Job Summary: The Planner will be a part of the Community Planning Team, a team responsible for working with community members to elevate the voice of community and supporting a variety of short- and long-range planning projects. Under the guidance of the Senior Planner and in collaboration with the San Francisco Communities Against Displacement (SFCAD) collective, develop, study and implement a policy initiative to support and maintain Extremely Low-Income (ELI) residents’ access to affordable housing and advance policies and practices that serve the needs of extremely and very low-income families and the economic diversity of San Francisco – especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
The members of the SFCAD collective, supported by the San Francisco Foundation (SFF), include Chinatown Community Development Corporation, Community Youth Center, Without Walls Community Development Corporation, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Young Community Developers. Members have come together to take a stand with low-and moderate-income BIPOC communities to help prevent displacement through equitable development, policy change, and neighborhood stabilization.
Status: Full-time, Non-exempt, Regular
Location: Chinatown neighborhood, San Francisco
Hours: Monday to Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and some evenings and weekends
Salary: DOE; Comprehensive benefits
The Organization: A private non-profit founded in 1977, Chinatown Community Development Center believes in a comprehensive vision of community. We own and/or manage approximately 30 affordable housing buildings serving over 3,800 low-income seniors, single adults, formerly homeless adults, and families of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Tenderloin, Western Addition, and Polk Gulch neighborhoods. We also build housing, develop grassroots leadership, and engage low-income residents and youth. Our employees are passionate about the mission; thrive in a family organizational culture; and embody values of empowerment, teamwork, and compassion. Chinatown CDC serves a diverse population and is committed to hiring practices that provide culturally competent services. We encourage people of color to apply.
General Job Responsibilities:
- Develop, study, and implement a policy initiative that would support ELI tenants susceptible to displacement
- Support developing indicators that would help the collective identify ELI tenant vulnerability in communities across San Francisco
- Work with SFCAD, SFF, and designated consultant(s) to develop a strong and participatory process for residents, community members, and allied organizations to support these efforts
- Support SFCAD in collaboration with designated consultant(s) in developing and advancing proposed legislation, policies, rules, and practices that expand housing opportunities for extremely and very low-income seniors and families in San Francisco
- Support SFCAD’s overall strategy to strengthen protections of affordable housing and prevent displacement in San Francisco
- Identify and assess community priorities within the SFCAD collective
- Focus on affordable housing and anti-displacement
- Help coordinate, organize, and document community input/data
- Develop and maintain expertise in current local policies centered around promoting affordable housing strategies in San Francisco.
- Develop and maintain expertise in current local policies impacting lower income tenants.
- Develop and advance an agenda for strengthening the protections of existing affordable and rent controlled housing and expanding the supply of both.
- Advance and promote the public’s understanding of the needs of low-income tenants particularly in vulnerable areas in San Francisco
- Develop and maintain external relationships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals dedicated to including an anti-displacement strategy as part of their efforts to prevent homelessness.
- Develop and maintain external relationships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals providing services to and supporting the needs of lower income tenants.
- Consult regularly with the Senior Planner and designated policy consultant(s) on strategies, goals, and assessments.
- Embody collective’s values (respect & compassion, empowerment, teamwork)
- Contribute to a safe and pleasant work environment
- Follow policies, procedures, and safe work practices
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
- Experience with interpreting, developing, and implementing rules, regulations, and public policies.
- Experience working with diverse communities and work settings, particularly with low income, immigrant communities.
- Public speaking and advocacy skills
- Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban studies, geography, policy, economics, or related fields, with experience in neighborhood planning or advocacy/community work
- At least two (2) years working in a policy or legislative analyst position
- Strong research, speaking, and writing skills
- Some work experience working with low income, BIPOC communities
- Ability to attend some evening meetings and hearings
- Strong time management skills and experience working independently
- Familiarity with San Francisco communities
- Community organizing and campaign experience
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