Director of Programs & Operations – Los Angeles – Leadership for Urban Renewal Network

Career Opportunity: Director of Programs & Operations
LURN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building sustainable communities through innovative urban planning strategies, advocacy, action-oriented research, and responsible development.

Founded in 2009, the organization employs a multi-disciplinary approach to its work. Over the last 4 years, LURN has grown its three programmatic divisions; LURN Labs, its advocacy and convening arm; LURN Capital, its economic development arm; and LURN Advisors, its in-house consulting practice that services mission-driven companies. Together, the organization has helped to lead important advocacy efforts to support micro-entrepreneurs and responsible land-use, launched three economic development initiatives to support micro-entrepreneurs in their pursuit of capital and better financial products.

Job Description
LURN is seeking a Director of Programs & Operations to support the design, administration, and execution of its various advocacy and economic development projects.

Low-income communities in Los Angeles and other cities are facing historic challenges: escalating housing costs, fears of gentrification and displacement, and accelerating income inequality; the team at LURN is looking for a leader and expert who can help the organization contribute to the growing movement of community organizations and urbanists who are looking for solutions.

The Director of Programs & Operations is a self-starter who is passionate about urban communities, infinitely curious, and interested in producing excellent work to make a difference. They recognize the urgency of our work and are disinterested in “status quo” approaches to revitalizing neighborhoods.

The Director of Programs & Operations will be responsible for ensuring that the organization is executing effectively in all of its initiatives. Working alongside the Executive Director, the Director of Programs & Operations will be responsible for supporting LURN’s team members, consultants, and community partners in making sure that the organization is surpassing its programmatic goals while maintaining a work environment that preserves LURN’s values and philosophy: curiosity, empathy, courage, perseverance, impact, and excellence.

The Director will be responsible for:
Creating and managing a comprehensive evaluation system that helps quantify, monitor, and audit the success of LURN’s initiatives and their impact;
Managing day-to-day programmatic operations in support of the organization’s strategic plan;
Supervising staff and consultants;
Representing the organization in public settings, including managing internal and external relationships;
Facilitating seamless communication between LURN’s initiatives and outside partners;
Working with the Executive Director to manage organizational and programmatic budgets;
Supporting the Executive Director in fundraising efforts, including but not limited to identifying new funding opportunities and writing grants to support programmatic needs;
Assisting in developing new projects and partners that support the organization’s mission;
Working with the Board of Directors on exploratory initiatives that further the organization’s mission; and
Supporting the cultivation of a creative, productive environment with LURN staff and LURN’s external partners.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
A Graduate Degree in Business, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Economics or a related field;
At least 7-10 years of experience in program management, economic development, finance, urban planning, strategic planning, and consulting;
Excellent written and oral presentation skills;
Written and verbal fluency in the Spanish language;
Capability to work effectively with diverse audiences;
Ability to manage multiple projects; and
Positive, upbeat attitude that supports LURN staff and its organizational partners.

LURN offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to For more information about our organization, please visit

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