Los Angeles, CA

Vice President, Community Engagement & Policy (VPCEP, FIrst 5 LA)

The Organization – First 5 LA

First 5 LA is an independent public agency with a mission to support, promote and optimize early childhood. The organization is one of the state’s largest funders of children prenatal to age five and their families, having invested more than $2B since 1998.  Estimated revenue for FY 23/24 from Prop 10 is $53.9 million.  More about First 5 LA here.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Vice President of Community Engagement & Policy (VPCEP) is a key leadership position responsible for integrating First 5 LA’s community engagement, policy, and data agenda. The VPCEP will advocate for impactful federal, state, and local policy changes, and oversee the organization’s work to build sustainable capacity and collaborative networks within five Los Angeles County regions, partnering with local communities and elevating their voice and engagement in the social movement for effective systems change to improve outcomes for children prenatal to five and their families.

The VPCEP will spearhead the development of new partnerships at the local, regional, and state level. They will oversee the development and implementation of collaborative, organization-wide processes for analyzing, integrating, and sharing demographic and community based quantitative and qualitative data collection, and consistent evaluation to inform investments, partner engagements, and policy positions. The VPCEP directly supervises three directors and one senior manager, and oversees the following departments: Communities, Impact & Accountability, Public Policy & Early Care and Education, and the Partnership Development function.


If you have: at least 15 years in a senior leadership role with evidence of leading successful community engagement to empower policy strategies and initiatives, 2.) a track-record effectively managing teams of professionals that you mentor and grow, 3.) proven experience in using data and community voice to inform and drive policy change, and metrics for evaluation, continuous improvement, and decision making, 4.) demonstrated experience with public family serving systems, understanding early childhood development, coupled with experience advancing equity and improving outcomes for children and families, 5.) deep humility and respect for the communities with which First 5 LA partners, 6.) experience in shaping and executing strategic plans aligned with organizational goals and in collaboration with external partners to drive positive outcomes and systemic change, and 7.) you are politically savvy with a network of relationships within communities, government, and advocacy sectors in Los Angeles County and across the state, this opportunity may be a great match for you.

Hybrid work:

9/80 Schedule Available: First 5 LA offers a 9/80 or 5/40 work schedule and flexible work hours between 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. They require a minimum of two 8-hour days per week in the First 5 LA offices near Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.


The full salary range for this position is $187,000-$280,400.  The target starting salary is $250,000.  Final offers are commensurate with experience. The generous First 5 LA benefit package includes payment of 100% of the premiums for employee and their dependents for medical HMO, dental, vision benefits, and for employee’s life and long-term disability insurance policies and a retirement program.

See full description for more details about comprehensive benefits.

How To Apply

Full description of the opportunity, details about generous benefits package and hybrid work, and application information HERE.

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