Director of Advocacy


Circulate San Diego is seeking a Director of Advocacy. The successful candidate will have a Master's Degree in Urban Planning or a related field plus 7-10 years experience with a winning record promoting walkable and transit-friendly sustainable communities through policy initiatives, grassroots campaigns, and by working with elected officials and municipal staff. Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.

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Position:  Director of Advocacy

Hours:  Full-time, Salaried (some evening and weekend work required)

Supervisor:  Executive Director

Closing Date: May 19, 2017


The Director of Advocacy is responsible for developing and implementing advocacy initiatives that advance the mission and goals of Circulate San Diego (CSD). This position takes the lead role in the organization on active transportation, pedestrian/bicycle safety, and placemaking. The Director of Advocacy takes a supporting role in the development and implementation of policy initiatives related to transit and sustainable land use.

Main Duties  

  1. Lead the development of CSD’s policy positions and advocacy strategy regarding active transportation, pedestrian/bicycle safety, and placemaking.
  2. Work collaboratively with Policy Counsel to provide strategic analysis and support for the development of CSD’s policy positions and advocacy strategy regarding transit and sustainable land use.
  3. Research and prepare white papers for advocacy campaigns.
  4. Identify funding sources and write funding proposals.
  5. Track active transportation policy initiatives and activities at the local and regional levels and provide analysis to guide CSD’s position.
  6. Foster and develop collaborative working relationships with organizations and individuals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance CSD’s policy and advocacy objectives.
  7. Provide technical assistance and training to local residents and community partners to garner grassroots support and participation in CSD’s advocacy efforts.
  8. Organize public education and advocacy events such as roundtables, information forums, trainings, and news conferences in support of research reports. 
  9. Prepare written material advocating CSD’s positions, including letters, blogs, position papers, testimonies, legislative proposals, public comments, and other relevant materials.
  10. Build local strategic coalitions as needed to win on policy and advocacy priorities.
  11. Represent CSD in national, state and local events including panels, meetings, trainings and conferences.
  12. Represent CSD on active transportation and other policy initiatives at public hearings.
  13. Identify opportunities for education and outreach by convening seminars, discussions, workshops and briefings in conjunction with other internal and external stakeholders.
  14. Provide staff support to the Policy Committee as needed.
  15. Develop administrative systems and maintain records that provide for the evaluation, control and documentation of assigned works; prepare written reports, procedures as required.
  16. Perform related work as required falling within the general duties of the position.

General Duties

As a staff member of Circulate San Diego, the Director of Programs is expected to contribute to its overall mission, and:

  • Participates in the team working approach of Circulate San Diego;
  • Assumes responsibility for following all policies and procedures;
  • Attends Board, committee and other internal meetings, as required
  • Takes responsibility for personal training and development;
  • Provides a high level of client service at all times; and
  • Projects and maintains a positive image on behalf of Circulate San Diego.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position. This job description is subject to review and amendment in light of experience and in the annual employee review process.

Circulate San Diego is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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