San Francisco

Initiative Associate, The Partnership for HOPE SF, San Francisco Foundation

The Organization

With more than $1.5 billion in assets, the San Francisco Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the country. The foundation is committed to expanding opportunity and ensuring a more equitable future for all in the Bay Area. Together with its donors, the foundation distributed $154 million to nonprofit organizations last fiscal year. The San Francisco Foundation serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties. ​

Position Overview

Reports To: Initiative Officer and Program Director, HOPE SF


​​​​​​San Francisco’s HOPE SF initiative is the nation’s first large-scale public housing development and reparations initiative aimed at de-concentrating poverty, reducing social isolation, and creating vibrant mixed-income communities without mass displacement. Managed as a collective impact initiative and run out of the Mayor’s Office, HOPE SF communities, located in the southeast sector of the city, include four of the most historically isolated and dilapidated public housing communities in the nation. Unlike prior redevelopment efforts that have largely displaced the existing population, HOPE SF is committed to the 5,000 current residents and to preserving the racial and economic diversity of San Francisco.

In 2011, the Partnership for HOPE SF, led by three organizations, the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Foundation, and Enterprise Community Partners, was formed to leverage the skills and resources of the philanthropic, non-profit, and business sectors to ensure that HOPE SF communities would be places of opportunity for all. The Partnership for HOPE SF has raised over $18,000,000 to support innovation and learning for the initiative; however, it is far more than a source of philanthropic funding. Made up of over 20 organizations, The Partnership for HOPE SF provides critical roles, including leadership and influence, strategic partnership, and data and evaluation support.

The San Francisco Foundation houses The Partnership for HOPE SF and leads in the areas of fundraising, strategic communications, knowledge sharing, and civic engagement. The San Francisco Foundation manages the philanthropic funds and grantmaking efforts to seed innovative strategies, build organizational capacity, and promote leadership development.


The Partnership for HOPE SF is an initiative of the San Francisco Foundation. The position of Initiative Associate is a full-time position that reports to the Initiative Officer (IO). The Partnership for HOPE SF team includes the Initiative Officer (1 FTE), Initiative Associate (1 FTE), and Program Assistant (.5 FTE). The HOPE SF initiative staff is part of the Place Pathway. The team that makes up the Partnership for HOPE SF works closely with outside partner organizations, consultants, grantees, and funders. The Initiative Associate will provide support in the areas of fundraising, marketing and communications, strategic planning and evaluation, and grant making. The Initiative Associate works independently and with guidance from the IO.


Support the IO in the areas described below, with the primary focus on fundraising and communications.

Communications Coordination:

  • Coordinate the initiative-wide communications for HOPE SF. Work with professional writers as needed and co-produce stories through strong relationships with outside partners and residents.
  • Develop and draft content for blogs and newsletters.
  • Write, review, and maintain HOPE SF website updates. Track website data analytics for continuous improvement.
  • Lead the HOPE SF social media strategy—track news, stories, events, photos to maintain consistent presence on three-four social media platforms. Track public comments and data analytics for continuous improvement.
  • In partnership with the IO and the Marketing Communications team, design an annual communications piece (one pager, annual report, brochure, etc.) for funders – be able to generate basic graphics information (infographic, PowerPoint presentations, One-pager, etc.).
  • Coordinate knowledge sharing activities for HOPE SF. HOPE SF supports a learning agenda, meaning that we are constantly learning, reflecting, and course correcting. SFF leads many of the activities to share our knowledge through regular communications and updates with partners, especially funders. Be able to work with data analysts at the mayor’s office and other organizations, as well as researchers to gather, synthesize, and communicate impact.
  • Facilitate conversation to get ongoing input, feedback from across HOPE SF partners to improve communications. May include planning meetings, online learning and collaboration, and surveys of residents and partners.
  • Manage relationships with communications consultants, including coordinating projects, generating, and tracking contracts, and processing invoices.

Fundraising Support:

  • Draft narrative and other content grant applications and progress reports. Support the overall proposal writing and progress reporting process (includes drafting narrative and financial information, compiling supporting information, and record keeping and compliance with internal processes and policies).
  • Work with HOPE SF grantees to track data, milestones, and accomplishments to inform current and potential funders of progress and lessons learned.
  • Conduct research and “cold calls” to maintain a prospecting pipeline and increase fundraising opportunities.
  • Support the IO in coordinating fundraising activities, meetings, events and tours.

Strategic Development and Stakeholder Engagement Coordination:

  • Coordinate strategic planning conversations and task forces (subject matter to be determined), made up of multi-sector thought leaders towards the creation of HOPE SF strategies and pilot programs. Help to synthesize and document discussions, proposed models, strategic implementation plans.

Coordination of Convenings, Events, and Presentations:

  • Help design and manage the coordination of regular presentations and discussions to provide reflection, learning and community building opportunities for HOPE SF partners.
  • Coordinate participation in local and national presentations, conferences, speaking engagements.
    • Research conference opportunities
    • Submit proposals
    • Create and support the panels; help develop presentations

Grantmaking Support:

The Partnership for HOPE SF makes approximately 20 grants and manages approximately 20 contracts annually.

  • Coordinate some Request for Proposals (RFP), grants, and contracts, and manage grantee relationships.
  • Review grantee progress reports. Track and document data and progress associated with the grants.

Other Responsibilities as Assigned

The Initiative Associate will be responsible for managing her/his general administrative activities, including calendaring, scheduling, and expense management.


Education: Undergraduate degree strongly preferred but will consider the extent of experience if necessary.

Required experience: Minimum of 3-5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, or public sector. A successful and positive track record working in culturally and ethnically diverse communities.

Experience: Ideal candidate will have any combination of mid-level experience with fundraising, marketing, communications, relationship building, and data analysis.

Knowledge, skills, and competencies: Excellent facilitation, listening, oral and written communications skills. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously. Demonstrated personal integrity and commitment to racial equity. The ability to engender trust, credibility, confidence with a variety of constituencies, including corporate and foundation executives, government and non-profit leaders, and residents of public housing. Computer literacy in the Microsoft environment, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Attention to design and an ability to create basic graphics information, such as PowerPoint presentations, infographics, handout material. Experience with Salesforce, Mailchimp, Fluxx Grants Management System is highly recommended.

Compensation is commensurate with background and experience, in addition to a very competitive benefits package.

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