Director of Operations and Activism

Director of Operations and Activism

Director of Operations and Activism 150 150 sftu
San Francisco Tenants Union
November 17, 2021
San Francisco
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The SFTU prides itself on being a volunteer-driven organization where community members come together to define and advocate for their shared interests as tenants.  The Director of Operations and Activism will support the volunteer-led committee system to function effectively, maintain the operations of the organization, and act as a point person for external partners.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Organizing and Advocacy: Keep track of legislative, policy, political and organizing activity
  • Cultivating the Organization: Help create structures and culture to support volunteer engagement and organization
  • Serve as Public Face: Form relationships with lawmakers and partners; speak in public forums and to the press
  • Bottomline Fundraising: Build and maintain systems to organize fundraising activities
  • Administrative Necessities: Maintain budget, financial management, and internal software systems (Salsa)


We seek a movement organizer, activist, and community member.  We recognize that whoever is in this position needs some professional nonprofit (or equivalent) experience to be able to perform the nuts-and-bolts of budget management and fundraising that the position requires.


  • Experienced and informed about tenants’ rights
  • 1+ years of organizing/movement-building experience
  • 1+ years of nonprofit experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Strong communication skills (verbal, written and proofreading)
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and manage tasks and projects effectively from inception to completion
  • Availability for evening and week-end work

Experience we deeply value but do not require:

  • Speak more than one language
  • Director-level experience
  • Detailed knowledge of tenants’ rights and public policy
  • Experience engaging with lawmakers
  • Campaign compliance/reporting, Independent Expenditure (IE) experience
  • Experience building policy and advocating within coalitions
  • Internal organizational systems building
  • Facilitation and dispute resolution experience
  • Experience with social media
  • Budget management experience


  • Passionate about Tenants, Racial and Economic Justice
  • Self-Driving
  • Values Collectivism
  • Fluid Collaborator

Compensation $60,000-70,000


Potential for growth and creativity

Close connection with the impact on people’s lives

Witnessing self-empowerment of the community

Culture of authenticity

Casual work environment

Flexible hours and paid vacation

Health benefits allowance

Transit benefits

Option to work remotely – To be determined

How To Apply

Upload a resume and cover letter at (preferred) or email a resume and cover letter as attachments to

San Francisco Tenants Union is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.