San Francisco Department of the Environment

Public Affairs Assistant Coordinator

5638 – Environmental Assistant Recruitment #TEX-5638-097465 / Public Affairs Assistant Coordinator

DEPARTMENT Environment
ANALYST Preston Treichel
DATE OPENED 8/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
FILING DEADLINE 8/26/2019 08:00:00 AM
SALARY $33.19 - $40.34/hour; $5,753.00 - $6,992.00/month; $69,030.00 - $83,902.00/year
JOB TYPE Temporary Exempt

Would you like to make a real impact on how San Francisco tells its story of climate action leadership? Are you interested in environmental policy and the legislative process? Do you have a passion for working collaboratively to create change? If so, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills and passion to build a healthier future for San Francisco – and beyond!

Who We Are 
The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) provides solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies and programs, which center on achieving zero waste, reducing toxic chemical hazards, advancing environmental justice, promoting sustainable transportation modes, expanding clean energy infrastructure, greening our built environment, and protecting our urban forest. We’re a passionate, mission-driven team that values credibility, collaboration, impact, innovation and equity. SF Environment is also a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare and retirement.
Who You Are
The Public Affairs Assistant Coordinator will support the Policy and Public Affairs Team in four key focus areas: 1) Press & media relations, 2) Policy development, implementation, and tracking, 3) Intern recruitment & placement, and 4) Public affairs & community relations.
What You'll Likely Do
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

Press & Media Relations:

•  Work closely with Policy and Public Affairs Team to support reactive and proactive media outreach.
•  Oversee the Department’s media monitoring service and media subscriptions (e.g. SF Chronicle, etc):
        ·   Track media featuring the Department or key topic areas important to the Department.
        ·   Collate and send news clips daily.
        ·   Curate and update Department’s media contacts and distribution lists and send press releases out.
•  Assist in planning press conferences including set-up, logistics and take-down.
•  Assist, as needed, with triaging, tracking and scheduling media interviews (reactive and proactive).


•  Support the Policy and Public Affairs Team and other program staff to develop and draft public policy for introduction at the Board of Supervisors or State Legislature.
•  Interface with internal and external stakeholders to receive input on potential new legislation. 
•  Collate and assemble legislative documents to satisfy Board of Supervisors, state and federal requirements.
•  Track local, state and federal legislation using internal tracking systems.
•  Provide support with ongoing/routine legislative items, such as grant awards, the Department’s annual budget, Board of Supervisor committee hearings, presentations, etc.
•  Respond to Board of Supervisor or other constituent service requests.


•  Recruit interns through existing pathways and contacts and assist Policy and Public Affairs Team with orientation and placement throughout the Department.
•  Assist Policy and Public Affairs Team with development of new intern recruitment pathways to broaden pool of available interns.
•  Facilitate development of how-to-guides and other materials for both interns and program staff.
•  Coordinate intern volunteer opportunities at Department-sponsored or Department-staffed events.

Public Affairs:

•  Attend monthly event planning meeting when needed and represent the Department at relevant events.
•  Assist in preparation, scheduling and facilitation for tours and international delegations.
•  Support planning and execution for Earth Month activities and other major Department events.
•  Represent the Department at designated functions.

Appointment Type
This position is a Temporary-Exempt Appointment, with an anticipated duration of 6 months. The position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  NOTE: A competitive civil service recruitment to permanently fill this position is expected to begin in September or October of this year.