9174 Manager IV, SFMTA (Local Government Affairs Manager)

Recruitment #PEX-9174-062498


The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited. Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.

The purpose of this announcement is to fill a vacant position in this classification.

Division:  Government Affairs
Section/Unit:  Local Government Affairs
Work Location:  One South Van Ness, 7th Floor, San Francisco

Under direction of the Government Affairs Manager, the Local Government Affairs Manager is responsible for managing and maintaining the SFMTA’s relationship with elected officials and their staff in San Francisco local government.  This position serves as the primary point of contact for members of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) and the Mayor’s office, directs efforts to establish a proactive and high-level relationship for the SFMTA at the Board of Supervisors, and maintain constant communication with Board members and staff.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:

·        Manages the SFMTA’s communication strategy and relationship with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s office.

·        Oversees and provides reports and management advice to the SFMTA senior management team regarding all local government issues affecting the SFMTA, working to identify strategic issues and opportunities with the BOS.

·        Works collaboratively with the BOS to meet the needs of each District with respect to the transportation system.

·        Represents the SFMTA at BOS hearings, testifies on behalf of the Agency as appropriate and responds directly to questions and inquiries from Board members. Coordinates with other Agency staff maintaining regular contact with the BOS.

·        Represents the SFMTA at local community meetings and with stakeholder interests citywide and with other city departments on local issues.

·        Directs and develops external outreach plans related to proposed legislation to reach affected public and other agencies as needed.

·        Directs internal coordination on BOS legislation related to SFMTA, ensuring all parties are engaged; manages board item tasks and process.

·        Manages, directs, and evaluates the work of supporting staff engaged in tasks relating to local government communications and strategy.

·        Develops goals and implements policies and procedures for SFMTA-wide communication with the BOS and other local legislative bodies; resolves complex issues and complaints.

·        Performs other related duties as required.


  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college; AND
  2. Five (5) years of experience in legislative affairs or liaison function.


  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college in Communications, Government, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration or Business Administration.
  • Knowledge of San Francisco city government political landscape and processes.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
  • Experience effectively managing analytical and/or communications staff.
  • Facilitation and mediation skills.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations to high-level audiences.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. Resume and cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications must be attached to the online application. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

  • Click and select 9174 Manager IV (PEX-9174-062498)
  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

To submit resume using the online application:

  • Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

To submit cover letter using the online application:

  • Select the “Other” tab in the online application
  • Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
  • Click on “Upload Attachment”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

If you are having trouble attaching your resume/cover letter to the online application, you may submit by fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: 9174 Local Government Affairs Manager (PEX-9174-062498). Résumé and cover letter will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application.

Computer kiosks are available for the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement. 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, @sfmta.com).

Upon successful submittal of the application online, the 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. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at (415) 701-5038 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

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 analyst, Vivian Wu at (415) 701-5038.

Applicants may be required to submit verification (proof) of qualifying experience and education at any point in the application and/or departmental selection 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 http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification.

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 interview.

Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the SFMTA by phone at (415) 701-5038 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 701-5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources, HR Operations Section, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify Class 9174).

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.



Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and 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) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

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.

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.


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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