Smart Justice Policy & Project Manager

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - Los Angeles, CA (30+ days ago)4.5

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) represents 1,600+ member businesses throughout Los Angeles County. The Chamber is Southern California’s leading business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening our economy and quality of life through job creation, workforce development, infrastructure investment and business development.

UNITE-LA, an affiliate of the Chamber, is an independent 501(c)3 focused on transforming Los Angeles’ public education system cradle-to-career to ensure ALL youth have access to higher education and pursuit of a fulfilling and economically sustainable career. UNITE-LA does this by working in partnership with the business community and the Chamber through three distinct but interdependent areas: Policy, Programming and Systems Change.

The Partnership

With a shared understanding that chambers can lead collaborative efforts in their communities to address pressing educational issues, better leverage resources and have a measurable impact, The L.A. Chamber and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) have a formal memorandum of understanding (the partnership) to further the efforts of ACCE’s Educational Attainment Division (EAD). Established in 1914, ACCE offers a wealth of information, professional development opportunities, management techniques and best practices for chamber executives and their staff through its award winning publications, online education, conferences and networking.


The Smart Justice Policy and Project Manager will support the smart justice portfolio and elevate the importance of smart justice as well as diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on a local, state and national level. Additionally, in conjunction with key partners, the Manager will support opportunities to strengthen business partnerships to have a measurable impact on cradle-to-career outcomes, including education; workforce development; Smart Justice; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and health/wellness issues.

The Smart Justice Project Manager position will primarily support the Partnership’s Smart Justice initiative. The position will formally report to the Director of Smart Justice, and will require close collaboration with the LA Chamber’s Alexandria, VA office.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt hourly level position. Benefits include: Vacation Time; Sick Time; Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA); Long Term Disability; Life Insurance, 401(k) and commuter/transportation benefits (Metro TAP and Metro-Link Corporate Program).

Job Description

  • Provide support to the SJ initiatives and DEI including, but not limited to, outreach, coordination, and support of programs, communications, services, and events
  • Support established relationships with chambers of commerce, education and workforce development stakeholders, and foundations through research, phone calls, and email correspondence
  • Track and research issues and trends in criminal justice reform and fair chance hiring as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion that are relevant to chambers of commerce and the business community
  • Compile information and resources to help populate SJ/DEI communications, market programs, and update content for business organization leaders
  • Provide administrative support to the established partnership between the L.A. Chamber and ACCE
  • Track SJ/DEI activities and services for grant reporting
  • Produce high caliber professional style memorandums and reports for various stakeholders including organizational leadership, board leadership, and foundation partners
  • Produce professional summary reports of calls, meetings and events
  • Serve as support personnel on special projects
  • Drive programming for business leaders on SJ and DEI activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Smart Justice


  • Demonstrated passion for equity and social justice
  • Positive, proactive attitude with a bias toward continuous improvement
  • Bachelor’s degree and three to four years related work experience OR high school degree and seven to eight years related work experience.
  • Related work experience can include work on education, workforce, talent development, diversity, equity, inclusion, criminal justice reform with nonprofits or for-profit businesses.
  • Administrative skills including high level of attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and data management skills with a high level of accuracy
  • Experience with planning and supporting meetings and events
  • Strong written and verbal and communications skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects at once
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and be a team player
  • Flexibility and comfort working on evolving projects with various stakeholders
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database technologies
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Some travel required


  • Experience working with a business organization or education and community stakeholders is a plus
  • Experience with grant writing or grant management is a plus

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires:

  • Work that may be performed in an intense, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
  • Requires reliable transportation to attend off-site meetings and events.
  • Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
  • Positions in this class typically require: reaching, typing, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, standing for long periods of time and repetitive motions in computer use.
  • Requires learning and adapting new software.

Salary Range: Commensurate based on experience.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workforce. All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.

We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Interested candidates should send a copy of their resume and cover letter

Job Type: Full-time


  • related work: 3 years


  • Bachelor's