Volunteering with the Council

Thanks for your interest in volunteering for the Council.

The Council encourages and welcomes volunteers who bring skills and commitment that expand our capacity to carry out our work. Our volunteers range from students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies, to professionals seeking to contribute to community well-being to retired individuals looking for opportunities to share their knowledge and experience. Volunteer opportunities range from supporting our program and administrative work through service on our Board of Directors and advisory groups.

In addition to the the volunteer opportunities listed below, the Council is open to suggestions from potential volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering with us for opportunities other than those listed below, please do the following:

  • Submit a resume, accompanied by a cover letter describing your work interests and time availability to admindesk@urbanstrategies.org
  • If there is a match of interests and needs, a Council staff member will schedule an interview with you during which we can explore the match and determine the scope of the volunteer assignment

Current Volunteer Needs


The Social Media Volunteer will use new media outlets to inform and engage the public. The specialist will post event information, publicize what the Council does, and publish content related to our mission. His or her goal is to reach a wider audience, especially a younger audience, and to help establish a social media strategy for the organization and its projects. The Social Media Specialist will be skilled at writing and creating content that engages and inspires online users. You must be able to think strategically and have a passion for innovation and social impact!

Duties include:

Post regularly on a variety of sites, including Facebook and Twitter
Monitor trends in social marketing tools, trends and applications and appropriately apply that knowledge to support our online campaigns
Stay informed about new sites and trends in how people get information
Measure the impact of social media on the overall marketing efforts
Stay in touch with Research Director and other key staff to learn about current campaigns and media strategy


Must be very familiar with new media and have experience using it
Strong ability to communicate ideas and information in online formats
Successful use of social media will draw more users to read and comment on posts and increase web traffic on the organization’s web sites.

The ideal candidate is available 1-2 days per week on a part time basis, for six to twelve months.

To apply for the Social Media Specialist position, please submit an electronic cover letter indicating your interest, qualifications, and availability, and a resume to Steve Spiker: steves@urbanstrategies.org. No phone calls please.


Our Research & Technology program has won awards for innovation in mapping and for supporting the open source community in Oakland, we have a great team of researchers, GIS Analysts and writers. Our work is exciting, meaningful and dynamic, but we know we can communicate our data and results far better with the help of a creative graphic designer excited to develop their portfolio of infographics, data visualizations and dynamic web tools.

• Must be extremely proficient in InDesign/Illustrator CS4 or Inkscape
• Solid understanding of graphical communication styles and methods
• Must know Photoshop and be able to edit photos for print and web
• Must have an interest and growing skill in conceptualizing and designing infographics featuring education, crime, social, demographic, housing and other data with a focus on inequality
• Experience and interest in data visualization tools such as Tableau or Gelphi
• Able to work well with others and take direction


Respect, admiration and appreciation from a great team of researchers and analysts for your skills and contribution
Opportunity to grow the skills and understanding of other staff
Experience a broad range of social justice and social impact work in Oakland and beyond
Social, relaxed work environment
Amazing warehouse of data to play with

The ideal candidate is available 5-10 hours per week on a part-time basis, for three to twelve months. Most work can be completed off-site at your pace. Coffee-shop friendly gig.

To apply for this position, please submit an electronic cover letter indicating your interest, qualifications, and availability; and a resume to Steve Spiker: steves@urbanstrategies.org. No phone calls please.