James B. McClatchy Foundation (JBMF)
We are currently operating in a hybrid workplace model where staff work both in the office and at home. There is flexibility and an expectation for in person staff and board meetings with opportunity for travel in the Central Valley.
The James B. McClatchy Foundation
Founded by Susan and the late James B. McClatchy in 1994, the James B. McClatchy Foundation (JBMF) has a noble mission:
We stand with the people of the Central Valley by investing in education and active civic participation in our democracy.
Toward this end, the Foundation (JBMF) is organized to advance Multilingual Learner students, promote First Amendment speech and expression, and the protection of a free press, and to improve life in one of the country’s most diverse, culturally rich, and economically viable regions, California’s Central Valley.
Despite these assets, the Central Valley faces many critical challenges requiring significant resources. The pressing nature of these challenges is compelling: they should be addressed sooner rather than later. In response to this reality, the Board of Directors has decided to increase its annual grantmaking, with plans to invest all JBMF’s assets in the next decade or so. This decision reflects a commitment to Multilingual Learners in our communities and to the First Amendment. As such, the Foundation is entering an exciting time in its life-cycle and is looking for dedicated and qualified people with integrity to honor this vision and join the Foundation on this journey.
Through its work, JBMF lifts community voices by honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion, improves education access, and ensures all people, especially children, have pathways to a fulfilling life in California’s Central Valley – these institutional qualities are core to the Foundation’s values.
JBMF is an equal opportunity employer and fosters a workplace without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic. JBMF also follows and adheres to the latest COVID safety measure per federal, state, and local county guidelines. We are currently operating in a hybrid workplace model where staff work both in the office and at home, until further notice.
The Impact Associate (IA) is a dynamic team member who is interested in joining a small, compassionate, multicultural and driven team with a big mission. This is a unique opportunity to work for a sunsetting foundation that plans to spend its assets in the service of meeting its mission, which is to stand with the people of California’s Central Valley by investing in education and active civic participation in our democracy.
The Impact Associate provides support to the program and executive team to deliver on the promise of the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies in California’s Central Valley. The Foundation is seeking a team player and resourceful implementer who can work collaboratively with staff, grantee-partners, key community stakeholders, and volunteers to maximize the Foundation’s impact.
The ideal candidate will have similar experiences working in program development and planning, community engagement with diverse stakeholders, is familiar with working collaboratively on a project in a support role, and has successfully done this at either a foundation, a community-based, or like organization.
Through its work, JBMF lifts community voices by honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion, improves education access, and ensures all people, especially children, have pathways to a fulfilling life in California’s Central Valley – these institutional qualities are core to the Foundation’s values. This position will represent the Foundation and will reflect the diverse backgrounds and talents of the people and communities JBMF serves. A successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for JBMF work; a spirit of accountability and collaboration; and, a commitment to co-creating powerful stories of the impact of this work that is grounded in rigor and data.
JBMF is an equal opportunity employer and fosters a workplace without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic. JBMF also follows and adheres to the latest COVID safety measure per federal, state, and local county guidelines.
- Exempt position with full-time equivalent starting salary of $65-70K annually with excellent benefits (100% medical/dental/vision coverage for employees, 50% coverage for dependents) provided to qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements.
- We are currently operating in a hybrid workplace model where staff work both in the office and at home. There is flexibility and an expectation for in person staff and board meetings with opportunity for travel in the Central Valley.
- Professional development, training, and conferences offered for staff.
- Retirement – Up to 7% match for retirement. JBMF also provides access to financial planning support and training.
- Matching personal donations – JBMF matches personal staff donations up to $1,000.00 annually for qualifying 501c3 organizations.
- Generous 3 weeks vacation and 13 Holidays per year. 80 hours of annual sick leave with an additional 2 personal days to use as needed.
JBMF is in a unique position as a sunsetting Foundation planning to spend down our corpus by 2030 and close as an organization. We are committed to investing in our staff’s growth and professional development as they join us on this sunsetting journey.
The IA works collaboratively with a dedicated team to provide support for the execution of grant programs and initiatives. The Impact Associate will hold the following three responsibilities under the supervision of the Chief Impact Officer:
- Provide research and analysis of subject matter information related to our strategic grantmaking and in response to needs, which may include philanthropic scans, demographic data, and grantee information.
- Act as a critical resource to others by providing support, sharing information, and possessing high standards in rigor and quality.
- Review grant reports and provide briefings to the team. Be in thought partnership with Grants Manager on presentation of information and communicating impact.
- Provide input on innovative and emerging philanthropy practices for trust-based approaches.
- Support the Impact team in assessing and addressing the capacity-building needs of community partners.
- Play a critical role to support the JBMF executive and Impact Team in Foundation-wide events, including Board meetings and staff retreats.
- Coordinate external consultants and vendors under the guidance of the Chief Impact Officer.
- Become proficient in the Foundation’s data and grants management systems.
- Draft reports, board dockets, correspondence/emails, calendar invitations and other documents as necessary.
- Coordinate learning convenings and engagement opportunities with grantees and other stakeholders; Hold knowledge around our grantee community and assess their needs for engagement.
- Assist in network-building strategies across the region.
- Communicate with grantees and partners, share pertinent information and identify opportunities for cross-collaboration.
- Collaborate on emergent events with grantee partners that align with the Foundation’s strategic direction, such as partnered community convenings.
- Bring their own perspectives, relationship-building skills, and lived experiences to the growing team and culture of the Foundation.
- Understands the value of diversity and equity with a proven capacity to respectfully work in a multicultural and inclusive workforce and environment.
- Serve as primary internal communications liaison with marketing and communications vendors; prepare meeting agendas and track tasks related to communications and marketing.
- Supporting content development for the website and other communications such as email newsletters, social media, blogs, reports, and announcements.
- Role of admin on social media channels to post content and deepen engagement aligned with strategic goals; sharing out and tracking engagement opportunities.
- Monitor and respond to the Foundation’s general email accounts.
- Other communications projects as assigned.
- Possesses a continual, fearless, and team-oriented growth mindset
- Experience supporting and working collaboratively with program, operations, and executive staff in a small team environment
- Strong project support and administrative experience, with excellent writing and verbal communications skills
- Ability to oversee and prioritize multiple projects and effectively manage workflow to meet deadlines
- Works productively in a fast-paced environment with multiple tasks and projects, with great attention to detail and completion deadlines
- Values collaboration and partnership but also is self-directed and can work without daily supervision
- Shares information, provides and receives feedback and guidance to and from others respectfully and skillfully
- Able to adapt quickly to changing digital environments and be an early adopter of emerging systems
- Experience with nonprofit technology and communications tools including Excel, Google Sheets, project management tools and other data management platforms, email newsletters, websites, constituent relationship managers (CRM), social media, and online analytics tools
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
- At least 2 years of work experience
- Fluent in using a computer and a variety of applications (Google Suite, Mac/Apple products)
- Capability to travel within California’s Central Valley, including occasional overnight site visits, state, and national conferences, and evening meetings
- Possess a valid California Driver’s License
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to with “Impact Associate” in the subject line.
Deadline to Apply: August 15th | Full-time Exempt
We plan to host screening interviews for qualified candidates as we receive applications.