San Francisco

Vice President of Programs, San Francisco Foundation

The Organization

Founded in 1948, the San Francisco Foundation is one of the nation’s largest community foundations — a grantmaking public charity dedicated to improving life within a specific local region. Our mission is to mobilize resources and act as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Position Overview

The San Francisco Foundation is uniquely positioned to address the Bay Area’s most pressing needs. The Foundation aims for greater community impact and is moving toward population-level results for low-income families and communities of color left out of the region’s robust economy. Five years into the San Francisco Foundation’s implementation of the racial equity and economic inclusion agenda, the organization is at an exciting juncture and next crossroads – poised to further leverage its impact across the Bay Area through deepened strategies for policy and systems change at the local, regional, and state levels, as well as innovative, proactive, and strategically aligned approaches.


In collaboration with senior leadership and staff, the Vice President of Programs plays a key role in positioning the Foundation for the future.  To that end, the VPP is responsible for the following within the Foundation’s Community Impact Department:

  • Lead, inspire, and manage a highly talented, motivated and dedicated team
  • Sustain and grow highly effective strategies to achieve community impacts and advance SFF’s equity agenda
  • Refine grantmaking systems and protocols,
  • Oversee grantmaking portfolios and individual grants to advance results and achieve performance indicators (The VPP approves grants for final review by the CEO/CIO)
  • Partner within the Community Impact department, across the institution, and with key stakeholders to advance the equity agenda, and achieve greater alignment across the Foundation and with the communities SFF serves
  • Serve as a strong ambassador for SFF and its equity agenda
  • Establish a strong partnership with Philanthropy and Gift Planning (PGP) to enhance philanthropic alignment around equity agenda priorities with SFF donors and clients

The Vice President of Programs reports to the Chief Impact Officer (CIO) and is a member of the Foundation’s Leadership Team.  Under the direction of the CIO and in collaboration with appropriate staff, the VP of Programs determines the results, strategies, and performance indicators for the Foundation’s pathways, programs and initiatives.  As a member of the Leadership team, s/he plays a key role in supporting and contributing to Foundation-wide policy and process developments, organizational effectiveness and an inclusive and equity-focused culture.

The Vice President of Programs is responsible for advancing the Foundation’s equity agenda by:

  • Oversight of the pathways to equity: People, Place and Power:
    • Development of a coordinated grantmaking program to advance SFF’s equity agenda and the results of each of the pathways.
      • Approval of pathway grantmaking portfolios and individual grants
      • Oversight of grantmaking (Fluxx) and CRM/SalesForce systems
    • Overseeing the refinement of results, associated strategies and performance indicators connected to the Foundation’s pathways, programs, and initiatives
    • Collaboration with the VP of Policy and Innovation to enhance the focus and progress toward policy and system change goals
    • Further develop and refine, a range of leadership roles, and approaches as civic leader, advocate, convenor, and grant maker.
  • Sustaining and growing highly effective grantmaking strategies that are grantee-centric and equity-focused
  • Growing a strong team with a commitment to collaboration
  • Ensuring that all pathways, initiatives, and programs are equity-focused and include explicit and robust community engagement approaches
  • Collaborate with the Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation to refine the knowledge management/grants evaluation system to monitor impact
  • Partnering with the Philanthropy and Gift Planning to align donors’ grantmaking with equity agenda priorities
  • Serving as a strong external-facing ambassador of SFF


The Vice President of Programs is critical for the success of SFF’s equity agenda. They provide internal and external leadership across the three pathways—People, Place and Power—ensuring that SFF is using all of its tools and networks to advance greater racial equity and racial equity.


The Vice President of Programs is part of the leadership of SFF and of the Community Impact Department. They oversee the three pathways—People, Place and Power– a team of 25 staff and work closely with the Philanthropy and Gift Planning team to foster collaboration with SFF’s donors. They oversee more than $20 million of grantmaking per year.


Lead, inspire, and manage a highly talented, motivated, and dedicated team.

The VPP manages a staff of approximately 25 employees, including 4 direct reports, and will oversee a grant-making budget of approximately $24M and operating budgets of approximately $3M.   They will bring leadership within the Community Impact Department and across Foundation Departments, collaborating with Philanthropy and Gift Planning, Finance, Operations, and Marketing and Communications. In particular, the VPP will work closely with Philanthropy and Gift Planning to help align large donors’ giving with the Foundation’s equity agenda.

The VPP is tasked with advancing the Foundation’s three-year impact plan, creating further integration across the program team, with the Policy and Innovations team, and across the Foundation. They will establish greater connections between the Community Impact, Philanthropy and Gift Planning, and Marketing and Communications departments, furthering the Foundation’s impact.

The Vice President of Programs is expected to possess exceptional management and leadership skills and will serve as an inspiring and motivating leader who is ready to take the programmatic work and impact of the equity agenda to the next level.  In this vein, they will help encourage more collaborative, proactive grantmaking across program areas.  The VPP will be responsible for leading change within the team, building a culture of shared accountability, strong communications, and transparency of decision making, bringing leadership to the CI Department and larger organizational goals.


  • At least five years of experience in philanthropy, including managing larger grantmaking portfolios
  • Strong communications skills both oral and written
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution
  • At least 10 years’ experience overall with nonprofits
  • Deep knowledge and commitment to advancing racial equity and greater economic inclusion
  • Familiarity with grantmaking and CRM systems
  • Experience developing and implementing strategies connected to policy and systems change
  • Management experience within complex organizations
  • Experience building effective teams and engaging in collaborative strategy development and decision-making
  • Experience in the Bay Area with different issues working with diverse communities and constituencies
  • BA or combination of education and experience.

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

Remote Work Policy: The Foundation is adopting a long-term hybrid in-person and remote work policy. Dedicated to its employee health and safety, The Foundation will continue to make decisions in accordance with San Francisco County and California mandates. Employees must reside or plan to relocate to the Bay Area if hired.

Requesting Accommodations: The Foundation is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, The Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

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

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