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Director of Communications

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies), transforming markets (through partnerships in transportation, energy and sustainable cities) and enhancing communities (through workforce development, pilots and other programs). Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org.

What You’ll Do

  • Communications: Develop and execute a robust organizational communications strategy, plan, and tactics; Refine messaging, positioning strategies, and story angles; Train leaders across LACI to serve as subject matter experts for the media; Support development of content for LACI website, presentations, marketing and fundraising materials
  • Social Media: Develop and manage social media strategies and execution for all LACI social media accounts, integrating ideas and content across the organization; Set tone and language guidelines; Lead content development related to earned media and news.
  • Media Relations: Build and maintain solid relationships with local and global media outlets; Manage all large-scale stakeholder outreach, press conference and announcement planning; Write media advisories and press releases, and pitch stories to reporters; Vet and liaison with media and video crews filming at La Kretz Innovation Campus.
  • Thought Leadership & Positioning: Support LACI and its executive leadership team to increase their reputation as a national thought leader in creating an inclusive green economy by: (1) writing opinion editorials, blog posts, vlog scripts, speeches, etc.; (2) drafting white papers and thought leadership pieces; (3) supporting the production of LACI’s annual Impact Report and Annual Report.
  • Event & Engagement Support: Oversee and execute leadership recognition, award submissions, partnerships and sponsorship acknowledgements and other award opportunities; Draft talking points for speeches at key events; Serve as POC for VIPs; Provide social coverage of key events; Organize and support speaker tours and support conference participation. 
  • Portfolio Company Communications Support: Conduct annual Communications Assessment for LACI Portfolio Companies annually to identify areas for improvement; Host messaging and media training workshops; Create shareable Communication Toolkit; Coordinate joint LACI-Portfolio Company media opportunities; Track and amplify major media mentions for PCs.

Why You’re Right for the Job

  • Writing is your thing. You’re an excellent, experienced writer with a track record of producing high- quality, externally-facing content such as articles, speeches, op-eds, blogs, case studies and website content. You know how to synthesize and translate complex information for a broad spectrum of audiences from technologists and engineers, to investors, to entrepreneurs (in a tweetable format, when needed)!
  • You’re an earned media guru. You have experience working with top social media platforms and a solid understanding of how and why people use social media. You know how to form meaningful connections across a variety of platforms, and build relationships that continue to grow and amplify the brand and the work. 
  • You’re focused and flexible. You know what you need to get done, but you’re flexible when priorities change. It doesn’t phase you to work in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision, because you know how to ask questions and get the information you need to get the job done. You can also flex between independent work and teamwork.
  • Your attention to detail is next to none. A typo is not getting past you! (Okay, no one’s perfect - but it’s rare.) Your organization and time management skills are excellent. Sometimes, you’re even amazed at how many balls you can juggle (#humblebrag).
  • You enjoy equipping and empowering others. You will have the opportunity to recruit, hire and supervise a Social Media Coordinator. In building your own team and being part of the larger LACI community, your goal is the same: equip and empower staff, portfolio companies, and community members to succeed in their roles and goals. You are confident you can create the messaging toolkits and training for people to act as ambassadors of LACI and further our mission.

Requirements

Basically, we want to know you can get the job done. This means you have:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 5 years relevant experience working in Communications;
  • High-level communications background, preferably in non-profit, impact investing, corporate communications, public relations, start-ups, sustainability, cleantech, social impact or related sector;
  • Thorough understanding of the media landscape, especially in Los Angeles and California;
  • Experience directly interfacing with high-level executives and other external audiences; 
  • Passionate about LACI's mission and able to promote and communicate the mission and values to stakeholders;
  • Familiarity with Dropbox, Google Drive, and other organizational technology;
  • Experience with Meltwater and/or other media tracking tools;
  • Must work from Downtown LA office, and some travel may be required.

Position Details

This is a full-time, exempt position, starting immediately. LACI operates out of the La Kretz Innovation Campus, in the bustling Downtown LA Arts District. Since we are rapidly growing, you will be getting in on the ground floor at LACI, with the opportunity to evolve with us and shape your future here. 

In addition to working on a campus with other innovators, we offer industry competitive benefits including:  paid holidays, vacation/sick time, 401(k) plan, and paid parking. We also support alternative transportation with a metro pass for every employee. Although we trust that you can do amazing work remote or from your home office, this is an in-house only position.

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