Location San Francisco, CA
Entity Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Enterprise is a national nonprofit that develops programs, advocates for policies, and delivers the capital to create and preserve affordable housing for low income families. Our Northern California office is based in San Francisco. The Northern California office seeks solutions to a range of the most relevant and pressing affordable housing issues facing California, especially the Bay Area. We foster cross-sector partnerships that include nonprofit developers, government agencies, and advocacy organizations and work in collaboration to advocate for policy and create systems change that result in greater racial and economic equity in the Bay Area.
In California, Enterprise’s policy priorities are to:
Promote racial equity, economic opportunity, and resident power for people historically excluded from shaping the decisions that affect their lives and those of their communities;
Prevent low-income Californians from experiencing homelessness, displacement, housing instability, and poor-quality housing conditions, particularly renters;
Expand resources and eliminate barriers for the production and preservation of housing that low- and moderate-income Californians can afford; and
Advance inclusive and equitable development that promotes housing affordability, climate and community resilience, economic opportunity, and racial equity,
Interns at Enterprise Northern California play an integral role in developing and advancing program and/or policy work alongside our experienced staff. You will gain exposure to our region and/or state’s affordable housing challenges and key stakeholders. Interns will also experience working from the perspective of an intermediary. Our work is frequently characterized as advancing solutions through activities such as providing technical assistance, convening practitioners and advocacy coalitions, and collaborating with cross-sector partners including but not limited to public agencies, community-based organizations, affordable housing developers, researchers and academics, and funders.
Enterprise is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a safe, healthy, and welcoming work community. Our team believes high-performing teams include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we are actively seeking a diverse pool of applicants, including those from underrepresented groups and people with lived experience of housing insecurity.
About the Internship
The Regional Campaign Intern will support the State and Local Policy Director on the Bay Area Housing for All campaign, a regional campaign to pass a Bay Area-wide housing revenue measure across the 9-county region in November of 2020. Revenue raised through this regional measure with fund the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA), which was created in 2019 through AB 1487, authored by Assembly member David Chiu and co-sponsored by Enterprise and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. BAHFA, governed by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), has the authority to raise funds through a regional ballot for new resources to spur development of new affordable housing, preserve existing affordable housing, and implement tenant protection programs. The internship will primarily provide research, analytical, and coordination support for the Bay Area Housing for All Policy Workgroup, which is staffed by Enterprise.
The internship is a great opportunity for a current student to grow experience in policy and advocacy while leveraging their research skills and drawing on their knowledge of affordable housing and housing insecurity – expertise gained in the classroom, in community, or through their own lived experiences. The internship will allow a student to deepen their knowledge of housing policy, sharpen analytical skills, and learn first-hand how policy is shaped by regional governance, advocacy coalitions, technical work groups, and other paths for policy change.
Responsibilities will include:
Summarizing existing guidelines and processes set out in AB 1487 for BAHFA and creating community-friendly educational materials;
Reviewing relevant local and state revenue measures for best practices;
Analyzing the impact of various potential revenue sources and structures;
Researching best practices for how to shape the guidelines for how funds raised can be spent to best address the housing affordability, displacement, and fair housing challenges across the region;
Provide as needed analytical, communications, and coordination support for the Policy Workgroup; and
Participate in the Political Workgroup and support advocacy and political efforts, as needed.
Desired qualifications and skills:
Prefer continuing graduate student or undergraduate with professional experience in public policy, urban planning, or related field, or comparable professional experience;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Experience with policy research and analysis preferred;
Experience with or interest in campaign and/or policy advocacy;
Strong project management and organizational skills;
Experience with or interest in mapping and quantitative analysis;
Good team player;
Ability to work effectively in fast-paced environment;
Ability to work independently and take initiative;
Knowledge of affordable housing policy preferred; and
Demonstrated commitment to social justice.
Enterprise is accepting applications for Winter and Spring 2020 internships. There can be flexibility with the internship start/end dates, but the preferred time frame is January through May 2020. Internship hours can be flexible; however, 15-20 hours a week is preferred with at least one day a week in the San Francisco office. The position will be compensated $25 an hour.
The deadline for applications is January 5, 2020. Please submit a resume and cover letter online for Enterprise Community Partners here: https://careers.enterprisecommunity.com/. If you are interested in being considered for both this internship and the Policy Intern role, please note that in your cover letter. Applicants will be contacted by email to schedule an interview that will take place in person or over video conference in January.