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🔗Director of Advocacy & Programs

  • Full Time
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • $70,000 - $90,000 (annually) USD / Year
  • August 15, 2022
  • Job Summary: The Director of Advocacy & Programs for San Francisco Heritage coordinates preservation goals over different program areas, including advocacy, research, education, communications, and outreach.
  • Job Qualifications:
    • Our ideal candidate has a deep knowledge and well-established relationships within the San Francisco historic preservation and local policy community;
    • Superior written and analytical skills, demonstrating concision and exceptional attention to detail;
    • Semonstrated ability and comfort level speaking in a variety of public contexts;
    • Undergraduate Degree in historic preservation, planning, law, history, and/or related field;
    • 5+ years of relevant advocacy, program, and/or historic preservation professional experience, preferably in the cultural non-profit space;
    • Knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (or comparable legislation), Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and planning and preservation policy;
    • Strong interpersonal, networking and organizational skills;
    • Experience in supervising and managing others;
    • Demonstrated track record of taking full ownership of both large and small projects and seeing them through to a successful conclusion;
    • Demonstrated ability to balance and prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • How to Apply:

    Please send your resume, cover letter and contact details for 3 references (who will not be contacted without your prior notification) by e-mail to Ms. Karalyn Monteil, President & CEO of San Francisco Heritage, with copy to, and with Director of Advocacy & Programs in the subject line.  Applications received by 15 August 2022 will be given priority. No phone calls please.

  • Job benefits: Paid holidays, paid sick time, access to group insurance policy with Kaiser or a medical stipend, paid vacation, and eligibility to participate in 403(b) retirement plan after one year of service.
  • Contact Name: Karalyn Monteil, President & CEO
  • Application Email: ;
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: San Francisco Heritage 2007 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA 94109

Website San Francisco Heritage

Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1971, SF Heritage’s mission has evolved over the past 50 years from focusing solely on the preservation of historic buildings to the preservation and enhancement of San Francisco's unique architectural and cultural identity. This progression from concentrating on tangible cultural heritage to also including intangible cultural heritage has also expanded our reach to include more grassroots mobilization of local communities and partners while embedding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion into our priorities and actions.

Join the mission-driven team at San Francisco Heritage (‘SF Heritage’)!  We aim to preserve and enhance San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity.  For over 50 years, we have been protecting the city in the face of rapid change through advocacy, education, partnerships, and the preservation of architecture, art and cultural resources, legacy businesses, and community gathering places—elements that define our collective heritage and our pride as San Franciscans.

SF Heritage has a dynamic opportunity for a Director of Advocacy & Programs to work closely with the President & CEO, and support the Projects & Policy Committee of our Board of Directors.  As a senior member of the SF Heritage team, you’ll represent SF Heritage in meetings and consultations at City Hall and with developers, in neighborhood alliances and cultural districts, with the media, and other partners, direct advocacy, programs and education initiatives, and support fundraising to advance SF Heritage’s mission.

The Director of Advocacy & Programs coordinates preservation goals over different program areas, including advocacy, research, education, communications, and outreach. The position requires a skilled public policy manager and coalition-builder. S/he/they supports SF Heritage to achieve policy goals by bringing partners together, providing technical support, and leading advocacy campaigns. The Director of Advocacy & Programs supports organizational operations including grant-writing, budget management, and public/donor relations as well as communications. Supervising program and communications staff, the Director of Advocacy & Programs reports directly to the President & CEO, and actively supports the implementation of the SF Heritage Strategy and Action Plan.

Come work with our 8-person team at our historic Victorian house headquarters, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and a true San Francisco Landmark.   Our ideal candidate is a local historic and cultural preservation professional passionate about San Francisco–its history, culture, communities, and special places.  Learn more about SF Heritage at:, and

Key responsibilities include:

Project Review and Public Policy 70%

·       Lead SF Heritage’s work on development projects, public policy, and legislation;

·       Stay abreast of current trends in preservation and monitor proposed development projects that impact cultural and historic resources;

·       Articulate and communicate SF Heritage’s position on preservation issues in the media and before public commissions and legislative bodies, including the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors;

·       Participate in the environmental review process for proposed development projects and plans that impact cultural and historic resources, including public testimony and written comments on CEQA documents;

·       Work with elected officials, agency staff, cultural districts, and community stakeholders to bring people together, facilitate dialogue, and build consensus;

·       Effectively engage historically underrepresented communities;

·       Advance best practices in cultural and historic preservation and heritage conservation through policy papers and conference presentations;

·       Support drafting, editing, and commissioning Legacy Business Registry and city landmark nominations;

·       Supervise and assist consultants in the completion of grant-funded projects, including but not limited to the San Francisco New Deal-era Historic Context Statement, San Francisco Latino Historic Context Statement, and Haight-Ashbury Landmark District nomination;

·       Respond to all requests (from the government, general public, community groups, developers, partners or the media) for information from SF Heritage related to advocacy, cultural and historic preservation;

·       Support partnerships related to cultural and historic preservation, including reviewing and/or drafting texts, preparing and delivering presentations, and participating in lectures, conferences, meetings or panel discussions;

·       Oversee any consultants, volunteers or interns linked to our work with cultural and historic preservation.

Programs, Communications & Outreach 20%

·       Oversee program operations, coordinating preservation goals over different program areas, including advocacy, education programs, communications, and outreach for SF Heritage and our two cultural properties.

·       Supervise current and future advocacy, program and communications staff (currently 2 staff: Museum & Tour Manager and Program & Communications Manager).

·       Develop an annual work plan and budget in line with the SF Heritage Strategic Plan and DEAI goals, and participate in quarterly reviews with all staff to monitor and evaluate progress, challenges, and opportunities;

·       Work closely with colleagues to develop and evaluate annual education and outreach programming, including Lecture Series and semi-annual membership meetings;

·       Conceive and write articles for SF Heritage News (quarterly newsletter), and advise on website and social media content related to preservation advocacy;

·       Draft articles, op-eds, policy papers, white papers and other research and documentation related to preservation advocacy in San Francisco;

·       Identify and collect data, and report on indicators showcasing SF Heritage’s preservation advocacy actions and impacts, including any contribution towards the promotion of diversity, equity, access and inclusion;

·       Support membership outreach and cultivation, special events as well as fundraising efforts.

Board Support 10%

·       Support the Projects & Policy Committee of the Board of Directors, including organizing monthly meetings, liaising with developers, consolidating advice for development projects, drafting letters and e-mails, and participating in site visits, online and in-person meetings;

·       Support other committees and task forces as requested by the President & CEO;

·       Attend all bi-monthly board meetings, including making occasional presentations to the SF Heritage board;

·       Prepare inputs on advocacy & programs for the bi-monthly Board Report, and assist with meeting preparation and follow-up as needed.

In addition to the above responsibilities:

·       Build synergies and a culture of collaboration among the staff, volunteers, and interns;

·       Promote and include Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) in all aspects of your work, reporting on actions and outcomes during quarterly and end of the year reports and reviews.

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