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Opening: Housing Policy Manager



TransForm is California’s leading advocate for healthy, connected communities with affordable transportation and housing choices. For more than two decades, we’ve brought together environmental, social justice, and health advocates to shape transportation and land use decisions for the benefit of people and the planet.  

TransForm is a dynamic organization with a collaborative and inclusive culture. Our staff of 20 works closely with partners at the local, regional, and state levels to create healthier, more connected, equitable and affordable communities. We care about each other as individuals and co-workers and strive to implement a flexible work-life balance, while still meeting the demands of our job. 
We are committed to social justice and centering equity and inclusion both within our organization and throughout our work. Following TransForm’s COVID 19 guidelines, this is a hybrid office/work from home position, with staff expected to work from our downtown Oakland office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. However, we remain flexible given the ongoing nature of the pandemic and the changing needs of our staff.


We are seeking a full-time Housing Policy Manager to lead TransForm’s housing and land use policy and advocacy. This role will be essential to bringing TransForm’s equity and climate lens to the housing and homelessness crisis, and play a pivotal role in shaping the vision and direction of TransForm’s policy work.


At the local level, the Housing Policy Manager will work with community partners to ensure cities are supporting the dense, affordable housing near transit prescribed in MTC’s new Transit-Oriented Communities policy and in their housing elements. At the regional and state level, this role will add TransForm’s voice to campaigns for investment in housing production and preservation near transit, and tenant protections. The position will continue to make the case that affordable housing near transit is a climate solution.  

The Housing Policy Manager will also lead TransForm’s groundbreaking work to reduce excess parking in order to create communities that are vibrant, safe, affordable, and inclusive. That includes promoting our GreenTRIP Connect tool that allows residents, cities and developers to calculate the transportation and economic benefits of locating near transit, and how those benefits can be magnified by adding affordable homes and strategies like free transit passes or bike sharing.

This position will also lead an exciting multi-year project in San Jose with SPUR, San Jose Downtown Association, and Catalyze SV to pilot new private sector parking tools, especially Parkade and Parknav. Together we will show how deploying these tools for the public good can reduce the cost of housing, support local businesses, make space for more bike and transit lanes, as well as more outdoor dining, events, and green space.



More Homes, Less Driving

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

  • Create and share resources on the equity and climate benefits of affordable homes near transit.

  • Research and craft equitable housing and transportation policy; providing analysis, information and recommendations that shape the direction of TransForm’s advocacy.

  • Build and maintain relationships with housing developers, city officials, community partners and other stakeholders.

  • Identify opportunities to refine and deploy TransForm’s GreenTrip Program. 

San Jose Demonstration Project

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

  • Steward and cultivate relationships among partners, city decision makers, community stakeholders, and funders.

  • Collaborate with TransForm’s Development Director to provide reports to project funders, as well as identify new sources of revenue.

  • Implement a communications plan with wide-ranging formats (website, email, reports, white papers, social/earned media, and potentially video).

  • Work closely with the Mineta Transportation Institute to evaluate the impact and efficacy of the project.

  • Manage the project to ensure deliverables are met on time and key milestones are achieved, tracking progress and activity using a shared project management platform.

Internal Learning and Professional Development

  • Develop individualized professional development and quarterly work-plans.

  • Participate in shared-learning activities across the organization (i.e., staff meetings and staff sub-committees), and use reflective practice techniques to evaluate project and personal goals.


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

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

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience working in housing and land use issues, ideally within the Bay Area.

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

  • Strong communication 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. 

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

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

  • Flexibility to attend occasional evening meetings and events, as necessary. 

  • Advanced Proficiency with either Microsoft or Google word processing, spreadsheets, and slides/Powerpoint.

  • 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.

  • Existing relationships with Bay Area - ideally San Jose- communities, developers and policymakers.

  • Bilingual skills in English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Cantonese, or Vietnamese.

  • Experience with mapping software.



This is a full-time (37.5 hour/week), exempt position, based in our Downtown Oakland office. Annual compensation is $80,000 to $90,000 based on experience and skills. Compensation includes health and dental insurance, generous vacation time, and transit benefits. TransForm also administers a 403(b) retirement plan. 


Following TransForm’s COVID 19 guidelines, this is a hybrid office/work from home position with occasional in-person activities throughout the community we serve.


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**


TIMELINE: Applications will be reviewed beginning January 6th, but we will be continuing to accept applications through January 20th. We would like the Housing Policy Manager to begin by early March.



Please submit a cover letter and resume to policymanager2022 [at] In the body of your cover letter, please tell us about any experience you have with housing and land use policy. Only applications that are complete and meet the required qualifications will be fully reviewed by our hiring manager.

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