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Manager, Housing Advocacy

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses:

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience

Published on 8 Jan 2023

Expires on 15 Nov 2022

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Manager, Housing Advocacy

Job Title:               Manager, Housing Advocacy  

Department:          Community Impact Team (CIT)  

Reports To:            Director, Housing Justice Initiatives 

Classification:       Professional Union, Full time position


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.

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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Are you passionate about advancing housing justice in the San Francisco Bay Area communities? 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 Manager, Housing Advocacy position supports policies and projects that advance UWBA’s Housing Justice Agenda ( on the local regional and state level. This will include, but not limited to coalition building; supporting UWBA programs; working collaboratively with external partners; and other initiatives that are aligned with UWBA’s goal of dismantling the root causes of poverty in the Bay Area. 

This position is responsible for working with the Community Impact Team and other United Way staff, volunteers and external partners to achieve significant, measurable results. The Manager, Housing Advocacy position will be a community-facing role that builds relationships with external partners and supports housing justice efforts. It is a professional level position reporting to the Director, Housing Justice Initiatives. While this position will be responsible for projects and assignments in all their respective counties, staff may be asked to help throughout the eight counties that UWBA serves. 

One of the first projects this position will work on will be to advocate and organize around a regional housing bond. The housing manager will work to organize other housing organizations to share collective resources in an effort to pass the regional bond. The housing manager, in coalition with the Housing Justice team, will work to develop a housing public will building campaign to shift the hearts and minds of Bay Area residents

What you’ll do:  

  • Build relationships that advance UWBA’s Housing Justice Agenda: 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with community-based partners, external stakeholders, government officials and their staff members; housing organizations; coalitions. 
  • Participate in department and organization-wide relationship management efforts, 
  • Handle logistics involved in scheduling, planning, and following up on meetings and events. 
  • Development and Marketing Teams to provide creative engagement opportunities 
  • Directly advise, lead, and support regional public will building efforts. This role will also advocate and organize in efforts to help pass a regional housing bond. 
  • Organizing housing organizations to take action around the 2024 regional housing bond 
  • Monitor policy issues on the local and county levels including specific legislation and other initiatives based on assignments. 
  • Lead and support UWBA’s ‘rapid response’ process on possible policy activities. 
  • Provide information, analysis, and recommendations to the UWBA public policy committee and internal staff. 
  • Proactively develop action plans and implement policy strategies on general UWBA policy issues, working with the Housing Justice and Public Policy Directors 
  • Visit local and capitol offices of public officials, public events
  • Coordinate projects that connect housing justice issues with other United Way programs including SparkPoint, Free Tax Help, 211, Labor Community Services, Emergency Food and Shelter, and others

 Who you are:  

  • Minimum 2-4 years of related professional experience in public policy, systems change, and housing issues preferred. Bay Area experience a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree or relevant work experience 
  • Commitment to deepening expertise around racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and self-awareness. 
  • Excellent communicator. Outstanding writing and oral communication skills. 
  • Must be able to help others organize thoughts and ideas into concrete and coherent actions.
  • 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. 

SALARY: $75,000 annually 

  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.