Park Policy Manager



Full-Time, Exempt Position

ABOUT San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA):

San Francisco’s parks and green open spaces are deserving of a world-class, independent nonprofit organization that holds the vision for our parks, aligns community needs and civic engagement with accountable City government, and supports park improvements through philanthropic investments.

The mission of SFPA is to inspire and promote civic engagement and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco parks, recreation, and green open spaces. SFPA is dedicated to fulfill a vision that acknowledges and supports the critical environmental functions parks serve while striving to ensure that they are accessible, beautiful, safe, clean, fun, and managed in a manner that makes them accountable, open, and welcoming to all.

Inclusive community engagement is also an essential part of SFPA’s mission and policy development. SFPA seeks to enhance public participation in the challenges and opportunities facing our park system and to grow our network of park supporters.

SFPA is developing an approach to crafting public policy positions that is nimble and data-driven to deliver clear positions. To that end, the volunteer Park Policy Council (Policy Council) works with SFPA staff and board to craft policy positions and employ advocacy tools in service to our mission. The Policy Council launched in June of 2012.

The Policy Council is broadly inclusive of neighborhood park groups, community leaders, and park activists and will need to be replenished from time to time to ensure this remain the case. The Policy Council is designed to craft advocacy and policy directions and act as additional links to the grass-roots park advocates, park groups, and general public by providing opportunities for facilitated discussions. The Policy Council will provide the SFPA Executive Director, staff and the Board of Directors grounded opinions on policy issues and advocacy priorities.


SFPA seeks a passionate park advocate with extensive community engagement skills to coordinate park policy work under the direction of the Director of Policy & Stewardship. The goal of this position is to administer the Policy Council through research and implementation of best practices, data-driven development of advocacy positions and strategic planning related to the management of the existing parkland in San Francisco as well as future park and open space. This position will coordinate the Policy Council and policy related community outreach and will work in conjunction with the Park Policy & Planning Associate as well as the stewardship team on special projects.

The Policy Manager will work under the direction of the Director of Policy & Stewardship. Participation on taskforces, working groups and other planning efforts will be combined with testifying at public meetings, leading policy conversations with park users and connecting the Park Policy Committee (Policy Committee) closely to the leadership of SFPA. Further, this role will align the issues, challenges and successes of the stewardship and activation efforts of SFPA with advocacy and policy work to ensure the organization remains nimble, strategic and community-based when taking public positions on behalf of parks and park users.

SFPA seeks an accomplished individual with a strong background in program and project management, community engagement and meeting facilitation, policy development, public speaking, and advocacy. The Policy Manager should be very familiar with San Francisco neighborhoods and the local political landscape, have a deep personal commitment to San Francisco and familiarity with non-profit culture.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years experience in a non-profit setting with at least three years in a program coordination role. Experience with managing outreach and/or public advocacy programs in diverse communities, staff oversight, and working with development staff to ensure program funding are essential. The Policy Manager should be an analytical thinker and problem solver, be an excellent writer with experience in report preparation, budget development, and production of public education materials.


Policy & Planning, 70% Time

  • Working with the Director of Policy & Stewardship, Executive Director, Board of Directors, Park Policy Council and Program Staff, the Manager will:
    • Coordinate all aspects of the Park Policy Council; recruitment, meeting execution, issue research, follow up and report preparation.
    • Facilitate policy/position development through the Park Policy Council, stakeholder engagement, and best practice research
    • Testify at and attend public hearings, public meetings, community task forces, and meetings with officials on neighborhood park issues and open space issues
    • Track development of park issues for existing park system, engage and propose solutions; implement in conjunction with park users, NGO’s and the Recreation and Parks Department

Support Special Projects and Events, 20% time

  • Manage and staff special events such as meetings, and workshops
    • Support SFPA outreach and communication, including website and newsletter content
    • Support or oversee special projects as requested
    • Oversee volunteers and interns as appropriate

Support Resource Development Related to Policy & Planning, 10% time

  • · Contribute to grant applications, reports and other fundraising activities as requested


  • Experience with community organizing, open space policy and planning is a must
  • Experience with traditional and innovative community engagement, public meetings and outreach; strong facilitation skills
  • Experience with program and project management, and strategic planning
  • Comfort and experience with public speaking
  • Self-directed, highly detail oriented, with excellent organizational skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Outgoing personality and willingness to be flexible with duties and priorities is a must
  • Ability to work with team
  • Bachelor’s degree in Non Profit Management, Planning, Political Science, or anything related is required but a Graduate degree is preferred
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a non-profit setting focused on the environment, public policy, community organizing, community outreach or similar field
  • Minimum 3 years in a program management capacity; coursework in professional development a plus
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat is a must. Knowledge of other Adobe products is a plus
  • Priority will be given to San Francisco residents who are familiar with San Francisco’s political landscape and neighborhood groups
  • Valid CA Driver’s License required


  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Attention to Communication
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Results-Oriented
  • Environmental and Civic Stewardship
  • Continuous Learning

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to in a single PDF document with “Policy Manager (last name)” in the subject title.

This is a full-time exempt position reporting directly to the Director of Policy & Stewardship, with generous vacation and sick time policies, and participation in 125 Cafeteria and 401(k) plans. San Francisco Parks Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and other minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

San Francisco, California
SF Parks Alliance
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