San Francisco

Program Associate, Chief Impact Officer, 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 with some initiatives, serving the nine county Bay Area.

Position Overview

REPORTS TO: Chief Impact Officer. This position is remote until June 30, 2021.


The Program Associate provides support to advance the Foundation’s equity goals. By supporting the further development/implementation of the Foundation’s Equity Agenda through planning and assessment, community engagement, public private partnerships, and convenings, the Program Associate ensures that the Foundation’s goals and objectives are achieved. Under the direction of the Chief Impact Officer, the Program Associate is involved in a range of activities and ensures that the Chief Impact Officer is staffed appropriately.

The Program Associate works independently, with guidance, and collectively on a team to develop and implement activities in the following areas: assisting in advancing internal working groups and department teams, working with community, foundation and public partners, and advancing Foundation priorities, particularly internally.


The Program Associate works with the Chief Impact Officer in the development and implementation of the Foundation’s equity agenda through the Community Impact Department’s strategies and activities. The Program Associate position requires excellent project management, analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills, as well as professional discretion, independent judgment, flexibility and diplomacy. The Program Associate responsibilities include:

  • Support the leadership team and program strategy team in the project management and development, tracking and implementation of community impact strategies.
  • Maintain project timelines, contacts, contracts, and budgets using technology (e.g. MS Office tools, Salesforce, Smartsheets, etc.)
  • Work to ensure the implementation of core strategies through performance measurement and the implementation of the Foundation’s 3-year impact plan. This includes partnering with the CEO office and the Strategic Learning and Evaluation team.
  • Act as team lead on special assignments, which may include outreach, meeting, planning, communication with constituents, and managing projects as assigned.
  • Assist in public policy research, engagement, and advocacy, particularly on statewide issues with deep potential impacts in the Bay Area.
  • Maintain and support relationships and communications with grantees, donors, nonprofit partners, public sector allies, and other key stakeholders and ensure timely response to issues and requests.
  • Act as internal liaison across Community Impact Department.
  • Provide support on projects with other Foundation departments e.g., Finance, Marketing and Communications, Grants Administration, IT, and Philanthropic Giving, as assigned.
  • Conduct research and assess opportunities for support for priority efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Experience:

  • Undergraduate or bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent combination of education, and experience.
  • Minimum of five to seven years of work experience.
  • Experience working with and C-Suite professional, a plus
  • Ability to communicate internally with the Foundation staff and externally to diverse audiences.
  • Well-organized, self-starting, and independent with the ability to multi-task, set priorities, track projects, and meet deadlines.
  • Project management skills and experience with complex, multi-stakeholder efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
  • Capacity to work in a multiracial and multicultural environment, including competency in working with individuals and groups of diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Technologically savvy in MS word and application processing, Outlook email, Internet searches, presentation software such as MS Suite, and project management tools such as Smartsheets, Salesforce, etc.
  • High level of interpersonal skills: e.g., listening, empathy, willing to assist others
  • Strong oral and writing skills

Preferable Experience:

  • Knowledge of local and regional politics, policy making and policymakers a plus.
  • Philanthropic experience preferable.
  • Experience or knowledge in racial equity preferred.


Commensurate with background and experience in addition to a competitive benefits package.

The San Francisco Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

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