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Director, Housing Justice Initiative

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses:

Full time

Published on 8 Jan 2023

Expires on 14 Feb 2023

Director, Housing Justice Initiative

UWBA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. UWBA is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive workplace that values equity. We welcome applications from immigrants, BIPOC, LGBTQ applicants, and people with lived experience in poverty.

Job Title:                       Director, Housing Justice Initiative 

Department:                 Community Investment Team (CIT)     

Reports to:                    Senior Vice President, Impact Strategies

Classification:              Exempt, Non-Union     

Grade Level:                 5

Overview: United Way Bay Area (UWBA) mobilizes the Bay Area to dismantle the root causes of poverty and build equitable pathways to prosperity UWBA brings together partners from the nonprofit, business, and government sectors to address Bay Area poverty. We partner across sectors, develop solutions, capture the data we need, and use those insights to support public policy and create research-backed community initiatives. These initiatives include:

  • Housing Justice: Improve access to stable, affordable housing and homelessness prevention.
  • Employment & Career Opportunities: Build systems and pathways to career and employment opportunities. 
  • Financial Stability: Help families increase income and savings on their way to financial stability.
  • Basic Needs: Ensure access to basic needs like food, housing, and legal services.

United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is leading a network of corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals to create lasting change for Bay Area residents and families.  With a history that spans over 100 years and programs that tackle the issue of local poverty from every angle, UWBA is uniquely positioned to mobilize and motivate all sectors of the community toward the vision of ending the cycle of poverty.  

UWBA is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive workplace that values equity. We particularly welcome applications from immigrants, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ applicants, and people with lived experiences in poverty. To foster an open and impartial application review process that minimizes the potential for bias, please remove any reference to academic institutions from which you obtained a degree, if applicable. For example, simply list “Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.” Not having a degree will not preclude you from being considered; applicable work experience is equally considered. 

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The Opportunity:

The Director, Housing Justice Initiative will ensure the successful execution of UWBA’s Housing Justice Initiative. UWBA works with community stakeholders and housing experts to improve access to stable, affordable housing and homelessness prevention. UWBA and invests in innovative solutions to create new stable housing and increase housing equity and supports programs and policies designed to address the racial wealth gap. 

The Director will set a vision for and create plans and strategies that will allow UWBA to have a deeper impact on housing production, preservation, and protection, and homelessness prevention efforts in the Bay Area. The Director will work closely with housing organizations in the Bay Area and be an active member, leader, and spokesperson for housing justice.

What you'll do:

Launch and execute UWBA’s community narrative and movement-building campaign that builds on the success of existing narrative change efforts by our housing partners. 

  • Convene a coalition of stakeholders who share the vision and support UWBA’s narrative change campaign 
  • Support newly energized movements for bold new regional housing justice solutions
  • Activate UWBA’s trusted relationships and partnerships, including community ambassadors, donors, volunteers, and community partners 
  • Provide inspiring resources, transform public understanding, and engage our community to share and build on existing pro-housing narratives and messaging
  • Supervise housing justice staff, including advocacy managers that will lead and participate in local coalitions that advance housing justice
  • Produce content for blogs, newsletters, op-eds, and other publishing efforts that address housing issues from UWBA’s perspective

Deepen housing impact across UWBA programs 

  • Support the Emergency Food & Shelter Program and the Emergency Assistance Network through establishing relationships with housing organizations and strengthening our partnerships
  • Lead 211’s efforts to improve housing information and referral services, as well as data collection and reporting efforts to address gaps and inform housing strategies 
  • Manage SparkPoint’s efforts to increase housing stability services, referrals, and continued rent relief
  • Drive with UWBA Community Ambassadors to integrate community voices across all housing work
  • Work with other UWBA departments and staff to enhance housing efforts across our work, including: the Development Team; the Marketing Team; and the Data, Research and Evaluation team.

Create a grantmaking strategy that allows UWBA to support housing justice organizations in the Bay Area

  • Facilitate UWBA’s Community Ambassadors’ participatory housing grantmaking processes
  • Design and implement a strategy for UWBA Housing Justice grants that allows UWBA to work with a diverse group of housing organizations across the Bay Area.

Strengthen housing policy advocacy 

  • Working with the Public Policy Team, support various advocacy efforts such as communications, trainings, community coalition participation, and the advancement of local and state legislative solutions/measures
  • Establish new partnerships, join existing coalitions, and mobilize residents to advance housing justice
  • Support housing partners’ advocacy efforts
  • Stay up to date on housing policies in the Bay Area
  • Center voices and experiences of low-income residents and community ambassadors in policy advocacy

Build UWBA’s presence in the Bay Area around housing

  • Actively and meaningfully participate in housing meetings, coalitions, and events around housing in the Bay Area
  • Present and report on regional coalition participation and progress to UWBA staff and leadership. 
  • Develop strategic partnerships with housing-focused organizations and coalitions across the Bay Area to align our efforts and support a united and regional response to the housing crisis
  • Convene and facilitate meetings amongst external partners on the need for housing solutions and collaborative action
  • Speak to media about housing issues and represent UWBA’s perspectives
  • Uplift community voices around Bay Area’s housing challenges

Who you are:

  • Seven or more years of related professional work experience in the affordable housing policy or program arena, preferably in San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Understanding of the affordable housing crisis, the historical and current effects of racism and white supremacy, the players, and the potential strategies to meet the crisis
  • Commitment to deepening expertise around racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and self-awareness.
  • Ability to listen to a variety of stakeholders, develop compelling messaging to address their concerns, and using data and stories to help people understand issues and take action.
  • Experience with community building and working in collaborative partnerships with other organizations, agencies, institutions, and entities
  • Ability to be both a team leader and participate in teams, and experience in using informal influence and developing real partnerships across departments to complete projects
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated ability to support/lead collaborative projects - both with internal staff and community-based coalitions.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to fulfill responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Excellent proficiency in operating computers and various Windows-based software applications (MS Word, Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Salary: $87,000.00 - $120,000.00

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
 UWBA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender (including actual or perceived gender, and gender identity), sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local law. Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States. UWBA will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a job, please let us know. If the reason you need an accommodation is not obvious, we may ask for documentation confirming your functional limitations.