The Bay Area Council is one of California’s most influential public policy and advocacy organizations, working to maintain the Bay Area as the global center of innovation. Our members include many of the region’s largest and most prominent companies. Through public policy and advocacy, we focus on building more housing, increasing investment in transportation, eliminating homelessness, modernizing our workforce, creating a more inclusive economy, and protecting the environment, among other key initiatives. We consistently achieve results by bringing together top business, government and community leaders and implementing bold and actionable solutions.
What We Do
We gather what we consider the world’s greatest business community to build the world’s greatest region, balancing long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
- Mobilize and activate business, civic and political leaders on the most critical issues and opportunities facing the region.
- Develop solutions for an ambitious vision for the region’s future with participation of business, government, labor, science and education.
- Achieve results through persistence, advocacy, partnership and committed leadership to realize this vision.
We will be hiring for three positions total–one policy associate focused on transportation and public safety, one research associate, and one communications associate. See descriptions on the following pages for the three roles. Positions are open to Juniors, Seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates.
Compensation & Benefits
- Summer Associates positions are temporary, part-time for 24 hours per week at a rate of $20.00/hour. This position will run for 12 weeks with a flexible start date in late May/early June, with a possibility of extension into the fall.
- The part-time position does not include benefits other than those required by San Francisco law for sick leave
- Associates are required to come into the office every Tuesday and Thursday at the Bay Area Council headquarters, located on the Historic Klamath on Pier 9, San Francisco.
How To Apply
- Applications will be open until Friday, March 17th, 2023 at 11:59pm.
- Please send a resume and a response to associated prompt as one PDF document (with the title format “LastName_FirstName_JobTitle”) to Abby Raisz at email@example.com and Louis Mirante at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applicants interested in more than one position should send separate PDFs in one email, indicating their preferred position in the email body.
Description: Summer Policy Associate -Transportation & Public Safety
The Bay Area Council is seeking a Summer Policy Associate to assist the Council’s transportation and public safety policy teams.
Projects may include
- Tracking and summarizing local, state, and federal legislation in the issue areas of transportation and public safety and drafting letters of support
- Providing programmatic support for the six Bay Area Council committees, subcommittees, and task forces related to transportation and public safety
- Assisting with administering surveys that measure the region’s post-pandemic recovery and analyzing survey data
- Studying and reporting on the best practices of other cities and agencies’ responses to crime, both now and throughout history
- Researching various transportation funding issues at the regional, state, and federal level
- Attending public hearings related to the issue areas and drafting summaries on key items
Additional assignments may range from public policy research and analysis, program design, market research, trade and investment promotion, foundation funding analysis and requests, website content development, social media creation, event management, and database development.
Summer Policy Associates will have the opportunity to attend Council events and policy committee meetings to see firsthand how the Council and its business leaders engage with stakeholder groups in shaping the future of public policy in the region.
PROMPT: Please complete one of the following options. In 300 words:
- Draft a letter of support for the California State Route 37 Corridor Improvement Project.
- Draft a summary of 2014 California Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, including the impact it has had on California nearly ten years later.
Description: Summer Research Associate
The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is seeking a paid Summer Research Associate to work in conjunction with staff on projects that track the Bay Area economy through a variety of economic indicators. Job functions include compiling data sources, running basic analyses, creating visualizations, and writing about findings. Associates need to have a high comfort level with Excel or a statistical software, an ability to derive findings and create a narrative from quantitative analysis, and a desire to dig into data points on the Bay Area’s economic health.
The associate will assist ongoing research projects, with a particular focus on downtown San Francisco’s economic recovery post-pandemic. Topics may include:
- Job growth and employment, remote work
- Commercial and residential real estate trends
- Transportation and mobility (public transit ridership, traffic patterns)
- Demographic and socioeconomic change
The Economic Institute also does significant work on global issues, so there may be some research on international affairs, migration, and connections to California.
The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is a leading think tank focused on the economic and policy issues facing the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area, one of the most dynamic regions in the United States and the world’s leading center for technology and innovation. The Institute is housed at and supported by the Bay Area Council, a public policy organization that includes hundreds of the region’s largest employers and is committed to keeping the Bay Area the world’s most competitive economy and best place to live.
PROMPT: In ~300 words, tell us about an economic or policy issue that interests you and data sources or metrics you might use to research that issue.
Description: Summer Communications/Events Associate
The Bay Area Council is seeking a paid Summer Communications/Events Associate to assist the Council’s policy team. Summer Policy Associates will specifically help promote the Council’s policy and other work through various internal and external communications channels, events and media relations.
Projects could include:
- Creating a social media advocacy and/or awareness campaign in support of a policy initiative or event, including developing posts, assembling graphical assets, scheduling and deploying
- Assisting planning and marketing of major events
- Updating and expanding media list
- Assist in development of timely webinars on various policy topics, including marketing and backend set-up
- Maintaining and updating blog posts on the Council website
Additional assignments may include various research, drafting and placing OpEd, talking point development, marketing, and event management.
Summer Communications/Events Associates will have the opportunity to attend Council events and policy committee meetings to see firsthand how the Council and its business leaders engage with stakeholder groups in shaping the future of public policy in the region.
PROMPT: Write a 300-word newsletter update about recent development in a California policy area that interests you. Include a hook that draws readers in, background information, and your own researched take on the situation.