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Development Project Manager -- Part-time

Development Project Manager -- Part-time

Catalyze SV (CSV) is looking for an individual to independently work between 15-20 hours per week identifying, analyzing, advocating for, & tracking development projects. This is a fitting role for urban planning graduate students - for 6 to 24 months - while in school.

Our Work: One of CSV’s main objectives is advocating for sustainable, equitable, & vibrant development projects. Catalyze SV's Project Advocacy Committee (PAC) leads this work. 

  • Main tasks: The PAC hears project proposals from developers, analyzes those projects, scores them based on a scorecard, and leads advocacy efforts around those projects, identifying which areas our members like and which could be improved.

  • Meeting: The PAC usually meets from 6:30 - 8:30 pm every 4th Wednesday of the month.

  • Geographical focus area: Most projects we evaluate are in San Jose and Santa Clara.

Participants: The PAC is composed of any community member who wishes to participate; individuals voting on projects must be Catalyze SV members.


Your Responsibilities:

  • Identify new development proposals through any of the following means:

    • City Council or Planning Commission agendas

    • Mayor or City Council office staff

    • City Planning Department staff

    • City websites

    • Email alerts

    • Social media 

    • News stories

    • Developers or their consultants

    • Word of mouth

    • Neighborhood organizations/leaders

    • Catalyze SV members/supporters

  • Track the progress of projects as they wind their way through the planning process, from initial submission to Planning to any time they are discussed at a community meeting, by the Planning Commission, at a Planning Hearing, or by City Council

  • Review development plans to determine how the proposals do or do not align with the city's policies, zoning, General Plan, a specific plan, etc. Determine any flexible or gray areas where our advocacy could help improve the project

  • Set up & lead meetings with developers, city planning staff, & others to discuss projects to bring to our members for review

  • For PAC meetings, plan agendas, prepare an analysis of projects, email them to our members, co-facilitate & take notes

  • Advise PAC members on how projects align with our core values, scorecard & city zoning

  • Compile information for, and draft letters & scorecards from our PAC to decision-makers

  • Compile information for, and draft, action alerts to CSV’s 1,900-person listserve

  • Give public comment at public meetings on PAC projects

  • Assist with preparations for, and execution of other CSV-sponsored events as needed

  • Update Catalyze SV’s “Projects” webpages using Wix and Mapbox


Our Expectations of You:

  • Agree with the strategies, goals & values of Catalyze SV

  • Ideally experienced in engaging the community in planning or a similar field

  • Understand how city government works or can learn it very fast 

  • Highly knowledgeable in planning and skilled at navigating planning documents

  • Ability to (co)facilitate meetings using Zoom & integrated with Facebook Live

  • Update our website using Wix and project map using Mapbox (GIS-type software)

  • Communicate about planning issues in person and writing in clear, accessible language

  • Able to work independently & carefully track your hours worked 

  • Detail-oriented to ensure all our project advocacy work is accurate

  • Can meet hard deadlines with thorough, quality work

  • Communicate frequently and openly with colleagues & external partners


Compensation & Value

CSV is a fiscally-sponsored project of Social Good Fund (SGF). Thus, you’ll legally be an employee of SGF and governed by its employment policies (unless otherwise specified by CSV). 


You’ll be paid a flat rate of $22 per hour. You'll tabulate your own hours and be paid twice per month. You’ll work remotely 80% of the time with occasional in-person meetings and events. You will be compensated for your time if you are asked to participate in other meetings or events. You will receive a transit stipend if you travel to CSV work functions. You'll have an opportunity to receive mentoring from our Executive Director Alex Shoor, to whom you report. 


Excellent work may be rewarded by:

  • a recommendation / professional reference for use in your career

  • an offer to continue with us into 2024 

  • expanding your number of weekly hours 

  • improving your job title

  • a spot bonus (for truly exceptional work)



CSV’s core values highlight our goal of building diverse, equitable & inclusive communities. That’s why we welcome folks of diverse or marginalized backgrounds & abilities to apply for this position!


Application & Process

Email a cover letter (less than 500 words) and resume or your LinkedIn profile to with the subject “Development Project Manager - Application” in the subject. The start date is anticipated to be mid-February. 


The entire application process will include up to 4 steps before an offer:

  1. 30-minute Zoom interview with CSV’s Executive Director

  2. Performance Task (up to a week to complete it)

  3. Final 30-60 minute interview with one or more CSV staff or advisors

  4. CSV contacts 2 professional references & 1 personal one


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