San Francisco, CA

Program Officer, The San Francisco Foundation

The Organization
The San Francisco Foundation mobilizes resources and acts as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy. Under the leadership of Fred Blackwell, The San Francisco Foundation seeks to advance racial equity and economic inclusion in the San Francisco Bay Area. A community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, The San Francisco Foundation serves as a partner for donors to make giving one of life’s great experiences by offering opportunities for learning and engagement within a community of donors committed to meaningful philanthropy and an equitable Bay Area. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, TSFF has over $1.3 billion in assets and serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo counties.

Position Overview
Senior Director, Expanding Access to Opportunity(EAO)

The Program Officer, Expanding Access to Opportunity, under the direction of the Senior Director has primary responsibility for grantmaking and strategy implementation for the EAO pathway. The EAO pathway, also known as the People pathway, will focus on advancing opportunity in the areas of Housing, Jobs, and Infrastructure, as well as removing systemic barriers in the criminal justice and education fields. The overall goal of the Foundation’s equity agenda is to advance racial and economic equity in the Bay Area.

Under the direction of the Pathway Director, the Program Officer’s key responsibilities include:

Strategy Implementation:
Development and implementation of strategy. Participate in the development of pathway strategies and the identification of population-level outcomes, as well as leading components of strategy development.  This could involve research, outreach to community partners, and or the identification of needed partnerships and collaborations.Coordinate outcomes within a pathway and across pathways. As appropriate, jointly review grants from other pathways and in collaboration with other funding entities.  Provide resource and referral advice and technical assistance to agencies or collaboratives. Thought leadership and information dissemination. Conduct research and provide thought leadership and information dissemination through key speaking engagements, articles, media interviews, and other social media opportunities.  Plan and organize convenings and other briefings.Collaboration:Expand understanding, support, and collaboration.  Identify and facilitate opportunities to bring various constituencies together to further the goals of TSFF’s Equity Agenda.  For instance, convenings may be used to position TSFF as a resource for those interested in addressing critical issues affecting individuals and communities, to gather input on a specific strategy or body of work, to garner support for a particular cause or activity, to educate and learn, or for other similar purposes. Collaborate with the Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation.  Determine the benchmarks, indicators of success, and methodology to track and assess the progress toward outcomes associated with the pathway strategy, as well as the effectiveness of grants and progress reports.Partnership design, development, and implementation. Lead proactive efforts for change, including partnership development efforts with other funders, private and public sector leaders, and grantees. This could include raising additional funds from other foundations and donors to meet identified needs connected to specific outcomes. Collaborate with Marketing and Communications for media, marketing and public relations activities.

Review, research, and recommend grants. Determine the solicitation of grants and the response to nonprofit, government, and private agency requests for Foundation funding. This could include the development of RFPs and/or plans for grants distribution. Evaluate merits of written proposals, conduct due diligence, participate in site visits, review research, and present grant recommendations to the Board of Trustees, as appropriate.

Departmental Partnerships:
Development support. In partnership with the Development and Donor Services team, the Program Officer will meet with donors and prospective donors as assigned, providing them with information about pathway efforts or other specific issues, and best practices and grantmaking opportunities in the Bay Area. Provide background information for direct funding requests to donors. Organize and present at donor forums.

Bachelor’s degree, in one or more of the Foundation’s programmatic areas of focus or a related discipline required. Master’s degree strongly preferred. Experience: Minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience in a leadership role in the public, non-profit, or philanthropic sector.  In-depth knowledge of grantmaking and successfully managing projects to achieve specified goals and outcomes.  Ideally, the Program Officer will have broad, multi-sector knowledge and/or experience coupled with a good understanding of Bay Area nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Racial or economic equity experience a must; education equity, workforce or criminal justice experience preferred. Proven record of successfully working collaboratively and in teams; supervisory experience a plus.

Strong active listening, oral, and written communication skills.
Ability to build successful relationships with local leaders and organizations and engage people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings. Ability to facilitate meetings, synthesize ideas, amd provide sensitive. Strong understanding of organizational development and operations of small and large nonprofits.
Finance, budget and management experience. Ability to lead collaboratives of multiple funders and leaders, provide cross-sector learning opportunities for funders and grantees, and serve as staff lead for special projects or committees.
Demonstrable computer literacy in word processing, email, spreadsheets, contact management, and knowledge management applications.

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