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Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer

Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer

Reports To:  Assistant Vice President of Programs


The Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer is part of a diverse, multi-disciplinary team, whose objective is to secure funding from foundation partners, corporate donors, and governmental organizations. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Programs and working closely with the director of development, program directors, and program officers, this position will develop and drive fundraising and relationship-building strategies to increase the scale of funding for our work and to enhance and strengthen the position of The San Francisco Foundation in the region. By working with lead staff to manage funder relationships and provide proposal writing and editing support to staff, this position will attract funding for the Foundation’s racial and economic equity agenda. She/he will also work with our Grants Administration and Finance teams in the processing and reporting of funder proposals and grant awards.

This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared results focused on racial and economic equity in the Bay Area region. TSFF has made equity and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Officer will integrate these values and priorities throughout our philanthropy work. Across our team, we aspire to be nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset. This position is in our San Francisco office.


Development Planning for the TSFF Equity Agenda

  • Lead the creation of a development strategy for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of institutional funders, including private foundations, corporations, and government entities.
  • Develop funding priorities and systems for coordination and relationship management.
  • Maintain in-depth working knowledge of all programmatic work of TSFF to leverage opportunities for investment.
  • In collaboration with program and development staff, create an overarching annual plan and assist with the creation of program fundraising plans for different efforts tied to the TSFF’s equity agenda to secure private foundation grants, corporate funding, and government contracts, including renewals, upgrades, and new sources to support TSFF priorities.
  • Research institutional entities, grant opportunities, and high-potential partnerships that will help fund program areas and advance the overall equity agenda of TSFF.
  • Work with staff to develop, write, and review grant proposals from TSFF to the foundation and corporate funders.

Project Management

  • Manage foundation fundraising for three equity pathways and programs across TSFF, with a goal of approximately $5 million in revenue raised annually.
  • Proactively manage the collective portfolio of prospects for the institutional funder pipeline.
  • Develop and manage a calendar of deadlines for proposals, reports, and other communications with current and prospective funders.
  • Assist with the coordination of onsite visits and meetings for institutional funders.
  • Assists with the preparation of financial information including budgets and financial reports, in collaboration with program and finance staff.

Strategic Marketing and Visibility

  • Identify opportunities to increase visibility and knowledge of TSFF’s equity agenda with potential funders. Develop priorities and recommendations and help in securing speaking opportunities at conferences and events with prospective funders. Develop talking points and presentation materials.
  • Meet with foundation program officers both alone and with program staff.
  • Assist program staff as needed with the development of high-quality letters of inquiry, grant proposals, concept papers, acknowledgment letters, briefings, and reports for the foundation, corporate, and government donors to meet annual revenue targets.
  • Work with marketing and communications staff to create and market informational materials about TSFF program efforts for direct funding requests to private foundation and corporate prospects and partners.
  • Ensure proper recognition of funders, stewardship, and ongoing outreach.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, in one or more of our programmatic areas of focus or a related discipline required.
  • Five to seven years of experience securing grants, managing partnerships, and funding with private foundations and corporations.
  • Experienced grant writer with the ability to translate complex issues into fundraising goals and objectives and ability to articulate organization’s equity agenda to the funding community.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting and collaborate across departments and functional teams that represent a richly diverse mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives, as well as the ability to work independently with clear roles and deliverables.
  • Strong active listening, excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to plan, and facilitate meetings.
  • Knowledge of funder development prospect research methods and tools, including the ability to facilitate and synthesize ideas, observations, research, and interpersonal dynamics of groups.
  • Excellent attention to detail and quality control on all documents produced and administrative work undertaken.
  • Ability to manage multiple demands and deadlines from multiple sources, including excellent time management and organizational skills, with strong detail orientation and follow-through.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and handle a large volume of work.
  • Demonstrable computer literacy in MS Office 365, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and constituency management, including regular use of central database systems to document all donor and prospect contacts and to plan future work.



A competitive compensation package commensurate with background and experience in addition to a very competitive benefits package will be offered.

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

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