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Project Manager/Senior Project Manager – Strategic Initiatives

Housing California
April 27, 2024
1107 9th Street, Ste. 560, SACRAMENTO


Project Manager/Senior Project Manager - Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives · Sacramento, California (Hybrid)

Since 1988, Housing California has worked to create a California with homes, health, and wealth for all in thriving, sustainable communities. We bring together a diverse, cross-sector network to prevent and end homelessness, increase the supply of safe, stable, affordable homes, and reverse the legacy of racial and economic inequities by building power among the people most impacted by housing injustice, shaping the narrative, and advocating for the passage of transformative statewide policy solutions. Learn more about our strategy here. Additional information on Housing California is available on our website:

Housing California seeks candidates to fill our Project Manager or Senior Project Manager - Strategic Initiatives position. Successful candidates will have the proven ability to collaboratively advance complex, cross-sector organizational projects, initiatives, and campaigns.


The Project Manager or Senior Project Manager will advance Housing California’s mission and vision by working in close coordination with the Strategic Initiatives Director to advance key organizational strategic projects, initiatives, and policy campaigns at the state level, with a specific emphasis on the Roadmap Home 2030. The Roadmap Home 2030 is a long term vision, framework, and state policy platform for solving our state’s housing crisis and ensuring every Californian has access to a safe, stable, and affordable home.

This position will include a sharp focus on the following Roadmap Home 2030 tasks: 1) aligning and strengthening this state level policy framework with cross-sector networks and stakeholders, 2) developing and supporting transformative state level policy strategies and campaign efforts that advance its goals, 3) building broad-based power and support amongst housing justice partners, cross-sector allies, community partners, individuals with lived experience, legislative leaders, coalitions, and the media, 4) policy research and writing.

The Project Manager or Senior Project Manager - Strategic Initiatives will report directly to the Strategic Initiatives Director and will serve as a thought partner, project manager, and collaborative member of the Strategic Initiatives team. This position will also work closely with our Policy, Power Building, Narrative and Strategic Communications, and Administrative/Events teams; as well as consultants, Residents United Network (RUN) leaders, and other key cross-sector partners.


Under the guidance of Housing California’s Strategic Initiatives Director, the Project Manager or Senior Project Manager will provide key support to advance the Roadmap Home 2030 campaign, goals, and priorities that lead to transformative policy change in California.

This includes the following:

Coalition Building and Campaign Development

  • Support the implementation of our 2024 Roadmap Home 2030 refresh process (as well as future refresh processes) to strengthen and align a transformative housing justice narrative and policy framework that reflects an updated and inclusive Roadmap Home 2030 agenda.
  • Foster a strong coalition and campaign infrastructure. This includes designing and executing short and long term strategic planning processes to advance coalition goals. It also includes ongoing coordination and scheduling and facilitating meetings with partners via the policy committee, research team, and key partners, among other stakeholders.
  • Assist in the development of communications and narrative shift strategies, planning, materials, and content that promote the Roadmap Home 2030’s vision, framework, and policy solutions, engages partners, and builds more allies via emails, social media, and earned or owned media. This will include helping to prepare: fact sheets, briefs, presentation and media talking points, testimony, email blasts, reports, analyses, and blog and social media posts.
  • Develop trainings, presentations, workshops, and other capacity building tools to engage and build awareness of the Roadmap Home 2030 and related policy solutions for the Residents United Network and other coalitions, networks, and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate internally with Housing California’s policy power building, narrative and strategic communications teams, and events team to support alignment and coordination with the Roadmap Home 2030 and other strategic campaigns, initiatives, and projects.
  • Provide content, planning, project management, coordination, and logistics support for Roadmap Home 2030 related events such as briefings, lobby days, convenings, legislative luncheons, and workshops that build momentum and support among current and new networks, partners, and decision makers.

Policy Research

  • Work with Housing California staff, resident leaders, partners, and allies to conduct research and develop new policy proposals on issues relevant to affordable housing and homelessness, including its intersections with racial justice, among other areas, to advance Roadmap Home 2030 vision, goals and priorities.
  • Support future research needs to identify gaps and explore new content areas that comprise evolving iterations of the Roadmap Home 2030.

Other Strategic Initiatives/Campaigns

  • Support the planning and coordination for Housing California’s Annual Lobby Day.
  • Support the planning and coordination of other strategic campaigns and/or initiatives that advance Roadmap Home 2030 priorities.

Other Organizational Responsibilities

  • Assist with other organizational responsibilities that further the strategic goals of the organization.


  • You have a demonstrated commitment to racial justice and to building power with communities of color.
  • You have a minimum of 3 years of related policy, campaign, and/or advocacy experience, preferably on behalf of low-income communities and communities of color for the Project Manager role and a minimum of 5 years of related experience for the Senior Project Manager role.
  • You have professional experience working on housing justice issues or in a field that intersects with housing justice work (e.g., community development, urban planning, health equity, criminal justice reform, education, disability justice, food insecurity, climate justice).
  • You have a strong understanding of California politics and state government processes. You ideally also have experience working in the California legislative and budget process.
  • You have a proven ability to effectively communicate (written and verbally) persuasively with clarity and brevity with a variety of audiences, including with policymakers, the media, community-based organizations, people who live in affordable homes or are experiencing homelessness, cross-sector practitioners, advocates, and funders.
  • You have a track record of collaborating with others across lines of difference to build shared goals and developing and maintaining strong working relationships that produce justice-oriented outcomes.
  • You are a highly capable facilitator who enjoys bringing together groups to share, learn, move through difficult conversations, and make decisions together.
  • You hold experience developing, working with, or leading cross-sector coalitions, networks, or similar infrastructures.
  • You have the ability to distill and frame research, policy issues, data, and personal stories into case-making narratives, clear policy recommendations and a compelling call to action.
  • You have exceptional critical analytical skills in understanding how policies and systems impact low-income people of color.
  • You are a strategic and creative thinker who is able to keep hold of a big picture vision while also managing to execute on the day-to-day details through strong project management skills and with minimal guidance.
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done, even in a fast-paced work environment or in the face of obstacles or multiple competing demands.
  • You are tenacious and committed to moving change through ambiguity and challenges.
  • You are willing and able to travel periodically and attend evening obligations.

Additional expertise that would be welcomed, but is not required:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Lived experience with housing instability or homelessness

Our ideal candidates may have experience that doesn’t directly match the qualifications above, and we encourage people with equivalent experience to apply.


This is a full time, exempt position that reports to the Strategic Initiatives Director. The salary range for this position is between $80,000 - $100,000, depending on experience.

Benefits package includes fully paid medical, dental, and vision for employee and 25% paid medical, dental and vision for dependents, paid parental leave, long-term disability and group life insurance coverage; commuting reimbursement; cell phone and at home internet stipend; 403(b) retirement plan with current 3.5% employer contribution; generous vacation (3+ weeks, depending on tenure), sick leave (8 hours per month + employees start with 8 hours of leave), 12 paid holidays; our annual week-long organization-wide closure during the last week of December and a shortened workweek during the summer legislative break; training and professional development opportunities; and a hybrid work environment.

There is a strong preference that this position is based in the greater Sacramento region or the Bay Area. Our Strategic Initiatives Team follows a hybrid schedule, working in the office in Sacramento one day a week, once a month for an all-staff meeting, and other days as desired and/or required. This position is expected to participate in travel (mostly in California) including the following engagements: twice-yearly in-person Board of Director retreats; annual 2-3 day staff retreat, annual 2-day RUN Annual Summit; annual 1-day policy summit; annual 3-day Housing California conference; annual 2-day Lobby Day/Advocacy Day in Sacramento, various external in-person meetings and retreats with partners, other policy-related activities that occur in Sacramento throughout the year; and various conferences or in-person partner meetings, based on need and interest.


Housing California is committed to creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace that fosters a culture of belonging, ongoing learning and collaboration, and supports, stabilizes, and incentivizes people to join the Housing California team and stay for the long game.

We value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by the issues we address. We especially encourage Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and people of color; people from families that have immigrated to the U.S.; people who have been unhoused or experienced housing instability; women; LGBTQIA+ people; system-impacted people; and people with disabilities to apply for these positions.

We aim for our work to be both effective and sustainable; we balance required travel during some parts of the year and the fast-paced legislative calendar with a commitment to our team’s mental and physical health.


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We will accept applications until the position is filled. You will be asked to submit a resume, a cover letter sharing your interest in the position and why you’re a great fit, and a professional writing sample. The interview process may include two to three rounds of interviews, and an analytical writing exercise. If you have questions regarding your qualifications for this position, compensation or benefits, our process or internal timeline for hiring, or suggestions for how to improve this announcement or the opportunity itself, please email Jenny Welch ([email protected]).