Economic Justice Policy Associate

About SPUR

SPUR is a nonprofit public policy organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR works to create an equitable, sustainable and prosperous region, where all people thrive. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San José and Oakland, we are recognized and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues. 

The Opportunity

SPUR seeks candidates for its newly created position of  Economic Justice Policy Associate. The Economic Justice Policy Associate will help craft and lead a broad portfolio of work focused on redressing the fundamental inequities in the region and dismantling barriers to economic security. SPUR pursues economic justice through a 5-year strategy that centers on allocating resources to meet the needs of all people, strengthening and expanding the social safety net, and eliminating inequitable fines and fees. The Associate will play an important role in developing and leading this work.

The position is perfect for someone who is passionate about building a Bay Area where all people are thriving, regardless of their economic status. People who believe in the power of research, advocacy, and community to achieve tangible and meaningful change will excel in this role. Candidates should have a personal or professional background in economic justice issues and the communities SPUR seeks to serve. The Economic Justice Policy Associate will report to the Economic Justice Policy Director and be part of SPUR’s broader Policy team.

Core Responsibilities

The Policy Associate will have a variety of responsibilities. They will be expected to conduct original research, write reports and articles, engage in policy development, organize forums and speakers, present at government hearings, engage with community members and other stakeholders, and assist with leading coalitions and campaigns. The Associate will work on issues such as closing the racial income and wealth gap, building a robust social safety net, and removing policies that strip wealth from communities. Focusing on issues affecting Bay Area cities but working across California, the Associate will help grow SPUR’s economic justice work to ensure that it is responsive to the needs of impacted communities and is contributing to positive change in the region.

As an organization committed to using research and data as a tool in building effective policy, the Associate will engage in quantitative, spatial, and qualitative research. The Associate will be expected to use federal, state, and administrative datasets to examine the ways in which policies and practices impact people. The Associate will also help conduct qualitative research, such as focus groups or semi-structured interviews, to better understand how policies impact people and to help identify the best policy solutions possible. 

In addition to research, the role requires extensive writing and speaking, and candidates should be strong written and oral communicators. The role also includes research task force and advocacy coalition management. Candidates should be willing collaborators and work well with a broad range of communities and stakeholders. 

Key Qualifications

  • At least two years of relevant work experience, or a Master’s degree. Jobs and internships held while in school are considered work experience.
  • The candidate must be well versed in economic justice issues. 
  • The candidate must be a good writer, who can make complicated policy issues interesting and intelligible to a general audience. 
  • The candidate must have both high emotional intelligence and relationships management skills.
  • The candidate must have strong quantitative skills and an ability to interpret and explain data, quantitative methods, trends and summary figures. Experience conducting research with quantitative and geospatial methods preferred.
  • Experience using statistical software such as STATA, R, SPSS, etc. for data cleaning and analysis preferred.
  • The candidate should demonstrate good project management skills, and a willingness to support the policy team as needed. The candidate should have the ability to manage multiple projects with different deadlines. 
  • The candidate must have an understanding of racial, economic, and other inequities in our region and in urban policy. 
  • The candidate must be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and manifests that commitment in their work. 
  • The job requires the ability to work well with people from different backgrounds and build diverse coalitions and consensus across the political spectrum to drive policy outcomes.


The salary range for this position is $62,400-$72,000 and will be based on experience and commensurate with skills and qualifications. This is a full-time, exempt position. SPUR offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, vision care, basic life insurance, pre-tax commuter benefits, work from home stipend, employee assistance program (EAP) and retirement plan with twenty-five percent contribution matching.

Hybrid Work Environment

At SPUR the health of our employees and their families is our top priority. SPUR has a hybrid workplace model defined by a combination of remote and in-person work. We have mandatory all staff in-person days on Monday and staff may be required to attend other in-person meetings, events and programs as needed. All policies are subject to change as relevant health orders change.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

SPUR employees are required to confidentially show proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccination to HR as a condition of employment. If the employee is entitled to a medical related reasonable accommodation or a sincerely held religious belief or practice, then the employee is exempt from the vaccine requirement and reasonable accommodations will be considered and made available if there is not an undue hardship incurred in order to provide it.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. The intended start date for this position is August 2022. Applicants should apply by submitting their materials to this link

Equal Opportunity Employer

SPUR is an equal opportunity employer with a strong organizational commitment to respecting differences of all kinds. SPUR prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, political orientation or disability or any other basis prohibited by law. In that spirit, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ applicants and others that will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

Applicants With Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so assigned.