Public Programming Assistant


Schedule: Irregular schedule. Typical schedule is three to five days a week, including some evenings and additional hours working from home, as necessary. Minimum 30 hours/week.

Salary: $20/hour, plus benefits

SPUR is seeking a Public Programming Assistant to work closely with the Public Programming Manager in overseeing forums, events and tours in our San Francisco and Oakland offices. This position will require a flexible candidate comfortable in performing a multitude of tasks. This individual will be expected to engage with SPUR board members, policy staff, guest lecturers and the public.

Major Responsibilities

Manage and Execute SPUR Public Programs

  • Manage logistics for public programs in San Francisco and Oakland, including speaker communication, scheduling day-of management
  • Act as the main point of contact between the SPUR audience and the organization’s public programs.
  • Publicize programs through social media as needed on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, as needed
  • Run pre-registration and on-site of SPUR members and non-members and field questions about the program and organization.
  • Fulfill post-program requirements, including the recording of detailed attendance and membership numbers and the uploading of digital content to our speaker presentations to event page for future circulation

Program Calendar Development

  • Collaborate with Public Programming Manager and Policy Directors to plan and schedule public programs.
  • Create and/or source necessary content for the SPUR website, including representative imagery, event pages and shopping cart items.
  • Assist with copy-editing and writing program descriptions.
  • Maintain the digital components of SPUR’s programming work, including internal and external calendars.

Track Programming Data

  • Use SPUR’s database to track engagement at public programs and suggest how programming can better align with the needs and desires of our audience.
  • Track detailed information for each program to be used in an annual, in-depth analysis of program operation, including member and non-member attendance, membership money, drink sales, etc. and compare that information to prior years’ trends to discover opportunities for more successful programming.

Partnership and Typology Research

  • Research other events held by other organizations and experiment with new program typologies
  • Explore ideas for how to engage a K-12 audience and engage the Young Urbanist programming
  • Engage with the Yerba Buena Community Benefit Alliance by attending monthly meetings
  • Manage the Culture for Community relationship with SoMA museums to participate in Third Thursdays when possible
  • Social Media and Web Publication

Support our advocacy work by writing blogs about our public programs and other work, with direction from the Editorial Director and Publications and Communications Director:


  • Assist the development of grant, sponsorship, and funding opportunities to support the programming work, as directed by the Foundation Relations Manager and other staff.
  • Coordination with Volunteer Coordinator and Ambassadors

Train ambassadors on exhibition display if applicable

  • Involve ambassadors in the day-of event needs in San Francisco and Oakland, as needed
  • Identify one ambassador per cycle to serve as public engagement lead; they would be the point person for support with website/salesforce tasks, researching new event typologies, distribution of event calendar in the Yerba Buena neighborhood, and other tasks on an as-needed basis

Minimum Qualifications

  • Interest in cities, public policy and urban issues
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Highly organized
  • Friendly and social professional
  • Flexible and adaptable leader
  • A/V knowledge and ability to learn on the spot
  • Familiarity with Word, Excel, HTML and MacOS
  • Volunteer management or other supervision experience preferred
  • Willingness to work a sporadic schedule, with occasional evenings

Applicants should email a cover letter, a resume and a one-page writing sample to

San Francisco and Oakland, CA
Due Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on January 6, 2020 - 10:10am