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West Coast Chapter Manager

Published on Dec. 11, 2023, 3:19 p.m.

Notice: Applications for this role are closed as of Dec. 31, 2023.

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YIMBY Action is seeking an exceptionally organized and highly relational West Coast Chapter Manager to help us grow the pro-housing movement. The right candidate will be extremely organized and a great project manager, while also bringing strong facilitation, coaching, and relationship-building skills.

YIMBY Action is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit network of pro-housing activists fighting for more inclusive housing policies and a future of abundant housing. We drive policy change to increase the supply of housing at all levels and bring down the cost of living in opportunity-rich cities and towns. We envision an integrated society where every person has access to a safe, affordable home near jobs, services, and opportunity.

YIMBY Action Chapters are the heart of the YIMBY Action model. Chapters are groups of volunteers who believe in abundant housing and take action to advance the pro-housing fight through grassroots lobbying, electoral volunteerism, coalition-building, narrative change, and grassroots legal enforcement. Chapters are typically organized geographically (e.g. Peninsula for Everyone, Grow the Richmond), although we also have issue-based chapters (e.g. Urban Environmentalists, Streets for People). Chapters are managed and coordinated by power volunteers who we call “Leads,” or in some cases, regional staff. YIMBY Action currently has 49 formal chapters. Chapters vary considerably in current group size, type and range of primary activities, and structure of their Leads cohort.

The West Coast Chapter Manager will grow the pro-housing movement by managing and supporting Leads in a portfolio of Chapters. The Chapter Manager will provide facilitation and coaching to help the Leads team identify chapter goals and strategies, and provide project management, administrative, and relationship-building capacity to execute on goals and strategies. The Chapter Manager will meet regularly (through Zoom and phone calls) with their chapters to provide ongoing coaching and support.

YIMBY Action's paid organizers are part of a system that moves people. We build people up as political organizers, in the service of getting more new housing built. It’s our job to shape our volunteers and help them grow, not simply to give them the tools they ask for, or perform the services they request.

The West Coast Chapter Manager will be part of the Organizing team, reporting to the National Organizing Director.

What we're looking for


Leads Goal-Setting, Coaching, and Training (40%)

  • Meet regularly with Leads in portfolio chapters to set chapter growth and development goals. Ensure goals and strategies are informed by YIMBY Action national organizing best practices and YIMBY Action Chapter Development model. Ensure chapters have strong plans to execute on growth activities, including:
    • Events, membership drives, and digital campaigns.
    • Regular member meetings and social events to keep membership trained and engaged.
    • 1-on-1s with new activists to welcome them to the movement and support their inclusion.
    • 1-on-1s with potential new Leads.
  • Ensure chapters have strong plans to execute key regional campaigns (determined by Leads), as well as statewide and national campaigns (determined by national Organizing and Policy staff in collaboration with Leads). Expected key campaigns include:
    • Endorsements - regional endorsement process including endorsement votes, publicizing endorsements, and volunteering for endorsed candidates’ campaigns.
    • Legislative activation - mobilizing members for strong federal, state, and local pro-housing legislation
    • Housing Project Advocacy - drive members to support housing projects at hearings and through petitions
    • Housing Elements - drive members to participate in Housing Elements meetings and hold cities accountable to fair Housing Elements
  • Through regular meetings, ongoing Slack/email/text follow-up, and other check-ins as needed, provide ongoing coaching and support to Leads in implementing tactics and tools that will help them grow and effectively organize their chapters. Teach, model, and continually reinforce key minders/lenses, including:
    • Continually growing people power as a key goal of each chapter (list and membership). Help them connect the dots between base-building and their political power.
    • Continually asking/inviting people to do more as a way to build engagement
    • Handing out “half-baked” projects as a way to build engagement
    • Cultivating an equity lens that invites new people in and to leadership
    • Maintaining a “big tent” regarding political ideologies
    • Strategic decision making; focusing Leads on high-impact political activities
  • Help recruit new Leads in portfolio chapters by identifying high-potential members and conducting 1-on-1s with potential new Leads.
  • Proactively identify solutions and resources to help Leads improve, and facilitate access to solutions and resources, including connecting chapters to existing resources, staff, and other chapters.
  • Document different approaches with different Leads, with the goal of providing a playbook for future remote organizers. In concert with the National Organizing Director, highlight where documentation & training can be developed or improved.

Administrative and Project-Management Support (40%)

  • Provide project-management support to ensure Leads execute on growth initiatives and campaigns, including:
    • Develop a dashboard of chapter progress to goals and provide regular reports to Leads and staff.
    • Keep track of to-dos and action items.
    • Tee up Leads with tools or templates they need to execute.
    • Remind Leads to complete tasks, including both group and individualized follow-up.
  • Provide administrative support to support execution on growth initiatives and campaigns (using discretion based on capacity). Administrative support might include:
    • Help schedule meetings.
    • Coordinate logistics for meetings and events, including Zoom setup and follow-up for virtual events, and venue logistics, food arrangements, invitations, name tags, signage, and follow-up activities for in-person events.
    • Assemble meeting and event agendas and materials.

National Tools and Training Development & Delivery (20%)

  • Collaborate with National Organizing Director and Organizing team to develop core YIMBY Action training materials for entire Leads network, including trainings in activist recruitment, policy development, coalition building, electoral endorsements, and more.
  • Learn and deliver YIMBY Action core training modules to Leads; facilitate engaging and interactive training sessions.
  • Collaborate with National Chapter Operations Manager to identify key tech needs for chapters and give feedback on tech usage and tool implementation.


We believe a variety of different work, school, volunteer, or community experiences could make you a good fit for this job. We welcome candidates from nontraditional backgrounds.


  • Deeply excited about the YIMBY mission and vision. You have a passion for more housing and shelter of every type including market-rate housing, subsidized affordable housing, and public housing.
  • Demonstrated ability in project management; proficiency in keeping track of complex processes and deadlines and teeing up many different people to execute. A knack for keeping a project going and not dropping balls.
  • Experience managing volunteers; track record of success driving volunteers to high levels of performance and engagement.
  • Quick execution: you are comfortable in a fast-paced workplace and can get a large volume of things done with efficiency.
  • Very comfortable with different communications styles and channels. You should be comfortable on the phone, text, email, slack, and in person.
  • Comfortable working with disorganized people and creating order in chaos.
  • Ability to collaborate across diverse communities and engage people with diverse identities, perspectives, and backgrounds.


  • 3+ years of directly relevant work or volunteer experience.
  • Knowledge of/previous experience in housing activism.
  • Community organizing and/or political activism experience.


  • Up to 100% employer funded comprehensive medical coverage
  • 401k enrollment opportunities
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation plus another 20 paid holidays
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid family & disability leave
  • Significant professional development opportunities, including paid professional development stipend
  • Flexible work hours within a 40 hour work week
  • Membership in YIMBY Action nationwide activist network and vibrant 3,700+ member Slack community
  • Access to YIMBY Action network of elected officials, journalists, and business leaders

full time

Flexible hours, generally 10am to 6pm PT, with some evenings and weekends required

Remote, West Coast. While most meetings will be virtual, we are looking for someone in the PT or MT time zone who is able to easily travel to California on occasion.

$75,000 - $85,000 / year

depending on experience and qualifications

Reports to
National Organizing Director
Application deadline
Dec. 31, 2023

Compensation Philosophy

YIMBY Action and YIMBY’s compensation is based on a comprehensive analysis of other nonprofit organizations, with an aim to offer highly competitive compensation in comparison to similarly sized nonprofits in the Bay Area. Salary offers within our posted compensation range are based on quantity of relevant experience and demonstrated success.

Equal Employment Opportunities

YIMBY Action provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.