Job Announcement: Policy Analyst (Housing)

What We are Looking For

About the position

We are seeking a full-time Housing Policy Analyst (Policy Analyst) to support TransForm’s local and regional housing policy advocacy and research efforts.  A strong team player with proven project management skills including, timelines and deliverables, establishing protocols and processes, leading cross-sector teams, and developing new relationships with stakeholders. Entrepreneurial, can-do attitude focused on problem-solving. 

Specifically, the Policy Analyst will manage TransForm’s GreenTRIP Certification program. The GreenTRIP Certification program recognizes new housing developments that reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions through strategies like right-sized parking, free transit passes, and bicycle parking. To date, we have certified more than 40 developments across the Bay Area. The Policy Analyst will also provide training opportuniteis on using GreenTRIP Connect - a free, online tool that equips community members, developers, and government officials with data and modeling to support new low-traffic residential development.

This role will conduct research on best practices for building transit-oriented developments (TOD) that center community needs. Additional research priorities include understanding the relationship between traffic reduction strategies (e.g., transit passes, carshare) and ride-hailing services on vehicle ownership.


About TransForm

Who we are
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 an entrepreneurial organization with a collaborative and inclusive culture.  Our staff of 16+ works closely with partners at the local, regional, and state levels to create healthier, more connected, and affordable communities. 

Currently, this position is a work-from-home position due to COVID-19. When it is safe to re-open our office, the position will no longer be remote. In the meantime, TransForm will work with the selected applicant to review and ensure that work-from-home equipment is appropriate. 

How we work
We pride ourselves on being a workplace where people from a wide variety of lived experiences have the freedom to pursue their passions and take an active part in shaping the future of TransForm’s work.  TransForm has a history of working towards changing policy, planning and systems in support of climate equity. We have a track record of amplifying the voices of Black and Brown residents. We build and lead powerful coalitions, and many of us have organizing and political experience in addition to planning expertise. Much of our success is because so many of us are planners of color with lived experience. Many of us grew up in disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area and have firsthand knowledge of what folks there experience, and we also speak the language of planning and policymaking. So, we’re often a trusted bridge, connecting community and government. We build trust, strategically resourcing and bringing Black and Brown residents to the planning table. 

Our office culture is dynamic. 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. 

Although we are fully remote, we gather online for staff meetings, movie and game nights, and other social activities.


Key Responsibilities 

The specific responsibilities include:
GreenTRIP Program

  • Lead a data-driven evaluation of TransForm’s GreenTRIP Program:  
    • Conduct market-segmentation research via focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders: housing developers,  affordable housing developers, planning commissioners, planning professionals, affordable housing and anti-displacement advocacy organizations.
    • Investigate the trends of the current GreenTRIP program.
    • Manage a design sprint process with housing developers in collaboration with software designers to prototype solutions to key issue areas.
    • Research the overlap and opportunities to incorporate big data into the GreenTRIP parking database and GreenTRIP Connect.
  • Identify opportunities for program refinement and prioritize based on growth projections.
    • Develop a plan for executing on design sprint findings.
    • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Director of Programs and Programs Team on new tool development (e.g. funding for implementation, creating a business plan).
  • Guide applicants through the GreenTRIP certification process.Consult applicants on best practices in traffic reduction strategies.
    • Evaluate estimated traffic and greenhouse gas emissions using GreenTRIP Connect.
    • Grow the certification program through marketing and outreach to developers and private mobility companies.
    • Manage invoices and track payments.
    • Design and produce outreach and certification materials.

Housing Policy Advocacy 

  • Advocate for equitable housing policy issues on the local, state and federal level including legislation and transit-oriented developments and parking. 
  • Provide housing policy analysis, information and recommendations to the Executive Director, Director of Programs, and policy team.
  • Build and maintain relationships with housing developers, city officials, community partners and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and conduct presentations to engage stakeholders and present at hearings in support of GreenTRIP projects. 

Internal Learning, Professional Development, and Reflective Practice: 

  • Develop individualized professional development and quarterly work-plan.
  • Participate in activities across the organization (i.e., staff meetings and staff sub-committees), and utilize reflective practice techniques to evaluate project and personal goals. 

You have these skills

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum two  (2) years of related professional experience as a policy researcher, housing policy advocate, and/or coalition builder. 
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience and knowledge of housing policy issues, especially within the Bay Area and inland California. 
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills with demonstrated experience with managing and analyzing complex data sets, survey development and implementation, focus groups. 
  • Ability to distill complex data into key findings, recommendations and slide presentations.
  • Strong communication skills as demonstrated by effective meeting facilitation, clear written deliverables, and ability to tailor reports for diverse audiences (i.e., community partners, housing developers, city agencies, and funders).
  • Flexibility to attend evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary.
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite (i.e., Drive, Calendar, and Documents).

You might ideally have these skills

Desired Qualifications

  • A Master's degree and/or Bachelor’s degree in transportation or housing policy, urban planning, public policy, or a related field is strongly preferred (e.g. environmental policy, economics, public affairs, public health, etc.).
  • A deep commitment to TransForm's mission and a strong desire to be a part of making positive environmental and social change in the world.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills with demonstrated experience with managing and analyzing complex data sets, survey development and implementation, focus groups. 
  • Ability to distill complex data into key findings, recommendations and slide presentations.
  •  Personal and/or work experience with underserved or historically marginalized communities, and/or social justice organizations that integrate equity and inclusion in their internal and external communications
  • Understanding of mobility justice principles, transportation demand management strategies, and parking policy.
  • Bilingual skills in English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Cantonese, or Vietnamese.
  • Experience with mapping software
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite


This is a full-time (37.5 hour/week), non-exempt position. The salary range for this position is   $70,000-$72,000. Total Compensation package includes health and dental insurance, generous vacation time, and transit benefits.  TransForm also administers a 403b retirement plan.

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

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

FIRST POSTED: June 30, 2021

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