EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WALK SAN FRANCISCO
ABOUT THE POSITION:
Walk San Francisco, San Francisco’s pedestrian advocacy organization,
seeks an enthusiastic leader to help take us to the next level in terms of
impact and reach.
This flexible, multifaceted position will help coordinate, grow, and
harness an active Board of Directors and other passionate volunteers to
shape pedestrian policies in order to make the City a safer, friendlier
place to be on foot.
It is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a chance to have
a lot of ownership over their work and make a real impact. This position
will build on a strong history of advocacy success and base of individual
members. It will also work with organizations such as the San Francisco
Bicycle Coalition and Livable City. While there is currently funding for
an hourly part-time position (20 hours/week) for one year, we expect to
expand the hours of this position as soon as possible with successful
OUR MISSION AND GOALS:
Walk San Francisco seeks to improve San Francisco’s walking environment
through activism and policy advocacy that educates residents, city
agencies, and elected officials regarding the need for more
pedestrian-friendly streets. Learn more at www.walksf.org.
Our goals are:
* To ensure the design of a human-scaled, pedestrian-oriented city.
* To promote community attitudes and government policies that favor
* To increase funding for pedestrian-friendly transportation planning and
* To reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries.
* To increase walking in San Francisco by making it fun again.
* To make San Francisco the most walkable city in the United States.
KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS:
This position works with the Board of Directors to establish fundraising
goals and then implements activities to meet these goals with help from
the Board. This would include:
* Overseeing the individual membership program, including an annual
* Meeting with potential major donors.
* Identifying and pursuing grant opportunities.
* Organizing fund raising events like house parties, our annual Peak2Peak
walk, galas, etc.
This position manages all administrative and accounting tasks such as:
* Answering the phone, responding to emails, and requests for information.
* Managing the budget.
* Maintaining physical and digital records; oversee database entry.
Volunteer Coordination and Board Oversight: 30%
We recognize that the Executive Director can only succeed by working with
a range of people who can do everything from watch dogging a pedestrian
issue to entering recent donations into the database. Thus a major
component of this position’s time will be successfully recruiting, working
with, coordinating and appreciating volunteers.
The Board of Directors is currently made up of a small, passionate, and
dedicated group of people who are eager for the Executive Director to lead
the Board in determining a strategic direction for Walk San Francisco and
using their time and talents more effectively to forward the
organization’s mission. This position would also seek to strategically
grow the Board to meet key needs.
Communications/Media & Advocacy/Policy: 5%
This position relies on Board members and volunteers in order to conduct
needed communications and advocacy work, such as setting up and sending
mass emails and tracking policy decisions. However, this position will
occasionally serve as the spokesperson for Walk San Francisco to the media
and at key hearings.
* At least 3 years of relevant work experience and a proven track record
* Strong leadership and organizational skills.
* Good communications skills including writing ability, speaking style,
and an ability to engage/connect with people.
* Experience in managing volunteers, interns, and/or staff and an interest
in gaining more.
* Experience working with or on a Board of Directors a big plus.
* A "can-do" attitude; enthusiastic; graceful under pressure;
self-motivated and directed.
* Good computer skills; database experience a plus.
* A strong belief in Walk San Francisco’s mission and an interest in
learning more about pedestrian issues. Experience with pedestrian and
related advocacy a plus.
How to Apply:
Send: 1) a résumé; 2) a cover letter detailing both who you are and what
you've done to make yourself a great fit for this position; and 3) a grant
writing sample such as a completed and submitted grant application
Send these materials as attachments (preferably as one PDF file) to
with the subject line: Executive Director Search.
Interviews will begin in May 2010. Position is open until filled.
People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
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