L.A. City Council District 11

VENICE FIELD DEPUTY

The Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin is seeking a creative, smart and passionate candidate with experience in community relations to fill a field deputy position to oversee the Venice neighborhood. We’re looking for a dedicated individual who loves working with the community, and is driven to do great things for local neighborhoods. We need someone who is a community organizer, politically savvy, and has the ability to problem-solve and critically think. We are also looking for someone who is excellent at communicating, both publicly in community meetings and in writing. We are looking for a candidate who is ready and eager to join a very busy, hard-working team focused on moving Los Angeles forward, doing good, and getting things done. 

A City Council field deputy represents the Councilmember in neighborhoods within 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 also tasked with engaging and mobilizing constituents in their neighborhoods. Field deputies are project managers and frequently have to multi-task to manage several neighborhood issues and stakeholders. 

The ideal candidate should have experience with public speaking, substantial knowledge of government or a background working in government, and a proven ability to communicate in writing. They should also be detail-oriented, a self-starter, possess good judgment, and demonstrate a strong ability to achieve established goals. The ideal candidate will have experience in some of the following areas: 

  • Familiarity and knowledge of homeless services and resources, and familiarity with the homelessness-related issues in the Venice neighborhood. 
  • 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, where it was her/his responsibility to effectively communicate a public narrative. 
  • Successfully assisted a member of the community by engaging a government agency to help solve a complex problem. 
  • 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, 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, and preparing background information. 
  • 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 11th 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. Preference will be given to candidates who live in Venice or are already familiar with the neighborhood. 

The position is full-time, exempt from civil service, and available immediately. Compensation is based on experience, and the City of Los Angeles offers an excellent benefits package. 

Application deadline – Open until sufficient applications have been received. 

To apply, please email a resume and a cover letter to Noah Fleishman, District Director, at [email protected] with the subject line “Venice Field Deputy – [YOUR FIRST NAME] [YOUR LAST NAME]”. 

*This position is an exempt, at-will position. The incumbent will not accrue any civil service tenure or contractual employment rights in such position. The Venice Field Deputy is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of the Council office, and may be removed without cause.