Join us to help make SF government more inventive, collaborative, and responsive.

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) is opening a call for two new Mayor’s Innovation Fellows to join us for a one-year fellowship embedded in City government. Apply by July 21st.

We are looking for two Fellows to support our mission to help government become more collaborative, inventive, and responsive to San Franciscans. Fellows will work with changemakers and innovators in City Departments to support our team’s work on Mayor Lee’s priority to improve the safety, cleanliness, and livability of San Francisco. Fellowship is targeted to start September 13, 2017.

“This has been my most challenging and rewarding year of professional work, hands-down. I feel like I grow 10,000 new neurons every day.” Ashley Meyers, 2016 Fellow

Who we’re looking for:

  • Team players with a commitment to public service.
  • Entrepreneurial self-starters.
  • Embrace complexity and uncertainty and who are adaptable to change.
  • Experience with human-centered design, program management, and partnership management.
  • Strong empathy and communication skills.
  • Passionate about public service and bringing modern practices into government.
  • Curiosity and humility to learn how government works.

Check out our team and some of our amazing past Fellows.

The kinds of skills we’re looking for:

  • Partnership and Project Management: Fellows will be responsible for managing the program development, implementation, and continuous improvement of our team’s cohort-based partnership programs. Fellows will manage relationships with external and internal stakeholders, including at the executive level. Fellows will also manage project sourcing, internal review, and project management of our team’s engagements, such as Civic Bridge and Startup in Residence.
  • Design Research & Implementation: Fellows will lead efforts to apply human-centered design principles towards civic challenges, specifically challenges related to cleanliness, safety and livability concerns. Skills desired include observing behavior, developing insights, brainstorming and designing solutions, and ultimately testing assumptions through interventions. Research and delivery will be in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders. Fellows will need to clearly communicate research findings with a strategic voice, with prioritized recommendations and potential design solutions to City staff, policymakers, and project sponsors.

The program is designed primarily for individuals with a minimum of 1–2 years of experience in innovation fields. Applicants from all majors and academic disciplines will be considered and are encouraged to apply.

We look for Fellows with the following characteristics: (i) academic achievement, (ii) written and oral communication skills, (iii) leadership potential and ability, (iv) dedication to public service; and (v) an entrepreneurial spirit appropriate for participating in this unique program. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a strong connection and commitment to innovation in the public sector as well as to the City and County of San Francisco.

Diversity is important to us. The City and County of San Francisco doesn’t discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, or other non-merit factor. If you have the skills we need, that’s all that matters.

Are you up for the challenge?

To apply, please complete this application: The deadline to apply is July 21, 2017. The program start date is targeted for September 13, 2017.

Compensation. The salary for this position is within an established annual range of $59,722 to $72,592 and includes standard benefits.



The Office of Civic Innovation helps make government more collaborative, inventive, and responsive for San Franciscans.

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