Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Our Oakland-based team mobilizes supporters and partners throughout the region to protect the Bay from pollution and climate change, and to restore crucial shoreline habitat for endangered species and flood protection.
We are always looking for talented and passionate Bay Savers to join our team. To apply for a position at Save The Bay, send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the position title in the subject line.
The Political Director is a powerful advocate for San Francisco Bay, leading implementation of Save The Bay’s Strategic Plan 2020 policy initiatives for a healthy Bay in a sustainable Bay Area. The successful candidate is a dynamic and strategic leader, with the vision, judgment and persistence to see opportunities and organize political forces to realize them. S/he leads a team of advocates to success on priority initiatives to benefit the Bay, employing strategy, science and power; mobilizing and uniting diverse interests and communities; and building Save The Bay’s impact, effectiveness and influence.
The Director designs and oversees ambitious campaigns to double the amount of tidal wetlands in the Bay to 100,000 acres, to ensure that zero trash pollutes the Bay from stormwater, and to create Bay Smart Communities that are healthy and climate-resilient. This position reports to the Executive Director, serves on the senior management team, and works with members of the Board of Directors.
Plan and manage winning campaigns to achieve Save The Bay’s strategic goals; develop work plans, tactics and budgets for policy team and volunteers.
Advocate successfully for Save The Bay’s policy objectives directly with elected officials, agencies, and stakeholders at the local, state and federal level.
Lead a team of advocacy professionals to accomplish work plans and achieve excellent results, through grassroots mobilization, direct lobbying and electoral activity.
Serve as a spokesperson to promote Save The Bay and its campaigns to news media, funders, and other audiences.
Serve on Save The Bay’s senior management team and work closely with other directors to integrate advocacy objectives throughout the organization.
Identify and secure project funding, and leverage advocacy campaigns for donor support; cultivate and solicit a portfolio of individual and institutional donors for Save The Bay and Save The Bay Action Fund.
Support organization strategy development and policy oversight by the Board of Directors and its committees.
Evaluate outcomes and progress toward strategic plan goals, and adjust tactics to ensure Save The Bay’s maximum impact and effectiveness.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
Bold and effective leader driven to seize initiative and make an impact for positive change; strategic, creative thinker, with proven ability to see the big picture, set priorities and get results.
At least 10 years of demonstrated leadership developing and executing successful issue advocacy campaigns, direct lobbying for policy victories, and mobilizing partners to collective action.
At least 5 years of successful program management and staff leadership; demonstrated ability supervising and motivating employees to set and accomplish ambitious objectives, establish and implement project budgets and targeted work plans.
Teamwork and leadership skills for effective collaboration; proven track record of building strong alliances with public officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders.
Superb political judgment, decisiveness, and enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and policy goals; familiarity with Bay ecology and issues is beneficial.
Excellent project-management and problem-solving skills; ability to manage multiple issue campaigns, objectives and staff simultaneously.
Strong persuasive speaking and writing skills; attention to detail; computer proficiency with Windows, Salesforce and Internet research applications.
Valid California driver’s license and favorable driving record; clean background check.
Compensation and Benefits:
The Political Director is a senior management position offering salary commensurate with experience. Save The Bay’s excellent employee benefits include insurance for medical, dental, vision and chiropractic services; 403(b) plan, paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time.
Save The Bay’s downtown Oakland offices feature an attractive work environment and excellent access to transit. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject line: Political Director – [your last name]. No phone calls, please.
Political and Community Organizer
Political and Community Organizer conducts outreach for the legislative, electoral, and community relations programs of Save The Bay and the Save The Bay Action Fund, building local engagement and partnerships. The Organizer advocates for Climate Change Resilience through acceleration of wetlands restoration and increase of fresh water flows to the Bay; and for Bay Smart Communities through policies that promote sustainable development, reduce Bay pollution and water consumption, and enhance access to the Bay shoreline for all.
The Organizer reports to the Associate Director for Policy and works closely with advocacy and communications staff. This position includes some evening and weekend responsibilities, and travel within the Bay Area.
Develop grassroots action plans, constituent mobilization, and coalition-building strategies to support Save The Bay legislative and policy objectives.
Organize grassroots lobbying efforts; coalitions; and other actions by supporters, partners, and allies for Save The Bay’s political and policy campaigns.
Conduct research, reconnaissance, and outreach on Save The Bay Action Fund political campaign priorities.
Serve as a primary contact with selected municipal, county, state, and federal elected officials and staff.
Serve as the primary contact with organizations advocating for environmental quality and environmental justice; smart growth and sustainable development; affordable housing and public transit; neighborhood improvement; and open space preservation and access.
Engage with strategic allies to advance shared priorities; participate as appropriate in community coalitions and campaigns.
Help to develop print and social media content, recruit volunteers, and conduct other outreach and communications.
Other duties as assigned.
BA/BS required with knowledge of environmental policy and political organizing preferred.
At least three years of experience leading and winning issue advocacy campaigns, with increasing levels of responsibility.
Strong persuasive writing, research, editing, and public speaking skills.
Experience working in multi-disciplinary staff teams, developing and executing work plans, and facilitating meetings.
Familiarity with Bay ecology and issues, agency and legislative processes, and community-based political programs.
Experience working effectively with elected and agency officials, community leaders, environmental activists, and diverse groups of other stakeholders.
Passion for Save The Bay’s mission.
Demonstrated initiative and creativity; proven ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
Valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record; clean background check.
Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet research applications required; proficiency with Salesforce and voter files (PDI, VAN, etc.) preferred.