Corridor Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: DOE




2 Burrows Street
San Francisco
United States


The Portola Neighborhood Association is seeking a full time Corridor Manager (CM) who will be responsible for overseeing business development and community advocacy projects in the Portola. The CM’s primary role is to work with local business merchants, property owners and community stakeholders on improving the business community along San Bruno Avenue. The task may involve assisting individual businesses with referral to city and technical resources, facilitating and managing a façade improvement program and developing relationships with commercial property owners, existing businesses and prospective businesses that will help establish organizational capacity for the business community.

The CM will also work closely with the PNA Board to develop a framework for managing, improving, and increasing the Portola’s many gardens and other green spaces. Known as San Francisco’s Garden District, the PNA is working to implement a Portola Green Plan in partnership with neighborhood stakeholders. This task may involve assisting neighborhood activists with existing green spaces, managing the implementation and maintenance of current projects, and identifying partners and volunteers to contribute to future projects.

About the organization:

The Portola Neighborhood Association consists of long time residents, new homeowners, renters, merchants, commercial property owners and other community leaders in San Francisco’s Garden District. The PNA has been working diligently to improve the quality of life in the Portola neighborhood for more than 10 years. During this time it has been our organization’s mission to support and foster activity that creates a healthy, vibrant, affordable and well-connected neighborhood.

Job duties:

  • Develop strong relationship with San Bruno Ave property owners and businesses to implement projects and other activities related to economic development (Small business development, business attraction, retail merchandising, marketing, etc)
  • Communicate regularly with the PNA Board and provide updates and support for PNA projects as needed
  • Maintain outcome-tracking database of business attracted, jobs created and private/public funds leveraged
  • Conduct outreach to businesses, local contractors, design professionals and material vendors to develop and promote a façade improvement program
  • Serve as the PNA’s representative to property owners, merchants, community stakeholders and work closely with city agencies and elected officials                        
  • Work with businesses one-on-one regularly to identify specific business needs and make necessary referrals to City resources
  • Work with PNA board members and subcommittees to support community-led projects and facilitate organizational partnerships relating to public safety, transportation, public arts, beautification, greening and design
  • Manage day-to-day operation of the PNA office and work with fiscal sponsor to manage organizational budget and oversee contracts, invoices, payments and finances
  • Coordinate quarterly community meetings and prepare and publish communication materials about PNA’s programs and events
  • Oversee programmatic implementation of the Portola Green Plan in partnership with other neighborhood stakeholders
  • Must be capable of moderate physical exertion, including climbing a ladder, garden duties, and lifting 25 pounds
  • Manage workload for program assistant, intern(s) and volunteers
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Undergraduate degree required, graduate degree preferred. A minimum of 3 years of project management experience related to economic development, urban planning, community advocacy, urban greening or landscape architecture.
  • Experience working with steering committees, volunteers and neighborhood stakeholders
  • Experience working with merchants, property owners and city and state agencies in an economic development context
  • Experience in developing and managing publicly funded physical improvement projects
  • Experience with community gardens, urban agriculture and garden maintenance
  • Experience effectively managing multiple projects and deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
  • Experience writing and managing City grants, foundation grants and contracts with a working knowledge of fiscal management and budgeting
  • Proven ability to provide outreach and work closely with diverse communities
  • Interest and experience in placemaking, community development, and economic revitalization
  • Familiarity with San Francisco’s Southeast neighborhoods is a plus
  • Bilingual Cantonese speaking is strongly preferred but not required

Level of Language Proficiency

Cantonese language capacity strongly preferred but not required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to: with "[your name] - Corridor Manager" in the subject line.