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Partnership Officer

 Organization Overview:

The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948. TSFF works to advance regional equity through grantmaking, investments, public policy, advocacy, civic engagement and leadership. With approximately $1.3 billion in assets, TSFF awarded more than $100 million in grants in 2016. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.

Partnership Overview:

The Bay Area Regional Partnership, an emerging effort of TSFF, Facebook, the Ford Foundation, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, along with an emerging and diverse set of private, public, philanthropic and community partners from across the region, is committed to creating a more accessible, equitable and prosperous Bay Area for all the region’s residents by addressing the interconnected and urgent crises in housing, transportation, and economic opportunity.

The Bay Area Regional Partnership (BARP) seeks to develop a strong Regional Partner Network – a network of cross-sector leaders and partners with a common understanding of the housing, transportation, and economic opportunity-related challenges facing the region, a shared regional agenda of potential solutions, and a collective commitment to advancing the agenda and moving solutions forward through leadership, collective action, and the investment of resources.



The Partnership Officer (PO) will be responsible for two key roles: 1) Working closely with the initial core partners – TSFF, Facebook, the Ford Foundation, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – to develop the Bay Area Regional Partner Network and to drive and support the partners in developing a regional agenda and advancing agreed upon solutions, and 2) Supporting the CEO and VP of Programs in leading any TSFF-specific roles and work as an initial core partner in the Bay Area Regional Partnership.

On the first role, the PO will develop and manage relationships within and outside of the network, based on priorities established as part of overall strategy development. This will include outreach to and relationships with a wide variety of partners, and a diverse set of leaders across all sectors, including large employers, philanthropic organizations, CDFIs, elected officials, community leaders and advocates, metropolitan planning organizations, academia and issue experts, and others. The PO will also be deeply engaged in strategy development, oversee research, and ensure that the partners’ activities are appropriately synchronized, supervised, and/or coordinated. As the Partnership’s efforts develop, it is expected that the PO will secure and manage resources for grantmaking, research, and other efforts, as well as Identify (and pursue) financing sources required for the implementation of the regional agenda, leveraging public dollars whenever possible. The PO will also be primarily responsible for the coordination of all the Bay Area Regional Partnership’s working groups.

The Partnership Officer reports directly to the Vice President of Programs at TSFF and will work closely with TSFF’s CEO, as well as the representatives of the core partners. The Partnership Officer is funded as a one-year limited- term position. An extension of the Partnership Officer’s tenure may be possible depending on outcomes during this first year.



Leadership and Coordination

Direct the development and implementation of the Bay Area Regional Partnership and its efforts. Identify, develop and coordinate ongoing programmatic needs and investment opportunities. Provide leadership of and support for the Partnership’s agenda, including for policy and systems change efforts. Grow and manage the overall Bay Area Regional Partnership Network – strengthen existing relationships, recruit new members, and coordinate across members and working groups. Engage, inform and activate the Partner Network. Build learning communities with civic, community, elected, and business leaders across the region in the three areas of challenge – housing, transportation, and economic opportunity – that are the focus of the Partnership. Work closely with local and regional groups, as well as city and public agency staff. Drive the coordination of the diverse range of issues and voices committed to a more accessible, equitable and prosperous Bay Area to provide stronger and more unified regional voices for change.


Work closely with core partners to support the development of a broad communications strategy to provide a stronger and more unified regional voice for the regional agenda, drawing on the communications and branding expertise and resources of core and regional partners. Communicate about the Bay Area Regional Partnership as needed, in collaboration with the CEO and VP of Programs of TSFF and other core and regional partners. Develop and disseminate materials and prepare presentations to relevant workshops, conferences, or briefings for private, public, philanthropic/donor or community audiences. Prepare informational reports and/or presentations for the Regional Partner Network and TSFF’s Board of Directors. Communicate programmatic and policy research and proposals for possible funding and implementation support.

Fundraising and Financing

Create and manage budgets, deploy capital, and assure prompt payment and monitoring of expenses in accordance with TSFF and each core partner’s policies and procedures. Fundraise for additional resources, as appropriate to the development of the Partnership and its activities.

Operations and Grants Management

Oversee grantmaking and operations. Manage day-to-day activities. Manage and supervise consultants and develop and oversee projects. Support the coordination of TSFF and partners’ activities including grantmaking and programmatic work, as appropriate. Work with the Regional Partner Network to identify funding and programmatic synergies and to deepen their roles in policy and systems change around equitable housing, transportation and economic opportunity.

Partnership Evaluation

Evaluate the Partnership’s efforts in collaboration with the core partners (initial and future). Assess ongoing progress of the regional agenda, including specific solutions in housing, transportation and economic opportunity that are part of the agenda. Evolve the approach to identifying and advancing solutions as needed. Assess the impact of these solutions as appropriate within the timeframe for the role. Document the progress, results, and lessons learned.



EDUCATION: Undergraduate degree in relevant public administration, community development, urban planning or related discipline required. Master’s degree strongly preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, private, or public sector. Positive track record working in culturally and ethnically diverse communities is required. Evidence of managing collaborative initiatives, multiple projects and staff is required. Expertise in housing, transportation and/or economic opportunity issues required. Demonstrated commitment to principles of racial and economic equity required. Experience in urban planning and/or community development and policy and system change also required. The ideal candidate will be familiar with local and regional policies, and with leaders from the nonprofit, private, philanthropic and public sectors.

Technical Ability and Skills: Ability to lead collaborative initiatives with leaders from different sectors. Excellent facilitation, listening, oral and written communication skills required. Maintain high level vision while understanding the details of programmatic and policy efforts relevant to the Bay Area Partnership’s vision and the implementation of its agenda. Skilled in building effective collaborative relationships with partners, colleagues, constituencies, and internal and external teams across a variety of sectors. Experience leading broad communication strategy. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously. Demonstrated personal integrity and commitment to this work and the ability to engender trust, credibility and confidence with a variety of constituencies. Computer literacy in the Microsoft environment including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.


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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