1824 Principal Administrative Analyst

San Francisco Arts Commission Director of Community Investments

Recruitment #PEX-1824-902410


Appointment Type:  Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment. This position is excluded by the San Francisco City Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the pleasure of the Director of Cultural Affairs.


San Francisco Arts CommissionThe San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. The SFAC envisions a San Francisco where the transformative power of art is critical to strengthening neighborhoods, building infrastructure and fostering positive social change. We believe the arts create inspiring personal experiences, illuminate the human condition and offer meaningful ways to engage with each other and the world around us. We imagine a vibrant San Francisco where creativity, prosperity and progress go hand in hand. We advance artists’ ideas to improve the quality of life for everyone through a united cultural sector whose contributions are vital and valued. Learn more about our work at: http://www.sfartscommission.org/

SFAC Director of Community Investments Job Responsibilities:

The Director of Community Investments oversees the SFAC’s grantmaking portfolio, community capacity building efforts and the Street Artists Licensing Program. The Director will guide SFAC Community Investments through its next stage of development to advance a vision articulated in the SFAC’s current 5-year strategic plan. 


The Director of Community Investments oversees an approximately $8M grants portfolio, including multiple funding categories supporting city-owned neighborhood cultural centers, individual artists, small and mid-size nonprofit arts organizations, arts education initiatives and special projects. The Director oversees both the Cultural Equity Endowment Fund and Cultural Centers Fund and will work closely with the Director of Cultural Affairs to ensure a vibrant and equitable arts ecology in San Francisco.


Other responsibilities include:

·         Oversee a nationally-recognized public sector arts grantmaking program that embraces promising practices including an open and transparent panel review process, a commitment to racial and cultural equity, and data-driven accountability for public funds.

·         Represent the Arts Commission in various public and private partnerships including participation in interdepartmental City working groups, peer grantmaker collaborations and/or community-driven partnerships.

·         Represent the Community Investments program to Arts Commissioners, the SF Board of Supervisors, the Mayor’s Office and community stakeholders.

·         Implement the modernization of the Street Artists Licensing program, including improving the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative processes.

·         Direct and monitor all programmatic budgets, contracts and expenditures in compliance with City policies and procedures.

·         Lead the implementation of strategic initiatives focused on affordability and equity, including cultural capital acquisition; professional development and technical assistance for individual artists and arts nonprofits; and capacity building.

·         Work with the Arts Commission’s Capital Analyst and peer City departments to ensure community access to affordable cultural space and housing.

·         Negotiate agreements with private developers interested in contributing to the Public Art Trust and work with the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development to negotiate developer agreements that include arts community benefits.

·         Directly supervise a Senior Program Officer, Street Artist Program Manager, Program Associate and contractors as needed.



Desirable Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum five to seven years of leadership experience working in philanthropy, public policy and/or nonprofit management, as well as a minimum of three to five years leading a team and managing personnel.
  • A substantive background in arts and culture, including experience working with the arts and culture sector and/or working with professional artists, as well as a substantive understanding of San Francisco’s arts and culture ecosystem.
  • Extensive experience working with communities of color and experience applying a racial equity analysis to one’s work; demonstrated experience developing solutions that address institutional and structural bias. The ability to speak more than one language is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working with city, municipal, state, and national public policy leaders; the private sector; nonprofit advocates; and other community stakeholders. Familiarity with advocacy, public policy and political processes such as the annual City budget process.
  • Excellent strategic and intellectual abilities coupled with pragmatism and a roll-up-one’s-sleeves attitude. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong project, time, and budget management skills; an ability to thrive working under deadlines and handling multiple tasks without sacrificing attention to detail.
  • Exceptional qualitative and quantitative analytic skills. Experience using both objective data and informed opinions to evaluate the impact of an organization’s work. Experience in assessing nonprofits’ health through analyzing financial statements, evaluating the feasibility and strategic value of proposed programs and activities, and assessing management, leadership, and organizational capacity.
  • Experience building strong, positive, collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies. The ability to listen to new ideas, encourage open dialogue, and inspire people to work towards common goals.
  • Capacity to balance prior knowledge and experience in arts and culture with an objective open-mindedness about new solutions.
  • Experience negotiating agreements and managing contracts, preferably in or with the public sector. Experience with real estate, capital planning, and/or affordable housing development. Familiarity with economic development policies and community benefit agreements.
  • Commitment to the SFAC’s mission, vision and values.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university, and five (5) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work as described in Note A; OR

2. Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university with major college coursework as described in Note B, and four (4) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work as described in Note A; OR

3. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and six (6) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work as described in Note A; OR

4. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major college coursework as described in Note B, and five (5) years full-time-equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work as described in Note A;

 SUBSTITUTION: Applicants may substitute up to 2 years of the required education with additional qualifying experience in budget analysis, financial analysis and reporting, legislative/policy analysis, or contract/grant administration. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.

Notes on Qualifying Experience and Education:

A. Qualifying professional-level analytical experience must be in one or more of the following functional areas: complex budget analysis, development and administration; complex financial/fiscal analysis and reporting; development of complex contracting systems and administration of competitive bid processes and complex contractual agreements; development and evaluation of complex management/administrative policy; complex grant administration and monitoring; complex program evaluation and planning; complex legislative analysis; complex economic analysis; or other functional areas related to the duties of positions in Class 1824, where the primary focus of the job is complex professional-level analysis for evaluation, recommendation, development and implementation of major programs and functions of department/organization. Analytical experience equivalent to the duties of Class 1823 is considered qualifying.

B. Coursework applicable to a baccalaureate or higher degree in specialized subject matter areas such as public or business administration, management, business law, contract law, public policy, urban studies, economics, statistical analysis, finance, accounting or other fields of study closely related to the essential functions of positions in Class 1824.

 Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

How To Apply

This is a confidential process and all applicant materials will be handled accordingly throughout the various stages of hiring. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. This position will be considered “open” until a final selection is made. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately; review of candidates by the SFAC’s hiring committee will be done upon receipt of resume. Electronic submittals are strongly preferred and should include a compelling cover letter that includes a description of your vision for San Francisco’s diverse artistic communities and a sense of your style and approach for advocating for such a vision; a comprehensive resume; and five (5) professional references.

(To submit your cover letter along with your resume, please ensure that it is one document. Upload the cover letter/resume under the resume area.)


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Katsuina Leblanc, by telephone at 415-557-4850, or by email at Katsuina.leblanc@sfgov.org.


Selection Plan

Selection Process:

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the process.

Selection Procedures


All applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and /or departmental process. Note:  Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. For additional information regarding verification, refer to this web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
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ISSUED: 08/21/2017





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All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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