San Francisco Planning Policy 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, where all people thrive. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San José and Oakland, we are recognized and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues. 

The Opportunity

SPUR seeks candidates for the newly created position of San Francisco Planning Policy Manager. SPUR believes in the power of good planning to create vibrant, equitable cities and communities, and works to make neighborhoods safe and welcoming to everyone. The San Francisco Planning Policy Manager will be a leader in SPUR’s work on planning, housing, and transportation in San Francisco. This role is an opportunity to do important work at one of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most impactful public policy organizations.

This role is perfect for someone with deep knowledge of urban issues, the city of San Francisco, and a passion to help San Francisco become a more prosperous, sustainable and equitable city. Candidates must have a professional background in urban planning and policy analysis. Experience with physical planning, landscape architecture, and/or urban design is desirable. This position will report to the San Francisco Director until the Community Planning Policy Director position is filled. This position will be part of a team of city-focused Community Planning Policy Managers.

Core Responsibilities

This role includes significant research, writing, and analysis, as well as strategic thinking, effective advocacy, community engagement, and coalition-building. This role involves significant collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to develop policy ideas, and to influence decision-making in San Francisco. This role requires excellent project management skills and experience with translating urban policy issues to the general public. This role also serves as an ambassador to local government staff, elected officials, business and community leaders, and staff at other civic organizations.

The San Francisco Planning Policy Manager will help advance SPUR’s agenda for San Francisco, working on projects such as: reimagining Downtown San Francisco; re-envisioning our streets; advocating for investments in transportation and resiliency projects and programs; improving housing affordability; and other neighborhood and citywide planning initiatives.

Key Qualifications

  • The candidate must have a professional background in community planning, physical planning, landscape architecture and/or urban design. Technical design skills would be preferable.
  • The candidate must be knowledgeable about community planning and policy issues in large U.S. cities. Knowledge of the San Francisco context as it relates to urban planning, housing, and transportation is highly desirable.
  • The candidate must be a strong writer and researcher, who can make technical policy issues interesting and intelligible to a general audience.
  • The job requires strong meeting facilitation and communication skills. Experience working in diverse coalitions to drive change is highly desirable.
  • The candidate must have experience effectively managing projects, setting deadlines, and meeting milestones.
  • Experience sourcing funding for their work is desirable.
  • The candidate must have both high emotional intelligence and relationships management skills, with experience working in teams.
  • The candidate must have experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and the ability to explain methodologies and express findings through tables, graphs, and charts. GIS mapping skills are highly desirable.
  • Either a master’s degree in public policy, urban planning, or a related field, or a minimum of five years equivalent experience preferable.

We are looking for someone who has training in diversity, equity and inclusion and/or who has a demonstrated ability to work across differences. The candidate must be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and manifest that commitment in their policy, facilitation, advocacy and management responsibilities.


The salary range for this position is $75,000-$100,000 and will be based on experience and commensurate with skills and qualifications. This is a full-time, exempt position. SPUR offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

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.