Job Opportunity: SFCLT Organizational Director

TITLE:   Organizational Director

REPORTS TO:   Board of Directors

STATUS:   100% FTE (40 hours/week)

The Board of Directors of the San Francisco Community Land Trust seeks a passionate and dedicated Organizational Director with keen fundraising abilities to lead the organization in collaboration with staff and residents, raise revenue to stabilize and expand our buildings, and support residents and community members through advancing policies and programs to expand affordable housing in San Francisco with a commitment to racial and economic justice.


Guided by principles of anti-displacement, economic and racial justice, the San Francisco Community Land Trust (SFCLT) creates permanently affordable housing for low- to moderate-income people in San Francisco through community ownership of the land. The SFCLT was incorporated as a nonprofit in 2003 after several years of conversations among tenant, anti-displacement, and affordable housing organizers and advocates. Today, the SFCLT currently owns and manages 13 properties in San Francisco with more than 300 residents, 71% of whom are people of color, 21% are seniors, and 18% are children. 


The Organizational Director fundraises, provides effective financial and organizational management, guides property acquisition, and serves as a visible spokesperson for the organization and its mission. The ideal candidate will have a strong racial equity lens and experience working with people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, will be passionate about the organization's mission, and experienced in real estate and/or community development. The OD works closely with the board and in collaboration with SFCLT Staff.

The position involves multiple roles including outward facing leadership, managing and supporting staff and contractors, and playing a key role in budgeting, financing, fundraising, planning, and visioning.


  • Coordinate fundraising activities on behalf of the organization, including identifying and cultivating both institutional and individual funding sources, researching and applying for grants, and engaging in appropriate follow up activities.
  • Create and manage external communication materials and website content related to fundraising.
  • Oversee management, compliance, and reporting with various funders.


Financial Management

  • Work with the Board Treasurer and staff to monitor financial and accounting systems to ensure compliance with all policies and regulations and to produce timely annual and quarterly reports for lenders. 
  • Develop and manage annual operating budget and oversee the disbursement of funds according to contract/grant requirements.  
  • Provide leadership in business planning efforts that work towards the long-term financial sustainability of the organization.
  • Work with the Audit Committee of the Board and the Asset Management staff to ensure compliance with the annual audit and all monitoring requirements.


Organizational Management & Relationship Building

  • Cultivate and maintain working relationships with the Executive Committee of the Board, Board members, general membership, partner agencies, funders, lenders, government and philanthropic leaders.
  • Demonstrate commitment to principles and practices of racial justice and to implementing strategies that further the organization’s Mission.
  • Coordinate a regular strategic planning process, and leverage the Board in implementation.
  • Attend monthly Board meetings and present monthly progress reports.
  • Co-manage general office systems with other staff.
  • Work with staff, lenders, consultants and contractors to support real estate acquisition and property rehabilitation.


Policy Development

  • Work with the Executive and Policy Committees, and the Board to develop and promote relevant organizational and legislative policy affecting SFCLT.
  • Cultivate relationships with local elected officials to advance SFCLT goals and objectives. 
  • Participate in Council of Community Housing Organizations, California Community Land Trust Network, Anti-Displacement Coalition, and other organizations to ensure policy developments at local and state level reflect SFCLT interests.
  • Coordinate policy development work by the staff team.


Public Relations

  • Build and maintain relationships with city officials, developers, funders, and community groups.
  • Represent SFCLT to the media and other members of the public and private sectors.
  • Attend community meetings and events to represent SFCLT as necessary.


Human Relations

  • Provide and ensure sound supervision and management of personnel, including staff, consultants and vendors.
  • Ensure personnel policies are kept up-to-date. 
  • Conduct performance evaluations for all staff and consultants.
  • Arrange for and participate in professional development activities for staff.
  • Consult and work with Human Relations consultant or staff manager.


Preferred Qualifications and Skills 

  • 5+ years of experience with affordable housing or community development.
  • 2+ years experience with nonprofit financial management (e.g., creating and managing budgets, ability to analyze financial statements, real estate finance and grant management).
  • 2+ years experience in a leadership role with a community-based effort that involved people of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with the dynamics of membership organizations.
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising and grant writing among private foundations and public agencies.
  • Leadership skills, including good public speaking and board management skills.
  • Negotiating skills, including clear understanding of contractual agreements
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically plan and arrange resources to accomplish short- and long-term objectives.
  • Results-driven and team-oriented work style.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice.
  • Master's Degree in City Planning, Public Administration, Community Development or a related field may be substituted for 2 years of professional experience. 


While not required, skills or experience in any of the following areas/activities are desirable:

  • Managing a housing or community-development nonprofit, or a major program of such an organization.
  • Public relations, marketing or preparing publications.


This position is full-time (40 hours per week); salary range is between $85,000 and $95,000. Health benefits are also included. 

Commitment to Diversity 

SFCLT is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a safe, healthy and welcoming work community. We believe successful teams include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we are actively seeking a diverse pool of applicants, including those from underrepresented groups and people with lived experience of housing insecurity.

To apply

Please send a resume and a letter of interest that specifically addresses the work of SFCLT to: [email protected]. 
Applicants with relevant experience will be contacted regarding the interview process.