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Job Opening – Executive Director (part-time)

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Executive Director


ABOUT THE POSITION: Walk San Francisco, San Francisco’s pedestrian advocacy organization, seeks an enthusiastic leader to help take us to the next level in terms of impact and reach.

This flexible, multifaceted position will help coordinate, grow, and harness an active Board of Directors and other passionate volunteers to shape pedestrian policies in order to make the City a safer, friendlier place to be on foot.

It is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a chance to have a lot of ownership over their work and make a real impact.  This position will build on a strong history of advocacy success and base of individual members.  It will also work with organizations such as the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Livable City. While there is currently funding for an hourly part-time position (20 hours/week) for one year, we expect to expand the hours of this position as soon as possible with successful fundraising.

OUR MISSION AND GOALS: Walk San Francisco seeks to improve San Francisco’s walking environment through activism and policy advocacy that educates residents, city agencies, and elected officials regarding the need for more pedestrian-friendly streets.  Learn more at

Our goals are:

  • To ensure the design of a human-scaled, pedestrian-oriented city.
  • To promote community attitudes and government policies that favor walking.
  • To increase funding for pedestrian-friendly transportation planning and projects.
  • To reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries.
  • To increase walking in San Francisco by making it fun again.
  • To make San Francisco the most walkable city in the United States.


Fundraising: 50%

This position works with the Board of Directors to establish fundraising goals and then implements activities to meet these goals with help from the Board.  This would include:

  • Overseeing the individual membership program, including an annual appeal.
  • Meeting with potential major donors.
  • Identifying and pursuing grant opportunities.
  • Organizing fund raising events like house parties, our annual Peak2Peak walk, galas, etc.

Administration: 15%

This position manages all administrative and accounting tasks such as:

  • Answering the phone, responding to emails, and requests for information.
  • Managing the budget.
  • Maintaining physical and digital records; oversee database entry.

Volunteer Coordination and Board Oversight: 30%

We recognize that the Executive Director can only succeed by working with a range of people who can do everything from watch dogging a pedestrian issue to entering recent donations into the database.  Thus a major component of this position’s time will be successfully recruiting, working with, coordinating and appreciating volunteers.

The Board of Directors is currently made up of a small, passionate, and dedicated group of people who are eager for the Executive Director to lead the Board in determining a strategic direction for Walk San Francisco and using their time and talents more effectively to forward the organization’s mission.  This position would also seek to strategically grow the Board to meet key needs.

Communications/Media & Advocacy/Policy: 5%

This position relies on Board members and volunteers in order to conduct needed communications and advocacy work, such as setting up and sending mass emails and tracking policy decisions.  However, this position will occasionally serve as the spokesperson for Walk San Francisco to the media and at key hearings.


    • At least 3 years of relevant work experience and a proven track record in fundraising.
    • Strong leadership and organizational skills.
    • Good communications skills including writing ability, speaking style, and an ability to engage/connect with people.
    • Experience in managing volunteers, interns, and/or staff and an interest in gaining more.
    • Experience working with or on a Board of Directors a big plus.
    • A “can-do” attitude; enthusiastic; graceful under pressure; self-motivated and directed.
    • Good computer skills; database experience a plus.
    • A strong belief in Walk San Franciscos mission and an interest in learning more about pedestrian issues. Experience with pedestrian and related advocacy a plus.

HOW TO APPLY: Send: 1) a résumé; 2) a cover letter detailing both who you are and what you’ve done to make yourself a great fit for this position; and 3) a grant writing sample such as a completed and submitted grant application (optional)

Send these materials as attachments (preferably as one PDF file) to with the subject line: Executive Director Search.

Interviews will begin in June 2010.  Position is open until filled.

People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.