0922 Policy & Public Affairs Manager

Recruitment #PEX-0922-081185


0922 – Policy & Public Affairs Manager
San Francisco Department of Environment

**Filing period has been extended to 10/30/17**
Do you have a passion for developing environmental policy? Are you interested in improving quality of life and promoting sustainability? If so, we invite you to join us in advancing policy to help San Francisco lead the charge in environmental initiatives.

Department Background:
The San Francisco Department of the Environment is a leader in climate, sustainable transportation, zero waste, toxics reduction and energy policy. Our mission is to provide solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans and we’re looking for a stellar Manager of Policy & Public Affairs to help us make this happen.

This role will report to the Director of the Department of the Environment, and will work closely with the Deputy Director, Program Managers, the San Francisco Commission on the Environment and the Office of the City Attorney.

Position Description:
The Policy & Public Affairs Manager will serve as the Department’s primary interface with local, state and federal elected officials and regulatory agencies. In addition, this position will support our Outreach & Communications Team by serving as the Department’s principal Press Liaison.

Working closely with the Department’s senior leadership team, City departments and the Mayor’s office, you will help develop policy positions and strategies to drive legislative and regulatory outcomes for the benefit of the environment. You will also be responsible for advancing our public policy objectives with local, state, national and international media. This position will serve as the on-the-record spokesperson for the Department and assist with public information requests.

Finally, you will work with the Department Director and President of the San Francisco Commission on the Environment to structure meeting agendas that generate support for the Department’s initiatives and help the Commission engage with the public.

In order to be successful, you will understand the complexities of municipal government, make friends fast, and clearly communicate complex ideas.  If you have experience in government and/or government relations and media relations, we are interested in talking to you.
Examples of Important & Essential Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
    •  Work with subject matter experts on staff to shape the Department’s public policy, government and media relations strategy in consultation with our management team, then thoughtfully and effectively execute it.
    •  Cultivate and maintain robust relationships with elected and appointed officials and local reporters.
    •  Educate state and local policy makers on the Department’s work and priorities.
    •  Represent the Department before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Commissions and other local public bodies, including providing public testimony.
    •  Collaborate with nonprofit advocates to facilitate coordinated policy efforts and enhance the value we provide to communities.
    •  Draft policy memos and provide briefings for the Director.
    •  Work with the Director and President of the San Francisco Commission on the Environment to curate agenda topics and action items that support the work of the Department.
    •  Track, coordinate and manage the Department’s local, state and federal legislative priorities.
    •  Work with Department staff to respond to public records and San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance requests.
    •  Develop the Department’s media strategy and work with the Outreach/Marketing Team on methods to generate earned media.
    •  Supervise and support the Department’s media relations program including drafting press releases, quotes for the Director, and Op-Eds.

    •  Orchestrate press events and field calls from the media.
    •  Manage a team of 4 staff responsible for media relations, commission affairs and community relations.
    •  Represent the Department at community events.
    •  Work directly with the Department’s Director and executive team.
    Appointment Type:
    This position is a Permanent-Exempt Appointment. It has an anticipated duration of three years. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointment officer.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

    Five (5) years of professional experience in policy development, legislative advocacy, government relations, public relations, communications, media affairs, or related field.

    Desirable Qualifications

    1.  Experience developing policy, understanding of the Board of Supervisors’ legislative process and preferably on the record media experience.
    2.  Demonstrated track-record for working at a rapid pace and coordinating with multiple players, departments and building coalitions.
    3.  Familiarity with local and state-level legislative process and an understanding of the effective tools and strategies to move policy ideas through the process.
    4.   Excellent consensus building interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse communities.
    5.   Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    6.   At least 2 years of experience managing staff members.
    7.   Familiarity with environmental policy issues.
    8.  Experience managing a high performing team in a represented environment.

    Supplemental Submissions

    Candidates are requested to submit a resume and brief cover letter (under 1,000 words) stating why the position interests you and how your skills and qualifications are a fit for the position.  Please attach a single document that includes both of these items, along with the following optional items as listed below.  Upload this document as a PDF or Word file, with the naming convention of “Your Name-0922PolicyMgr”.

    1.  Press clippings and other social media demonstrating your on the record work with news outlets.
    2.  Examples of your public speaking skills before large and small groups of people, with preference for public bodies.
    3.  Examples of a demonstrated track record detailing your specific role at helping advance policy through any legislative public process.
    The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date, unless otherwise noted.

    How To Apply

    Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.
      1. Select the desired job announcement
      2. Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
      3. Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
      4. Follow instructions on the screen
        Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

        Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

        Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application was received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

        All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications .Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

        Please email Preston Treichel, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at Preston.Treichel@sfgov.org should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the 'Timeline' section under the Selection Procedures heading.

        Selection Procedures

        Online application filing deadline will conclude at 8:00am on Monday, October 30th, 2017.  Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to give application status updates.  While we are not able to reach out to every applicant, the hiring manager will contact you directly after the filing deadline if your skills and experiences are a strong match for the position.

        The selection process will include an evaluation of applications and an assessment of candidates' relative job-related knowledge, skills and abilities.  Only those applicants most closely meeting the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

        Conviction History

        As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:
          •  Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
          •  Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.
            Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

            If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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            All City & County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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            7. Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

            ISSUED: OCTOBER 2, 2017
            ANNOUNCEMENT NO: PEX-0922-081185


            All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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