Council of Community Housing Organizations – Policy and Research Director Job Posting
Are you interested in shaping the next generation of policy for affordable housing in San Francisco? We are looking for someone who will take leadership in navigating the policy landscape in San Francisco in coalition with CCHO’s affordable housing and tenants–rights based agency. You will have strong analytical approach to shape and carry forward our policy advocacy. Ideally, you would bring your experience in affordable housing and land use organizing, policy and practice (ideally in San Francisco and the Bay Area). However, your interest, motivation and fit with CCHO is as important as hard experience. You would bring your informed assertiveness, willingness to educate and learn, flexibility in organizing San Francisco’s changing political landscape.
About the Council of Community Housing Organizations:
The Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO, pronounced “choo choo”) has been leading the affordable housing movement in San Francisco for over 40 years. We are creating new leadership spaces for rising talent to be the vanguard on our CCHO Board and for new talented and passionate executive staff to shepherd the Council of Community Housing Organizations into the next chapter of our coalition’s history. CCHO’s mission is to advocate for equitable development that benefits all San Franciscans. We are a nonprofit coalition of 21 community–based housing developers, service providers, and community advocates. We educate the public and fight for policies that stop displacement, develop and preserve permanently affordable housing, and empower low–income communities. The work of our member organizations has resulted in nearly 30,000 units of affordable housing.
For more on our work, please visit www.sfccho.org.
About the Position:
We are seeking a Policy Director! We are a small, fast–moving team of three staff for the CCHO coalition.
You will support the Executive Director in building strategic relationships with community, labor, and
tenant ally organizations locally and across the region and state, as well as engage with city agencies,
policymakers, and elected officials, and participate in the development of ballot measure campaigns to
advance CCHO’s housing and land use agenda. This is a position for someone who not only wants to shape the public conversation around housing and equity, but is committed to developing and implementing real policy solutions. The Council of Community Housing Organizations has a long and substantive track record winning on policies, funding and programs. We need a leader to continue that legacy in a new chapter going forward.
? Internal coalition management: facilitate Board and Member Committees, relations with Coalition
member organization Executive Directors and other CCHO membership development
? Organizing: Leverage, build and maintain relationships in a political context, including relationships
with allied organizations and coalitions (local, regional, and statewide), with elected officials and city
? Research & Policy Development: Shape Policy development, working closely with CCHO’s ED and
Communications staff, including: Legislation, Policy and program analysis; data analysis; policy &
program development; create policy explainers and infographics; help develop, support and
coordinate CCHO’s housing slate Ballot campaigns every election cycle
? Communications: Shape CCHO’s messaging on key housing issues, and collaboratively write and edit
a range of content from op–eds to longer thought pieces, participate in educational panels/forums
and press conferences and briefings, working closely with CCHO’s Executive Director and
Communications Director. You will be CCHO’s “expert” on housing policy and analysis
What You Bring:
? Three to five years of experience in housing and land–use policy
? Passion for housing justice and racial and economic equity
? Knowledge of affordable housing issues, including local San Francisco politics and policies around
affordable housing, land use and development, tenants’ rights, displacement, and gentrification
? Building relationships with housing leaders, agency staff, elected officials, and journalists is key to
moving actionable policy
? Skill in working within and expanding a narrative strategy based on housing justice, anti–
displacement, and racial equity
? Project management skills and keen attention to detail (including maintaining consistency with an
organization’s framing and branding), with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously,
and ability to efficiently archive materials
? Be okay with working beyond regular business hours as necessary
? Very strong verbal skills in a variety of situations, including public speaking, and an ability to explain
complicated ideas in everyday terms
? Excellent written communication skills, including demonstrated ability in writing, strong editing
skills, and a collaborative approach to writing/editing
? Strong interpersonal skills, a love of relationship building, and an excitement to grow into the public
face of CCHO
This is a full–time salaried position. Compensation will be DOE ranging from $90,000 –$120,000 DOE.
We will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are
encouraged to apply as soon as possible. CCHO is an equal opportunity employer: women, people of color,
LGBTQ–identified people, immigrants, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply, as are local Bay Area residents. To apply, email to careers@sfic–409.org, with “Policy Director Application” in the subject line.
1) detailed cover letter
3) two writing samples (such as blog posts, op–eds, press releases, or something similar)