Silicon Valley Leadership Group Openings:

Environment Associate

Job Opening

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy business trade association, is seeking a qualified candidate for an open Environment Policy and Program Associate position.  This position will focus most heavily, though not exclusively, on climate change, wetlands, and water policy, as well as corporate environmental sustainability issues.

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 400 of the Silicon Valley’s most respected employers. Leadership Group members collectively provide one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a member-driven organization that is engaged on a wide number of issues that impact the economic health and quality of life in the Silicon Valley region, including housing and land use, transportation, health, environment, energy, education, taxation, and economic vitality. Leadership Group member companies collectively provide nearly 250,000 local jobs, or one of every four private sector jobs in Silicon Valley.

Position Description

This position supports the Sr. Vice President for Environment and the Sr. Associate for Environment and Energy. The scope of the 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, prepare, and present policy briefs and collect comments from member companies
  • Collaborate with member companies and partner organizations to stay informed on policy and regulatory items and prepare comments on these items as needed
  • Represent the Leadership Group and our members at regulatory/ legislative hearings, workshops, and 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, report on progress
  • Market and provide project and program status updates to Leadership Group members and partner organizations, especially through social media and website platform.
  • Coordinate and communicate tasks, opportunities, or issues to partner organizations
  • Recruit and manage volunteers that support the Environment team’s work

Grant management

  • Help research and develop grant proposals to fund relevant projects and programs
  • Help manage and cultivate relationships with current and potential grantors to fund projects and programs
  • Carry out project and program deliverables in accordance with grant guidelines
  • Complete interim and final grant reports and project budgets for grant 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)
  • Manage time well with competing priorities and detail oriented is required (Required)
  • Have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills (Required)
  • Comfortable presenting and representing the forum 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 water and environment 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 policy Preferred)
  • A college degree with some education in or familiarity with; science, energy issues, and environmental issues (Preferred)

Compensation: The starting compensation is $53,000. Compensation is 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 fully paid by employer; medical with partial employee contribution; 401K plan participation after waiting period, and Ecopass.

Deadline for Applications:  August 11, 2017

Resumes and writing samples should both be sent to, with the following title: SVLG E&E Associate Application 

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is an equal opportunity employer.


Human Resources Director - Part-time


Human Resources Director—Part-time

As an HR Director, you will collaborate with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s leadership team to integrate and distribute premiere development, compensation, benefits, learning, and staffing programs across the organization. Additionally, you will provide expertise in the areas of coaching, employee relations and organizational development. The HR Director will report directly to, and collaborate with, the CEO.  This is a part-time position—20 hours during the work week.

Performance Management and Employee Relations
This individual will be a coach and adviser to the organization, a resource to managers and employees, and a role model to all. Corporate advocacy will be obtained through ensuring consistent adherence to policies and programs with an effort to minimize company liability and exposure, and to maintain/enhance employee engagement and effectiveness. Continued enhancement and delivery of a proactive performance management process that actively involves employees and managers to empower employee development and employee relations concerns to be resolved. Administers the performance review process and collaborates with managers and employees regarding performance to assist the organization in meeting business objectives and performance goals. Counsels employees and management as required and ensures consistency and fairness in policy implementation. Under general supervision, responds to and investigates internal and external claims within the organization. Works with management to ensure employee needs are met in areas such as employee development, succession planning, employee relations, compensation and benefits.

Compensation, Benefits, and Policies

Interfaces, facilitates, researches and serves as an advocate for the organization in matters of compensation and benefits by partnering with managers and leaders to create new positions and determine appropriate compensation structures that will meet business needs and attract and retain talent that delivers upon the mission of the organization. Engages with employees, managers, and outside networks to identify and understand any nuances of job responsibilities and compensation/benefits market trends. Reviews, delivers, and implements  policies and benefits. Actively engages with appropriate internal and external resources for policy design, implementation, and evolution.

Recruiting and On-boarding

Leads recruiting efforts for all open positions by partnering with managers to develop job descriptions, identify optimal recruiting options, post on job search sites, conduct outreach to community and network by tapping into professional networks of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, identifying candidates, interviewing candidates, and ultimately delivering meaningful offers to potential new hires. Ensures a smooth transition thru the on-boarding process to help facilitate an inclusive immersion into business units.

Terminations, Projects, and Employee Actions

Conducts exit interviews for terminating employees, reviews trends, and makes appropriate recommendations to management based on collected data and observations. Reviews issues of health, safety and ergonomic issues and engages in additional projects or initiatives as identified due to the position’s interface with employees across the organization. In collaboration with the leadership team, leads the annual Employee Engagement process, developing content, designing and delivering the process, identifying strengths and opportunities to improve, and working with employees to identify actions that help the organization to move forward.

Training and Development

Works with the management team to identify development needs and collaborates with managers and employees in the development and implementation of training and/or organization development opportunities. Leads the decision making process on whether internal design of course content or purchase of content is most feasible and can be actively engaged in the facilitation of training.


  • Develops relationships at all levels of the firm to have an understanding of the “pulse” of the organization.
  • Demonstrates strong collaboration skills with the ability to influence and have an impact on key decisions by demonstrating deep subject matter expertise.
  • Active engagement with the leadership team who proactively works with managers and employees on employee performance issues.
  • Able to effectively facilitate Learning and Organizational Development initiatives.
  • Excellent business orientation and ability to understand the organization’s service value proposition and can translate HR needs within larger context of organizational success and profitability.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; approachable, insightful, good negotiator, ability to influence others.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Superior conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven ability to work with all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality at all times.


  • BS/BA or equivalent related experience may be substituted.
  • A minimum of ten years of professional Human Resource generalist experience is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of compensation, benefits, employee relations, compliance, organizational development, and training, as required in State of California
  • Knowledge and understanding of federal, state and local area employment laws is required.

Submit resume with cover letter to no later than Friday, June 16, 2017.


Director/Sr. Director, Housing & Community Development


The Director/Sr. Director of Housing & Community Development will support and report to the President and CEO and co-manage both a Sr. Associate of Health & Community Development and a Sr. Associate of Housing, Transportation & 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/Sr. Director of Housing & 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 for Director &  $83,000 to $101,000 for Sr. Director). 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, August 11, 2017.

Anticipated start date:  September 2017


Associate, Government Relations



The Government Relations Associate will conduct work that touches upon all areas of the Leadership Group’s portfolio. This person plays a key role in the strategy and execution of all of the organization’s work that interfaces with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level.

This person will also be part of the team that is responsible for communication and coordination with elected officials and their offices with an emphasis on delivering strategic outreach opportunities, trips and roundtables for our members, including our annual Washington, D.C. and Sacramento trips. Working with the Director of Government Relations, this person will be responsible for developing and executing opportunities for members to engage and advocate before the federal and state government, and assist in government affairs efforts.

This person will help track, research, and facilitate U.S. and California legislative and regulatory policy priorities and logistics for the organization, and monitor developments in federal and state affairs.


The Associate will be expected to:

  • Write policy briefs, supporting documents and materials for our policy portfolio;
  • Staff the government relations & tax committees;
  • Work with committee co-chairs to develop a strategic work plan;
  • Make recommendations and develop correspondence on emerging federal and state legislative and regulatory issues;
  • Lead colleagues and member company representatives on the annual Washington, D.C. and Sacramento trips, follow-up visits and Silicon Valley roundtable opportunities, including organizing legislative priorities, scheduling and logistics for these events;
  • Monitor, analyze, research and report on federal and state government related developments that could materially affect efforts by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group to accomplish shared strategic objectives;
  • Assist with drafting legislative initiatives as well as supporting statements and documentation;
  • Interface with public officials, regulatory agencies and their staff on policy issues important to the membership;
  • Prepare materials to equip colleagues and members to advocate effectively in support of policy objectives;
  • Develop ideas and content for op-eds, electronic communication, and web content;
  • Advise colleagues on state lobbying requirements, track lobbying expenditures and file quarterly reports; and
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


At a minimum, the candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree, experience in federal, local, and/or state government, and strong written and oral communications skills.

We seek an individual with experience working with members of the administration, Congress, state legislature, local legislators, city/county public officials, regulatory agencies, their staffs and other key policymakers.

The successful candidate must be a strong team player with the ability to multitask in a collegial, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment, execute strategy and operate with confidentiality will also be required. The ideal candidate will be able to respond quickly to last minute asks to organize roundtables or other opportunities with elected officials and member companies. The candidate must have excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills. We seek an individual with an appreciation for the complexities of working across multiple policy disciplines. In addition, the preferred candidate will have a strong mission orientation and a passion for non-profit community service.


Starting salary based on experience ($53,000 – $59,000). Competitive non-profit organization salary and benefits, with health care (employee contribution) and dental, and a 401(k) plan is also available.

Our office is currently located in San Jose within walking distance of the airport, public transit, and the Guadalupe River Trail. Benefits also include a complimentary nearby fitness center, a complimentary Eco-Pass for VTA Bus, Light Rail and Express Bus service as well as a professional development fund to attend conferences, take relevant classes, etc.

The Leadership Group also provides a paid, one-month sabbatical for every 7 years of full-time service.

Depending on experience, the candidate may also be eligible for the Sr. Associate position.


Please submit a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Associate, Government Relations”

Application deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017, 5:00pm

Anticipated start date: September 2017