0902 Mayoral Staff XIV

Recruitment #PEX-0902-113837


What We Do: The Mayor’s Office is seeking three Policy Advisors, directly reporting to the Mayor’s Policy Director. The primary responsibility of the Policy Team within the Mayor’s Office is to develop legislative and programmatic policy initiatives for the Mayor. Other functions include guiding implementation of programs, developing initiatives to be included in the City budget, and synthesizing complex governmental issues into clear written and oral communications.


What You’ll Be Doing: 

The Mayor’s Office is currently seeking candidates for three Policy Advisor positions: (1) Housing and Land Use; (2) Youth, Families, and Education; (3) Equity and Community Reinvestment. 

Each Advisor has specific topical areas of focus and responsibility, yet responsibilities may extend beyond core topical areas from time to time.  

As a Policy Advisor to the Mayor, you will: develop legislative and programmatic initiatives for the Mayor within your core area of focus; engage with a broad array of stakeholders from the public, City departments, and other elected officials and their staff at the local, state, and federal levels; analyze and distill complex governmental issues for easy internal and external communication; monitor departmental and Commission actions; make recommendations to Senior members of the Mayor’s Office and the Mayor;  and act as the primary public contact between the Mayor’s Office and external stakeholders on your areas of focus.

Distinguishing Features

Incumbents report to the Mayor or to other supervisory staff in the Office of the Mayor.  Positions in these classes are unique to the Office of the Mayor and function to administer and implement the policies of the Mayor and are exempt from Civil Service appointment (Charter Section 10.104.1).  Incumbents may evaluate and assign activities, and projects to other employees of the Mayor's staff and City Departments.

Positions in these classes assist the key formulators of public policy, advise the Mayor, and implement and administer the goals and objectives of the Mayor, as well as perform important liaison roles with policy-making boards, commissions, committees, other agencies, the public-at-large, City Departments and staff.


Supervision Exercised

May provide supervision to subordinate staff and/or assume responsibility for managing projects and programs.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

Position Details: 

The Mayor’s Housing and Land Use Policy Advisor will be focused on developing policy initiatives to promote housing at all levels of affordability.  This roll will work collaboratively with key City Departments, as well as the Mayor’s Director of Housing Delivery and the Mayor’s Director of Housing Initiatives.  This roll will also work extensively with regional governance bodies and members of the State legislature.

The Mayor’s Youth, Family, and Education Policy Advisor will be focused on developing equitable policy initiatives to support children and their families, focusing on educational achievement and outcomes.

The Mayor’s Equity and Community Reinvestment Policy Advisor will be focused on ensuring that the Mayor’s overarching goal of advancing equity across all areas of focus are advanced.  This work includes a primary focus on ongoing work to develop, advance, and evaluate initiatives and programs designed to advance equity through reinvestments in communities of color.  ­­­

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:
Federal, State and local laws and regulations related to the specific functions of the discipline managed in addition to knowledge of executive management, finances, budgeting, negotiating and communications.

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.

Special Requirements:
Qualifications including a requirement for specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, education, experience, or licenses may be established for individual positions.

Selection Plan

Working Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week. Additional hours may be required to complete assignments, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree and 3+ years of relevant experience or advanced degree in public policy or related field. Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with San Francisco and/or local resident.

Desirable Qualifications:

Strong analytical, quantitative, and writing skills; public policy experience; strong interpersonal skills; ability to work well under pressure and with a variety of individuals, including city department staff and Mayor’s Office staff; computer literacy.

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with San Francisco and/or local resident.

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 .

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. I

f you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement. 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).

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 Daniella Mattias, by email at daniella.mattias@sfgov.org

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Verification :

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found here. Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of application.

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. Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 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 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 a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities


All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Terms of Announcement:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Copies of Application Documents:

 Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work:

 All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

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 online here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.



Issued: 08/23/21

Carol Isen

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID #:113837 DM/415-554-6486


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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