner with the youth cohort to design and implement technical assistance support to homelessness service providers related to youth action and youth accountability. 
  • Coordinate with TCU’s internal Technical Assistance department to continue to evolve and build national strategy on youth action technical assistance. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience in community organizing, activism, and social justice campaigns
  • Experience working in partnership and with accountability to youth and young adult partners
  • Comfortability with using social media and digital tools to advance social justice causes and engage the public in activism
  • Experience working on social justice campaigns or issue advocacy campaigns in Los Angeles
  • Competency in policy issue areas related to youth homelessness, including child welfare, juvenile and criminal legal system, and poverty
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and LGBTQ+ equity, and ending youth homelessness
  • Demonstrated skill set with consensus building and navigating complex situations and conversations
  • Experience and knowledge of a wide set of advocacy and activism strategies and tactics. 
  • Experience working with local, state, or national partners on policy efforts to end youth homelessness and/or to advance racial and LGBTQ+ equity, housing justice, or the legal rights of youth. 
  • Experience building or working in coalitions
  • Knowledge of the political process and the components of a robust advocacy campaign
  • Detail-oriented and adept at multitasking and planning
  • Willing to adapt, take risks, and embrace mistakes as opportunities to learn
  • Comfortable working with various web-based systems

More Information

This is not an entry level opportunity. The salary range for this position is $77,200-$87,200. We offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. This position will be based in Los Angeles and successful candidates will have extensive knowledge and experience in the homelessness and housing justice landscape in the Los Angeles area. 

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women and femme-identifying people, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. Please submit a one page cover letter and resume to ca[email protected] In your cover letter, please highlight in particular why you would believe this  is the right opportunity for you.