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Local and Regional Policy and Government Affairs Manager | San Francisco Public Utilities Commission | San Francisco

Company Description

We are the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) , headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.


To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.


We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

More About SFPUC: We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment.  We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.

We Are An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer: The City and County of San Francisco, “the City” encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The City’s Department of Human Resources (DHR) is committed to providing a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and belonging environment for the City and County of San Francisco , where all employees and prospective employees experience fairness, dignity, and respect. DHR’s mission is to use fair and equitable practices to hire, develop, support, and retain a highly-qualified workforce. The resources support and expand on the Mayor’s Executive Directive 18-02, “Ensuring a Diverse, Fair, and Inclusive City Workplace.” 

Job Description

The Local and Regional Policy and Government Affairs (PGA) Manager will coordinate complex policy and government affairs duties for the SFPUC, shepherding legislation through the local and regional legislative process and responding to constituent requests from elected officials.

  • Fill Type: Permanent  Exempt   (“At Will”)
  • Duration: Shall not exceed 36 months
  • Time Commitment: Full-Time
  • Work  Schedule:  Regular
  • Salary:  0923 Manager II   (Range A)  $124,072 to $158,366 annually

Essential Duties: 

  • Develop, evaluate, coordinate, and manage complex policy projects related to the SFPUC and advocate for policy and procedures that advance the core mission of the department.
  • Make policy recommendations on a variety of complex policy and legislative issues impacting SFPUC enterprises and bureaus.
  • Develop legislative strategy for advancing policy priorities at the local and regional level including in-depth support for the SFPUC budget and rate setting processes.
  • Manage constituent requests from local and regional elected officials and facilitate resolution.
  • Draft position statements, talking points, issue briefs, comment letters and other responses to regulations and policies proposed by legislators.
  • Prepare and/or deliver public presentations.
  • Track and communicate effectively with SFPUC staff regarding relevant policy proposals, legislation, regulation, or trends.
  • Build and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with elected officials, membership associations and other stakeholders to advance policy priorities. • Work with PGA Director and other PGA managers to evaluate and implement goals and responsibilities of the department.
  • Supervise, train, and monitor the activities/assignments of public service aides.

Class 0923 Manager II performs other related duties as required. 


If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following minimum qualifications:


Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferably in political science, public administration, public policy, law, or a closely related field; AND


Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in policy development, legislative advocacy, and government relations with a public agency, non-profit entity, or elected official.

Substitution: Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis up to two years.  One (1) year is equivalent to thirty (30) semester units/forty-five (45) quarter units.  

Please Note:  Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications: 

The below stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Master’s degree in political science, public administration, public policy, law, business administration or a closely related field;
  • 1 year of supervisory experience;
  • Demonstrated influencing skills;
  • Proven independent worker and analytical thinker with the ability to identify problems, conduct research and recommend strategies to meet policy objectives;
  • Established exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to influence and build coalitions and relationships;
  • Demonstrated team-oriented mind-set and ability to collaborate and ability to negotiate for the overall best outcome;
  • Proven critical thinking capacity as well as the ability to properly exercise judgment and discretion in matters of significance;
  • Demonstrated  high level of maturity, professionalism & discretion, integrity, accountability, and a discerning individua is highly desired; and
  • Proven high degree of initiative; self-starter, ability to multi-task with competing priorities, and demonstrates attention to detail with quick turn-around.

Additional Information

Confidentiality Note: All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines

Job Ad Closing Date: This Job Ad will close no sooner than Friday, September 17, 2021, 11:59 PM, PST.

Selection Procedure:  Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all the steps in the selection process.

Questions???? Contact the assigned Recruiter, Arlena  via email:

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