Economic Policy Director

Reports to: Director of Policy
Status: Temporary exempt employee or contractor (18-months), with possibility to extend into permanent employment
Salary: Competitive, depending upon experience

About SPUR

Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, we are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues.


SPUR works to create both a prosperous and equitable region. The Economic Policy Director would lead SPUR’s work to develop and implement an agenda for shared prosperity, both at the city-scale in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and across the Bay Area. The Economic Policy Director must be deeply committed to both prosperity and equity in their work.
Over the first 18 months, the Economic Policy Director would be responsible for working with SPUR’s staff, board and community of experts to develop an ambitious and visionary 50-year strategy for shared prosperity in the Bay Area. This work represents a unique opportunity to work on some of the biggest challenges we face as a region, and to develop solutions of a scale which match the scale of the problems.
The Economic Policy Director’s work would form a key element of SPUR’s Regional Strategy, which articulates a vision for the Bay Area in 2070 and the steps needed to achieve it. The Regional Strategy cuts across all the work that SPUR does – physical planning, transportation, housing, good government, sustainability and resilience – and requires us to think in more visionary and far reaching ways then we ever have before. The Economic Policy Director would also work with the rest of the policy team to bring the economic policy perspective to their Regional Strategy work, and to develop strategies to raise the revenue needed to fund the significant public investments emerging from the Regional Strategy.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Qualifications

A Masters degree in economics, public policy or a related field, or a minimum of five years equivalent experience, is required.
The candidate must be well versed in the major economic policy issues affecting American cities today, including tax policy. The candidate must be a strong writer, who can make complicated policy issues interesting and intelligible to a general audience. The candidate must also have strong quantitative reasoning skills and an ability to interpret and explain data, quantitative methods, trends and summary figures.
The job requires strong meeting facilitation skills and the ability to work well with people from all different sectors of the community.
The candidate must have an understanding of structural inequities in our region, including racial inequities, and in economic policy. We are looking for someone who has training in diversity, equity and inclusion and/or who has a demonstrated ability to work across difference. The candidate is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and manifests that commitment in their policy, facilitation, advocacy and management responsibilities.
The candidate must have experience effectively managing both projects and people.
Because of SPUR’s role as a convening organization in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and region, staff must be able to establish positive working relationships with people across the entire political spectrum. The Economic Policy Director is an ambassador to local government staff, elected officials, business leaders, staff at other civic organizations, and community leaders of all kinds.


Please submit a cover letter (500 word maximum; in the body of an email) and current resume (attach as a PDF) to Please, no phone inquiries.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and, skills required of personnel so assigned.

SPUR is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

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