Title: Transportation and Housing Program Assistant
Status: Full-time, salary
Urban Habitat's Mission
Urban Habitat (UH) builds power in low-income communities and
communities of color by combining education, advocacy, research and
coalition building to advance environmental, economic and social
justice in the Bay Area.
The Transportation and Housing Program Assistant will play a
supportive role in the policy research, advocacy, and community
outreach for Urban Habitat's Transportation and Housing Program. The
Assistant will work with community stakeholders and policymakers to
promote policies that advance social equity in transportation
planning and funding decisions. An understanding of a variety of
transportation and housing issues including land use and zoning,
urban planning, affordable and transit-oriented housing strategies,
redevelopment, and policies that overcome transit barriers to jobs,
education, social services, and health care, is required.
Familiarity with the Regional Transportation Plan process, and the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission is a plus. Candidate should
have an understanding of grassroots organizing and be able to work
with a diverse group of organizations: community-based
organizations, intermediaries, policy groups, labor, youth groups,
etc. in order to promote the development and implementation of a
regional transportation and housing agenda that is grounded in the
priorities of low-income communities and communities of color. This
includes organizing and facilitating bi-monthly meetings to advance
the goals of the Transportation Justice Working Group campaigns.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Policy and Advocacy: Implement Urban Habitat's
Transportation and Housing Program that addresses the concerns of
low-income communities and other disenfranchised populations;
participate on various external taskforces and committees; and
monitor, develop, and advocate for socially just transportation and
Research and Analysis: Conduct research, provide analysis,
and write policy statements and articles for publication on
transportation justice and housing issues.
Campaign Development and Management: Provide staff support
to the priority campaigns and play a leadership role in
identification, analysis and selection of future campaigns.
Technical Assistance: Work with Urban Habitat's community-
based partners to identify opportunities to provide technical
assistance and training on affordable housing, redevelopment,
zoning, and transportation.
Fundraising: Assist with fundraising to support the
Transportation and Housing Program and campaigns.
Public Speaking: Represent and promote transportation
justice and affordable housing locally and nationally.
Administration: Provide staff support to the Transportation
Justice Working Group and Program Associate including drafting
agendas, providing background materials, and facilitating the
ongoing communication among members.
Master's degree or equivalent experience (preferably in
planning or public policy)
Strong research, analytical and written skills
Strategic and creative problem-solving skills who can
contribute to the development of a regional equity vision and agenda
A thorough understanding of a variety of environmental,
social, and economic justice issues and a demonstrated ability to
work with low-income communities and communities of color
Ability to organize and build effective relationships among
diverse organizations representing different issues and sectors
Ability to effectively manage multiple projects, tasks, and
Ability to speak publicly and clearly present information to
A team player who works well with others as independently
Ability and willingness to travel throughout the nine Bay
Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power
Point, Excel, email, and other applications.
Salary range: $42,000-$45,000. This is a full-time position with
generous benefits package of health, dental, and vision insurance,
holidays, vacation, 401 K, and sick leave.
Please send resume and cover letter to Marc Caswell at
or by fax to 510-839-9610 or by mail to 436
14th Street Suite 1205 Oakland, CA 94612.