0961 Director, Department on the Status of Women

Recruitment #PEX-0961-904247


0961 Director, Department on the Status of Women

The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women is seeking a new Executive Director.

The Position:

The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women’s mission is to promote equitable treatment and foster the advancement of women and girls throughout San Francisco through policies, legislation, and programs.

  • Reduce gender-based violence
  • Promote a safer workplace for women in the City
  • Increase women’s economic empowerment
  • Expand housing security for sexually exploited youth and women

San Francisco Department on the Status of Women plays a central role in transforming San Francisco into a fully gender equitable city. The executive director will lead the City’s efforts in incorporating a strong gender lens in city government’s internal operations and policies, as well as external policies and programs, to better serve women and girls. The executive director will build close partnerships and collaborate with the Mayor’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, city agencies, and other stakeholders, leveraging support from external partners and the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women to build a more diverse and efficient city government through gender-responsive policies and programs.

Job Description:

Reporting directly to the Commission on the Status of Women, the Executive Director is responsible for providing the leadership and direction necessary for the successful management of the department consistent with the strategic plan set by the Commission on the Status of Women. The Executive Director will focus on developing and managing new initiatives as well as enhancing, strengthening and managing existing programs. They will continue to develop and maintain external relationships, while overseeing fundraising, communications, social enterprises and public education. The Director will lead interagency efforts to develop and revitalize undeserved communities and ensure gender equity, and accessibility to all citizens.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Ability to foster and maintain relationships at all levels and with key constituencies using excellent oral and written communication skills to generate consensus
  • Ability to develop and communicate a shared vision of future needs
  • Politically astute with a proven track record of collaboratively and harmoniously working with other City departments, elected officials, local, regional, and state governments, commissions/boards, outside agencies, residents, and other key stakeholders in achieving goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated ability in effectively leading and managing organizational development and cultural change; leading and balancing bold visioning with strategic planning and tactical implementation
  • Highly effective communicator with a high degree of emotional intelligence and maturity who demonstrates cultural competence, active listening, and responsiveness
  • Demonstrated track record of advancing diversity, gender equity, and inclusion
  • Humility with and ability to leverage staff’s knowledge and technical expertise; committed to staff development and empowers staff with authority and resources to carry out their responsibilities
  • Knowledgeable of legislative processes and gender equity principles, women’s rights policy work
  • Strong advocate for gender-equitable policies
  • Knowledgeable of commercial youth sexual exploitation and youth homelessness, as it relates to the housing security and the housing crisis in San Francisco
  • Sensitivity to and belief in empowering domestic violence survivors and/or human trafficking survivors

Essential Duties:

  • Coordinates and directs the activities of the Department on the Status of Women; supervises the development and implementation of key initiatives of the Strategic Plan and collaborates with other affected departments or agencies in such development and implementation; formulates work program, assigns, schedules, and reviews the program of work; prepares and administers departmental budget and directs the maintenance of necessary records and reports
  • Directs the development of gender-based violence prevention programs and other city government initiatives to address women’s needs, which includes research, analysis, design, writing, and editing of reports
  • Acts as an advisor to the Commission; convenes the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor, Commission, other City departments, public agencies and civic organizations to discuss policy issues, and amplify learnings.
  • Directs staff in researching issues facing women and girls, gathering data and insights on gender equity within the City, and identifying resources and development of action plans
  • Prioritize and align programs and initiatives to new strategic direction
  • Develop annual program and project budgets in collaboration with program staff and manage the efficient and effective use of the agency’s resources
  • Identify and mitigate risks, seek opportunities for enhancing resources, and financial capital to ensure ongoing implementation of objectives
  • Build strategic partnerships with City Departments, elected officials, outside agencies, and other key stakeholders and represents the Department and Commission at interdepartmental committees
  • Directs the preparation of agenda for regular and special Commission meetings and reports; explains, advises and recommends action on all calendar and policy matters before the commission

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 job announcement.

  • Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and
  • Seven (7) years of professional-level work in gender equity policy and legislation, or the promotion and protection of women’s rights, including five (5) years of responsible supervisory and administrative experience.

Desirable Qualifications:
Possession of an advanced degree such as a law degree, Master’s degree or higher in women’s studies, social science, political science, law, public policy, management, business, or a related field with a focus on gender studies, human rights, or women’s rights.

How To Apply

This recruitment will be conducted on a confidential basis throughout the various stages of the process. We will not contact references until mutual interest has been established. This position is “open” until a final selection has been made. Candidates must apply by Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5:00PM PST. Electronic submittals to kristin.hadley@sfgov.org are strongly preferred and should include the following:

  • Cover letter with your reasons for applying; and
  • Comprehensive resume

Please do not use special characters when naming your files to be attached.

After we receive these application materials, we will invite only the most highly qualified candidates to interview. We plan to conduct interviews in October and will forward the names of the top candidates to Mayor Breed in November.  We expect to conduct detailed background checks and to make an offer by the end of November. This timeframe is preliminary and is subject to change. Please direct your confidential inquiries and questions regarding this career opportunity to the Kristin Hadley at kristin.hadley@sfgov.org.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

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.


Equal Opportunity:
The City and County of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer and encourages women, people of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition or pregnancy, or any other legally protected characteristics.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

Issued: 10/07/2020
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 904247


Compensation and Benefits:
The City and County of San Francisco (‘City’) offers a competitive salary and benefits program. The annual salary range for this position is $134,706 - $171,912. The salary is dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Appointments above this range may be considered based on documented and substantiated recruitment and retention issues or exceptional skills. A special approval process is necessary for appointment above the normal salary range.

The City offers flexible benefit plans with pre-tax elections that include: medical and dental insurance; San Francisco Employee Retirement System (mySFERS.org); deferred compensation plan; long-term disability plan; life insurance; paid management training program; 11 paid holidays per year; 5 floating holidays; 10 to 20 vacation days per year depending on years of service; and 5 days of paid executive leave per year. Please follow this link to review a summary of benefits available for this position: https://sfdhr.org/MEA-Miscellaneous-Benefit-Summary

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