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Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Our Oakland-based team mobilizes supporters and partners throughout the region to protect the Bay from pollution and climate change, and to restore crucial shoreline habitat for endangered species and flood protection.

We are always looking for talented and passionate Bay Savers to join our team. To apply for a position at Save The Bay, send your cover letter and resume to Include the position title in the subject line.

Available Positions

Senior Communications Manager
Political Director
Staff Accountant
Save The Bay Fellows (volunteer positions)

Senior Communications Manager

The Senior Communications Manager works to grow Save The Bay’s visibility reach and influence through effective marketing and advocacy campaigns in support of our Strategic Plan 2020 objectives. S/he is a skilled communicator that enjoys managing people and projects to success in a fast-paced, mission-driven office environment.

The position supervises a three-person team and must possess superior communication and technical skills in the areas of writing, digital communications and fundraising, public relations, events and outreach, and social media. S/he reports to the Chief Development Officer and works directly with the Executive Director and program staff on public relations and rapid response communications.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategic communications and marketing plans that advance Save The Bay Strategic Plan initiatives and programs by boosting awareness, inspiring action for impact, and optimizing revenue.
  • Develop organizational positioning, brand, style, and persuasive messages that move key audiences; champion the brand in all organizational communications with message clarity and consistency.
  • Create partnerships and high-profile marketing opportunities that increase the organization’s visibility, enhance its profile, and attract new revenue, including through Bay Day, the annual region-wide celebration of San Francisco Bay.
  • Support organization-wide efforts to build and mobilize a regional constituency for the Bay to engage in active advocacy, volunteer on the shoreline, and contribute financially to Save The Bay. Coordinate directly and routinely with program staff to advance their communication goals.
  • Supervise and mentor communications staff, consultants and vendors. In conjunction with the Chief Development Officer, develop and manage annual communications budget and work plan; evaluate and assess effectiveness of communication strategies and activities and implement needed changes.
  • In conjunction with Chief Development Officer, oversee all digital marketing and fundraising programs for Save The Bay and Save The Bay Action Fund.


  • 7+ years of experience in communications roles and 2+ years of direct management experience
  • Strong track record crafting and executing successful strategic communications and creative marketing campaigns; employing powerful story-telling to build support among targeted audiences for ambitious program outcomes; and support for revenue growth strategies
  • Success coaching high performance individuals, supervising employees to set and accomplish ambitious objectives together
  • Exceptional writing, editing and speaking skills; able to synthesize complex concepts into concise and compelling messages, and exercise message discipline throughout an organization; able to produce and pitch presentations that can inspire community action, secure new business opportunities, and solicit funding
  • Demonstrated experience managing online engagement through data-driven strategies, building applying best practices in social media and adapting to changing technologies and platforms
  • Superior PowerPoint and Microsoft Office Suite skills required.
  • Proficiency in Salesforce and Pardot, or equivalent CRM/email platform experience required.
  • Understanding of Website design and layout, technical skills in website management, graphic design, and content planning preferred.
  • Experience with and commitment to creating positive change through direct advocacy and political action; prior experience working for an environmental NGO is not required.
  • Excellent project-management and problem-solving skills; ability to manage multiple issue campaigns, objectives and staff simultaneously on a non-profit budget
  • Enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs; a sense of humor and a collegial, collaborative approach; entrepreneurial, nimble and willing to hustle for opportunities
  • Clean background check
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation and Benefits:

Save The Bay offers salary commensurate with experience, and our excellent employee benefits include insurance for medical, dental, vision and chiropractic services; 403(b) plan, paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time.

Save The Bay’s downtown Oakland offices feature an attractive work environment and excellent access to transit. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

To apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Senior Communications Manager.

Political Director

The Political Director is a powerful advocate for San Francisco Bay, leading implementation of Save The Bay’s Strategic Plan 2020 policy initiatives for a healthy Bay in a sustainable Bay Area. The Director designs and oversees ambitious campaigns to double the amount of tidal wetlands in the Bay to 100,000 acres, to ensure that zero trash pollutes the Bay from storm water, and to create Bay Smart Communities that are healthy and climate-resilient. The successful candidate is a dynamic and strategic leader with the vision, judgment and persistence to see opportunities and organize political forces to realize them.

This position reports to the Executive Director, serves on the senior management team, and works with members of the Board of Directors. The position manages a staff of three.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan and manage winning campaigns to achieve Save The Bay’s strategic goals; develop work plans, tactics and budgets for policy team and volunteers.
  • Advocate successfully for Save The Bay’s policy objectives directly with elected officials, agencies, and stakeholders at the local, state and federal level.
  • Lead a team of advocacy professionals to accomplish work plans and achieve excellent results, through grassroots mobilization, direct lobbying and electoral activity.
  • Grow scope and impact of Save The Bay Action Fund political action committee.
  • Serve as a spokesperson to promote Save The Bay and its campaigns to news media, funders, and other audiences.
  • Lead a team of advocates to success on priority initiatives to benefit the Bay, employing strategy, science and power; mobilizing and uniting diverse interests and communities; and building Save The Bay’s impact, effectiveness and influence.
  • Serve on Save The Bay’s senior management team and work closely with other directors to integrate advocacy objectives throughout the organization.
  • Identify and secure project funding, and leverage advocacy campaigns for donor support; cultivate and solicit a portfolio of individual and institutional donors for Save The Bay and Save The Bay Action Fund.
  • Support organization strategy development and policy oversight by the Board of Directors and its committees.
  • Evaluate outcomes and progress toward strategic plan goals and adjust tactics to ensure Save The Bay’s maximum impact and effectiveness.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bold and effective leader driven to seize initiative and make an impact for positive change; strategic, creative thinker, with proven ability to see the big picture, set priorities and get results
  • Ten plus years of demonstrated leadership developing and executing successful issue advocacy campaigns, direct lobbying for policy victories, and mobilizing partners to collective action
  • Five plus years of successful program management
  • Strong and demonstrated staff management skills
  • Experienced change-maker, including directly exercising power
  • Demonstrated ability supervising and motivating employees to set and accomplish ambitious objectives, establish and implement project budgets and targeted work plans
  • Teamwork and leadership skills for effective collaboration; proven track record of building strong alliances with public officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders
  • Superb political judgment, decisiveness, and enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and policy goals; familiarity with Bay ecology and issues is beneficial
  • Excellent project-management and problem-solving skills; ability to manage multiple issue campaigns, objectives and staff simultaneously
  • Strong persuasive speaking and writing skills; attention to detail
  • Computer proficiency with Windows, Salesforce and Internet research applications
  • Valid California driver’s license and favorable driving record; clean background check

To Apply:

To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Victoria Silverman at

All applications and inquiries will receive a response and be kept strictly confidential.
Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

Staff Accountant

Do you have a brain for accounting and a heart for the environment? If so, we have the ideal position for you – as Staff Accountant at Save the Bay.

This key role encompasses an interesting variety of functions including supporting multiple teams. Reporting to the Finance and Administrative Manager, you will assist in higher level accounting assignments, as well as helping to enhance business processes to increase efficiencies and effectiveness.

Primary Responsibilities:

Accounting Support:

  • Manage the majority of daily accounting activities using QuickBooks
  • Create custom reports for keen financial management
  • Monitor general ledger
  • Oversee and monitor Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables
  • Perform bank and credit card reconciliations
  • Maintain Temporarily Restricted Net Assets schedule
  • Prepare financial report for grants; reviews grant budgets in the amount of $50K+
  • Generate quarterly invoices for government contracts
  • Assist with preparation of quarterly financial statements, tax returns, supporting schedules, annual financial audit, and miscellaneous projects
  • Process W-2s, 1099s, and other forms with EDD, IRS, State and County agencies

HR Support:

  • Manage and process payroll using Paylocity; generate salary and benefit allocation reports; educate staff and answer related questions
  • Process annual and new hire employee benefit enrollments: health, dental, vision, chiropractic, life, 403(b) plan and worker’s compensation, FSA and commuter benefits

Donation Support:

  • Enter all incoming donations in QuickBooks
  • Prepare financial report for grants, review large grant budgets, and generate quarterly invoices for government contracts
  • Perform monthly, quarterly, and year-end gift reconciliation between Salesforce and QuickBooks

Administrative Support:

  • Conduct related trainings and provide support to staff
  • Upon occasion, provide backup for Office Manager as needed


  • Minimum of AA degree in Accounting or Finance is preferred or equivalent experience
    Enthusiasm for Save the Bay’s mission and programs
  • Minimum three years’ experience in non-profit accounting (including payroll management)
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, CRM (Salesforce preferred), an online payroll platform; accounting software (QuickBooks preferred)
  • Strong analytical and financial management skills
  • Accuracy is your middle name
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Keen communication skills and a natural desire to support and assist others
  • Always handles confidential information with complete discretion
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. upon occasion
  • Pleasant, professional demeanor with a sense of humor

How to Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume to; tell us why you are the one!


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