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State & Local Policy Manager

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Grounded Solutions Network


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Published 24 days ago

$75,000 - $95,000commensurate with experience

About the Position

Please see full job posting here: https://groundedsolutions.org/careers

Increasingly, state and local housing policy makers are heeding the urgent voices of their constituents who are negatively impacted by rising housing prices and involuntary displacement. Leaders across the country are seeking solutions that will both expand housing affordability and provide greater access to opportunity for families of color in particular.

The State and Local Policy Manager will be responsible for seeking, securing, and leading housing policy technical assistance engagements to local governments. They will have the responsibility and authority to assist in defining professional consulting related scopes of work and ensure that contract engagements adhere to timeline, budget constraints and result in useful, high quality deliverables (e.g. reports, presentations, case studies, memos). The position is also responsible for development of stand-alone resources, such as case studies and toolkits, as well as the design and delivery of trainings and presentations on affordable housing and related topics. The Manager will not supervise internal staff, they will be responsible for managing projects and consultants.

Key Responsibilities

1.  Seek and Secure Technical Assistance Engagements

Grounded Solutions works with state and local policy makers across the country to design and implement inclusive housing policies that promote lasting affordability and advance racial equity. The Manager will play a key role in seeking and securing new, high-impact consulting engagements through both proactive and reactive business development activities. Proactive activities could include analyzing which states and jurisdictions have the potential for impactful housing policy and raising Grounded Solutions’ profile in those locations, for example by building relationships with local advocates and policy makers, leading virtual and in-person educational events targeted to those locations, and tracking and participating in the conversation about housing affordability in local media (both social and traditional). Reactive activities could include holding initial conversations with potential clients who reach out to Grounded Solutions, responding to Requests for Proposals, and drafting proposed scopes of work and budgets.

2.  Manage Technical Assistance Engagements

The Manager will lead 2-4 place-based technical assistance engagements annually with minimal supervision. Grounded Solutions’ technical assistance engagements may be broad, such as guiding a strategic planning process and writing a five-year affordable housing plan, or they may be specific, such as drafting the details of a locally tailored inclusionary housing policy. Playing a lead role in technical assistance engagements requires a deep knowledge of housing and land use policies, the ability to research and distill new information, excellent written and spoken communication skills, and a structured approach to project management. The Manager will lead projects from inception to completion, including writing proposals, formalizing contracts, nurturing client relationships, conducting research, facilitating meetings, and completing all deliverables to top quality standards, on time, within budget. The position will also oversee staff and external consultants on specific projects.

3.  Contribute to Sector Leadership, Training & Tools

Mission driven organizations must share and discuss our lessons learned, effectively disseminate resources we create, and offer lessons to the field from our place-based experiences. The Manager will lead efforts to grow our professional reputation, expand our membership and build sector knowledge by:

·       Presenting at national conferences and convenings, including writing proposals for conference sessions and serving as a representative of Grounded Solutions at important networking events.

·       Designing, coordinating and delivering webinars and in-person trainings. Broadly, trainings focus on housing and land-use policies that advance racial equity through housing with lasting affordability. Specific topics include inclusionary housing, community land trusts, and affordable housing preservation.

Support the internal team production of draft articles and blogs on topics such as inclusionary housing, lasting affordability, and equitable development.

 

4.  Contribute to Collective Success

The Manager will be an important member of the State and Local Policy department and of Grounded Solutions Network as whole. Responsibilities will include:

·       Help define short- and long-term priorities for the State and Local Policy department. Conduct research to investigate and assess potential new initiatives.

·       Coordinate across teams within the organization; facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Qualifications for Entry into this Position

Our ideal candidate comes to the organization with experience securing and managing consulting engagements and knowledge of affordable housing, land use, and/or community development issues. They also come with a deep understanding of how systemic racism has shaped and continues to shape local, state and federal housing policy and community development. We anticipate that applicants may come from a for-profit consultancy or have a background in working for nonprofit organizations or public agencies.

Knowledge, skills and abilities 

·       Minimum six years of relevant work experience in urban planning or affordable housing.

·       Minimum four years of experience as a project manager responsible for timeline, deliverables, and budgets of fast-moving projects with limited supervision.

·       Excellent project management, time management and people management skills.

·       Experience with inclusionary housing policies.

·       Ability to work successfully in self-directed, virtual environments, including managing a variety of projects, developing work plans and meeting deadlines.

·       Ability to conduct research and policy analysis projects efficiently by navigating among various sources of information.

·       Agility with MS Excel and quantitative data analysis.

·       Experience working in diverse communities with a wide variety of stakeholders.

·       Strong presentation skills and writing skills.

·       Proficiency in MS Office suite of applications and willing to learn other technology tools.


Additional Preferred Qualifications

·       Experience working as a consultant, including securing and leading consulting engagements.

·       Experience with preservation of affordable rental housing and related policies.

·       Experience conducting financial feasibility analysis for residential development.

Degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy or related field.

About the Position

Please see full job posting here: https://groundedsolutions.org/careers

Increasingly, state and local housing policy makers are heeding the urgent voices of their constituents who are negatively impacted by rising…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Managerial

Benefits

Join our team and build your career with us! We offer:

·       Supportive, stimulating and collaborative environment with passionate colleagues dedicated to building community and equity.

·       Opportunities for professional growth and development.

·       Competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, matching 401k and paid time off.

Join our team and build your career with us! We offer:

·       Supportive, stimulating and collaborative environment with passionate colleagues dedicated to building community and…

Location

Oakland, CA

How to Apply

Please see full job posting details here: https://groundedsolutions.org/careers

How to Apply

Please submit the following items as one document, if possible (PDF or Word): 

1.     A cover letter with salary requirements and where you heard about the position

2.     Resume

3.     Two (2) recent writing samples. Ideally, one sample should reflect writing produced for a client or internal work purposes (eg. memo) and another sample for publication for broader audience.   

Please submit to: https://bit.ly/3fhVdX1


Grounded Solutions Network is committed to building a staff team that is as racially and culturally diverse as the communities that we serve. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Please see full job posting details here: https://groundedsolutions.org/careers

How to Apply

Please submit the following items as one document, if possible (PDF or Word): 

1.     A cover…

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