Available Openings:

Environment and Energy Associate

Position Description

This position supports both the Sr. Vice President for Environment and the Vice President for Energy. The scope of duties for the Associate includes, but is not limited to the following:

Legislative and regulatory support:

  • Monitor key legislation and report on key issues, dates, and actions needed
  • Research and prepare policy briefs and collect comments from member companies
  • Collaborate with member companies in order to research and prepare comments on regulatory matters, particularly in the energy space
  • Represent the Leadership Group and our members at regulatory/legislative hearings, workshops or stakeholder meetings

Policy Committee support:

  • Develop committee meeting agendas
  • Coordinate meeting logistics
  • Distribute meeting announcements, agenda, notes, and minutes
  • Assist and follow up on committee priority development and strategic planning

Project and program management:

  • Engage directly with members on project implementation and legislation, and monitor, track, and report on progress
  • Market and provide project and program status updates to Leadership Group members
  • Coordinate and communicate tasks, opportunities, or issues to partner organizations
  • Recruit and manage volunteers that support the Energy and Environment team’s work

Event planning/coordination:

Assist in special event planning, including:

  • Speaker outreach, recruitment, and management
  • Event marketing/outreach
  • Logistics
  • Program and other collateral creation
  • Sponsor and partner engagement
  • Program development


  • Support regional, state, and/or federal advocacy trips through agenda development, material preparation, and staffing

Silicon Valley Leadership Group operations:

  • Engagement in Leadership Group community events such as the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
  • Support organizational meetings and events, including some early morning and evening functions
  • Manage relations with existing member companies and recruit new member companies

Elected official and community engagement:

  • Develop a collaborative working relationship with a community in Silicon Valley
  • Develop a collaborative working relationship with an elected official


The successful candidate for this position will have most of the following characteristics:

  • Self-starter; able to work independently  (Required)
  • Able to develop a rapport with member company representatives and partner organizations (Required)
  • Manage time and priorities with sometimes shifting demands  (Required)
  • Detail oriented (Required)
  • Have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills  (Required)
  • Comfortable representing the organization at events, forums and meetings  (Required)
  • Have strong “office” skills – proficiency with office tools and technology  (Required)
  • Able to work in fast-paced and collaborative environment (Required)
  • Understanding of the major players in the California environment and energy space (Preferred)
  • Familiarity with web design and social media (Preferred)
  • Experience in public policy  (Preferred)
  • Have familiarity with California legislative and regulatory organization and process  (Preferred)
  • Knowledge of California and/or federal environmental and energy policy  (Preferred)
  • A college degree with some education in or familiarity with; science, energy issues, and/or environmental issues  (Preferred)

Salary range and hiring level: $52,000-58,000. This position may be filled at the Senior Associate level, dependent upon the preferred candidate’s skill and prior experience.

Benefits: The benefits package includes paid holidays; twelve days annual accrued vacation; dental, long term disability and life insurance coverage for the employee fully paid by employer; medical with partial employee contribution; 401K plan participation after waiting period, and Ecopass.

Deadline for Applications:  March 24, 2017

The new E&E Associate will start as soon as possible, preferably in April or May.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please send a cover letter and a 1-2 page resume to by March 24, 2017.


Education Policy and Programs Associate

The Associate of Education Policy and Programs will join the 4-person Education and Workforce Development Policy team, reporting directly to the Director of Education Policy and Workforce Preparedness and to the Director of Policy and Education Programs. This position will support the team’s work on education policy initiatives and programs and help drive overall policy and programmatic work. The Associate will focus on local, state, and federal policy issues to improve student outcomes and address regional workforce needs, including but not limited to K-12 Education, computer science, and higher education.

Through policy advocacy and programmatic work, the Associate will work with local K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, and Leadership Group member companies to promote high quality education access with a particular focus on STEM careers. Duties will include: general project and office assistance, policy analysis and memo writing, project management, meeting/event planning and facilitation, presentations to the Education Committee, and coordination of special programs and initiatives. Additionally, this position will recruit and manage intern(s) to work on the Education team.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate advocacy efforts through letter writing, testimony and coalition-building. Represent the Leadership Group by participating in key industry and community meetings and events; speaking before public bodies, agencies and community groups; preparing presentations and planning special events and conferences.
  • When directed, advance the Leadership Group’s policy positions by developing and maintaining relationships with key policy makers, community leaders, and organizations, and identifying opportunities to partner on issues of mutual interest. This includes developing close relationships with elected officials and community partners focused on education policy.
  • Provide staff support to the Leadership Group’s policy staff and relevant policy committees. Duties include researching and preparing meeting materials, conducting policy analysis and writing policy memos for member companies, making presentations, and scheduling and facilitating meetings.
  • Any other tasks as assigned.


  • Relevant coursework and work or volunteer experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to quickly conduct research and prepare memos, reports and advocacy letters
  • Ability to write for a variety of audiences in different formats including emails, newsletter and web content, and opinion editorials
  • Knowledge and experience in public policy and political processes (specific knowledge and experience in education and workforce development policy a plus)
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to organize events and facilitate meetings
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team; ability to manage student interns (“coordinators”) and volunteers
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and internet research (familiarity with Salesforce and WordPress to update web content a plus)
  • Ability to prioritize, handle, and execute multiple items and projects at the same time
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with the flexibility to pivot to unanticipated opportunities or projects

Salary Range:

Competitive non-profit organization salary and benefits with health care (employee contribution), dental, and 401(k) plan. Starting salary based on experience (range: $53,000-$56,000). Our office is currently located in San Jose within walking distance of the Airport, Guadalupe River Trail and public transit.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume with the subject line “Education Policy and Programs Associate” to:

We’ll be accepting applications until April 7th

Anticipated start date: May 2017


Director, Housing & Community Development


The Director of Housing and Community Development will support and report to the President and CEO and co-manage both a Sr. Associate of Health and Community Development and a Sr. Associate of Housing, Transportation and Community Engagement in their responsibilities related to the Housing and Land Use policy portfolio.  Duties include the following:

Local Policy Advocacy

  • Lead policy team in tracking, analyzing and advocating for legislation that impacts our membership at the city and county level, seeking to promote affordable workforce housing development through fees, measures, policies and programs serving those at all income levels, including our homeless population
  • Delegate and manage policy assignments for Sr. Associates on the team
  • Manage relationships with regional policy coalitions and city specific advocacy groups focused on housing, planning, open space and park policy development
  • Serve as a liaison to the Housing Trust Silicon Valley and support their regional efforts

Project Advocacy

  • Manage the internal Leadership Group Committee endorsement process of 10 housing developments annually
  • Draft letters to and testify before City Councils and Planning Commissions on endorsed developments, delegating this work, as needed, to Sr. Associates
  • Manage relationships with local housing developers and track trends in housing development

Community Outreach and Education

  • Develop relationships with key policy makers to keep them abreast of the Leadership Group’s policy priorities and positions
  • Manage a Senior Associate in the planning of the Neighborhood Leaders’ Council’s 4 events
  • Manage a Sr. Associate in the implementation and planning of the Annual Housing Tour, including seeking financial sponsorships, assisting in program development and logistics, and participating in onsite efforts on the day of the event
  • Coordinating with regional organizations as a part of annual Santa Clara County Affordable Housing Week event planning

State Policy

  • Shape and promote legislative efforts around the permanent funding of affordable housing, housing element law, local finance, inclusionary zoning and transit oriented development
  • Work with statewide coalitions to provide the Leadership Group’s unique perspective
  • Draft and submit letters on behalf of the Leadership Group and occasionally travel to Sacramento to testify

Policy Committee Management

  • Staff the Leadership Group’s Housing and Land Use Committee and convey their policy recommendations to the Working Council
  • Recommend appropriate policy positions by researching public policy issues and how they impact member companies, their employees and communities
  • Work with member companies to champion workplan deliverables


  • Assist in developing a press strategy on policy and events, including drafting and submitting Letters to the Editor, as well as Guest Op-eds
  • Attending and helping with Silicon Valley Leadership Group special events. The events range in size from 50 to 1,500 participants.
  • Assisting with Leadership Group community events such as the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, the Santa Run or the Heart & Soles race.
  • Developing a collaborative working relationship with a local elected official, a partner nonprofit organization, and a local jurisdiction in Silicon Valley.


The Director of Housing and Community Development must be a self-starter who is comfortable managing  people, projects and initiatives. Excellent writing and communications skills are essential, including public speaking ability. This position is highly externally facing and someone who enjoys a fast-paced, ever-changing environment will thrive. A good candidate must be collaborative and have the ability to engage with people of diverse backgrounds from CEOs to policymakers to community members.

Comfort in leading a team and mentoring team members is vital to success. The position requires the ability to quickly switch gears, provide support for all Leadership Group colleagues, and prioritize goals that compete for the team’s time and energy. Cultivating a culture of open communications, setting clear expectations and providing a vision for success is part of leading this team. A positive attitude, energy and a desire to learn and contribute to a dynamic organization is essential.

A bachelors degree is required and a masters degree is preferred.  A minimum of 5 years of experience in managing public policy portfolios, advocacy, or experience working for an elected official is preferred.  Legislative and/or regulatory experience related to housing and land-use policy is desired. Attention to detail, follow-through, and punctuality are highly valued and necessary for success.

The position requires occasional early morning and early evening meeting availability to be arranged in advance and the ability to travel around the Bay Area, and occasionally Sacramento.  Competitive salary and benefits w/ health care, dental (employee contribution); 401(k) plan. Starting salary based on experience ($68,000 – $88,000). Our offices are based in San Jose within walking distance of the airport, Guadalupe River Trail and public transit.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume to:

We will be accepting applications until Friday, April 7, 2017.

Anticipated start date:  May 2017