Policy Manager

19 Apr, 2022


Policy Manager

Save the Bay
Oakland, CA

The Policy Manager develops and implements winning issue advocacy campaigns to address the impacts of climate change and pollution on San Francisco Bay. We work locally, regionally, and at the state and federal levels to accelerate regional protection from sea level rise and other climate impacts; promote nature-based climate adaptation through restoration of Bay wetlands and urban greening in our cities; and reduce Bay pollution. We promote equitable transit, housing, and access to the Bay, recognizing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on the health and safety of vulnerable populations and underinvested communities.

The Policy Manager works to secure effective policies and public funding for them. The Manager builds and stewards high-level relationships and collaborates with allied organizations, elected officials, public agencies, and community activists to advance Save The Bay’s mission and strategic plan.

This position requires strong experience in legislative issue advocacy, keen political and strategy instincts, and the ability to manage multiple projects and work efficiently in a rapidly evolving environment. This position reports to the Political Director and supervises our Political and Community Organizer. This position may also supervise a part-time Policy Fellow.

Primary Responsibilities:

Green Infrastructure

  1. Develop and manage Save The Bay’s strategic advocacy to accelerate implementation of multi-benefit green infrastructure in San Jose, San Mateo County, and other communities throughout the San Francisco Bay region.
  2. Advocate for local, regional, and state funding for green infrastructure as a priority nature-based climate adaptation and Bay protection strategy.
  3. Work effectively with diverse stakeholders including other environmental groups, social justice advocates, indigenous organizations, advocates for equitable climate adaptation, active transportation advocacy groups, businesses, and organized labor to advance Bay Area climate adaptation.
  4. Identify and pursue opportunities to mobilize broad grassroots support, build coalitions, and generate participation from Save The Bay’s members, allies, and key policy makers.
  5. Develop advocacy materials, including conducting research and writing reports, white papers, public comments, blogs, social media, and other content to aid in expanding public support for campaigns.

Local Land Use Planning and Policy

  1. Advocate for the inclusion of climate resilience and equity policies in general plans, climate action plans, and other land use policy and guidance documents in partnership with local and regional organizations.
  2. Support the Political and Community Organizer in collaborating with and elevating community voices in these processes, with an emphasis on vulnerable communities.

Transportation & Housing

  1. Identify opportunities to support housing and transportation policies and programs that advance equity and climate goals, including housing affordability and densification in high resource areas; reducing regional vehicle miles traveled; and incentivizing transit-oriented development.

State Legislative Liaison

  1. Help lead the Policy Team to establish and pursue legislative priorities around green infrastructure, land use planning, transportation, and housing; coordinate and conduct direct advocacy, including in-person and remote meetings with state legislators, officials and agency staff; participate in GreenCA and other coalition calls and meetings.

Partnership Development, Administrative Duties, & Other

  1. Advance Save The Bay’s policy goals through management and expansion of existing and new partnerships with environmental, environmental justice, indigenous peoples, housing, business, labor, and issue advocacy organizations.
  2. Develop internal and public materials, including strategy documents, timelines, budgets, position papers, public comments, and other content to support campaigns.
  3. Serve as a spokesperson for Save The Bay to promote our advocacy campaigns with the media and other audiences.
  4. Support the Political Director and other staff in identifying and implementing effective campaign strategies and tactics, strategic planning opportunities, and cross-departmental collaboration & planning efforts.
  5. Supervise the work of our Policy Fellow
  6. Utilize social media to advance our policy goals.
  7. Other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of environmental public policy, legislative and government agency processes, and Bay Area political geography; familiarity with climate change and adaptation issues.
  2. Experience working with diverse partners, including equity, environmental justice, business and labor advocates.
  3. Experience advocating effectively with elected officials, community leaders, environmental activists, agency officials, and other stakeholders.
  4. Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within the organization and through our policy work and partnerships.
  5. Proven ability both to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
  6. Strong persuasive writing, research, editing, and public speaking skills.
  7. Experience working effectively with a variety of personalities, developing and executing work plans, facilitating meetings, and managing projects.
  8. Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and collaborative work style.
  9. Passion for Save The Bay’s mission.
  10. Computer proficiency with Windows and Internet research applications.
  11. Valid California driver’s license; access to a vehicle to use for work purposes is highly desired.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Familiarity with Bay ecology and issues.
  2. Experience with electoral campaigns, working with political action committees, and campaign fundraising.
  3. Proficiency with Salesforce and voter files (PDI, VAN, etc.).

Work Environment and Values

We welcome people of all cultural backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply and thrive with our growing team. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit a diverse workforce and provide an equitable, and inclusive workplace for all.

Save The Bay’s COVID-19 Prevention Program requires all staff to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. We are currently a fully virtual office but plan to begin periodic in-person staff and team meetings when it becomes safe to do so. We offer a flexible work environment and provide equipment, training, and frequent virtual opportunities to connect.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this full-time, exempt position is $75,000 to $85,000 per year, depending on experience. This is a full-time 40-hour per week. Workweek is Monday-Friday with occasional weekend work. Preferred start date is early May 2022.

We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, and life insurance; paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time; 403(b) retirement plan.

How To Apply

This position is open until filled. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@savesfbay.org. Please make sure to include the position title – Policy Manager – in the subject line. In the body of the email, please share where you found this job posting.

Job posted: 2022-04-19