The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) seeks motivated professionals who want to use their talents and skills to make a difference. Our 500+ FTE staff are adaptive problem solvers and passionate about enriching people’s lives. If you are mission-driven, dedicated to superior service and support, can diligently work independently and in a collaborative environment, join our team. LAHSA is leading the fight to end homelessness in LA County. Here, not only would your work have a real impact on the community, but we also offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.
Created in 1993, LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles. As the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, we coordinate and manage over $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.
The Director of Equity is responsible for leading the development, implementation and management of LAHSA’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including innovative and effective strategies to achieve racial equity for the Los Angeles Continuum of Care. In collaboration with the LAHSA leadership team, the City and County of Los Angeles, and external partners, the director will implement the agency’s racial equity plan, including the creation of a vision and culture that champions diversity and inclusion both internally and externally with our partnering agencies and service providers. As a key member of the leadership team, the director will oversee numerous equity initiatives, including the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness that fall within LHASA’s purview, and driving LAHSA’s efforts to develop and implement a racial equity action plan, supported by our participation in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). The director will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer.
Essential Job Functions
Oversees the design, coordination, and implementation of programs, policies and practices aimed at addressing the systemic racial disparities existing in the Los Angeles homeless services system of care.
Creates awareness and understanding of the need to use an equity lens to develop and implement programs, policies and practices, and equipping/providing tools to employ an equity lens
Leads development and implementation of LAHSA’s Racial Equity Action Plan.
Participates in countywide equity collaborations on behalf of LAHSA and provides leadership, guidance, training, and support to internal and external partners in the development and delivery of equity programs and initiatives.
Leads LAHSA’s Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) work, collaborating with GARE and external stakeholders.
Directs the implementation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness’ recommendations that pertain to LAHSA.
Supports and contributes to the advancement of Ad Hoc Committee recommendations among system partners.
Develops work plans and training materials designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, maintaining compliance with applicable laws.
Establishes baseline disparity data/benchmarks and processes to track and report outcomes.
Provides expert technical guidance and leadership to LAHSA management and elected officials on equity and social justice issues affecting State, County and City programs.
Support the Department Directors in establishing and implementing measurable racial equity targets within their respective team.
Hosts LAHSA-wide dialogue on topics of race and equity, in partnership with Communications.
Provides analysis of legislation and regulations related to equity and affirmative action.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong leadership skills and experience in dealing with highly sensitive, complex and political situations to advance racial justice.
The candidate will have a history of working in partnership with community, government stakeholders, colleagues and elected officials in advancing equity across systems.
Strong skills and experience in facilitating challenging conversations around racial equity, creating brave space for exploration and innovation with racial equity, and providing engaging related trainings.
Knowledge of systems and programs that impact people experiencing homelessness and homeless program funding sources, regulations, requirements and
Skilled in managing multiple competing timelines in a fast-paced changing environment, and highly competent in communicating complex concepts to diverse audiences.
Excellent management skills, including the ability to lead, mentor and direct managers and staff to accomplish multiple departmental goals and effectively collaborate across
Build successful relationships and establish collaborative efforts with LAHSA’s partner agencies and other stakeholders, including local government departments and
Effective institutional change management principles and practices.
Ability to think creatively, analytically, and strategically to solve complex problems, and communicate complex
Ability to establish and uphold equitable processes, decisions and determinations in compliance with Federal, state and local funding laws, rules, and
Ability to represent LAHSA at official functions and events in the
Ability to listen to people, assist with next steps, and take initiative in bringing forth feedback and solutions that will help advance our goal of racial equity
Strong planning and project management skills required to coordinate effective and efficient departmental
Excellent time management skills, attention to detail and strong organizational
Strong verbal and written communication
Training & Experience
At least five years of experience in similar leadership positions and a demonstrated record of accomplishments in those positions.
The successful candidate is required to have strong knowledge of the social services field and/or successful management and implementation of programs in similar sized agencies.
The candidate should have strong research, information management and communications skills. Experience with evaluation methodology is also desirable.
Proficient in office software such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook). Strong team-building skills are essential, as is the ability to manage multiple
Any combination of extensive and applicable work experience and educational credentials performing the above duties successfully.
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Additional Salary Information: Appointments are typically made between the minimum and the midpoint of the range, depending on qualifications.
About The Los Angeles Homeless Services
Overview of LAHSAIn December of 1993, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles mayor and City Council created the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) as an independent, joint powers authority. LAHSA is the lead agency in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, which is the regional planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals in Los Angeles County. LAHSA coordinates and manages over $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs that provide shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.PartnersThrough LAHSA, funding, program design, outcomes assessment, and technical assistance are provided to more than 100 nonprofit partner agencies that assist people experiencing homelessness achieve independence and stability in permanent housing. Our partner agencies provide a continuum of programs ranging from outreach, access centers, emergency shelters, safe havens, transitional and permanent housing, and prevention, along with the necessary supportive services designed to provide the tools and skills required to attain a stable housing environment.Additionally, LAHS...A partners with both the city and county of Los Angeles to integrate services and housing opportunities to ensure wide distribution of service and housing options throughout the Los Angeles Continuum of Care.