9774-Sr. Community Devl Spc 1 (Project Manager)

Project Manager, Invest in Neighborhoods

Recruitment #PEX-9774-075133


About the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports the City's ongoing economic vitality through key programs focused on neighborhood commercial corridors, workforce development, joint development projects, industry focused business recruitment and retention, small business assistance and international business development. OEWD’s goal is to work continually to make San Francisco an even better place to work and do business. OEWD is a dynamic Department in the City and County of San Francisco that reports directly to the Mayor.

About the Invest In Neighborhoods Initiative (IIN)

Invest in Neighborhoods provides focused, customized assistance that meets the specific needs of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial districts by leveraging existing programs from across multiple departments and nonprofit partners. The neighborhood commercial districts selected for Invest in Neighborhoods receive a tailored set of city resources that include an initial corridor assessment, a point person at City Hall, an opportunity to apply for small project grants, and access to a range of other services aimed at strengthening neighborhood commercial corridors. Additional customized interventions – e.g., streetscape improvements, storefront improvements, business attraction, etc. – are deployed in a district based on the findings of the initial and ongoing corridor assessment and resource availability. In neighborhoods demonstrating high need, opportunity for economic growth, and existing community capacity, the City will provide operational support for a community-based organization that will engage community stakeholders and help implement programs.

One of the initiative’s goals is to align the economic development work in and along the Bayview’s Third Street commercial corridor and the immediate area. The area represents one of the Invest in Neighborhoods’ area of focus within San Francisco’s Southern Sector.

Position Description

The Project Manager will work as part of the Invest in Neighborhoods team and report to the Deputy Director for Invest in Neighborhoods. The Project Manager will support the Invest in Neighborhoods initiative, a multi-neighborhood business district revitalization and stabilization program launched by Mayor Ed Lee, with a primary focus on the Bayview and the Third Street commercial corridor.

The Project Manager will develop and manage grants, assist with strategy and program development, coordinate resources for small businesses and property owners, support interagency and community coordination, and facilitate community engagement for the Bayview/Third Street Corridor while working in conjunction with the Invest in Neighborhoods team, a range of City agencies, community partners, and OEWD’s neighborhood capacity-building partner Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

The Project Manager will also monitor SF Shines façade and tenant improvement program implementation and support the small business technical service and development grantee and partner portfolio and align with existing strategies.

The Project Manager will also inform the Small Business and Microenterprises Technical Assistance portfolio for the Bayview which includes OEWD’s CDBG grantees; nonprofit organizations, microlenders, and corridor programs that provide training, funding, and ongoing support for small businesses and micro businesses in San Francisco.

Specific Duties 

  1.  Act as lead City point person for the Bayview Third Street commercial corridor, including:

• Maintain key neighborhood contacts list, conduct monthly phone check-in with key neighborhood points of contact, attend all internal and community meetings relevant to this area, and conduct one-on-one meetings with community constituents as needed/directed
• Identify opportunities to leverage OEWD’s small business loan programs, SF Shines façade and tenant improvement grant program, Community Challenge Grants, and other key City or private resources.
• Prepare all district communications and reports for key city staff and elected officials as needed, which may include District Supervisor Memo’s, Mayoral notes, and Director Updates
• Prepare responses to public requests for information.
• Monitor local, state, and federal legislation as it relates to the commercial district. 

2.  Manage implementation of Bayview customized intervention plans/programs, such as the Third Street Economic Action Plan, including but not limited to: 

• Convene and/or participate in interagency meetings to facilitate confirmation of and implementation of customized interventions, including economic development, public safety, and arts and family programming, in specific Bayview corridors
• Work with key partners to refine and develop programs to best address community issues and needs; identify programmatic goals, funding, and collaborators and design programmatic policy and process.
• Serve as liaison to neighborhood partners, such as LISC, Corridor Manager and Third Street Corridor Steering Committee; support small business resource coordination; assist with capacity-building; and manage grant funding for projects and programs.
• Support the growth and development of developing merchants and neighborhood associations
• Coordinate procurement, negotiate scopes of work and budgets, manage reporting, and provide ongoing oversight for grants and contracts to nonprofit or consultant partners to deliver services and programs that include merchant engagement; small business assistance; neighborhood marketing and promotions; leasing and business attraction; physical improvements; and other programmatic areas as needed.
• Track ongoing activities and accomplishments for evaluation and communications purposes.
• Monitor and check the quality of vacancy tracking data on a quarterly basis. Facilitate and/or oversee key property owner engagement
• Continued monitoring of select developments and associated programming; and provide technical expertise and community engagement assistance including but not limited to select program and project areas.
• Coordinate the development and implementation of new resources and technical assistance to facilitate business attraction and encourage mixed-use development.

3.  Provide technical expertise and community engagement assistance toward the development of select opportunity sites:

• Support relationship development with property owners in coordination with OEWD’s Joint Development unit
• Assist and inform with community stakeholder outreach

4.  Support SF Shines façade and tenant improvement project implementation in Bayview Invest in Neighborhoods area, which includes the following tasks:

• Provide referrals for consulting and technical assistance to business owners, property owners, contractors, architects in coordination with corridor managers, Jobs Squad staff, and Invest in Neighborhood team
• Coordinate with IIN staff for project approval and implementation
• Support follow up visits to completed projects to make sure merchants are in compliance with maintenance requirements.
• Inform SF Shines review committee to select and approve projects

5.  Support alignment of Bayview business technical assistance organizations with Invest in Neighborhoods’ goals, including:

• Coordinate with the CDBG funded partners, Small Business Development and Assistance Centers, Jobs Squad, and sector-specific OEWD staff who work with small businesses to ensure coordination and deployment of services within the Invest in Neighborhoods framework.
• Inform comprehensive business technical assistance strategy and service deployment to meet neighborhood and small business needs.
• Check in with organizations and program supported Bayview business owners regularly to ensure availability of services, effectiveness of referrals, and appropriateness of programs in meeting small business needs
• Foster relationships, partnerships, and coordinated delivery of services among Bayview grantees

6.  Support Invest in Neighborhoods Programs:

• Lead Grocery Store attraction and retention efforts. Maintain a list of possible grocery store locations and a list of grocers interested in opening, expanding or relocating in the City.
• Lead the HealthyRetailSF pilot program that supports corner store owners to increase healthy food offerings through a sustainable business model.
• As need contribute to Citywide efforts related to the Bayview, such Federal grants and initiatives as applicable, i.e. Choice Neighborhood Initiative; violence prevention grant; tax credit financing zones
• Provide specific support in particular neighborhoods for targeted, vital, and select interventions.

7.  Other duties as assigned 


Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications are to be used as a guide for establishing the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license which may be required for employment in the class. Although these minimum qualifications are typical of the class, additional minimum qualifications and special conditions may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the job announcement.

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND three (3) years of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice; OR

2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the following fields: public or business administration, urban planning, government, social work, education, finance or criminal justice AND two (2) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, criminal justice; OR

3. Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in public policy, planning, social work, public administration, finance, education, criminal justice, or business administration; AND one (1) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and /or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice; OR

4. Possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited college or university AND one (1) year of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice.


Verifiable administrative/professional experience involving community development, housing and/or housing development, workforce development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice may substitute for the educational requirement in Minimum Qualification #1 on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable Qualifications:

• Graduate degree in business, marketing/public relations, public policy, public administration, urban planning, or a related degree
• Substantial small business and/or neighborhood economic development program management experience; experience with real estate development, small business leasing and build-out process desirable
• Track record in working well with range of City, small business, nonprofit and neighborhood stakeholders

        o Substantial experience working in politicized neighborhood environments desirable 
        o Substantial experience working across public sector agencies to implement programs desirable

• Effective communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, as well as track record in leadership of teams
• Computer skills and proficiency in working with basic software programs e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation applications
• Written and verbal Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Tagalog or Vietnamese language ability desirable

How To Apply

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Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been 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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Anabel Simonelli-Kupelian by telephone at 415-554-6657, or by email at anabel.simonelli@sfgov.org.


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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