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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    ... Job Title: Transportation and Housing Program Associate Organization: Urban Habitat Location: Oakland Salary: $42,000-$45,000 FT Regular Job Description:
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      ----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 01/10/2007 05:14 PM -----

      Job Title: Transportation and Housing Program Associate
      Organization: Urban Habitat
      Location: Oakland
      Salary: $42,000-$45,000
      FT  Regular

      Job Description:
      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. Through advocacy and the
      promotion of equitable policies, leadership development,
      research, and participation in strategic coalitions, Urban
      Habitat helps to build a democratic society in which all
      communities have the power to influence and benefit from the
      decisions impacting their neighborhoods.

      Housing and transportation are two of the fundamental building
      blocks of a healthy region. Urban Habitat’s Transportation and
      Housing Program aims to promote a regional equity agenda that
      provides all residents with affordable housing and accessible
      and reliable transportation. Currently, many people living in
      low-income communities and communities of color are forced to
      spend the majority of their income on housing and transportation
      costs. As a result, these most vulnerable communities have fewer
      resources to allocate for other basic necessities such as food,
      childcare, and health services.

      To address these urgent problems, Urban Habitat partners with a
      range of stakeholders including community-based organizations,
      government agencies, and policy makers to ensure that the
      housing and transportation needs of these communities are met.
      In addition, Urban Habitat convenes a Transportation Justice
      Working Group (TJWG) made up of economic, social, and
      environmental justice community-based groups, as well as, labor,
      public health, advocacy, faith, and youth organizations. The
      TJWG is charged with developing a regional transportation
      justice platform and campaign priorities that result in systemic
      change and increased power within the Bay Area’s low-income
      communities and communities of color.

      POSITION DESCRIPTION:
      Urban Habitat is seeking a person with at least five years of
      experience in the social justice movement and strong leadership
      skills to coordinate all aspects of the Transportation and
      Housing Program. 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 polices that overcome transit barriers to
      jobs, education, social services, and health care, is required.
      Familiarity with the redevelopment process, 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.—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. The Program
      Associate will also identify areas for research and publication.
      This is a great opportunity for someone with initiative who is
      passionate about transportation and housing issues.

      DUTIES INCLUDE:
      - 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
      housing policies.
      - Outreach and Education: Conduct outreach and education to
      increase participation in the Transportation Justice Working
      Group.
      - 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 the
      identification, analysis and selection of future campaigns.
      - Regional Equity Agenda: Provide ongoing leadership around the
      development of a regional transportation and housing equity
      agenda.
      - 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 including drafting agendas, proving
      background materials, and facilitating the ongoing communication
      among members.

      ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
      - Master's degree or equivalent experience
      - Strong research, analytical and written skills
      - A strategic and creative problem-solver 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
      deadlines
      - Ability to speak publicly and clearly present information to
      groups
      - A team player who works well with others as well as
      independently
      - Ability and willingness to travel throughout the nine Bay Area
      counties
      - Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power
      Point, Excel, email, and/or other graphics applications
      - Sense of humor a must

      SALARY RANGE:
      $42,000-$50,000, with full benefits package of health, vision
      and dental insurance, holidays, vacation and sick leave. This is
      a full time position, which reports directly to the Associate
      Director.

      How to Apply:
      Please send resume and cover letter to Marc Caswell at
      jobs@... or by fax to 510-839-9610 or by mail to
      436 14th Street Suite 1205 Oakland, CA 94612. Phone Calls
      strongly discouraged.

      Organization Web Site: www.urbanhabitat.org

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