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Koshland Program Officer


With more than $1.3 billion in assets, The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) 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, and working with its donors, it distributed nearly $100 million to nonprofit organizations last year. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.

Reports To: Koshland Program Director


The Koshland Civic Unity Awards were established in 1982 by The San Francisco Foundation as a memorial to one of its founders and major benefactors, Daniel Koshland, a businessman and philanthropist who committed himself to making the Bay Area a better place in which to live.  In the spirit of his life and work, the Koshland Civic Unity Awards recognizes Bay Area grassroots risk-takers, those individuals who accept the most stubborn neighborhood problems as a personal challenge and who work collaboratively to overcome them.  In recognizing these individuals, the Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation seeks to promote community unity by building mutual respect among diverse people in the community and encouraging small, voluntary efforts to address neighborhood problems.  Each year, the Koshland Committee selects a Bay Area neighborhood and makes a $300K commitment to that neighborhood (over a period of 5 years). 

Under the Direction of the Koshland Director, the Program Officer’s key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the Koshland Program Director and Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation in the identification and selection of particular Bay Area neighborhoods to assist residents and neighborhood leaders with community building and neighborhood improvement efforts. 
  • Maintaining contact with civic and nonprofit leaders and assists the Director in locating, researching, and reporting on potential neighborhoods and candidates for leadership awards. 
  • Creating neighborhood profiles that describe the neighborhood’s history, demographics, businesses, land usage, concerns, facilities, landmarks, and goals.  
  • Managing the preparation and production of newsletter by writing and editing articles and designing graphic information displays.
  • Supervising program assistant and consultants when appropriate.
  • Leading program team in research and analysis of grant requests.  Perform proposal review and analysis, including interviewing contacts, conducting site visits and writing up recommendations. 
  • Leading the evaluation of neighborhood improvement projects.
  • Planning, attending and providing support for monthly community meetings throughout the Bay Area; conducts annual site visits with Koshland neighborhood leaders. 
  • Supporting the integration of the Koshland Program into the Foundation’s equity pathways and grantmaking work of the Foundation. 
  • Coordinating neighborhood events, ceremonies, tours and meetings.  
  • Responding to requests, provide appropriate information, establish rapport, make site visits, and develop lists of needs and resources.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation to determine the benchmarks, indicators of success, and methodology to track and assess the progress toward outcomes.
  • Liaison across pathways seeking connections and integrating past and present neighborhood leaders into the outcomes of pathways.
  • Jointly review grants within pathway and from other pathways in collaboration with other funding entities.
  • Work with Koshland fellows and provide resource and referral advice and technical assistance to their agencies and/or collaboratives.
  • Collaborating with Marketing and Communications for media, marketing and public relations activities.
  • Development support. Meet with donors and prospective donors as assigned, providing them with information about pathway efforts or other specific issues, and best practices and grant making opportunities in the Bay Area. Provide background information for direct funding requests to donors. Organize and present at donor forums.
  • 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.



Undergraduate degree and/or related experience are required.


A minimum of six years solid programmatic experience in nonprofit, philanthropic or private industry.  Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, highly skilled with attention to detail. Experience in meeting facilitation with diverse groups; Experience in project management and coordination with multiple stakeholders; Experience in program design and planning, including strategic planning, budgeting, communication strategy and evaluation. Supervisory experience a plus.

Create positive, long-term working relationships by demonstrating a commitment to customer service, dedication to the program, knowledge of internal processes and procedures, tact, dependability, diplomacy, and flexibility.  Capacity to establish goals and priorities to achieve multiple deadlines.   Work well under minimal supervision by taking initiative, and keeping appropriate people informed of project-related developments to ensure successful management and completion of projects.  


  • Strong active listening, oral, and written communication skills; Strong abilities to build successful relationships with local leaders and organizations; demonstrated ability to engage people from diverse backgrounds and in a variety of settings; ability to facilitate and synthesize ideas, observations, research, and interpersonal dynamics of groups; ability to provide sensitive feedback and technical assistance.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in and across teams.
  • Ability to lead collaboratives of multiple leaders, provide cross-sector learning opportunities for neighborhood fellows and partners, and serve as staff lead for special projects or committees.
  • Demonstrable computer literacy in word processing, email, spreadsheets, contact management, and knowledge management applications.
  • The Program Officer will evaluate the merits of written proposals, conduct due diligence, participate in site visits, review research, and present grant recommendations to the Board of Trustees, as appropriate.
  • Computer skills specifically in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Windows operating system, and database applications.  Skilled in using database programs a plus. Spanish speaker is a plus.

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

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


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