San Francisco
Sustainability and Resilience Policy Director

Reports to: Director of Policy
Status: Full time, exempt
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 a sustainable and resilient region. The Sustainability and Resilience Policy Director would lead SPUR’s work to develop and implement an agenda for climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience. This role is perfect for someone with deep knowledge of the public policy process in California and/or the region, a strong personal commitment to environmental protection and social justice, and a passion to establish the Bay Area as the proving grounds of sustainable and resilient urban development.

This role includes significant research, writing, and policy analysis, as well as strategic thinking, effective advocacy, and coalition-building. This role involves significant collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to develop policy ideas and strategy, and to effect policy change at the local and regional scales in the Bay Area. This role requires excellent project management and team management skills, experience engaging with funders and with the general public. This role would also be an ambassador to local government staff, elected officials, business and community leaders, and staff at other civic organizations. 

Required experience and what you should be good at

  • The candidate must have experience writing about, advocating for and making policy change furthering sustainability and resilience.
  • The candidate must be well versed in the major sustainability and resiliency policy issues affecting American cities today, and knowledge of California and Bay Area issues and institutions is highly desirable.
  • The candidate must be a strong writer, who can make complicated policy issues interesting and intelligible to a general audience.
  • The job requires strong meeting facilitation skills and the ability to work well with people from all different sectors of the community, and build coalitions and consensus to drive policy outcomes.
  • The candidate must have experience effectively managing both projects and people.
  • The candidate should have experience sourcing funding for their work.
  • The candidate must also have strong quantitative reasoning skills and an ability to interpret and explain data, quantitative methods, trends and summary figures.
  • Masters degree in public policy, environmental science, environmental planning, or a related field, or a minimum of five years equivalent experience.

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 must be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and manifest that commitment in their policy, facilitation, advocacy and management responsibilities.


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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