Senior Associate - Housing

Program · Oakland, California
Department Program
Employment Type Full-Time (100% FTE)
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $80,000 starting of the range

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About PolicyLink

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®.  Please visit our website at: to learn more about our work, values, and impact.


Position Overview

PolicyLink is seeking a Senior Associate to join our housing team. For over two decades, PolicyLink has worked to ensure that every person, whether Black or White, rich or poor, has safe, stable housing that they can afford and that connects them to opportunity. From advancing inclusionary zoning to equity-focused post-disaster housing recovery to anti-displacement strategies to fair housing, we have worked to address the long standing and persistent racial and economic inequities that have characterized our housing system. We have forged partnerships with frontline organizing groups and national legal organizations to advocate for the next generation of equitable housing policies at local, state, and federal levels. The Senior Associate will work to support this work through advocacy, research, and movement building. This position is full time.


During the first year this position will include a specific focus on supporting a national coalition working at the intersection of health and housing. It will also support a regional housing initiative in the Bay Area and will focus on a range of housing policy campaigns in the state of California.


The ideal candidate will have significant experience with policy advocacy and expertise in housing policy. The ideal candidate will also be experienced and comfortable working closely with diverse stakeholders including impacted individuals, community partners, government staff and policy makers.



  • Inform overall strategic goals and objectives for PolicyLink work on housing
  • Implement PolicyLink projects with excellence, timely delivery of products and maximum policy impact including:
    • Support state level advocacy efforts on housing equity in partnership with supervisor, PolicyLink team members and external field leaders.
    • Develop and implement a suite of peer-learning opportunities, trainings, webinars, office hours, etc. to build capacity of housing justice leaders.
    • Conduct qualitative research and data analysis and author strategic and timely research briefs, analyses, and articles on housing issues.
    • Build, maintain, and grow partnerships that can successfully advance PolicyLink housing equity results.
  • Serve as a spokesperson on housing policy priorities, representing PolicyLink in internal and external meetings, and before movement leaders, government staff and leaders, policymakers, experts, and funders. 
  • Work with media as appropriate. 
  • Manage grants and project budgets.
  • Facilitate internal and external processes to address structural racism; moving from talk to action to results with knowledge and sensitivity. 
  • When the pandemic risk has subsided, the position will involve travel to other locations in California as well as travel to other states (we two trips within California and one out of state trip per month).

Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge Required

  • Previous experience with housing, community development, policy advocacy and/or community organizing.
  • Ability to take command of the work.
  • Extensive experience with coalition building, management, and support.
  • Commitment and a desire to effectively manage a full workload.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Have a passion for supporting this type of work.
  • Self-starter with good time management skills and the ability to effectively work on multiple projects.


Education and Experience Qualifications

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in a related field and/or racial justice nonprofit organization working on similar issues.
  • Master's in planning, community development, public policy, public health or related field and related experience.

Work Environment

  • Because of COVID-19 this position will be remote through at least June 2021. Once restrictions are lifted, the primary work location will be our downtown Oakland office (PolicyLink Headquarters) 
  • Occasional weekend and evening work assignments
  • Fast-paced, complex work environment
  • Leading and participating in frequent remote video and telephone conferences is required


Position Type

Exempt, 100% full-time, 40 hours per week



The salary range for the position is $80,000 - $100,000, dependent upon experience. Additionally, PolicyLink provides an excellent and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401k match, ancillary benefits, access to Flexible Spending Accounts, commuter expenses, and generous leave benefits.


To Apply:

We accept online applications only.

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected to participate in our hiring process will be contacted.

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PolicyLink strongly values equity and believes in a just and fair society where all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We work towards a more inclusive world and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.


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  • Location
    Oakland, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time (100% FTE)
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $80,000 starting of the range