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A quality job can change a person, a family, and a community. 

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson is committed to ensuring Council District 8 residents have access to high-quality careers. Our goals are to:

  • Decrease the unemployment rate 
  • Increase employment opportunities for residents in the Eighth District
  • Increase opportunities for residents to make over $50,000 per year
  • Increase opportunities for Council District 8 residents to access public sector careers

The public sector has historically been a tool to help Black and Brown communities build financial stability. Right now, Destination Crenshaw, new public investments in transportation and infrastructure, and improvements at the Los Angeles International Airport are creating high-paying, public sector jobs across LA. Additionally, the City of Los Angeles needs to hire workers to respond to an increased demand for city services.

Councilmember Harris-Dawson has led, and continues to lead the effort to bring these jobs to the residents of Council District 8, and is using local Targeted-Local-Hire initiatives to ensure projects that serve our district also provide career opportunities to our residents. By focusing on well-paying public sector jobs, we create a stronger economy in South LA and an equitable City that responds to our needs.

Targeted Local Hire Program


Targeted Local Hire Program

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson is working to remove systemic barriers preventing City Council District 8 residents from accessing public sector careers. The Targeted Local Hire (TLH) program creates an alternative pathway for residents to access career opportunities with the City of Los Angeles without needing to take a Civil Service Exam. 

The program targets residents who may face barriers to employment and have traditionally been excluded from quality public sector careers. Each of the positions in the TLH Program are entry-level, and there are no minimum requirements to apply.

For information on how to apply to the Targeted Local Hire Program and next steps, please see the Application Checklist.

Initial hire is to a Vocational Worker or Office Trainee position, which offers:

  • Full-time employment
  • At least $15.00 an hour
  • Benefits (health, retirement, and commute options)
  • On the job training & development

Applicants need:

  • Interest in a City career pathways 
  • To be deemed "job ready" by one of the TLH Program's Referral Agencies
  • Legal right to work in the U.S.
  • Additional requirements may apply

Bridge to Jobs Program

The Bridge to Jobs program expands on Targeted Local Hire by including two new positions that help residents access careers within the city without requiring a Civil Service exam. View the Bridge to Jobs Information Sheet to read through the qualifications and learn more about these new positions.

 To find out more information including how to to sign up for the Targeted Local Hire or Bridge to Jobs programs, please visit or send an email to

How to Apply

After obtaining an appropriately signed Agency Referral Form, candidates must contact an Application Site to schedule a LA Local Hire Program Orientation & Application Session. During the session, approved candidates will receive an orientation to both programs and submit their online Program Application(s). Applicants without a valid Agency Referral Form or referral code (unique code assigned at the Application Sites) will be disqualified.

To schedule an appointment with a Referral Agency, click here to find the location nearest you.

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For more job opportunities, check out the City's website.