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  • Asha Agrawal
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WALK SAN FRANCISCO ABOUT THE POSITION: Walk San Francisco, San Francisco’s pedestrian advocacy organization, seeks an enthusiastic leader
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10, 2010
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      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
      fundraising.

      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
      walking.
      * To increase funding for pedestrian-friendly transportation planning and
      projects.
      * 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:

      Fundraising: 50%

      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
      appeal.
      * Meeting with potential major donors.
      * Identifying and pursuing grant opportunities.
      * Organizing fund raising events like house parties, our annual Peak2Peak
      walk, galas, etc.

      Administration: 15%

      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.

      DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
      * At least 3 years of relevant work experience and a proven track record
      in fundraising.
      * 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
      (optional)

      Send these materials as attachments (preferably as one PDF file) to
      peds@... 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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