Part Time Communications Manager

About San Francisco Transit Riders:

San Francisco Transit Riders (SFTR) is a member based not-for-profit organization that was formed in 2010 with the voices of the riders and advocates who have long desired for an affordable, equitable, sustainable, and accessible public transit network for residents, commuters, and visitors for San Francisco. SFTR’s primary mission is to fight for excellent transportation service that provides equitable access to resources, opportunities, and each other.

Emerging from the woes of the pandemic is a tremendous opportunity to reimagine what public transportation can look like in the city and region if we center the needs of transit riders, particularly the ones that have been historically neglected and identify new revenue sources for funding efficient and equitable transit options. Deploying an equity and sustainability-focused understanding for several of these issues, SFTR is taking a proactive stance to support the voices of marginalized and underrepresented communities, supporting and rebuilding transit service levels, restoring current and future funding streams for stability and growth, and ensuring the safety and security of transit operators.

Position Overview:

We’re looking for part-time help with our communications to keep folks updated on what we’re doing, what’s new in the ever-shifting landscape around public transit in San Francisco, to engage people on social media and in newsletters, and to promote workshops and events.

The Communications Manager will work independently composing newsletters, social media posts, occasional longer position/opinion pieces/brochures and assist with updates to the website. The manager will also assist in developing collateral materials for fundraising efforts and administration tasks related to membership outreach. Work will include 2-3 zoom/phone meetings per week to collaborate with SFTR team members on deliverables and short- and long-term planning.

A few specific projects to include in the work stream are as follow:

  • Direct social media posts towards presenting San Francisco Transit Riders as a thought leader. To that end coordinate with staff for new content and scheduling steady flow.
  • Publish explainers of policy efforts. Eg. SFMTA workings, Board structure, San Francisco’s rich history of transit, good bus infrastructure
  • Reach out to members for testimonials on our site.
  • Design and update websites for our work in the Bayview and the Transit Justice Coalition.
  • Publish videos and pictures of SFTR events.

We work with Hootsuite, InDesign, and Salsalabs. Our website is hosted on WordPress.

Skills we’re looking for:

  • Familiarity with SF politics, transit politics, transit concepts
  • Distilling complex transit policy and planning concepts into everyday language
  • Ease and competence with social media
  • Ability to create basic graphics for social media and web (we can provide an InDesign account)
  • Familiarity with Salsalabs a plus
  • Ability to make basic updates to the web site (including familiarity with html and css)

Characteristics of the Position:

  • Candidates must live in or relocate to the Bay Area.
  • Travel throughout the city
  • 16 -20 hours per week schedule. Requires occasional evening and weekend activities.
  • Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.
  • As of May 2022, we are working in the California Street We Work space one day a week

Application Instructions:

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to Please put “Communications Manager” in the subject line of your email.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

San Francisco Transit Riders is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, trans and gender non-conforming people, and/or people with disabilities.