Jobs at Samara

Permitting Strategist

The Permitting Strategist will help the Backyard team design effective approaches to the process of permitting buildings.


  • Articulate a compelling long-term vision for building permitting
  • Develop strategies and solutions to simplify permitting processes
  • Research the planning, permitting, and inspection processes for buildings in various jurisdictions
  • Liaise and collaborate with Backyard’s leadership in regards to design, engineering, business and marketing - strategy
  • Ensure compliance of Samara’s prototyping operations
  • Drive process to align Samara policy strategy in collaboration with Airbnb Policy team
  • Establish collaborative and supportive relationships with key communities and their representatives
  • Evaluate current and future partners, including companies, research and non-for-profit organizations


  • Up-to-date on industry standards and latest trends
  • Ready and able to play a versatile role initially, executing on plans hands-on, while thinking long-term
  • Team player and willing to mentor peers and coach more junior team members
  • Diligent program manager with an ability to partner cross functionally and drive results
  • Able to develop and execute a long term strategy that is aligned to the goals of the business
  • An individual that thrives in a fast-paced, high growth environment
  • Demonstrate diligence, strong initiative and are self-manage


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in law, architecture and construction, public policy
  • At least 5 years of experience in building certification and permitting
  • Experience with the permitting processes of different building typologies
  • Experience with leveraging software to streamline complex processes
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve from the first principles
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail