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Senior Policy Director
Organizational Background and Mission
Founded in 1989, Urban Habitat (UH) builds power in low-income communities
and communities of color by combining policy, advocacy, research,
leadership development, and coalition building to advance environmental,
economic and social justice in the Bay Area. UH applies a race and class
analysis to issues of transportation, housing, land use, planning, and
community development, and offers a clear vision and agenda for the
equitable development of the region. Urban Habitat’s work is rooted in a
synthesis of the principles of the civil rights movement and environmental
justice and is centered in the growing movement for regional equity.
The Policy Director is a member of Urban Habitat’s Management Team. He/she
plays a lead role in defining and implementing a comprehensive policy and
research agenda for the organization and its priority campaigns, and works
across programs to support strategy development and implementation.
Organizational priorities include equitable development, transportation
and housing, land use, climate justice, quality jobs, health, tax and
fiscal policy reform. The Policy Director has a strong knowledge of all
aspects of the organization’s programmatic, personnel and financial goals
and strategies and works with the Executive Director, Board of Directors,
and Management team to achieve Urban Habitat’s short and long-term
objectives. The Policy Director reports directly to the Executive Director
and supervises personnel, as assigned.
Policy and Advocacy: Monitor the political landscape and analyze local,
regional, state and, national policies that are relevant to UH’s mission
and campaign goals. Lead organizational efforts to generate and pass
positive policy solutions that build power in low-income communities and
communities of color and to prevent the passage of harmful policies. Play
a lead role in the creation and advancement of UH’s short and long-term
policy agenda, and help increase the capacity of UH and our partners to
effectively navigate and impact the policy-making arena. Educate and
mobilize policy-maker, community and labor allies, and other key
stakeholders around UH’s policy agenda.
Program Management and Implementation: Analyze existing statewide climate
change policies such as AB 32 and SB 375 and develop policy solutions that
benefit the region’s low-income communities and communities of color. Work
with Urban Habitat’s Transportation Program to develop strategies and
policies that win concrete transportation and climate justice outcomes
within the Regional Transportation Plan and the Sustainable Communities
Strategy, priority state policies, and the federal Transportation Bill.
Work with Urban Habitat’s Bay Area Social Equity Caucus to engage and
mobilize member organizations on key policy issues including climate
change and governmental tax and fiscal reform. Work with Urban Habitat’s
Richmond Campaign Coordinator to support priority campaigns around
affordable housing, land-use, and green economic development. Serve as
Urban Habitat’s key contact on all matters relating to climate change and
Research and Writing: Strengthen UH’s regional equity analysis and
framework on priority policy goals, including climate justice,
transportation and housing, equitable development, health, and tax and
fiscal policy reform. Translate complex data and policy information into
accessible written formats that can be used to educate and engage a wide
range of UH partners including community-based organizations and elected
officials. Lead UH’s efforts to produce original reports and analysis that
contributes to the environmental justice movement. Provide data, analysis
and articles for UH’s web-site, RPE journal, and other UH publications.
Staff Management and Supervision: Supervise Land Use Coordinator and other
staff, as assigned. Provide strategic direction and oversight to ensure
that staff members have the support they need to sustain their work at a
consistently high level. Maintain strong lines of communication and
coordination among all staff to ensure that individual, programmatic and
organizational goals are clearly defined and achieved in a timely manner.
Coalition Building: Strengthen the capacity of UH to effectively build and
engage in multi-issue and multi-sector coalitions throughout the region,
state, and nation. Serve as lead staff for UH’s participation in the
Regional Policy Committee of the Great Communities Collaborative and in
ClimatePlan, along with staffing other UH coalition efforts when needed.
Development and Communications: Provide regular updates and other written
materials to the Director of Development and Planning, Board of Directors,
and Media and Communications Associate in order to support UH’s
fundraising efforts, media strategy, and web-site outreach. Participate in
fundraising cultivation meetings and/or provide talking points on UH’s
policy goals. Represent UH at conferences, community events, workshops,
and other public/media engagements.
Master’s degree in urban planning, environmental sciences, economics,
public policy, or equivalent experience such as political director for
labor or advocacy organization.
Knowledge and experience working on land-use planning policies and
programs (for example inclusionary zoning implementation, analysis of
planned land use alternatives, EIR and CEQA review ) and climate change
policies and programs (for example, development of climate change actions
Hands-on experience with policy making, advocacy, implementation, or
evaluation at varying levels of government (for example, local, regional,
state, and national).
Capacity to utilize a wide array of research methods, including but not
limited to: Internet searches, public information requests, government
reports, telephone inquiries and key informant interviews.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate policy analysis and
research results, including development of conclusions and persuasive
arguments for individuals outside the organization, as appropriate.
Minimum five years experience developing and leading environmental,
social, and/or economic justice programs.
Minimum five years experience of personnel supervision and management.
Demonstrated commitment to issues of environmental, social and economic
High level of proven leadership and ability to manage complex tasks in a
timely and professional manner.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work well under tight deadlines and in a team environment.
Salary Range: $70,000 - $85,000
Generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance,
holidays, vacation, 401 K, and sick leave. This is a full time position
that reports to the Executive Director.
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled.
Please email your cover letter and resume, AS ATTACHMENTS, to:
Urban Habitat is an equal opportunity employer, and people of color are
strongly encouraged to apply. www.urbanhabitat.org posted 8/19
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