Publications Manager

About SPUR

SPUR is a nonprofit public policy organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR works to create an equitable, sustainable and prosperous region. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems cities face. With a presence in San Francisco, San José and Oakland, we are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues.

The Opportunity

SPUR seeks a skilled editor and project manager for the newly created role of Publications Manager. This role will act as the managing editor for SPUR's reports and articles — our signature products for communicating policy ideas to decision makers and the public. In addition to overseeing the production of SPUR publications, the Publications Manager will also act as the developmental editor for some articles and reports, sharing editing duties with the Communications Director and freelance editors.

The Publications Manager will be responsible for managing and motivating colleagues to produce quality work and meet deadlines. This role will also manage freelance editors, copy editors, graphic designers, photographers and other contractors. The ideal candidate can engage with complicated policy ideas and make them interesting and accessible to a general audience.

The Publications Manager will work collaboratively with communications and policy staff and will report to the Communications Director.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage the production of publications, including articles, policy reports, voter guides and the annual report. This includes scheduling publication timelines, assigning and managing deadlines, and shepherding publications through the editorial process, from writing to editing to copy editing to layout and design.
  • Edit key publications. This role will be the developmental editor on some articles and reports, working with SPUR policy staff on a wide range of topics (climate change, transportation, housing, planning, economic justice, etc.). This includes working back and forth with staff members to organize and clarify their writing, eliminate jargon, make language clear and accessible, apply an equity lens to the writing, and follow SPUR’s style guidelines.
  • Manage publications contractors. This includes being the day-to-day manager of independent contractors working on publications and graphic design.
  • Improve editorial processes. This role collaborates with the Communications Director on new ways to streamline and improve editorial processes and assists in training staff in adopted practices. This role will also contribute to updating and maintaining the SPUR style guide and evolving our language and usage over time.

Key Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in editorial production and project management
  • Strong time management and project management skills
  • Excellent writer and editor
  • Able to engage with complicated policy ideas and make them interesting and accessible
  • Attention to detail
  • Highly organized
  • Strong facilitator and motivator of other people’s efforts
  • Strong sense of editorial design
  • Tactful and clear communicator
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of AP Style
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office, Google Suite and Asana project management software


The salary range for this position is $80,000–$90,000 and will be based on experience and commensurate with skills and qualifications.

SPUR offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, vision care, basic life insurance, pre-tax commuter benefits, work from home stipend, employee assistance program (EAP) and retirement plan with twenty-five percent contribution matching.

Hybrid Work Environment

At SPUR the health of our employees and their families is our top priority. SPUR has a hybrid workplace model defined by a combination of remote and in-person work. We have mandatory all staff in-person days on Monday and staff may be required to attend other in-person meetings, events and programs as needed. All policies are subject to change as relevant health orders change.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

SPUR employees are required to confidentially show proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination to HR as a condition of employment. If the employee is entitled to a medical related reasonable accommodation or a sincerely held religious belief or practice, then the employee is exempt from the vaccine requirement and reasonable accommodations will be considered and made available if there is not an undue hardship incurred in order to provide it.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applicants should apply by submitting their materials to this link.

Equal Opportunity Employer

SPUR is an equal opportunity employer with a strong organizational commitment to respecting differences of all kinds. SPUR prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, political orientation or disability or any other basis prohibited by law. In that spirit, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ applicants and others that will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

Applicants With Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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.