Available Openings:

Senior Associate, Housing and Transportation Policy

Senior Associate, Housing and Transportation Policy


The Senior Associate for Housing and Transportation Policy will support and report to the Senior Vice President of Transportation and the Senior Director of Housing and Community Development. Duties include the following:

Policy Advocacy (35%)

  • Track, analyze and advocate for legislation that impacts our membership.
  • Draft policy briefs on topics relating to disruptive technologies, housing tax credits, regional planning, transportation funding, among others.
  • Testify in Sacramento and before City Councils on official policy positions of the Leadership Group.
  • Develop relationships with key policy makers to help keep them abreast of the Leadership Group’s policy priorities and positions.
  • Write letters and provide testimony on the Leadership Group’s positions to appropriate policy makers. Coordinate letters and testimony from Leadership Group member companies and appropriate community groups and associations in support of the Leadership Group’s positions.
  • Assist in developing press strategy on policy and events. Draft and submit Letters to the Editor, Guest Op-eds, etc.

Community Organizing (25%)

  • Work with a diverse group of advocacy organizations and community members on communal objectives across the region.

Project and Event Management (25%)

  • Manage events from brainstorm to execution.
  • Own projects and programs from start to finish (with minimal day to day assistance from managers).
  • Have the ability to maintain good relationships with partner organizations and hit deadlines important to shared campaigns.

Other (15%)

  • 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.
  • Recruiting and supervising interns.
Qualifications: The Senior Associate for Housing and Transportation Policy needs to be a self-starter who is comfortable managing projects and leading initiatives. Excellent writing and communications skills are essential, including public speaking ability.It is essential that a good candidate be collaborative and has the ability to engage with people of diverse backgrounds from CEOs to policymakers to community members. This position is highly externally facing and someone who enjoys a fast-paced, ever-changing environment will thrive.Legislative and/or regulatory experience related to housing, land-use and transportation policy desired.Ability to quickly switch gears, provide support for all Leadership Group colleagues, and prioritize goals is essential.Attention to detail, follow-through, and punctuality are essential.

Position requires occasional early morning and early evening meeting availability to be arranged in advance. Ability to schedule a large amount of meetings, travel around the Bay Area, and occasionally to D.C. and Sacramento.

Positive attitude, energy and the desire to learn and contribute to a dynamic organization is essential.

Salary Range:

Competitive salary and benefits w/ health care, dental (employee contribution); 401(k) plan. Starting salary based on experience (range: $55,000-65,000). 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:

Accepting applications until Friday, November 20th, 2015.

Anticipated start date: January 2016


Special Events Manager

 Special Events Manager 

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a non-profit, public policy trade association that advocates at the local, state and federal government level for policies to make Silicon Valley a better place to live, work and innovate. It has nearly 400-member companies.

The Special Events Manager is a key member of the Leadership Group team and is responsible for leading and managing high level event logistics and ensuring deadlines and budgets are met. Events range from 20-person roundtables to board meetings to 1500-person banquet luncheons. Many of the events are critical components of the organization’s budget. Responsible for managing events and ensuring deadlines and budgets are adhered to. Directs coordination of activities to prepare for the day of the event.

The primary duties of this role include:

  • Securing event space,
  • Developing budgets for each event and clearly communicating that budget in meetings;
  • Tracking sponsorship information for each event, often simultaneously with other events;
  • Help with fundraising, under the direction of the President & CEO;
  • Working with the Communications team to outreach for events;
  • Development of event marketing plans, including PowerPoint and email campaigns;
  • Managing and tracking events and sponsorships on various spreadsheets;
  • Setting up planning meetings, venue site walks and debriefs;
  • Communication with sponsors, hosts, vendors and attendees regarding event details;
  • Coordinate with Creative Director on all printed collateral;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Administrative duties of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing the internal and publically visible events calendars;
  • Coordinating the marketing email calendar in conjunction with Office Manager;
  • Maintain Salesforce CRM database;
  • Support staff in using Salesforce to track company and executive engagement;
  • Keep event information in organized and transparent systems;
  • Input data into CRM;
  • Create name tags and placards for meetings and events;
  • Manage and confirm logistics such as catering, rentals, A/V, exhibitors, volunteers, etc;
  • Other related duties as applicable.


This is a multifaceted role, and as such, the Special Events Manager must be agile enough to quickly switch gears among projects at varying stages of completion while also providing as-needed event support to all Leadership Group colleagues and policy-related events.

This role requires:

  • Attention to detail, neatness and punctuality;
  • Strong skills in program management, planning, detailed program budgets, third party relationships, meeting execution, contract negotiations;
  • The ability to see the larger picture, as well as the details;
  • A positive attitude, energy and the desire to learn and contribute to a dynamic organization;
  • Ability to be self-directed and work independently;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to lead and motivate a work group; interact with C-suite executives and their staffs;
  • Strong oral and written communications;
  • Keen understanding and experience of word processing and spreadsheet functions – we currently use: Google Docs, Microsoft products,, Vertical Response, Eventbrite, SurveyMonkey;
  • Occasional early morning and evening meeting availability to be arranged in advance;

This position affords a great opportunity to build relationships with representatives from public officials and companies located in the Silicon Valley.  We are a hands-on team, and as such, looking for someone with the following qualities:

  • Events MacGyver – someone who can find solutions with limited resources;
  • College degree and minimum of two years experience in fundraising and managing large events; OR a minimum of 5 years experience in fundraising and managing large events;
  • Special event/related background and experience;
  • Volunteer management background;
  • CRM enthusiast – specifically Salesforce, but other CRM experience is acceptable;
  • Strong in Microsoft Office – specifically data analysis in Excel, advanced formatting in Word, power point presentations, and perform custom mail merges for letters and name tags;
  • Must be able to professionally and positively manage horizontally and vertically in the organization.


Competitive non-profit organization salary and benefits with health care, dental (employee contribution); 401(k) plan.

To apply for this job, please submit your resume and cover letter to

ABOUT US: The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 380 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. Public policy issues we engage in include energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, taxation, economic vitality and the environment. Go to for more information.

Job Opening: Associate, Health and Community Development

The Associate for Health and Community Development will be responsible for supporting the membership of the organization and its senior policy staff on health policy and community development initiatives and programs. For Health Policy, the associate will focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, workplace and community wellness and public policy as it relates to our biotech and health related member companies. For the Community Development work, the associate will work to increase awareness of successful affordable housing developments and their subsequent community benefits, as well as directly engage community leaders in important discussions around best practice land use and housing policies. Much of the Community Development work will include event management and engagement with local city staff and officials as they develop new policy solutions.

This individual will support and enhance the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s role in health and community development through policy advocacy and programs; and provide general project and office assistance, as needed. Duties include policy analysis and memo writing, project management, meeting/event planning and facilitation, and coordination of and leading some special programs and initiatives.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate advocacy efforts through letter writing, testimony and coalition-building. Represent the Leadership Group by participating in key industry and community events; speaking before public bodies, agencies and community groups; preparing presentations for policy directors; and partnering with policy directors on special events and conferences.
  • Where 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 local elected officials and deeper involvement with a local city’s politics and policies.
  • Provide staff support to the Leadership Group’s policy staff and relevant policy committees.
  • And, and other tasks as assigned.


  • 1-2 years relevant work experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to conduct research and prepare memos, reports and advocacy letters quickly that are thorough and factually correct
  • 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 health care policy a plus)
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to organize events and facilitate meetings (past experience with community organizing and event management a plus)
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; ability to manage student interns (“coordinators”) and volunteers
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and Internet research required (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 handle and thrive in a fast pace environment with the flexibility to pivot to unanticipated opportunities or projects
Salary Range:

Competitive non-profit organization salary and benefits w/ health care (employee contribution) , dental; 401(k) plan. Starting salary based on experience (range: $48,000-$55,000). Our offices are currently 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 with the subject line “Health and Community Development Associate” to:

We’ll be accepting applications until Friday, December 11th, 2015.

Anticipated start date: January 2016