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Policy Director

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Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco


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Published 6 days ago

March 11, 2021
$47,840 - $50,336

The San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, (COH), is a small, scrappy organization with a long history of accomplishments and an office that opens its doors to unhoused San Franciscans. Our walls are covered with political posters, our office is home to a couple of old, worn couches, and our meetings are conducted in an open space that can sometimes be a little chaotic. The Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco was organized in 1987 to garner the active participation of poor people and front line staff on the design, critique and implementation of public policy and services that result in permanent solutions to poverty.  It is a unique organization who’s driving force is low income and homeless people, working in every aspect of the organization, from the volunteers and the staff to the leadership body. The CoH is home to the Street Sheet Newspaper, two community organizing workgroups, the Our City Our Home Coalition, and various other projects and campaigns. While many organizations doing work with homelessness are primarily direct service organizations, our primary goal is systemic change through building power. 


The Coalition on Homelessness is adding a new position to oversee policy development, including guiding our positions, creating policy and media communications work. This position would oversee development of stance/ creation/ response of public policy as well as overseeing media and communications work. Homelessness has become a more visible and more contested issue in San Francisco, and the Policy Director will assist our organization in these times by working to expand our public policy and public education capacity. The ideal candidate for this job possesses a high level of policy analysis skills, and a deep understanding of the issues we hope to impact.


Policy Work 50%

•   Facilitate the development of organization stances, including deconstructing policy into papers that are easily digestible, analyzing pros and cons, gathering input and developing consensus on position. 

•      Develop detailed knowledge of and conduct research and track a variety of governmental homeless, housing, shelter and criminal justice regulations that impact our work including SFHA ACOP, City budget process, San Francisco legislation as well as major state and federal legislation. 

•        Draft fact sheets, position papers, reports, other items as needed to reflect projects goals with regards to institutional change after collecting input from stakeholders and impacted community members.

 •        Brief staff and members on pending legislation, ensure well informed body that can weigh in, track recommended amendments from staff and members.

•        Develop policy that moves us towards addressing homelessness and human rights abuses based on input from unhoused community members and front line staff

•        Develop and maintain relationships with elected officials, city department

representative while ensuring we are holding them accountable.

•        Schedule meetings with city departments, policy makers and elected officials, ensure presence of impacted community members, design agendas and prep meeting attendees.

•        Ensure our positions upholds our values and principles;


Social Media, Media and Communications 30%

•           Give technical assistance with maximizing messaging and social media impact.

•           Draft media work product including articles, graphics, opinion editorials, press releases, social media tool kits and other items as needed that reflect on campaign goals, and other issues related to systemic change goals in our organization.

•           Oversee media work from our working groups, staff meetings, managing collective core messaging goals, and collaborate with staff including communications team to ensure discussion, uploading and tracking of social media content.

•           Foster, develop, and maintain relationships with media including journalists and TV presenters, field media requests and assign to appropriate staff


Leadership Development and Training 20%

•                 Providing technical assistance with policy work support to five organizing staff.

•        Leadership development of staff and unhoused members by holding in house trainings on existing regulations and impact on homelessness issues as needed, bringing in trainers and connecting to external trainings.

 

Minimum Qualifications


•        Familiarity with homelessness in San Francisco, and willingness and ability to engage daily with diverse communities. 

•           Good writing skills.

•           Knowledge of grass roots organizing methods.

•           Knowledge of San Francisco governmental structures.

•           Macintosh computer literate and knowledge of word processing.

•           Must have ability to juggle multiple projects, and have a great deal of self initiative.

Other duties as assigned.

Preference will be given to San Francisco residents who have personally experienced poverty and homelessness.

 

People of color and others who have experienced social oppression encouraged to apply.

 

Send résumé and cover letter to jfriedenbach@cohsf.org by March 10, 2021 

The San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, (COH), is a small, scrappy organization with a long history of accomplishments and an office that opens its doors to unhoused San Franciscans. Our walls are covered with political posters, our…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Full health and dental benefits and generous vacation package

Full health and dental benefits and generous vacation package

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near San Francisco, CA
Associated Location
280 Turk Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102

How to Apply

Preference will be given to San Francisco residents who have personally experienced poverty and homelessness.

 

People of color and others who have experienced social oppression encouraged to apply.

 

Send résumé and cover letter to jfriedenbach@cohsf.org by March 10, 2021 

Preference will be given to San Francisco residents who have personally experienced poverty and homelessness.

 

People of color and others who have experienced social…

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