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Program Associate


With more than $1.4 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 $146 million to nonprofit organizations last fiscal year. The San Francisco Foundation serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.

REPORTS TO: Senior Director, Expanding Access to Opportunities


The Program Associate provides support to advance the Foundations Equity goals in the community.  Through strategic grant making, community engagement, public private partnerships, donor relations, and convenings, the Program Associate ensures that the Foundation’s overall goals and objectives are achieved. Under the direction of the Senior Director, the Program Associate is part of a team focused on implementing regional strategies in both the Anchoring Communities and Expanding Access to Opportunities pathways.

The Program Associate works independently, with guidance, and collectively on a team to develop and implement activities in the following areas: grant making, report writing, working with community, foundation and public partners, and advancing Foundation priorities both internally and in the field. Other responsibilities include grant and contract management, program implementation, representing the Foundation at meetings, and contributing to the strategies and activities of the Foundation’s Regional Equity agenda.


The Program Associate position requires excellent research, analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills as well as professional discretion, independent judgment, flexibility and diplomacy. The Program Associate responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate convenings on content-based issues.
  • Assist with the development, execution and management of grants.
  • Act as team lead on special assignments which may include outreach, meeting  planning, communication with constituents, and managing small projects or grant programs as assigned.
  • Participate in strategy development of program initiatives, pathway programs or special projects.
  • Maintain and support relationships and communications with grantees, donors, nonprofit partners, public sector allies, and other key stakeholders.
  • Propose and track opportunities for public policy engagement and advocacy.
  • Act as liaison with foundation community partners and key stakeholders on pathway programmatic work and ensure timely response to issues.
  • Keep teams abreast of complementary or emerging efforts in the field.
  • Coordinate and provide critical analysis and evaluation of grantee progress
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees on grants and to consultant on contract related matters.
  • Coordinate grant site visits, community meetings, special convening opportunities, and grantee communications.
  • Provide support on projects with other Foundation departments e.g., Finance, Marketing and Communications, IT, and Donor Development.
  • Conduct research and assess opportunities for grants and contract opportunities.
  • Provide recommendations for future work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three to five years of work experience.
  • 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.
  • Policy research skills at the local, regional, state or national levels. 
  • Knowledge of local and regional politics, policy making and policymakers a plus.
  • Philanthropic experience preferable.
  • Experience or knowledge in one of the following areas: Anti-Displacement, Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, Education Equity, Environment, Housing, Workforce, Leadership Development, Racial Equity, or Transit/Infrastructure. 
  • Technologically savvy in word and application processing, email, Internet searches, and presentation software such as MS Suite.
  • High level of interpersonal skills: e.g., listening, empathy, willing to assist others
  • Public speaking, oral, and writing skills desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve using analytical and reasoning skills to maintain.
  • Capacity to work in a multicultural environment, including competency in working with individuals and groups of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.


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

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