About the Organization
We. Love. Public Space. At the San Francisco Parks Alliance, we work with more than 200 partner organizations, city agencies, private sector clients and everyday citizens to ensure that our treasured city parks and public spaces thrive in communities throughout San Francisco. As we expand to serve even more parks and people, we are seeking an Associate Director of Stewardship & Activation to join our team. If you are a can-do team player, an innovative thinker and doer, and passionate about helping shape the future of public space in San Francisco, let’s talk.
Parks Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. To apply, please send your resume and letter of interest to [email protected] with your name and this job title in the subject line.
About the Position
SFPA is building capacity for an exciting period of significant growth in transforming, activating and championing public spaces citywide. The Associate Director of Stewardship & Activation will play a vital role in that growth, leading two key aspects of Parks Alliance’s mission focus: cultivating and sustaining community-led stewardship of public spaces, and providing direct and dynamic public space activation services. Both are inter-related and essential in keeping SF’s public spaces clean, safe and welcoming for the long term: “stewardship” work entails indirect public space betterment via our community Partners, and “activation” work entails direct service provision by Parks Alliance. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in civic entrepreneurship for both immediate and long-term impact. The position is based in the San Francisco Parks Alliance Office.
Team Management & Support – 60%
- Directly manage Activation team (2 Project Managers) and Stewardship team (3 Area Managers), tracking individual work progress via regular check-ins, quarterly work planning and annual reviews
- Provide creative problem-solving guidance and support to Managers as they tackle often never-been-done before projects involving unique sites, communities and clients, and leverage innovative public place-making and community engagement tools
- Provide professional mentorship and support to Managers as they navigate people management, whether on internal teams (direct reports, cross-departmental projects) or external teams (inter-agency collaborations, heterogenous multi-stakeholder community groups, cross-sector design teams)
- Work with Managers to identify new opportunities for increased mission impact – new sites, partners, vendors, clients, funders etc.
Citywide Public Space Initiative Co-Leadership – 30%
- Together with P&P Director and CEO, co-lead the Initiative’s Parks Alliance team, in close partnership with the SF Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
- Support Director in setting up and refining internal Initiative work flow processes in preparation for rapid scaling, including: project management systems and templates, site data collection methods, reporting templates, communications protocols with clients and communities, team roles and responsibilities internally and externally
- Track grant budget, reporting and deliverables, helping P&P Director ensure milestones are reached on time and within budget
- Generate or guide generation of quarterly and semi-annual site progress reports, in partnership with Activation Sr Project Manager, P&P Director, and Strategy & Partnerships Department
- Seek out new project sites, partners, place-making equipment and/or activities, as a thought leader in pioneering compelling and impactful new public space activation strategies & tactics
Special Projects & Thought Leadership – 10%
- Together with Director & Deputy Director, identify existing and pipeline P&P projects that require additional dedicated attention at the leadership level, and determine which of the three P&P Leadership Team members is best suited to take on the work, based on skill set & availability.
- Advance Parks Alliance’s implementation of its Strategic Plan goals, notably Goal #4: Develop Programming to Activate Spaces Citywide, and Goal #5: Establish Organization as a Thought Leader on Public Space, by serving as a Parks Alliance ambassador and by leveraging and growing professional networks for business & new revenue stream development.
Other duties as required as a member of the Parks & Place Team and the Parks Alliance Leadership Team.
- Reports to the Deputy Director of Parks & Place, conducting weekly 1-on-1 meetings to review progress and challenges of Managers as well as primary contributor work.
- Quarterly and annual reviews will be held to review the Associate Director’s performance.
- The Associate Director is also a member of the Parks Alliance Leadership Team, comprised of all Associate Directors, Deputy Directors and Directors as well as the CEO. The Leadership Team meets once per month to work on strategic direction for the organization.
- Direct supervision of 3 Area Managers and 2 Project Managers, including approving timesheets and credit card expenditures, and conducting weekly 1-on-1 meetings with each Manager to guide and support his/her work.
- Maintain quarterly work plans with each direct report, and conduct quarterly and annual reviews.
- Support Director and Deputy Director in leading the Parks & Place Department, including team and workflow optimization, scaled growth over time, monthly department meetings and brainstorm sessions.
- Excellent written and verbal skills; strong attention and commitment to detail in all external and internal communications
- Strong project management and people management skills: experience managing multi-phase projects from inception to completion; experience balancing and aligning priorities within cross-sector and heterogenous-stakeholder teams
- Strong internal team management skills; experience leading and managing multiple direct reports
- Experience collaborating within an organization and with external stakeholders, including clients, vendors and partners to achieve desired outcomes; ability to proactively seek strategic partnerships and develop effective relationships; a strategic thinker who is thoughtful about partnerships and who is politically savvy
- Experience with creative and strategic problem-solving, using research and data analysis to set initial project focus and approach as well as to adjust in-progress project direction as needed to yield best results
- Experience and comfort working in a fast-paced start-up or rapid-growth environment, including building a flourishing department and managing and mentoring a team
- Experience fostering deep relationships with volunteers and valuing their contributions of time, expertise and passion
- Community engagement experience, including public relations, leading individual and group meetings, facilitating community workshops, and gracefully handling the unexpected
- Working knowledge of standard office software (Google drive, docs & email; Adobe Creative Suite; Microsoft Office)
- Bachelor’s degree
- Master’s degree in an environmental design discipline (urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental planning, etc), public policy, business, or other field related to public place-making
- Professional experience in the nonprofit sector, including familiarity with 501c3 rules, nonprofit Boards, and nonprofit development work
- Experience organizing community-building events and conferences, including managing vendor contracts, volunteer participation and event run-of-show
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter to “[email protected]” with your full name and position title in the subject line. Please note that a cover letter is required for your application to be considered. SFPA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and life experiences.