Overview

Position Summary:

LA Voice is seeking a Project Associate to provide overall program and design support for the varied affordable housing projects under our Faith In Housing (FIH) initiative.

The Faith in Housing project leverages our relationships with congregations to identify sites in critical demand areas for the production of affordable and permanent supportive housing on congregational land. We facilitate relationships between congregational/denominational leadership and nonprofit, affordable housing developers in order to get housing built, benefiting congregations and their communities alike.

Our services encompass: educational and technical advice, site and zoning analyses, conceptual site plans, and architectural drawings to estimate housing unit yields and to cast design vision to garner development interests and proposals by developers using an RFP/RFQ process. LA Voice works closely with our consulting partners: the Arroyo Group, 45-year-old planning, and design firm based in Pasadena that is committed to strong personal and company values, social equity, and high-quality, community-responsive design and Mitchelville Real Estate Group, an organization committed to racial equity in housing that offers experience in affordable housing financing, negotiations with developers, and owner representation.

The selected individual will become an important part of our small, multi-disciplinary team working directly with LA Voice’s FIH project manager, Pastor John Oh, and Phil Burns, the Principal of the Arroyo Group. The associate will work part of the week in the Arroyo Group office located in Pasadena. Our preferred candidate would be motivated by a desire to make a difference in the community, particularly for those struggling with income and housing insecurity, and will have the heart, understanding, and patience to work with local government and religious congregations. They would possess emotional intelligence, wisdom, and a strong work ethic in addition to possessing the technical skills necessary to carry out the work described below

Essential Functions (to include, but not limited to):

  • Assist in outreach to congregations throughout the county, building relationships with congregational leaders who have site control for affordable housing development.
  • Provide support through the process of site planning and stakeholder facilitation that can include: initial feasibility studies, internal and external review and discernment, developer RFP/RFQ, agreement and negotiation, and owner representation.
  • Serve as a go-between between congregations and other parties involved in the procedure, ensuring that the congregation understands each step of the process.
  • Contribute to site design and architectural concepts based on community inputs, zoning, and economic considerations. The bulk of our projects ranges from 50 – 100+ units.
  • Prepare digital and/or hand-drawn illustrations of development concepts.
  • Support LA Voice’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) strategy taking advantage of new state laws that increase housing stock in single-family, residential zones. Work will involve locating sites, research, site analysis, and coordinating with a design-builder and financing institutions to scale up projects in under-resourced and under-valued neighborhoods.
  • Participate in work related to policy reform in the area of zoning and land use law at the local, county, and state levels in conjunction with LA Voice’s broader legislative priorities and actions

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture with significant coursework in Urban Design
  • 2+ years of experience designing multi-family housing projects.
  • Familiarity with the issues of housing, homelessness, and racial equity
  • Evidence of ability to work with diverse religious, racial, and geographic communities
  • Driven, self-disciplined and flexible
  • Effective interpersonal and relational skills; self-reflective

Other Possible Qualifications:

  • Architecture licensure
  • Familiarity with California Building Code
  • Experience working with faith-based institutions
  • Personal life experience with the issues LA Voice focuses on immigration status, affordable housing, homelessness, or the criminal justice system

Compensation and Benefits:

  • A full-time position and is for a one-year contract only. There is a possibility of extending the contract based on available funding and employee performance.
  • The job includes some evening and weekend work.
  • Salary is competitive for the region and based on experience and demonstrated capacities, in a range from $50,000-$65,000 per year.
  • Benefits include a comprehensive health plan, generous personal days, and a matching retirement account.

LA Voice is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or related condition (including breastfeeding), or any other basis protected by law.

Application Procedure:

All applicants must apply for this position online via organizingcareers.org, click here to apply.  Please have the following two (2) documents ready to upload to your online application:

An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format)
A cover letter stating why this is a fit for you and for LA Voice

About LA Voice

LA Voice is a multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that awakens people to their own power, training them to organize together to transform our County into one that reflects the dignity of all people.

Organization:

We believe a better LA County--a better world--is possible. At LA Voice we say “yes” to wholeness and justice in the face of division, disintegration, and systems that dehumanize us.

LA Voice believes all people have power and a voice. Every day we amplify that power by uniting diverse faith voices and equipping grassroots leaders to stand up for what their communities need, winning systemic changes that improve the lives of Angelenos. We are a multi-faith, multi-racial, multi-lingual organization of 55 churches, synagogues, and mosques that represent more than 70,000 families in Los Angeles County. LA Voice and our sister organization LA Voice Action have a track record of winning significant systemic changes on multiple issues affecting poor people and BIPOC communities. (See our Facebook page L.A. Voice or website www.lavoice.org). LA Voice is a member of PICO California and Faith in Action NAtional Network, the largest grassroots spiritual and congregational organizing network in the U.S.