Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs

  • 1 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Full-time
  • Fill Type: Permanent Exempt
  • Work Hours: Weekdays
  • Job Code and Title: 0902-Mayoral Staff XIV

Company Description

Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD)

MOHCD’s mission is to support San Franciscans with affordable housing opportunities and essential services to build strong communities. We are industry leaders in financing the development, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable housing.  Through our financing, we strengthen the social, physical and economic infrastructure of San Francisco’s low-income neighborhoods and communities in need. We actively collaborate with community-based organizations, non-profits, affordable housing developers, and other City agencies and staff, in our pursuit of a more equitable and affordable San Francisco.  In our hiring practices, we strive to build teams that reflect the diversity of our City and the populations we serve, and we urge qualified candidates of all races, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

As a member of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development senior management team, the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs coordinates the organization’s public policy and legislative affairs activities and facilitates stakeholder participation and communication for key policy and program initiatives. This position is responsible for overseeing and managing a wide range of issues, deliverables and relationships related to public policy as well as legislative and intergovernmental affairs. The Director will serve as the point person for policy formation and legislative work related to MOHCD programs and initiatives. The Director will provide interagency coordination, facilitate stakeholder input, and serve as a liaison to the Mayor’s Office, elected officials, other City departments and local, state and federal agencies.

Job Description

Essential responsibilities include:

  •  Represent MOHCD at public hearings, commissions, and meetings.  Coordinate public presentations related to specific legislative items and policy programs and initiatives.
  • Manage outreach and engagement to the Board of Supervisors and other elected officials ensuring that accurate and up-to-date information is provided to policymakers and elected officials;
  •  Coordinate the drafting, introduction and passage of MOHCD legislation, maintain MOHCD legislative calendar and serve as MOHCD’s liaison to other City agencies and elected officials;
  • Develop and maintain MOHCD’s relationships with housing and community development experts, stakeholder groups and organizations at the local, state and federal level;
  • Create and maintain MOHCD’s public policy agenda in coordination with MOHCD leadership and the Mayor’s policy and legislative staff;
  • Oversee program updates and policy reports required by funders and stakeholders; produce white papers and policy papers as needed; and coordinate topic-specific reports and presentations for the Mayor, Board of Supervisors and/or policy bodies as directed;
  • Monitor federal, state, and local legislation and policy changes relevant to MOHCD’s mission and programs; conduct policy analysis and coordinate with Mayor’s policy staff and MOHCD leadership on recommended actions as necessary;
  • Monitor City policy changes relevant to MOHCD’s mission, (such as transit impact fee, CEQA reform, student housing, and development of micro-units); coordinate with Mayor’s policy staff and recommend action as necessary;


Minimum and Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in relevant field desirable.
  • Two to five years of policy, legislative and/or government affairs experience. Knowledge of affordable housing and/or community development preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of local legislative processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, remain flexible, positive, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail and legislative timelines.
  • Strong decision making ability and judgment on successful legislative and communication strategies.
  • Commitment to MOHCD’s mission and an understanding of the needs of low-to moderate-income residents.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with MOHCD’s senior management team and provide office-wide coordination on cross-cutting issues.
  • Ability to gather and analyze information, identify problems and opportunities, consider alternative courses of action and propose and communicate appropriate solutions in an effective manner.

Ability to:
Provide strong leadership, manage subordinate staff, exercise effective judgment in critical/emergency situations, analyze complicated and sensitive issues, and communicate and provide options clearly to the Mayor, Mayoral staff, commissions, boards, committees, other agencies and the public.   Apply the principles of public administration, financial and personnel management and effectively interpret all applicable laws, ordinances and codes.  Exercise independent analysis, adaptability and judgment on specialized proposals with difficult, complicated options.  Effectively present Mayor's policies and opinions to outside entities such as the public, boards, commissions and government agencies.  Maintain harmonious relationship with managers, City officials, unions, employees and the public.

Additional Information

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office for Housing and Community Development recruiting to fill the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs  You may review the job description and apply to join our amazing team through Smart Recruiters. 

Application Requirements:

Resume and cover letter describing your commitment to the mission of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and how your experience satisfies the desirable qualifications.

Classification : 0902 - Mayoral Staff XIV

Annual Salary: $ 121,238 - $154,726

Application filing deadline ends on Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00 pm

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Carol Isen - Human Resources Director