Job Announcement: Policy Analyst (Transportation)

What We Are Looking For

About the position

We are seeking a full-time Transportation Policy Analyst (Policy Analyst) to support TransForm’s local, regional, and state policy advocacy campaigns 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 external stakeholders. Entrepreneurial, can-do attitude focused on problem-solving. 

Specifically, the Policy Analyst will work to provide effective advocacy, policy analysis and research support to the range of TransForm’s local, regional and state policy campaigns that advance equitable, climate-friendly communities through robust transportation investment and housing production. The Policy Analyst will support TransForm’s work on transportation funding measures, congestion pricing, shared mobility, parking policy, automated vehicles, and other policy priorities as assigned.

This role requires the ability to quickly distill complex ideas into succinct memos and advocacy reports. The ideal candidate is a seasoned policy advocate and/or public policy professional with demonstrated experience moving policy change with coalitions, government staff, elected officials, and private companies.

About Us

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.

Your Key Responsibilities 

The specific responsibilities include:

Transportation Policy Advocacy

  • Advocate for transportation policy issues on the local, regional, and state levels, including legislation. 
  • Provide transportation policy analysis, research, and recommendations to the Executive Director, Director of Programs, and policy team on an as-needed basis.
  • Identify advocacy opportunities, and provide input in shaping TransForm’s campaign strategies.
  • Build and maintain relationships with government agency staff, elected officials, community partners, private companies, and other key stakeholders.
  • Support TransForm’s policy agenda and strategy with a focus on improving transit, equitable transit-oriented development, housing production, parking reform, and tech-enabled mobility solutions.
  • Represent the views of TransForm at industry conferences, government meetings, advisory committees, public forums, and on all forms of media.
  • Activate policymakers, government staff, community partners, the private sector, community members, and other stakeholders to support and enact policy change aligned with TransForm’s priorities. 

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

  • Experience as a public policy researcher, advocate, transportation practitioner, and/or coalition builder. 
  • Experience and knowledge of transportation and 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.
  • Understanding of mobility justice principles, transportation demand management strategies, and parking policy.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF to [email protected] with a subject line of: Policy Analyst (Transportation). In the cover letter, please explain how you meet the required and desired qualifications and that you’re interested in the transportation policy analyst role.

To see if the position is still available, please check if it is still listed on the Jobs page of our website. Please do not call or email to follow up on an application. Only candidates who receive an interview will be notified of the final decision.

First Posted: July 19, 2021