0933 Manager V - Director of External Affairs

Recruitment #PEX-0933-086016



This permanent exempt position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

The Director of External Affairs for the Port of San Francisco is responsible for the overall direction and management of communications programs, development of strategies that inform and influence public policy at the municipal, state and federal levels, and programs that connect Port activities to all San Francisco communities, with emphasis on equity and social responsibility.

Director of External Affairs description: https://sfport.com/sites/default/files/External%20Affairs%20final.pdf  




Minimum Qualifications

The Minimum Qualification guidelines for management classifications can be referenced here. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., desirable qualifications) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND



Six (6) years of verifiable experience in communications, public relations, community engagement, marketing or closely related filed in a government, non-profit or public sector setting; AND



Experience must include three (3) years of experience in supervising professional staff engaged in the above work.



Education Substitution: Additional experience as described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for year basis. (One year of work experience is equal to 30 semester or 45 quarter units).


How To Apply

Interested applicants may submit a compelling cover letter and a comprehensive resume to indicate your interest.  Please submit your application materials by Friday, September 6, 2019 to Suzette.Love@sfport.com or by mail to Suzette Love, Port of San Francisco, Pier 1, San Francisco, CA 94111. 


Selection Procedures

Your application materials will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine your qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the requirements of this position will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 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 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 a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and 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.


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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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