Who we are

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition works to promote bicycling for everyday transportation in order to transform our streets and neighborhoods into more safe, just, and livable places. Our member-based grassroots organization is considered one of the largest, most active, and effective groups of our kind in the country.

The position

The Director of Youth and Family Programs leads the San Francisco Safe Routes to School (SF-SRTS) program, under a 4-year, $5M contract with the SF Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA). SF-SRTS educates and engages SF Unified School District communities around sustainable transportation choices. The person in this role will have the opportunity to shape the present and future of school-related transportation, helping the SF Bicycle Coalition and the city achieve vital climate and equity goals. 

Through programming, outreach, and engagement across the SF Unified School District (SFUSD), SF-SRTS aims to increase the safe use of the “Four Fun Ways” — walking, biking, transit, and carpooling — by SFUSD students and their families. Functioning as the Project Manager (as defined in the program’s SFMTA contract) and acting in coordination with the SFMTA’s Project Manager, the Director of Youth and Family Programs will manage a team of seven subcontracted partner organizations, ensure cohesion and success of the program activities, lead SF Bicycle Coalition staff working on the contract, and oversee budgeting, invoicing, reporting, and evaluation. The role will be responsible for coordinating with the SFMTA and SFUSD on strategic and implementation plans. The successful candidate will be an experienced, passionate, and highly organized leader with the ability to balance many stakeholders and put forth compelling and coordinated plans of action.

Commitment to Equity and Justice

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition acknowledges the harm biking culture and unequal access to transportation have inflicted upon underserved communities — especially people of color, people with disabilities, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and people with LGBTQ+ identities. We believe that these communities must be centered as leaders in the work we do; therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Manage, coordinate, and lead School Liaison team (two full-time staff), Activity Implementation team (three subcontractors), communications subcontractor, evaluation subcontractor, and translation subcontractor to ensure alignment on strategy and progress towards goals; 
  • Directly manage two coordinator-level staff, including onboarding and providing training as needed, as well as covering for direct reports when necessary (as in the case of illness, PTO, or vacancies);
  • Ensure the effective onboarding and training of subcontractor staff in the processes, protocols, and policies of the SF-SRTS program;
  • Facilitate meetings and communication between subcontractors, SFMTA, and SFUSD to ensure focused, efficient, and productive execution of the program;
  • Take a collaborative leadership role in overall organizational strategy, ensuring our Youth and Family programs work in concert with the work of other departments (Non-Youth Programs, Advocacy, Membership & Development, Marketing Communications, and Operations) to advance our mission and goals of transportation equity;
  • Develop systems, processes, and protocols to promote effective and efficient collaboration across the program;
  • Work with School Liaison team to identify what programmatic offerings to recommend to each school, in order to successfully impact safety and modeshift outcomes, including recommending new, innovative programming be developed if current offerings don’t meet existing need;
  • In collaboration with SFUSD and SFMTA, develop outreach, engagement and implementation strategies, and the attendant implementation plans.
  • Work with partners to track progress towards near-term and long-term goals and adjust course if needed;
  • Coordinate with staff and contractors to produce monthly invoicing and reporting that tracks activities and progress towards goals;
  • Work with Program Implementation subcontractors to ensure that all programmatic materials are approved by SFMTA Project Manager; and
  • Work with SFMTA to develop program purchasing plans, and coordinate purchasing with SF Bicycle Coalition SF-SRTS staff.

Strong candidates will possess as many of the following qualifications as possible: 

We recognize that this position encompasses a number of different responsibility areas. We are committed to train and support our staff to strengthen their abilities in each area and we encourage applications from people who may not have all of the qualifications listed below.

  • Seven or more years serving youth and their families, preferably with at least two years with SFUSD or other public school system;
  • Three years or more of progressively increasing responsibility in contract management, program development and/or nonprofit management;
  • Three or more years managing contractors;
  • A commitment to and passion for the mission and core values of the SF Bicycle Coalition and SF-SRTS;
  • Direct experience building strong partnerships with public agencies and community-based organizations, particularly those serving marginalized or underserved communities;
  • Experience using both quantitative and qualitative data to assess community behaviors and needs, especially in transportation;
  • Experience managing teams of five or more direct reports/contractors
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written);
  • Successful, proven project planning and strategy implementation;
  • Experience with data management within database tools, such as AirTable;
  • Bilingual in English and another language especially Spanish, Cantonese, Arabic, Samoan or Filipino/Tagalog

Reports to: Deputy Director

Direct reports: School Liaison (Coordinator), Youth and Families Coordinator

Salary and Benefits: The annual salary for this exempt position is $105,000 and is non-negotiable. Full-time benefits include having every other Friday off, excellent medical, vision and dental insurance with no employee contribution, as well as three weeks of paid time off, two weeks of sick leave, pre-tax transit benefits, and a flexible work arrangement policy.

Hours: Full-time, exempt.

Location: Hybrid — San Francisco Bay Area. Staff and their supervisors will work together to determine the appropriate work arrangement based on the nature of the individual’s role, and in alignment with organizational policies and departmental needs and activities. We strive to be as flexible and fair as possible while ensuring in-person accessibility when needed to interface with our volunteers, membership, community, and each other.

To apply, please submit a resume and a PDF with your answers to the below three questions. Please make your answers roughly one paragraph each:

  1. What inspires you to want to work at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition?
  2. What does transportation justice mean to you and how do you see it fitting into your career?
  3. What skills and/or experiences do you have that would make you a good fit for this role?


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