Economic Inclusion Manager: Construction Project Pipelines

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Emerald Cities Collaborative

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Description
Economic Inclusion Manager: Construction Project Pipelines, San Francisco Bay Area

About Emerald Cities Collaborative
Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national non-profit organization that partners with labor unions, community organizations, social justice advocates, development intermediaries, research and technical assistance providers, and socially responsible businesses to build high road – sustainable, just and inclusive – regional economies. The Collaborative envisions a future in which American cities are the greenest and most equitable in the world, leading the way to head off global climate change, with low-income and communities of color as central actors and beneficiaries in these new regional economies.

ECC is based in Washington, D.C but works in 5 regional markets; Boston/the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California and D.C. itself.

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About Emerald Cities Bay Area
In the Bay Area, Emerald Cities Collaborative has four major program areas, each with overlapping influence. They include E-Contractor Academy, RENEW: Multifamily Housing, Anchors in Resilient Communities and advocacy and policy advising for building decarbonization. This position will focus on E-Contractor Academy.

E-Contractor Academy is an 8-10 week program that exposes small minority-, women- and disadvantaged-(MWDBE) contractors to project pipelines in building decarbonization and renewable energy. Project owners represent state and city government, utilities, affordable housing developers and general contractors pursuing privately financed projects.

Upon completion of the training, ECC continues to support the growth of small MWDBE contractors through:

  • Connection to pipelines of projects, especially those which decarbonize buildings and provide renewable energy.
  • Support in navigating often challenging procurement processes.
  • Support with connecting to a network of back-office services providers in the legal, bonding and insurance, information technology, marketing, and accounting fields.
  • Consultation on growth strategies and access to capital–working capital, equipment and vehicle leasing, and equity capital.

Overview of Position
This position, Economic Inclusion Manager: Construction Project Pipelines, will have lead responsibility for successfully connecting contractors to pipelines of projects and helping them to win work by identifying core business capacities necessary to win bids and promoting partnerships with larger contracting firms for teaming agreements. The position will be based in the Bay Area.

The Manager provides leadership, direct engagement with, and support to small MWDBE contractors. The Manager will be part of the Bay Area regional team and will work closely with other regional and national ECC staff responsible for the various aspects of our contractor support program. The Manager will report to the
Regional Director.

The position is full-time and salaried in the $75,000 to $90,000 range, depending on experience. ECC offers excellent benefits. This position will be a hybrid position with the expectation that the successful candidate will spend at least one day a week in person.

Help plan and implement E-Contractor Academy in the Bay Area: Identify areas of need and develop training academies in the Bay Area for small MWDBE contractors. Customize curriculum and identify instructors for the trainings in partnership with employers/developers who are driving project demand.

Develop opportunities with project pipelines suitable for small minority-, women- and disadvantaged-(MWDBE) contractors: Maintain existing ECC relationships and build new relationships with various types of project “owners” including: municipal and institutional building owners, utility programs, state energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, large general contractors, ESCOs, affordable housing developers, and real estate portfolio managers.

Reform project procurement terms and requirements to increase supplier diversity: Apply subject matter knowledge of construction and diversity, equity and inclusion in the construction industry to advise on the methods and processes necessary to increase contractor and workforce diversity in projects with municipal and institutional owners, utility programs, state energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, large general contractors, ESCOs, affordable housing developers, and real estate portfolio managers.

Build relationships with and support ECC-affiliated small MWDBE contractors in accessing these project pipelines and winning bids:

  • Facilitate connections (e.g. networking for deal development, mentor/protege relationships) between

ECC affiliated contractors and general contractors, subcontractors, and project owners

  • Provide business coaching to ECC affiliated contractors (e.g. communicating their value proposition to potential clients, accessing bonding and insurance, accessing capital, applying for certifications)
  • Assist ECC affiliated contractors with responding to bid requests (e.g. helping contractors understand and comply with construction procurement requirements, understand the capabilities required to fulfill project work and how best to represent them, do accurate estimating and understand and negotiate bonding and insurance requirements and payment terms)


  • Document different project owners’ procurement requirements
  • Track E-Contractor Academy graduates’ performance on success metrics

Experience & Qualifications
The ideal candidate has direct experience with reviewing, bidding and/or winning construction bids and has a strong grasp of working with businesses and/or workers within systems promoting diverse procurement. We realize this is a rare combination, so a foundation in one and aptitude for the other would be highly valued as well.

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in the construction industry
  • Strong commitment to advancing racial, gender and social equity.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the construction industry in the Bay Area, particularly with the construction sectors associated with building energy efficiency, renewable energy, building electrification, HVAC and building operations
  • Existing relationships with project pipeline “owners” such as: municipal and institutional building owners, utility programs, state energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, large general contractors, ESCOs, affordable housing developers, and real estate portfolio managers.
  • Experience reviewing, bidding for, and winning construction contracts
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Desired Experience & Qualifications

  • Experience increasing contractor diversity on construction projects, for example while working for a large general contractor, government agency or anchor institution
  • Success in working with multiple constituencies – labor, community, industry, and government

Compensation and Benefits

  • $75,000 to 90,000, depending on experience
  • 401(K)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Two weeks vacation, 12 days sick leave, and federal and state holidays

Schedule & Location

  • Monday to Friday
  • Remote, with at least one day in-person in San Francisco or Oakland

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $75,000.00 - $90,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location