San Francisco
Economy Project Manager

Reports to: Director of Policy
Status: Temporary (18-months) exempt employee or contractor
Location: San Francisco
Salary: 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 strongly supports maintaining robust economic growth for all parts of the Bay Area while also developing policies that make it possible to share that prosperity across the income spectrum. The Economy Project Manager must be steeped in both aspects of SPUR’s economic work. This person must possess a deep knowledge of economic policy, including the drivers of the Bay Area economy, as well as a deep knowledge of how to support a shared prosperity agenda. 

The Economy Project Manager is responsible for delivering all of the economy-related content of SPUR’s Regional Strategy. SPUR’s Regional Strategy is an ambitious three-year initiative to articulate 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, economic development, housing, sustainability and resilience — and requires us to think in more visionary and far reaching ways then we ever have before. The products of the Regional Strategy include briefing papers, blog posts, a final report, web pages and meetings with key stakeholders. The Economy Project Manager is personally responsible for completing the work in the economy content area, while also helping the entire Regional Strategy team think through the interdependencies between the economy and the rest of the Regional Strategy work. 

The Economy Project Manager reports to the Director of Policy. The Regional Strategy is currently underway and expected to be done by the end of 2020. As such, this is an 18-month temporary position. 

Essential Functions

Policy Development 

  • Synthesizes existing work done to date for the economy portion of the Regional Strategy and drafts all further descriptions, findings and policy recommendations.  This includes understanding economic drivers and developing policy recommendations to maintain the strength of the Bay Area economy.  This also includes identifying means, methods, and policies to redress wealth and income inequality and to provide greater access to economic opportunity for historically disenfranchised communities.  
  • Manages consultants who work on the economy portion of the Regional Strategy, interpreting quantitative and qualitative consultant work and giving guidance and synthesizing their work into the larger project. 
  • Researches and recommends policies (including taxation changes) to enable significantly greater financial investment in core public services throughout the Bay Area, including transportation, housing, and resilience.  
  • Works with the rest of the Regional Strategy team to integrate the economy work into the entire regional strategy. 
  • Advises on fiscal and tax policy and opportunities as they relate to SPUR’s work across the Regional Strategy content areas.

Board Management

  • Staffs SPUR Board Committees as-needed to facilitate support for recommendations within the economy portion of the Regional Strategy. 
  • Presents to SPUR Board of Directors on the economy portion of the Regional Strategy through the board adoption process.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Qualifications

A master’s 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. 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 racial inequities in our region 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 his or her 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 Economy Project Manager 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 The deadline for applications is Friday, August 16th. Earlier applications are welcome and encouraged. 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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