We are seeking a passionate individual to join our team to help us expand and elevate the impact of community-based stewards of parks and public spaces across San Francisco. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in civic entrepreneurship for both immediate and long-term impact on the City of San Francisco. In this role you will help to manage a segment of our Community Partner Network - a key program of SFPA that supports community groups who are striving to make a difference through creating and sustaining welcoming, active and safe public spaces. If you share an enthusiastic interest in helping shape the future of parks and public open spaces in San Francisco, then we want to hear from you.
About the Organization
We. Love. Parks. At the SF Parks Alliance (“SFPA”), we work with more than 200 partner organizations, city agencies, and everyday citizens to ensure that our treasured city parks and public open spaces thrive in communities throughout San Francisco. We are a fun, communicative staff that thrives on teamwork, humor, and a passion to create new opportunities and outcomes for our Community Partner Network in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.sfparksalliance.org.
About the Position
The position involves collaborating with existing SF Parks Alliance Partners, community/neighborhood groups, City departments, real estate developers, funders and other stakeholders to advance public space projects and activities that reflect broader community needs, goals and aspirations.
This position ensures that fiscally sponsored partners receive appropriate support and assistance services. This may include grant management, budget coordination, assisting with project planning, and working with Partners to determine how best to address their unique needs. Partner input and collaboration is vital to successfully managing designated areas, ensuring an authentic community voice and an equity lens to inform progress.
The Area Manager is a core member of SF Parks Alliance’s Stewardship team which exists within the Parks and Place Department. Both the Stewardship team and the Parks and Place Department are highly collaborative groups where team members actively support each other in their work with community partners and projects citywide.
Duties And Responsibilities
Grant Management & Budgeting
- Assist Partners with tracking and monitoring public and private budget expenditures associated with Partner projects, such as capital and programmatic improvements.
Community & Stakeholder Engagement
- Develop, cultivate, and manage relationships with community stakeholders through regular attendance at meetings, events, and sponsorship collaborations in the assigned area, including private, non-profit, and public property owners and stewards.
Local Policy Awareness & Engagement
- Be familiar with local news, issues, Supervisor District priorities, providing timely updates of relevant local agency policy activity in the assigned area on an as-needed basis.
- Build, cultivate, and manage staff-level relationships with San Francisco Supervisors Office, City staff, and other public decision-makers on behalf of Partners, including participating in formal City department and public meetings.
Fiscally Sponsored Partner Management & Outreach
- Serve as the primary liaison for all Partners in the assigned area and assist with their grant reporting processes as needed.
- Maintain Partner information utilizing the organization’s existing data management system(s) to regularly input and track all grant information, contact information, updates on recent agency interactions, donor recognition plans, and project plans.
- Seek out and make contact with new community groups that might benefit from SF Parks Alliance’s fiscal sponsorship program and community partner network.
- Assist Partners with project-specific planning efforts and capacity needs, including project growth, project completion, and maintenance plans.
- Initiate contact with potential organization-wide donor opportunities based on area location.
Qualifications and Skills
Experience and demonstrated success in a non-profit organization, including:
- Cultural competency with underserved communities and addressing issues of equity and diversity, and a passion for social justice
- “On the ground” experience working in historically underserved communities on issues of social change, social equity, and community building
- Minimum educational attainment required is a Bachelor’s degree and a combination of relevant work experience
- A minimum of 2 years of experience in program and grant management is preferred
- Experience and comfort working in a mid-sized organization (25-50 staff persons) where delegation and hands-on participation are needed to support the organizational goals
- Excellent writing and editing and oral presentation skills
- Diplomacy in managing relationships with diverse stakeholders
- Commitment to SF Parks Alliance’s vision, mission, and values
- A proactive service orientation in managing Partner relationships
- Proficiency with Google Suite, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software as well as Classy Donor Management platform
- Occasional late evenings and weekend work will be required, particularly when participating in community meetings or attending public hearings. The position deals with confidential staff information and/or issues requiring discretion and judgment.
What We Need to See in You
- Passion for the intersection of community and parks, playgrounds, public spaces, and the natural world, and for supporting and elevating the work of community based groups.
- A high commitment to learning about San Francisco parks and open spaces.
- Able to think strategically, keeping the big picture and broad institutional objectives in mind, while also being detailed oriented.
- Demonstrate emotional intelligence and self-awareness, inspire confidence and trust, and welcome feedback.
- Highly collaborative team player able to motivate and work with staff, Partners and work cross-functionally between SF Parks Alliance departments.
- Comfortable with exercising initiative to identify and solve problems with drive, flexibility, resourcefulness, and creativity.
- Able to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities, while exercising good judgment and staying focused on overarching goals.
- Able to interact in an effective, tactful and professional manner internally, externally and with the public at large, and respond graciously and promptly to the needs and requests of others.
- Dedicated and ambitious to achieve organizational success and willingness to pitch in and go the extra mile when needed.
- Must be able to engage in a range of physical activity, including standing or sitting at a desk or computer and walking (sometimes on uneven surfaces) for extended periods of time.
- Must be able to climb a flight of stairs and lift/carry up to 25 pounds.
This position will report directly to the Associate Director of Stewardship and is a full-time (40 hours/week), exempt position (ineligible for overtime).
- Location: San Francisco. This position is currently remote but occasional work in the office will likely be required, subject to public health guidelines
- Preferred start date: Immediately
- Schedule: Monday-Friday during normal business hours with occasional evenings and weekends as needed for special events & activities.
- Due to its work with the public, SFPA has implemented a mandatory COVID19 vaccination policy
What You'll Receive
SF Parks Alliance offers competitive market-based salaries which are commensurate with experience, skills, industry, and organizational budget as well as a comprehensive benefits package that includes a generous vacation policy, medical, dental, vision, chiropractic/acupuncture, commuter benefits, a flexible spending account, Basic Life/AD&D insurance, and 401(k) employer contributions. Based on comparable regional non-profit market data this position is benchmarked at an annual equivalent salary range of $58,000- $73,000.
We believe that marginalized communities must be centered in the work we do, including people of color, disabled people, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. SFPA is an equal opportunity employer, complies with ADA regulations as applicable and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and life experiences.