Public Policy Manager – Transportation Focus

Bay Area Council
June 22, 2022
San Francisco, CA
Job Type



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.

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

  • “The people... love that we are a noble cause organization, am so proud of the work we do, love our members, our ability to help the region.” 
  • “I really like the BAC culture, friendliness, humor and fun in the workplace.” 
  • “Being allowed to bring who I am as a person to my role and performance as a BAC employee.” 
  • “Challenges, latitude to innovate, ability to manage my time and goals fairly independently, great friends and team members.” 
  • “Many really smart people to work around all willing to do whatever is necessary to get things done.” 
  • “The BAC has an awesome mission, and an ability to rally together to achieve lofty goals. The staff feels like a family.”   



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.


The Policy Manager is a member of the public policy team, responsible for managing and implementing independent projects, as well as supporting one or more Vice Presidents or Senior Vice Presidents in all aspects of their respective policy functions, shaping policy that affects millions of Bay Area and California residents. The Policy Manager will be assigned lead responsibility for one or more policy area or policy project.  


•       Policy Advocacy- Monitor and lead advocacy on legislation (local, state, and/or federal, as relevant), as well as actions by public agencies that will affect assigned policy areas; identify opportunities and threats to Council policy objectives and develop Council response.  Proactively assist the CEO and COO with any needed policy analysis and responses. Work directly with elected leaders, policy makers and other key stakeholders to advance Bay Area Council policy priorities. Communicate (written 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. Prepare written reports, memos, letters, newsletters, emails, web-site content, op-ed pieces, speeches, and PowerPoint presentations to advance Bay Area Council policy priorities.

•       Member Engagement -- Engage and involve Bay Area Council 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 those interests.

•       Project/Grant Management- Develop, implement, and manage projects to advance Bay Area Council policy goals, working with appropriate Council staff, partner organizations, and other stakeholders. Work with team to write grant applications to fund work, creating timelines and budgets. Keep stakeholders up to date on project status.

•       Research- 
Develop and maintain expert, up-to-the-minute knowledge of the relevant policy and political issues and keep team members informed. Inform Bay Area Council policy positions with the most recent and reliable data.  

•       Event Planning- Organize and plan meetings, events, and delegation trips associated with policy area. This includes recruiting speakers, securing venues, setting dates, developing agendas, materials, and invitation lists, sending invitations, tracking RSVPs, arranging catering, A/V, hotel, transportation, staffing needs, name badges, registration and day-of-event staffing and support. Draft minutes following meetings where applicable.  

•       Database Management, Tracking & Reporting – Ensure that all committee members, contacts, accounts, events, meetings, and sponsorships are regularly updated and maintained in the Salesforce CRM database.

•       Other – Assist and support other Bay Area Council staff as necessary, to ensure overall organizational success of the Council. 


•       Minimum four-year college degree; prefer degree in relevant field (e.g. public policy, law, political science) and/or relevant transportation advocacy work experience.

•       Strong research and analytical skills.

•       Strong verbal and written communication skills including proofreading and editing capabilities.

•       Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and both web and cloud-based applications, ability to design and edit graphic presentations and materials.

•       Strong ability to execute work with a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.

•       High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people, including board members, senior executives, elected officials, staff, community leaders, donors and funder partners.

•       Ability to adhere to and meet deadlines.

•       Ability to complete a high volume of tasks and projects with little or no guidance.

•       Ability to react with appropriate levels of urgency to situations and events that require quick response or turnaround.

•       Ability to maintain a high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information

•       Possess creative and solution-oriented problem-solving skills.

•       Work well with teams including the ability to build constructive working relationships with others and treat others with dignity and respect at all times.

•       Excellent judgment is essential.

•       Ability to switch gears at a moment’s notice.


•       The Public Policy Manager position is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated individual who desires a role in a highly-respected organization.  The salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience.

•       Annual performance and compensation reviews

•       Annual Bonus Incentive program (when financial conditions permit)

•       Medical, dental and vision insurance is 100% paid by the employer for the employee and 50% coverage for all dependents will be paid by the employer with the employee carrying the other 50%

•       Long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance policy of up to one (1) times the employee’s annual salary.

•       Paid time off (PTO) of 20 days per year for the first 4 years, then 25 days thereafter.

•       Eleven (11) Paid Holidays.

•       Employer sponsored 401(k) plan with an employer match of 12 percent.

•       Professional development training allowance provided annually.

•       Mobile Phone reimbursement up to $55.00 per month.

•       Wellness stipend of $25.00 per month (certain qualifications must be met).

•       Commuter stipend and/or work from home stipend provided monthly.


The Bay Area Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive 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 perception 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.


Please submit your resume and a cover letter as one pdf e-mail attachment with your last name and “PolicyManager” in the file name (i.e., LASTNAME_PolicyManager) to [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]

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