After nearly four years of growing an outstanding organization into an SF
institution, I'm transitioning to new adventures. At the end of April, I'll
be leaving Walk SF and joining Oakland's new Dept. of Transportation to
lead the City's pedestrian safety efforts.
So, we're looking for the next great leader to fill my role. If you're
interested in leading the best staff of all time, and working with an
engaged, professional, and also super fun board as we work to transform San
Francisco into the best City for walking, this job's for you! Another big
plus: we're in very strong shape financially.
If you or anyone you know might be interested, please check out the job
announcement here <http://walksf.org/jobs/> (and pasted below), and share
the announcement with your networks.
333 Hayes St, Suite 202, San Francisco, CA 94102
415.431.9255 | walksf.org
Support the call for a Vision Zero goal to eliminate ALL traffic deaths in
San Francisco by 2024 - *join or renew as a Walk SF member today*
Walk San Francisco seeks a results-driven, collaborative, experienced
leader to lead a dynamic and effective non-profit organization working to
make walking in San Francisco safe and enjoyable. This is a great
opportunity to guide a rapidly growing organization to the next level, have
an impact on the City of San Francisco, and continue to serve as a model of
pedestrian safety advocacy for the rest of the nation.
*ABOUT THIS POSITION:*
The Executive Director is responsible for developing and implementing
strategies to achieve the board’s vision and ultimately the mission of the
organization. The ED manages, develops, and empowers a talented and
dedicated staff of eight to conduct effective advocacy to achieve our
mission. The ED promotes the diversity enjoyed by San Francisco’s
communities, and ideally is reflective of that diversity. The ED is
responsible for managing a $650,000 budget and fundraising to reach
budgeted goals through cultivating individual donor relationships, and
securing foundation grants and government contracts with the support of the
organization’s outreach team. The ED is the primary public face of the
organization, speaking to media, government agencies, and at public
functions. The ED will work with staff, board members, community partners,
government agencies, and our members to update the organization’s strategic
plan, offering an opportunity for the ED to integrate their vision into the
organization’s direction. Weekend and evening work will be required to
attend board meetings, fundraising events, member programs, etc.
*ABOUT WALK SAN FRANCISCO: *
Walk San Francisco’s mission is to make walking safe for everyone in San
Francisco, so that our community is healthier and more livable. Walk SF
works in collaboration with many partners to lift up the voices of people
most likely to experience transportation inequities and ensure that
transportation policies and projects support transportation justice. We
work with our Vision Zero Coalition partners, Walk SF members, city
agencies, elected officials, community-based organizations, residents, and
businesses to improve streets and public spaces for everyone to enjoy.
Along with our partners, Walk SF recently launched one of the nation’s
first Vision Zero campaigns, to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious
injuries by 2024, because no one should have to risk their life while
trying to get around. Walk SF also made San Francisco the first major city
in California to create 15-mile-per-hour school zones around 181 schools
and launched the nation’s first Walk to Work Day. Find out more about our
groundbreaking work at walksf.org
*QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: *The Executive Director we seek will have a
track record of leadership experience and policy/advocacy expertise,
including most of the following attributes:
- Management experience, including a demonstrated ability to hire,
develop, and manage talented and committed staff.
- Experience successfully leading policy/advocacy work in the area of
transportation, public health, urban planning, social justice,
sustainability, land use, or a related field. Walking-specific experience a
- Experience with managing the day-to-day operations of a non-profit,
including: budget, finance, contracts management, fundraising, etc.
- Experience securing and managing foundation grants, government
contracts, individual donations, corporate sponsorships, etc.
- Commitment to Walk San Francisco’s mission and health/transportation
- Experience working in a membership organization.
- Collaborative, results-oriented leadership style.
- Experience working on or with a non-profit board of directors.
- Ability to build and sustain coalitions.
- Ability to connect and engage with diverse partners, e.g. groups that
represent those disproportionately impacted by crashes while walking:
seniors, people with disabilities, low-income communities, and communities
of color in San Francisco.
- Ability to set and manage priorities for the organization and staff.
- Astuteness in political environments (e.g. City and County of San
Francisco, Sacramento, etc.) and ability to maintain professionalism in
- Ability to represent the organization with the media and public at
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Master’s degree in public health, urban planning, public policy, or
*BENEFITS AND SALARY:* Position is full-time, salaried. Compensation is
negotiable, in the range of $80,000-$95,000 depending on experience.
Benefits include generous vacation time, pre-tax transportation benefits,
full health care coverage, retirement benefits, and dental/wellness
benefits. Walk SF's office is centrally located and (of course) easy to
reach on foot from public transportation.
*APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications will be accepted on a rolling
basis. Applications submitted on or before Friday March 10th will be
eligible for interviews taking place the week beginning Monday March 13th;
applications received after this date may be accepted on a continuous
To apply, please email:
1) cover letter
3) three references
To NextEd(a)walksf.org, ideally all in one pdf. Use the subject line: *Executive
Walk SF commits to advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are
an Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications
from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women,
people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who
demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and
Walk San Francisco provides a workplace that is free from discrimination
and harassment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national
origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity,
disability, medical condition, veteran status or any other classification
protected by applicable law in employment or service policies and practices.