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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    ... From: Josy McEldowney Date: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM Subject: Job announcement - Santa Clara Organizer position at Urban Habitat
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      From: Josy McEldowney <josy@...>
      Date: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM
      Subject: Job announcement - Santa Clara Organizer position at Urban Habitat

      Santa Clara & San Mateo County Organizer

      Organizational Overview

      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. UH applies a critical race and class lens to
      issues of transportation, housing, land use, planning, community
      development, and health, and offers a clear vision and agenda for the
      equitable development of the region.

      Transportation Justice and Land Use & Housing Program Overviews

      Transportation Justice

      UH believes that an affordable, reliable, and connected public transit
      system is one of the fundamental building blocks of a healthy region.
      The Transportation Justice Program works to transform the
      transportation movement by supporting the leadership development and
      organizing of the communities that have historically lacked political
      and economic power in the region. Our vision of transportation justice
      is based on the following key elements:

      - Equitable distribution of transportation benefits throughout the
      region that address current and historic race and class inequities;
      - Accountable decision-makers; and
      - Effective leadership from low-income communities and communities of
      color in transportation decision-making processes.


      Land Use & Housing (LUH)

      LUH promotes smart growth and equitable development as alternatives to
      the current policies and practices that have led to gentrification and
      displacement of low-income families and communities of color in the
      region. LUH believes that smart growth and equitable development are
      essential components of a healthy region in which all residents
      benefit and have access to opportunities such as affordable housing,
      quality jobs, and effective public transit. LUH ensures that
      development results in concrete community benefits including
      affordable housing, local hiring, living-wage jobs, opportunities for
      locally owned businesses, effective public transit, open space, and
      meaningful community participation.

      Position Description

      The Organizer will play a key role expanding UH�s regional outreach
      and connections, allowing the organization to successfully engage
      South Bay partners in regional decision-making around land use,
      transportation, and climate change. The position�s time will be split
      across the UH�s Transportation and Land Use and Housing programs,
      reporting directly to the Director of Transportation but also working
      closely with Land Use and Housing staff. Within the South Bay, San
      Jose, including East San Jose, will represent the main geographic area
      of focus, but there will also be some focus on other key communities
      where UH has existing relationships like Sunnyvale and East Palo Alto.

      This position will augment UH�s subregional capacity & presence, to
      more deeply engage key regional, sub-regional, and local partners in
      Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in regional planning by
      successfully linking local campaigns to regional ones. �This includes
      a particular focus on ensuring that the planning of and implementation
      of Plan Bay Area (the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable
      Community Strategy) results in stronger social equity outcomes.

      Duties will include:

      Under direction of the Transportation & Land Use Program Directors,
      identify and vet new partners, issues and work with key allies to
      identify potential TJ and Land Use campaigns as well as deepen UH�s
      analysis of transportation, environmental and housing justice issues
      that affect low-income communities and communities of color in the
      South Bay.

      Support technical assistance provision to key allies in San Mateo and
      Santa Clara counties to support meaningful community action in the
      implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the
      Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), called Plan Bay Area and
      mandated by SB375.

      Assist LUH staff in designing and conducting workshops to unite
      affordable housing and environmental communities around shared Plan
      Bay Area priorities.

      Collaborate with key existing and new UH partners to integrate South
      Bay organizations and priorities into regional equity networks
      organizing around the Plan Bay Area.

      Communicate out the role, successes, and challenges of the Plan Bay
      Area �in advancing regional equity to decision-makers, community
      organizations, and the general public.

      Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


      Minimum Qualifications:

      Master�s degree or currently enrolled in a graduate urban planning,
      environmental sciences, public policy program, or equivalent
      experience such as campaign organizer or outreach coordinator for
      advocacy organizations.

      At least one year experience working directly or in a support position
      for an advocacy campaign at a local, regional, state or federal level.

      Knowledge of and experience working on transportation, land-use,
      and/or climate change policies and programs; strongly preferable is
      working knowledge of these issues in the South Bay.

      Excellent written and facilitation skills.

      Strong commitment to issues of environmental, social and economic
      justice, and to working within a regional, multi-sector, multi-issue
      framework.

      Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with groups
      and individuals from different sectors and ethnic backgrounds.


      Preferred Qualifications:

      Volunteer and/or professional experience as a grassroots organizer or
      coalition builder.

      Multilingual capacity, particularly spoken & written Spanish.

      Familiarity and existing relationships in the South Bay.


      Compensation and Benefits

      This is part-time (20 hr/wk), non-exempt, temporary position which
      does not provide benefits. Pay commensurate with experience.

      How to Apply

      Please email a cover letter and r�sum� to organizer@...
      by May �20, 2012. The position will be open until filled.


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