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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

Political Director
Associate Director of Institutional Philanthropy
Save The Bay Fellows (volunteer positions)


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.

Associate Director of Institutional Philanthropy

About the Position:

The Associate Director of Institutional Philanthropy works to increase Save The Bay’s impact by raising corporate, foundation and government resources and fostering meaningful partnerships with institutions throughout the region. They are a creative and capable fundraiser that is able to build strong interpersonal and organizational relationships, meet and exceed revenue goals, and manage projects and people to success in a fast-paced, mission-driven office environment.

The ideal candidate applies superior fundraising and communications skills to craft targeted donor engagement campaigns, sponsorship pitches, proposals, reports, and case statements. A passion for story-telling about how to protect and restore San Francisco Bay and knowledge of the regional environmental landscape is preferred. The Associate Director reports to the Chief Development Officer and collaborates with the Executive Director and program staff to build new strategic partnerships, and supervises the Institutional Philanthropy Associate.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement institutional fundraising plan that advances Save The Bay’s Strategic Plan and programs, emphasizing highest ROI opportunities.
  • Manage institutional funder portfolio by effectively cultivating and stewarding relationships to meet revenue targets and build long-term partnerships.
  • Identify, nurture and develop a pipeline of significant new supporters aligned with strategic goals, working with the Executive Director, CDO and other staff to secure grants and sponsorships.
  • Grow Save The Bay’s sponsorship program with regional companies 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.
  • Develop and achieve revenue targets for corporate volunteer program with the Habitat Restoration Director.
  • Develop and write high-caliber funding applications, proposals, reports, case statements, presentations, and sponsorship pitches.
  • Ensure timely and efficient fulfillment of all grant and contract submissions, reporting, and acknowledgement requirements and deadlines.
  • Engage Board members and other volunteers in emerging institutional fundraising opportunities.
  • Monitor and evaluate institutional fundraising activities to ensure that goals are being achieved and revenue is being accounted for properly, and report regularly on performance to CDO.
  • Supervise and mentor Institutional Philanthropy Associate, and support grants calendar management, writing projects, Salesforce data management and maintenance.


  • 6+ years of experience in institutional fundraising roles and 1+ year of personnel management experience.
  • Strong track-record crafting and executing successful funding applications, proposals, reports, presentations, case statements and sponsorship pitches that achieve revenue goals.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and speaking skills able to inspire donor community and secure new business opportunities.
  • Project management experience involving multiple stakeholders and tasks.
  • Resourceful with identifying new opportunities, using several channels—research tools, colleagues and network.
  • Proficiency in CRM system, Salesforce preferred.
  • Superior capacity with PowerPoint and Microsoft Office Suite skills.
  • 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: Associate Director of Institutional Philanthropy.


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