*Please note this page is for full-time, permanent positions. If you would like to know more about our internship opportunities please visit our Internship Program page.

The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy and advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. It is a nonprofit organization supported by more than 325 member companies representing the top employers in the Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives in the Bay Area.

In a recent anonymous employee survey, colleagues said they like working at the Council because of:

Our Mission

We engage business and civic-minded leaders to solve the most challenging regional issues to ensure the Bay Area is the most innovative, sustainable, inclusive and globally competitive place in the world.

Current Openings

Public Policy Director, Climate and Energy

The Public Policy Director, with a focus on Climate and Energy, will be a member of the public policy team, reporting to the Senior Vice President of Public Policy, and be responsible for managing and implementing independent projects in all aspects of their respective policy functions shaping policy that affects millions of Bay Area and California residents. The Policy Director will be assigned lead responsibility for our Climate Mitigation Task Force, our California Resilience Challenge and our Energy Committee, though may be adjusted in the future.

Climate Resilience

Water & Climate Resilience Committee

Between wildfires, floods, drought, and extreme heat events, the Bay Area has broken virtually every climate-related record over the past decade. The Bay Area Council’s Water & Climate Resilience Committee advocates for innovative policy solutions to make the Bay Area the most climate-resilient coastal region in the world.

California Resilience Challenge

The California Resilience Challenge brings together businesses, utilities, and non-profit organizations to develop a pipeline of early-stage climate adaptation planning projects to strengthen local resilience in under-resourced communities across California against floods, drought, wildfires, and extreme heat. A philanthropic initiative of the Bay Area Council Foundation, the California Resilience Challenge is shaped each year by the Challenge’s Steering and Advisory Committees administered by the Bay Area Council Foundation.

Climate Mitigation

Climate Mitigation Task Force

The Climate Change Mitigation Task Force develops pro-growth policy recommendations to cut green tape and speed corporate decarbonization efforts. We help leading Bay Area companies achieve their emissions reduction goals to ensure the Bay Area leads the emerging post-carbon economy.

Energy Committee

California’s energy grid is threatened by climate-driven wildfires and increasing demand due to economic growth and warmer temperatures. The Bay Area Council Energy Committee advances policies to ensure California has a reliable, affordable, and clean energy future to achieve the state’s 2045 clean energy goals.

2023 Goals


Policy Advocacy, Project & Grant Management

The Policy Director’s work includes project management, advocacy and testimony in public forums, fast-paced policy research and analysis; direct communication with elected leaders, policy makers and other key stakeholders; drafting of position papers and letters to constituents; member engagement; administration of policy-related events and meetings; and, CRM database management to support these functions.

· Develop and maintain expert, up-to-the-minute knowledge of the relevant policy and political issues and players, and keep team members informed.

· Cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with key external stakeholders, including member employers, public officials, and funders.

· Communicate (in writing and orally) Bay Area Council positions effectively and convincingly to Bay Area Council members, prospective members, public officials, advocacy organizations, opinion leaders, voters, and citizens at large.

Member Engagement — Engage and involve BAC members in developing and advocating Council positions on public policy issues. Coordinate and staff Council member committees and task forces. Learn Bay Area Council member interests, concerns, and perspectives on assigned policy areas, and develop program activities that engage members on the basis of those interests.

Events & Meetings Support – For meetings, events, and delegation trips involving assigned policy areas, work with the team to provide comprehensive management for these activities. This includes recruiting speakers, arranging venues, setting dates, developing agendas and pre-reading materials, developing invitation lists, sending invitations, tracking RSVPs, arranging catering, A/V, hotel, transportation, staffing needs, name badges, registration and day-of-event staffing and support.

Database Management, Tracking & Reporting – For assigned policy areas, ensure that all committee members and related contacts, accounts, events, meetings, and sponsorships are regularly updated and maintained in the Salesforce CRM database so that contact information, event registrations, mailing lists and other functions supported by the database are accurate and reliable.

Other — Coordinate activities with, and as necessary assist and support, other Bay Area Council staff (in policy, communications, membership, events, and accounting functions) in order to ensure overall success of the Council. Perform other duties in support of Bay Area Council programs and activities as assigned.




Please submit your resume and a cover letter as one pdf e-mail attachment with your last name and “Public Policy Director, Climate and Energy” in the file name (i.e., SMITH_PublicPolicyDirectorClimateEnergy) to  Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Staff Accountant

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Staff Accountant will assist in maintaining the integrity of the financial accounting systems and record keeping for the Bay Area Council and related entities.  The position oversees and works closely with the CFO to ensure detailed transactions including check handling, bank deposits, revenue billings and accounts payable invoices are input with a high degree of accuracy.  The Staff Accountant’s most critical monthly functions will be working collaboratively with the CFO and various BAC Staff to ensure all monthly financial functions of the accounting operations are timely and accurate including the monthly financial close. 





Please submit your resume and a cover letter as one pdf e-mail attachment with your last name and “Staff Accountant” in the file name (i.e., SMITH_StaffAccountant) to  Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Bay Area Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender differences or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status.  Answers to application questions will be used for applicable, job-related reasons only. 

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