Housing and Planning Policy Manager

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.

General Summary

SPUR believes in the power of good planning to create vibrant, equitable communities, and works to make neighborhoods inclusive and welcoming to everyone. The Housing and Planning Manager will be a leader in SPUR’s work on land use planning and housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. This role is an opportunity to do important work at one of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most impactful public policy organizations.
This role is perfect for someone with deep knowledge of urban issues in the Bay Area, and a passion to help the region become more prosperous, sustainable, and equitable. Candidates must have a professional background in urban planning and policy analysis. Experience with land use planning, housing, and/or design is required. This position will report to the Housing & Planning Director.

About the Role

The Housing & Planning Manager will advance SPUR's policy work through initiatives such as reimagining downtowns to become economically and socially diverse and resilient; transforming public spaces; improving housing affordability through production and anti-displacement strategies; and other neighborhood planning initiatives. This role requires excellent project management and people management skills, and experience communicating urban policy issues to policymakers and the public. This role requires a team-oriented mindset, recognizing interdependencies in the completion of tasks and achieving the organization's mission as well as the value of coalitions and mutual support. This role also serves as an ambassador to local government staff, elected officials, business and community leaders, and partner organizations.


With the support of the supervisor and team, the person in this role will:

  • Produce high-quality policy analysis and recommendations in the form of articles, briefs, and reports.
  • Design advocacy campaigns to influence legislation, plans, and policies/ resolutions.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of relevant issue areas, the policy-making process, key stakeholders, and the political landscape of the issue area.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with key partners.
  • Raise the visibility and shape public opinion on housing and planning issues by creating, publishing, distributing, and contributing to various forms of content across multiple platforms.
  • Participate in and manage coalitions, working groups, and task forces.
  • Define project scope and goals, manage consultant support, set and meet deadlines, and design and execute engagement plans.


  • The candidate must have a professional background in housing, land use planning, and/or urban design.
  • The candidate must be knowledgeable about community planning and policy issues in large U.S. cities. Knowledge of the San Francisco Bay Area context as it relates to urban planning, housing, and transportation is highly desirable.
  • The candidate must be a strong writer who can make technical policy issues interesting and intelligible to a general audience.
  • The job requires strong meeting facilitation and communication skills. Experience working in diverse coalitions to drive change is highly desirable.
  • The candidate must have experience effectively managing projects, setting deadlines, and meeting milestones.
  • Experience sourcing funding for their work is desirable.
  • The candidate must have both high emotional intelligence and relationship management skills, with experience working in teams and across departments.
  • The candidate must have experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and the ability to explain methodologies and express findings through tables, graphs, and charts. GIS mapping skills are highly desirable.
  • Either a master’s degree in public policy, urban planning, or a related field, or a minimum of five years equivalent experience is preferable.

We are looking for someone who has an understanding of systemic racism and its role in housing and planning policy in the United States. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work across differences. The candidate must be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and manifest that commitment in their policy, facilitation, advocacy, and management responsibilities.


The salary range for this position is $80,000-$100,000 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 Wednesday, staff will be required to attend other in-person meetings, events, and programs around the Bay Area region as needed. All policies are subject to change.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applicants should apply by submitting their materials to this link. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.