PT job - 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with groups
and individuals from different sectors and ethnic backgrounds.
Volunteer and/or professional experience as a grassroots organizer or
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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