Executive Director

Executive Director

SF New Deal

San Francisco, CA   |   August 23, 2021

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 city.

They launched in March 2020 and quickly evolved from a volunteer-led emergency relief response created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic into a resourced 501c3 with a team working 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. Their initial model directly funds restaurants in San Francisco, keeping businesses open, workers employed, and vulnerable people fed. In 2021, SFND began launching business support programs beyond feeding, funding a wider array of small businesses through a micro grants program and exploring new ways to help small businesses succeed.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, SFND has supported 606 small businesses, including the distribution of more than $30MM in financial relief. Since March of 2020 they have provided over 2,750,000 meals to food insecure San Francisco residents, delivering between 30,000 to 50,000 meals weekly and have disbursed nearly $1,000,000 in small business micro grants.

For more information on SFND, please visit their website.

The Opportunity

As SF New Deal (SFND) enters its next chapter, the organization seeks an innovative, strategic Executive Director (ED) who will provide entrepreneurial leadership to guide the vision and provide direction to fulfill SFND’s mission, strengthening 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 fundraising, overseeing program implementation, and representing an organization in multiple settings with various audiences. Experience 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 programmatic budgets.
  • 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 support small businesses in San Francisco.
  • 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 cohesion.
  • 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.
Candidate Profile

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 big challenges facing small businesses and community members in San Francisco. 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 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 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 their workers 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. The ED will have proven experience engaging with grassroots partners and have the confidence and capability to effectively engage in private and public sectors. 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 philosophies.

Other Desired Qualities
  • Knowledge and deep commitment to address San Francisco’s entrenched challenges with a community and data-driven approach.
  • 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 diversity.
  • Successful management of remote, distributed teams.
  • High degree of collaboration and engendering a mutually supportive environment among internal and external staff and stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively navigate government, San Francisco city partnerships.
  • 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, print, etc.).
Compensation & Benefits

SFND offers excellent medical, dental, and wellness benefits, in addition to others. The salary range for this opportunity is $160K to $190K.

  • 24 paid days off per year across PTO, sick time, and paid holidays.
  • 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 stipend.
  • 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 Sessions.

Amy Shea and Jason Mannino of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Amy Shea and Jason Mannino directly at [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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, or disability.

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 records.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.