We’re Hiring: Campaigns Director

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition seeks a Campaigns Director to manage and direct the 44-year-old organization’s organizing, policy and political campaigns to promote the bicycle for everyday transportation in San Francisco.

The Campaigns Director will direct staff and members in a broad portfolio of SF Bicycle Coalition campaigns, including efforts to win infrastructure improvements like protected bike lanes and traffic calming, and to win public programs, policies, and legislation to promote and protect people riding bikes and other vulnerable road-users.

Our campaigns also include efforts to win public and private funding for these improvements and to elect representatives to public office who will champion and work to increase bike riding. The director will oversee a team of community organizers and work closely with our active 10,000-plus members to build political support for these improvements and to hold elected and government officials accountable for their commitments.

The Campaigns Director will be an expert in city cycling and passionate advocate for livable, equitable cities and safe streets. They will be the SF Bicycle Coalition’s liaison with government, public agencies and elected officials at the city, regional, state and federal levels, as well as with businesses, developers, community-based organizations, other advocacy groups, labor unions and other stakeholders. The Campaigns Director is responsible for maintaining, developing and promoting the organization’s technical standards, policy positions, political and legislative endorsements, and project recommendations and endorsements, when appropriate. The director will connect the people who make the decisions and the people who are affected by them.

The Campaigns Director will work closely with the Executive Director to set strategy and build relationships to advance the Coalition’s strategic plan, which will be updated in 2016. The Director will also work in close partnership with the SF Bicycle Coalition’s management team to ensure that work across the organization is synchronized, that resources are deployed efficiently and effectively, and that projects across departments build on each other to leverage the entire organization in increasing the number of people in San Francisco who regularly bike.

  • Hours: Full time. Position will entail some work on weeknights and weekends, in order to attend community meetings and events.
  • Reports to: Executive Director

Responsibilities

  • Build and lead a strong, cohesive, collaborative team focused on achieving specific results
  • Manage this team and hold it accountable to achieving its goals and advancing the SF Bicycle Coalition’s strategic plan through an annual planning and budgeting process and quarterly check-ins
  • Manage individual staff, conduct their annual performance evaluations and support their professional development
  • Plan, direct and manage the SF Bicycle Coalition’s organizing, policy and political campaigns to win infrastructure, programs, policies, and legislation that increase the number of people who regularly ride bikes and prevent traffic deaths and serious injuries for all travelers
  • Work in partnership with the SF Bicycle Coalition’s management team to problem-solve across the organization, to identify cross-departmental opportunities for fundraising, media and partnerships and to support the Executive Director in making organizational policies and decisions
  • Manage the organization’s relationships with and hold accountable government agencies—primarily San Francisco transportation, police, public works, health, city planning, parks, economic and workforce development departments/agencies–and with elected officials by either serving as the primary contact with them or delegating them to other SF Bicycle Coalition staff and keeping track of their relationships
  • Lead a team of community organizers to work with our membership and build partnerships with community and civic groups, businesses and other stakeholders that increase political support for bicycling in San Francisco
  • Ensure that the SF Bicycle Coalition is actively campaigning for increased public and private funding for bicycling, safe streets and active transportation projects and programs—this includes maintaining organizational expertise in San Francisco’s public finances, agency budgets and new sources of funding
  • Manage the organization’s high-level of involvement in and strong relationship with the Vision Zero Coalition and direct our involvement in campaigns to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries in San Francisco by 2024
  • Ensure the SF Bicycle Coalition is maintaining and promoting the highest standards and guidelines for San Francisco’s infrastructure, programs, policies and funding that make riding a bike safe, convenient and affordable for people of all ages, abilities, income levels and backgrounds
  • Actively contribute to the SF Bicycle Coalition’s efforts to be a thought-leader and innovator in helping more people of all ages, abilities, income levels and backgrounds safely and conveniently bicycle in the city
  • Under direction of the executive director, who works with the Board of Director’s Endorsements Committee, manage the SF Bicycle Coalition’s political endorsements process, including advising the board committee and supporting endorsed campaigns
  • Oversee the development and dissemination of recommendations and endorsements, when appropriate, on development and other significant projects

Qualifications

  • Deep commitment to the mission of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
  • At least four years of relevant experience
  • At least two years experience managing direct reports
  • Proven experience to focus a team on and accomplish predetermined goals while being able to anticipate and quickly adapt to new developments
  • Experience organizing and/or working with or managing organizers, interns or volunteers
  • Experience using computer, database, project management systems and other technology to improve the efficiency and efficacy of a team
  • Proven experience building external relationships and partnerships, and leveraging them to advance your organization’s goals
  • Demonstrated understanding of the strategies and systems needed to accomplish the SF Bicycle Coalition’s strategic plan goals, and the City’s goals to increase biking
  • Familiarity with the local, regional and state funding, legislative and political environment
  • Knowledge of data-driven public policy strategies
  • Comfortable working in a small, intimate office environment, offering support as needed for organization-wide events and other projects as needed
  • Proven experience acting as a public ambassador, communicating clearly, navigating sensitive situations and decisions, and ability to maintain patience, compassion and composure in challenging and/or adversarial situations to build the trust and respect of people of all walks of life
  • Online organizing experience a plus

About the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Through day-to-day advocacy, education and working partnerships with government and community agencies, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is dedicated to creating safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.

Our active membership of over 10,000 represents San Franciscans of all ages, from all neighborhoods, who are working towards more safe, efficient and green ways to move around our city. The SF Bicycle Coalition is the largest city-based bicycle advocacy group in the nation and one of the largest membership-based groups in San Francisco. Our members donate over 10,000 volunteer hours a year.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is to be determined, depending upon experience. Full-time, exempt position. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offers a generous package of health and dental insurance.

How to Apply:
Write a compelling cover letter and resume and submit them by clicking “Apply for Position,” below. Be sure to mention where you saw the opening advertised. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation. Applications will be reviewed starting on November 16, 2015 and considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination based on age, genetic information, marital or domestic partner status, medical condition (including cancer/genetic characteristics or AIDS/HIV status), mental or physical disability, national origin and ancestry (including language use and holding a diver’s license granted under Vehicle Code section 12081.9), race and color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, weight, height, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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