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Housing and Economic Policy Analyst

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$61,000 to $70,000 per year

Published on 30 Apr 2021

Expires on 30 Apr 2021

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Housing and Economic Policy Analyst

 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.

Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Department: Community Investment Team (CIT)
Reports To: Senior Director for Public Policy
Classification: Professional Union, Full time position
Closing Date: Open until filled


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 90 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.

As UWBA responds to cultural shifts in the workplace, fundraising, and digital communications, it is guided by core values of innovation and results-driven creativity. Through a variety of existing and emerging initiatives, UWBA seeks to both strengthen and re-imagine its work at all levels in order provide more and better opportunities for struggling Bay Area residents.

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Are you passionate about helping people in Bay Area communities move out of poverty and addressing the region’s housing crisis? Do you thrive in a position where you can work closely with community leaders and organizations to help accomplish strategies for community impact and mobilization? The Housing and Economic Policy Analyst completes and helps lead projects that advance UWBA’s community impact agenda around Housing and Economic Policy Issues, including but not limited to policy research and advocacy; drawing on and supporting United Way programs; working collaboratively with United Way’s partners; and other initiatives that are aligned with United Way’s goal of moving people out of poverty.

This position is responsible for working with the Community Investment Team and other United Way staff, volunteers and partners to achieve significant, measurable results. The Housing and Economic Policy Analyst is a professional level position reporting to the Senior Director of Public Policy.

The Analyst position is currently remote work only but will eventually be based in San Francisco once the public health emergency order is lifted and UWBA leadership decides it is safe to return to the office. The Analyst will be responsible for projects and assignments in all eight counties served by UWBA.

What you’ll do:

Play a leading role in supporting United Way Bay Area’s work to reduce poverty and increase housing opportunities for Bay Area families through relationship-building and mobilization.

  • Build and maintain coalitions and partnerships necessary for the success of organizational strategies by engaging in outreach, education, information gathering, design of activities, collaborative planning and action, and connections with community, business, and labor leaders, and elected and appointed officials.
  • Participate in department and organization-wide relationship management efforts, including expert use of customer relations management (CRM) tools and close coordination with colleagues across departments as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government officials and their staff members.
  • Handle logistics involved in scheduling, planning, and following up on meetings and events. Where appropriate visit local and capitol offices of public officials, public events, etc. to carry out UWBA’s housing policy platform.

Engage in the development and advancement of UWBA’s public policy goals.

  • Monitor housing and economic policy issues on the local, state, and federal level including specific legislation and other initiatives based on assignments. Update supervisor regularly.
  • Coordinate or support UWBA’s ‘rapid response’ process on possible housing and economic policy activities. 
  • Provid information, analysis, and recommendations to the policy and leadership teams, public policy committee, and board of directors.
  • Proactively develop action plans and implement policy strategies on housing and economic policy issues.
  • Produce written material for internal and external use, including reports, updates, issue briefs, position letters, etc.

Support integration of public policy within the organization through collaboration with CIT programs, other departments, and external partners to engage a broad range of community members to advocate with UWBA.

  • Enhance communication and coordination efforts of staff, volunteers, partner agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure effective advancement of United Way goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate specific tasks or projects that advance the goals of United Way programs including SparkPoint, Earn It Keep It Save It, 211, Labor Community Services, Emergency Food and Shelter, and others.
  • Share housing-related information relevant to program goals and identify opportunities to engage programs, partners, and clients in advocacy.
  • Coordinate special projects related to housing and economic policy activities (e.g. webinars, days of action, policy updates, trainings).
  • Working with UWBA’s Development Team, identify appropriate activities and venues for donor and partner engagement in housing policy and advocacy; prepare programs, materials, information leading to effective mobilization strategies.
  • Working with UWBA’s Marketing and Community Engagement teams, coordinate action alerts, legislative updates, blog posts, etc.

Complete other tasks and projects as assigned.

Who you are:

  • Minimum 2-5 years of related professional experience as a policy researcher or educator, advocate, and/or coalition builder. Experience with public policy development and systems change. Experience working with public/private sector leaders/decision-makers, and marketing or community programs is a plus.
  • Experience and knowledge of housing and economic policy issues preferred, especially as they pertain to the Bay Area and state of California.
  • Excellent communicator. Outstanding writing and oral communication skills. Presents written and verbal ideas in a style that is clear, fluent, concise, and persuasive. Has the ability to influence and work successfully with varied audiences (across the organization, board of directors, partners, and clients).
  • Comfortable in a remote work environment
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with non-profit, government, community, and labor professionals and leaders as well as corporate executives.
  • Able to anticipate information needed by others as situations and projects develop.
  • Consistent and dependable for full time work, and willing to work outside regular hours when occasionally required by the team.
  • Meets deadlines and completes tasks with a high degree of accuracy and dependability. Detail oriented and excellent proofreading skills.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint); database and CRM software (experience with CRM and/or with an e-advocacy platform is a plus); use of online resources and applications. Comfortable and interested in learning and becoming proficient in new software systems, patience in teaching others.
  • Access to a car, California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.
  • Bachelor's degree or relevant work experience in fields such as public policy, public administration, political science, government, education, health, economics, or other social sciences.

SALARY: $65,000-$80,000 annually depending on experience

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. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

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. 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.
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