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Opening: Housing & Parking Policy Manager

 

WHO WE ARE

Transform works to ensure that people of all incomes thrive in a world safe from climate chaos. We envision vibrant neighborhoods, transformed by excellent, sustainable mobility options and affordable housing, where those historically impacted by racist disinvestment now have power and voice. We empower communities of color, innovate solutions, and advocate for policies and funding—all with the aim of helping people thrive and averting climate disaster.

Transform is a dynamic organization with a collaborative and inclusive culture. Our staff of 15 works closely with partners at the local, regional, and state levels to create healthier and more connected, equitable and affordable communities. We care about one another as individuals and coworkers and strive to implement a flexible work-life balance while meeting the demands of our jobs. We are committed to social justice and centering equity and inclusion both within our organization and through our work. Check out our new strategic plan for details.

This is a hybrid office/work-from-home position, with staff expected to work from our downtown Oakland office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

ABOUT THE ROLE

We are seeking a full-time Housing and Parking Policy Manager to lead Transform’s sustainable communities work locally and regionally in the Bay Area. This role will advocate for high-impact policy solutions and lead innovative programs that encourage equitable, thriving communities with affordable housing and sustainable transportation options. 

 

Reclaiming Our Space: Innovative Parking Reform

This position will lead an exciting multi-year project in San Jose with the San Jose Downtown Association, Catalyze SV, and SPUR to harness private sector parking tools: Parkade and Parknav. With the Smart Parking for Optimal Transportation in San Jose (SPOT SJ) coalition, we are demonstrating how deploying these tools for the public good can reduce the cost of housing, support local businesses, and make space for more bike and transit lanes, as well as other key community amenities.

 

Integrate Housing with Climate-Friendly Transportation

The Housing and Parking Policy Manager will push policies and develop innovative programs that integrate sustainable transportation and affordable housing so that low-income people have affordable homes with a range of convenient mobility options. This includes advocating for local and regional policies that foster dense, transit-friendly development, leveraging our GreenTRIP Connect tool to support affordable housing near transit, and engaging with the government around the implementation of MTC’s Transit-Oriented Communities Strategy.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

 

  • Lead the SPOT SJ project, managing a diverse team of government, nonprofit, academic, and private partners in applying new tech tools to inform parking and land use decisions in San Jose.

  • Mobilize and engage with advocacy organizations, public agencies, and elected officials to advance policies and investments that support affordable housing near transit.

  • Lead local and regional parking policy reform to create an equitable, thriving, and sustainable Bay Area for all.

  • Create and share resources on the equity and climate benefits of affordable homes with low parking and sustainable transportation options. 

  • Research and craft equitable housing, parking and land use policy, providing analysis, information and recommendations to the policy team.

  • Steward and cultivate relationships with housing developers, city officials, community partners, funders and other stakeholders.

  • Identify opportunities to refine and deploy Transform’s GreenTRIP Program.

 

Internal Learning and Professional Development

  • Work with the Policy Director to develop individualized professional development and quarterly work plan.

  • Use reflective practice techniques to evaluate project and personal goals.

  • Participate in shared-learning activities across the organization, from workgroups to optional monthly book clubs to participating in events of other program staff.
     

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A deep commitment to Transform's mission and a strong desire to create positive environmental and social change.

  • Passionate about the impact of parking policy on environmental and equity goals.

  • Minimum two (2) years of related professional experience in policy research, advocacy or planning.

  • Minimum one (1) year of professional, volunteer or academic experience working on parking policy.

  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis and the ability to distill complex data into key findings, recommendations and slide presentations.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills as demonstrated by effective meeting facilitation, clear writing, and ability to tailor complex information for diverse audiences including community partners, housing developers, city agencies, and funders. 

  • Entrepreneurial, can-do attitude focused on problem-solving.

  • Flexibility to travel to San Jose monthly and attend occasional evening meetings and events as necessary.

  • Proficient in Google Suite (i.e., Drive, Excel and Docs). 

  • Master’s degree in a related field OR Bachelor’s degree and two additional years of relevant professional experience.  
     

Great to also have: 

  • Personal and/or work experience with underserved or historically marginalized communities and/or social justice organizations that integrate equity and inclusion into their policymaking and advocacy.

  • Additional professional experience working on parking, housing, transportation or land use policy.

  • Proven project management skills that include developing timelines, tracking deliverables, leading cross-sector teams, and developing new relationships with stakeholders.

  • Existing relationships with communities, developers, and policymakers in the Bay Area.
     

SALARY & BENEFITS

 

This is a full-time, exempt position. The estimated salary range is $80,000-90,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Applicants expecting the top of the salary range should have all the skills listed under “Great to also have.”

 

TransForm provides competitive benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental, vision), and paid time off. This is a hybrid office/work-from-home position, with staff currently expected to work from our downtown Oakland office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but this schedule may occasionally adjust. TransForm is committed to shared learning activities across the organization, including dedicated funding for conferences and other professional development opportunities.

Our staff is focused on making a positive change in the world and supports and values diversity. TransForm is an equal-opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ persons, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


**All TransForm employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19*
 

HOW TO APPLY
 

Please email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to HousingParkingManager@transformca.org. Only applications that are complete and meet the required qualifications will be fully reviewed by our hiring manager. Please include how you heard about the position in your cover letter.

Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, The position will remain open until filled. We would like the Housing and Parking Policy Manager to begin as soon as possible.

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