SF New Deal
San Francisco, CA
About SF New Deal
SF New Deal (SFND) provides supportive services and financial
opportunities for small businesses in San Francisco. SFND works to
address both the symptoms and root causes of inequity by building
pathways which connect local business owners, workers, community
leaders, and neighbors in need, for the benefit of the entire
SFND partners with community organizations and small businesses
to address current health and economic challenges in San Francisco.
Their programs help local businesses stay open, keep workers
employed and provide meals for neighbors in need.
SFND is an innovative nonprofit born out of the Covid-19
pandemic. Launched in March 2020, they quickly evolved from a
volunteer-led emergency relief response into a resourced 501c3 with
a team working together to address some of the city’s most
persistent and intractable challenges.
SFND partners with small businesses and community organizations
to provide income for workers and meals for neighbors in need. They
mobilized rapidly in response to the COVID-19 shutdown,
understanding the impact it would have on restaurants and food
insecure residents. Their model directly funds restaurants in San
Francisco, keeping businesses open, workers employed, and
vulnerable people fed.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, SFND has supported 606 small
businesses, including the distribution of $29M in financial relief.
They have provided 2,642,003 meals for neighbors in need,
delivering between 30,000 to 50,000 meals weekly.
For more information on SFND, please visit their website.
As SF New Deal (SFND) enters its next chapter, the organization
seeks an innovative, strategic Executive Director (ED) who will
provide entrepreneurial leadership to lead the vision and provide
direction to fulfill SFND’s mission and strengthen its capacity and
reach. The ED will lead the organization to achieve even greater
levels of strategic influence, impact, and innovation.
The ED will direct the overall organization, including
developing a long-term strategic plan, championing a clear vision
to build upon the internal culture, overseeing staff and budget
operations, engaging in development activities, building /
maintaining relationships and collaborating with external partners,
and executing both the short and long-term strategy of the
organization. The position reports to the board of directors.
Ideal candidates for the ED position will have extensive
experience in developing and executing visionary and action
oriented strategic plans, managing staff and budgets, fundraising,
overseeing program implementation, and representing an organization
in multiple settings with various audiences. Experience with
reporting to boards, engaging with funders, and familiarity with
local government institutions and small businesses, particularly in
the city of San Francisco are also sought.
Additional Key Responsibilities
- Serve as the mediator and facilitator for various stakeholders
including small businesses, the city of San Francisco and the
public ensuring the successful navigation of the delicate balance
between these stakeholders.
- Oversee a fulltime and part time staff with direct management
of up to 6 direct reports.
- Oversee the overall budget; develop and execute operational and
- In collaboration with the board and staff, enhance and drive
the overall strategic plan and priorities thoughtfully; maximizing
capacity and resources to reach organizational goals and scale
services to people in need.
- Develop and launch innovative programs to address food
insecurity and other issues that have arisen out of and been
exacerbated by the Covid 19
- Provide empowering leadership for a diverse range of
extraordinarily passionate, committed, and skilled staff members;
foster a culture of openness, transparency, and collaboration.
- Apply a focus on thoughtful and intentional organizational
development with a commitment to DEI, growth and development for
team members at all levels; demonstrate attentiveness,
availability, and willingness to invest in staff development and
- Serve as a compelling and persuasive communicator by
effectively representing SFND with board members, funders and
community stakeholders including maintaining regular communication
and managing board meetings.
- Inspire trust and confidence by developing and strengthening
new and existing funding relationships by promoting the
organization's aspirations and objectives.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and
personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
An Agent for Change
A proactive leader with the ambition to address the issue of
food insecurity and ensure small businesses have the support they
need to grow and thrive. The ED will have the ability to diagnose
critical areas for attention, build shared understanding and
implement clear strategies. The ED’s eye will be consistently
focused on the future and how to best adapt SFND in a changing
landscape. The ED will have experience adapting to external change
by building and leveraging new approaches to address emerging
challenges. A trailblazer, the successful candidate will have the
drive and passion to remain at the forefront of local efforts by
continuing to refine opportunities to serve the mission
collaboratively with the staff, board members, community partners,
the city of San Francisco and other key stakeholders.
A Strategic and Operational Leader Motivated by SFND’s vision the
ED will be a strategic and results-oriented leader. An effective
‘big picture’ strategist, the ED will understand and implement best
practices for organizational management, ensuring that overall
day-to-day operations are aligned with strategic goals. Deeply
invested in staff voice, this individual will be experienced in
leading a dynamic and expert staff to meet organizational goals
through teamwork and by effectively leveraging individual
strengths. The ED will be skilled at listening to and learning from
others, with a deep commitment to fostering a transparent,
empowering and productive organizational culture shaped by
collaboration and partnership. Fundamentally, the successful
candidate will believe in empowering the staff and maximizing the
resources of the board members to drive SFND with the right focus
in the right areas in order to maximize the impact of the
organization. A Relationship Builder and Collaborator
The ED will have the ability to continually strengthen SFND’s
powerful sense of shared purpose by empowering and engaging others
in facing the opportunities and challenges ahead for small
businesses and food insecurity in San Francisco. This leader
will be skilled at building effective relationships both internally
and externally, guiding staff as they work in concert toward a
broader vision and set of goals. An empathic and values-driven
leader, the ED will be able to achieve consensus among differing
opinions while building trust among a highly engaged set of
funders, board members, partners, city partners and staff. The ED
will bring an instinctively inclusive leadership philosophy that
assures the personal and professional development and growth of all
staff. Leading by example, the ED will demonstrate transparency,
humility, empathy, respect, and a sense of humor. The ED will be an
individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone
who can be trusted without reservation.
An Advocate for Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion
The ED will come to SFND with a deep commitment to racial
justice, equity and inclusion. Equipped with a multi-faceted
understanding of the evolving racial justice landscape, the
successful candidate will lead the organization’s efforts to
develop shared language and strategies to challenge and dismantle
discrimination. The ED will have a thoughtful, empathic approach to
advancing racial justice and will be known as an active listener
and responsive, justice-oriented leader. A resourceful coach and
capable facilitator, the ED will have the ability to lead and guide
staff to work collaboratively in support of a more diverse,
equitable and inclusive environment. Fundamentally, the right
candidate will foster a culture where staff can thrive.
An Ambassador and Fundraiser
A high-energy leader, the ED will be able to convey SFND’s
priorities and impact to existing donors, grassroots leaders and
new potential supporters. This leader will have the character and
confidence to effectively fundraise without being in the spotlight.
The ED will have proven experience engaging with grassroots
partners and have the confidence and capability to effectively
engage private and public. The ED will bring an inspirational
approach to generating support for the organization by building
collaboration and buy-in. The ED will be able to effectively
articulate and convey SFND’s mission and priorities to a range of
constituents. Culturally competent, the successful candidate will
have the character and integrity necessary to develop rapport with
people who bring diverse experiences, backgrounds and
Other Desired Qualities
- Knowledge and deep commitment to address San Francisco's food
insecurity and other entrenched challenges with a community driven
- Extensive experience in managing and directing organizations or
campaigns focused on underrepresented communities.
- Innovative, entrepreneurial leadership background with a deep
understanding of small business.
- Experience working or partnering with programs and
organizations whose missions are set by and focused on
- Successful management of remote, distributed teams.
- High degree of collaboration and engendering a mutually
supportive environment among internal and external staff and
- Ability to effectively navigate government, San Francisco city
- Commitment to data-driven decision making.
- Ability to anticipate communication needs and to work in crisis
mode as required.
- Ability to effectively interface with media (online, tv, radio,
Compensation & Benefits
SFND offers excellent medical, dental, and wellness benefits, in
addition to others. The salary range for this opportunity is $160K
- 24 paid days off per year across PTO, sick time, and paid
- Generous medical benefits (your choice of a Kaiser Platinum or
Gold plan) along with vision and dental.
- 401K plan with a match up to 4% of compensation/year.
- One-time work from home stipend and a monthly wellness
- SFND is committed to building an engaged and dynamic team of
employees so that they can learn just as much from peers as from
day-to-day challenges. To that end, professional development and
growth opportunities are offered, including Annual Performance
Reviews, Coaching, Optional Trainings, and Bi-monthly Enrichment
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SF New Deal is an equal opportunity employer and strongly
encourages applications from people of color, persons with
disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants
Commitment to Nondiscrimination
SF New Deal is an equal opportunity employer; people of color
and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
They do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin, ethnic background, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age,
San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance: Pursuant to the San
Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, the organization will consider for
employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction
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