promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect
people of all incomes to opportunity, keep California affordable, and help
solve our climate crisis. With diverse partners we engage communities in
planning, run innovative programs and win policy change at the local, regional
and state levels.
was founded in 1997 by Bay Area environmental and social justice groups that
recognized the region was at a critical point in time. Public transportation
was being bled dry while highway projects got the green light. Bulldozers were
carving up remaining open spaces and farms. Huge numbers of people – especially
low-income families – were moving in pursuit of affordable places to live only
to have grueling, costly commutes. For those on foot, bicycle, or using a
wheelchair, it was far too dangerous.
time had come to turn the tide on sprawl, and redefine transportation in terms
of access, health, justice, and sustainability. In the years since TransForm’s
founding, often alongside the same groups it started with, the organization has
helped win tens of billions of dollars and groundbreaking policies in support
of public transportation, smart growth, affordable housing, and
TransForm is governed by a 14-person Board of business and civic leaders. It
has an annual operating budget of over $3 million and a 24-person staff, with
offices in Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento, California. Approximately 50% of
its funding comes from city, county and state grants and contracts, 40% comes
from institutional funders, and 10% from individual donations. In addition,
TransForm operates as a re-grantor, helping cities implement inclusive mobility projects and distributing these
funds to impactful grassroots organizations.
key focus areas include:
- Transportation that Works – To redress inequities and reduce climate emissions, TransForm
advocates to make more efficient use of our transportation dollars, stop
wasting billions on highway expansions, and prioritize transformative projects
that foster safety, sustainability, and equity.
- More Homes, Less Driving – Since its founding, TransForm has championed policies that
support more homes – especially affordable homes – near transit that make it
easier to drive less.
- Disrupting Inequity – As new technologies disrupt the transportation sector, they
could help close the transportation equity gap – or they could actually widen
it. TransForm is innovating alongside new mobility companies to support pilots
and policies that steer disruption towards justice and opportunity for those
who have been left behind in the past.
- Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) – Since starting in two Oakland elementary schools in 2006,
TransForm’s program in Alameda County has grown to become a national model for
urban SR2S programs and now works with more than 200 public schools, including
high schools – one of the largest Safe Routes to Schools programs in the
country. We are currently seeking to expand our team’s reach beyond the
classroom with the emerging “Know How to Go” initiative to offer culturally
appropriate transportation education to low-income young adults, seniors, and
- GreenTRIP Certification – TransForm launched GreenTRIP Certification in 2008 to recognize
and support multi-family housing developments that maximize space for homes,
right-size parking, and provide sustainable transportation choices so residents
can drive less.
- Ballot Measure Advocacy – TransForm pushes for more equitable and climate-friendly public
investments in transportation and housing, and educates and mobilizes voters
around local, regional, and statewide ballot measures. Over the course of 22
years, TransForm has actively supported and won more than $45 billion in
sustainable transportation and affordable housing investments in the Bay Area
- Statewide Advocacy – TransForm is a trusted leader and coalition builder in
Sacramento, bridging the gap between often-siloed interests and crafting and
supporting game-changing legislation.
- ClimatePlan – TransForm helped to co-found ClimatePlan (www.climateplan.org) in 2007 and now provides fiscal sponsorship, financial
management and administrative support to this statewide network.
looks at each of these areas through an environmental and social justice lens.
The shortcomings of our current transportation system fall too heavily on
low-income people and communities of color, who often also suffer the worst
impacts of climate pollution. We recognize development must be proceeded by
strong protections for those at risk of displacement and we’re working to serve
those who have been displaced
Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and leads a 24-person
staff with 3-5 direct reports, depending upon decisions regarding optimal
structure under the new leadership.
duties and responsibilities include the following:
Development and Fundraising
- Partner with the Development
Team to execute the fundraising plan with an emphasis on shared fundraising
responsibilities among staff, providing training as appropriate.
- Nurture the newly formed
institutional Fundraising Team and identify when additional capacity is needed.
- Develop relationships with new
and existing donors and funders.
Fiscal Management (5%)
- Partner with finance and
operations to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements, monitoring
of the annual budget, and timely internal reporting and forecasting, and ensure
that adequate funds are available to permit TransForm to carry out its work.
- Partner with finance and
operations to ensure ClimatePlan’s compliance with the terms of the Fiscal
Sponsorship Memorandum of Understanding. Provide tools and resources to support
ClimatePlan’s Executive Director as requested.
Strategy Development and
- Maintain working knowledge of
trends in the mobility justice sector, community needs, and funding
opportunities in order to strategically guide and support the organization as a
- Help guide the organization’s
major programmatic activities and ensure their alignment with available funding
as well as TransForm’s strategic plan.
- Represent TransForm to its
stakeholders including funders, agency partners, and the communities it serves.
- With program teams, develop and
support partnerships and external collaborations to advance TransForm’s
standing and reputation in the field.
Organizational Development and
- Partner with senior staff and
the management team to set the tone and ensure a healthy and positive workplace
and a climate of trust and openness.
- Support the successful
development of new leadership among the staff, including mentoring and
professional training as appropriate.
- Reinforce organizational
structure that ensures decision making and processes are in alignment with
TransForm’s shared leadership goals and social justice action plan.
- Supervise and coach 3-5 direct
- Support the management team to
hire staff and/ or consultants as needed.
- Support and advance the
organization’s pay consistency initiative to ensure that there is pay equity
with salaries throughout the organization.
Board Coordination (5%)
- Facilitate strong Board and
staff alignment around revisions to organizational structure, and annual and
long-range programmatic and financial goals.
- Regularly update the Board on
organizational, programmatic, and financial objectives.
- Attend Board Meetings to
represent TransForm’s strategic mission, including serving as staff liaison to
the Board Committees: Board Excellence, Social Justice, Board Recruitment,
Fundraising and Finance committees.
successful candidate (or candidates) must have an understanding of and a
passion for urban/transportation/regional planning, land use, low-income
housing, or environmental policy, ideally through an affiliation with a
nonprofit, a government agency, or a private sector organization. Additional
essential requirements include:
- A minimum of 15 years of
relevant experience that includes at least 3-5 years in a senior leadership
position with comparable strategic planning, budget and staff responsibilities.
- A professional background that
demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the principles of intersectionality and
- A fiscally prudent management
style with a track-record of guiding budgets and raising funds to ensure
- Excellent written and verbal
communication skills and experience with strategic communications and
acquisition and management of foundation and government grants is a critical
responsibility of the Executive Director, in collaboration with the TransForm
team. Experience winning public and private sector funding, developing a major
donor program, soliciting and closing gifts of six figures, and competency in
balancing and creating numerous funding sources will be a key qualifier in our
evaluation process. Ideally, the selected candidate(s) will have a sustained
track-record of raising at least $3 million annually as well as:
- Familiarity with the San
Francisco Bay Area and experience in the California legislative and regulatory
- A demonstrated commitment to the
organization’s social justice mission.
- Experience developing
partnerships among nonprofits, community-based organizations, private sector entities, and social justice
- A graduate degree in a relevant
client is seeking a visionary and strategic leader who can anticipate emerging
trends in the equitable and sustainable development and mobility justice
sector, identify community needs, and connect them to programs and funding
opportunities that coincide with TransForm’s mission and goals. In addition, the Executive Director must be:
- A servant leader who understands
and supports group decision making and who is dedicated to decentralizing
- An effective bridgebuilder who
will deepen relationships among staff, board, funders, and the broader
- A skilled collaborator who can
work effectively with diverse staff and external stakeholders.
- A manager who shares TransForm’s
value of balancing inclusion and urgency in making decisions for processes and
- An individual who reflects the
diversity of the populations TransForm serves across California and the Bay
Area and the organization’s deep commitment to equity and social justice.
- A person who signals to
low-income communities, communities of color, and other stakeholders that
TransForm is a key ally and leader for advancing social justice.
- An inclusive administrator who
can continue to strengthen TransForm’s practice of being a great place for
people marginalized by race, sexism, or other forms of oppression to grow and
advance their careers.
- A coach and mentor who assures
staff that their personal agency is supported, and that TransForm’s internal
culture will continue to be one that strives for fairness and equity.
- An innovative thinker who will shepherd
the organization as it transitions to a new structure.
ideal candidate doesn’t just have these qualities, they have proven experience
setting up systems to support the values they represent. Lived experience with
issues related to transportation equity and affordable housing would be a
work is widely recognized and includes awards from Senator Barbara Boxer, the
California State Senate, the American Lung Association, the Conference of
Minority Transportation Officials, the U.S. Green Building Council, the James
Irvine Foundation, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California
Association of Nonprofits, Public Advocates, the American Planning Association
of California, Ashoka, Breathe California, and others. TransForm is ranked one
of the top ten climate change-related nonprofits in the Bay Area by
Philanthropedia’s experts. With additional untapped funding opportunities, the
new Executive Director can elevate the work of this trend-setting organization
to raise the standards for sustainable, inclusive mobility justice and develop
models for every community in the nation.
attract the multi-talented Executive Director TransForm is seeking, they are
offering a competitive compensation package with a salary ranging from
$150-160,000, depending upon the successful candidate’s qualifications,
including 100% employer paid medical and dental care premiums, Commuter Checks
(up to $150 per month), and a generous paid leave policy.
reimbursement may be provided for the exceptional candidate TransForm is
This position is located in downtown Oakland, California.
submit a brief cover letter and résumé as attachments via e-mail to:
McCormack, Founding Partner
Broadway, 15th Floor
York, NY 10019
212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
must be submitted by November 15, 2019.
note that your education, dates of employment and other
will be verified prior to an offer.
Belief in the basic concept of equal
employment opportunities is given concrete form in TransForm’s hiring practices
and in the administration of all personnel practices. It is the policy of the
organization to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and
employees irrespective of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national
origin, age, sex, gender identity, pregnancy or childbirth, marital or familial
status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition
(including genetic characteristics), veteran status, or any other protected
classification, in all organization employment practices and social or
recreational programs. This policy governs all areas of employment, including
promotion, assignment, discharge, and all other terms and conditions of
employment. TransForm makes reasonable accommodations, when appropriate, to
enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to become or remain