Director of Advocacy & Government Relations
Job Type

Since 1891, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) has provided high-quality, community-based youth development services to youth in San Francisco. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We impact the lives of Club members, primarily ages 6 to 18, by focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character, community engagement, and job readiness with earning potential. We are nationally recognized for the high quality of our programs and comprehensive approach to serving youth. Whether you’re joining our administrative team, a Clubhouse team, a school-based team, or our Camp Mendocino team, you’ll be surrounded by enthusiastic, talented, and passionate colleagues who wake up every day ready to inspire young people to reach their full potential.

Position Purpose

The position is instrumental in driving the development and implementation of our fundraising, advocacy, and engagement strategy with critical government partners. A successful individual will accomplish this through building, growing, and deepening relationships with local policymakers, governmental departments, and advocacy partner groups. This position is responsible for the management of government contracts, government relations and advocacy work. Grant writing to government sources is a smaller, but critical, component of the work. 

This position is full time located at our John N. Callander Administrative Office. This position is eligible for full benefits. 

Key Responsibilities

Government Relations - 30%

  • Manage communication methods with city officials
  • Build strategic relationships with city officials and relevant staff
  • Maintain positive relationships with Program Officers and support Club and program leadership in building relationships with these individuals
  • Support Club and program leadership in developing and managing relationships with key stakeholders including hosting tours, letter writing, etc.
  • Leverage relationships to find and position BGCSF for new government funding opportunities: city, state, and federal

Advocacy Work - 30%

  • Lead advocacy efforts on behalf of the organization through engagement in critical coalitions (e.g. Servicer Provider Working Group (SPWG), Budget Justice Working Group (BJC)
  • Active engagement and/or staying up to date on DCYF’s Oversight and Advisory Committee meetings 
  • Expand BGCSF’s service provider network by building relationships with other CBOs and participating in grassroots organizing efforts 
  • Train and provide ongoing support with monthly reports and District Supervisor summaries
  • Build strategies to engage City officials, outline goals, schedule visits, prepping staff etc.
  • Attend relevant city department hearings 
  • Stay updated on relevant policies and initiatives that affect youth - keep agency leaders informed
  • Support BGCSF’s work with the California Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs on state issues; support BGCA’s national efforts as they align with BGCSF’s interests 

Government Contract Management -  25%

  • Manage government contracts (local, state, and federal)
  • Act as the main point of contact for government contracts
  • Manage funding opportunities that come from Special Initiatives, such as Summer Together and city add-backs
  • Ensure compliance with all grant requirements and coordinate with relevant departments and individuals to ensure objectives are met
  • Partner with finance to develop and manage contract budgets
  • Partner with Outcomes to ensure tracking is accurate, and systems match, and to regularly review MCH dashboard with DCYF progress to goals
  • Consistently engage with Clubs and Program Services to ensure goals, expectations, and progress are aligned, understood, and prioritized
  • Lead communication with organizational leadership regarding progress toward goals, successes, and challenges

Grant Writing - 15%

  • Work in partnership with IG staff team, Club, and program leadership to write grants to government entities and develop content/case statements
  • As needed, support grant writing for foundation grants 
  • Support with Government Grants Manager professional development and personal growth in the role

Required Skills

  • Working knowledge of Google Suite; specifically Google Sheets 
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a related field
  • 2 years of fundraising experience
  • Advocacy, city government, or grass-roots organizing experience 
  • Youth development experience
  • Knowledge of San Francisco 

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift 15 lbs. 
  • Must be able to stand for at least 1 hour consecutively.
  • Must be able to sit at a computer workstation for long periods of time.


  • Comprehensive Health Benefits + Employer Contributions
  • 401K + 7% Employer Contribution After One Year of Service
  • Employee Assistance Program: In-Person Counseling + 24/7 Confidential Mental Health Support
  • Education Assistance
  • Pre-tax Transportation Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Lifestyle Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off + Paid Holidays
  • Life + Disability Insurance
  • Mandatory summer + winter Weeklong Organization-wide Closures
  • Professional Development Opportunities


The wage range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and BGCSF needs.  At BGCSF,  our decisions are based on other factors and are dependent on the circumstances of each position.  Depending on the need and requirement of the position,  an individual could be hired at or near the entry-level, mid-level, or top-of-the-range for their role and compensation.  As such, a reasonable estimate of the current range is $100,000.00-$110,000.00 annually.


The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. The organization has the discretion to relocate/reassign a person, as needed.

Salary Description
$100,000.00-$110,000.00 annually