San Francisco
San Francisco Director

Reports to: President and CEO
Status: Full-time, exempt
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.


The San Francisco Director manages all of SPUR’s work in the city where SPUR has been based for more than 100 years. He/she has primary responsibility for leading advocacy efforts to translate SPUR’s policy thinking into social change outcomes. As such, the Director is responsible for building relationships with community leaders, defining political strategy, building alliances, and resolving conflicts.  In addition, the Director has an essential role in raising the necessary funds to support SPUR’s San Francisco work, as well as lead responsibility in Board and member engagement.

SPUR’s three offices are supported by a core staff based out of San Francisco. The San Francisco Director will work closely with SPUR’s policy, public engagement, development, and administrative staff to get the work done, and will coordinate with leadership across the Bay Area in the service of larger regional goals.

The job requires frequent attendance at night-time meetings — both SPUR events and community events. 

The right candidate will have an ability to identify and develop policy opportunities, build constructive relationships with many different kinds of people, be a compelling public speaker, and have a deep understanding of the public policy process. He/she also needs to be familiar with non-profit fundraising.

Essential Functions

  • Organizational leadership
  • Financial planning and resource development
  • Social change leadership
  • Serve as the community ambassador for SPUR 
  • Board facilitation
  • Communications
  • Management
  • Regional coordination 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience working closely with a variety of political, businesses, labor and community leaders
  • Excellence and fluency at writing
  • Passion for urban affairs and public policy
  • Adept at policy development and negotiations within a political environment
  • Willingness to ask people for money
  • Self-directing initiative
  • Strong time-management skills 
  • Extremely organized, able to multi-task and work under pressure with enthusiasm and humor
  • Compelling public speaker

Salary and Benefits

Salary is to be determined, depending upon experience. This is a full-time, exempt position. SPUR offers a complete benefits package of health insurance, dental insurance, vision care, basic life insurance, pre-tax commuter benefits, employee assistance program (EAP) and retirement plan with twenty-five contribution matching.


We will begin reviewing applications on June 7. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to


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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