Full-Time San Francisco, CA, USA Salary: $105,794 to $143,364  Closes: 2019-11-01

The San Francisco Digital Services Team is transforming how residents interact with the City, by building services designed around the people that use them. Led by the Chief Digital Services Officer, the team is comprised of product managers, designers, developers, and content strategists. As a member of this team, you would be part of a new and growing movement, with an opportunity to shape the City’s approach to technology.

As the Senior PM for Permitting, you’ll own the vision and strategy for digital permitting and oversee products that give an excellent customer experience. As the top technical authority, you will work with a multi-disciplinary team of 10 or more designers, developers, and other PMs, and decide priorities for development across the board.

You will engage with permitting departments and customers to understand where there is the greatest need and opportunity, and you will own the overall product roadmap for digital permitting. You will get into the detail and complexity of permitting processes, but be able to switch into the high-level view as needed, to make sure the overall vision stays true.

Where vendors are involved you will help manage those relationships, and where our team is building products you will ensure this happens in an Agile way. You will define performance measures and reporting, and make sure all permitting efforts are coordinated and communicated. Successful candidates will have leadership experience in agile product teams.

You will be a champion for user needs, using data and user research to back up your product roadmap. You will manage complexity and stay calm under pressure, balancing competing priorities and backlogs for the best impact on users.


At least 5 years of hands-on experience designing outstanding web-based products for a consumer-oriented website. Experience re-designing complex products, services, or transactions to be more simple, beautiful, and easy to use.

Product team experience including experience leading the user research and user testing process; writing user stories; managing roadmaps, leading agile scrum methodology, and managing stakeholder relationships.

Strong technical understanding of modern web product development.

Strong working knowledge of Lean and Agile practices. Experience working within Agile teams and incorporating user testing & feedback into agile processes.

Exceptional verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively influence and communicate cross-functionally.

A personal interest in public service or civic technology.

Experience with creating user journey maps and/or service blueprints.

Demonstrable and practical experience, in the public or private sector, of transformational change to business processes and systems to deliver improved user experience and cost savings.

Design experience, including the ability to create sketches, wireframes, and mockups to communicate features to clients, designers and developers.

Development experience, including the knowledge to interface with developers about coding practices, delivery and acceptance processes, testing, etc.

Experience with metrics and analytics that inform the success of products, defining KPIs, tracking conversion funnels, and extracting insight from data.

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Work with the Chief Digital Services Officer, Permit Center Manager, Service Designer, and other stakeholders, to own and implement a compelling vision for digital permitting

Coordinate product teams and ensure they are working in harmony toward your vision

Be creative and resourceful and use your expertise to solve complex problems that span multiple departments and types of users.

Manage complex stakeholder relationships and implementations across multiple departments

Coach and lead other PMs in best practice, particularly Agile and product management.

Coordinate a multi-disciplinary agile software development team to deliver complex products

Research and evaluate new technologies, software and hardware products; consult with vendors about product functions & features; recommend software & hardware purchases.

Oversee roadmap planning, resource management, procurement, and vendor management.

Flag potential risks early and works with the team and stakeholders to mitigate risks

Prepare product budgetary cost estimates; develop implementation proposals, documentation and roadmaps; write technical specifications and requests for proposals.

Participate in planning and conducting thoughtful and ethical user research. Effectively capture and use insights from user research to propose improvements to policy, service design, and delivery.

Define and get stakeholder buy-in for product definition and delivery approach. Gather and use evidence to assess the costs, benefits, and risks of a wide range of delivery options. Implement a product vision developed in collaboration with department leadership.

Create effective, prioritized product descriptions, user stories, and delivery plans to meet user needs in a cost-effective way. In some cases, serve as scrum master or delivery manager.

Multi-channel delivery: Work with the designer and department partners on the strategy for paper and analog channels to complement digital service delivery.

Work comfortably in an agile environment with rapidly changing deadlines, workloads, and goals.

Lead data-based continuous delivery and improvement, ensuring that services are regularly analyzed, maintained and improved to better user experience. Design service processes to include continuous feedback loops between customers and the service team.

Provide counseling and mediation; persuade, convince and train others, including the ability to act in a lead worker capacity.

Recommend a variety of personnel actions in such areas as performance evaluation, training, selection, and disciplinary measures.

Related duties as assigned.

Associates Degree in any discipline and five years of experience in product management

Additional experience can be substituted for a degree on a year-for-year basis.