Manager, Programs and Events

Date Posted: 
Wed, July 11, 2018
San Francisco, CA
Company Name: 
Northern California Grantmakers
Company Information: 

About NCG

NCG brings philanthropy together to build healthy, thriving, and just communities. We work to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropy and to strengthen the ties between philanthropy and its many stakeholders, including nonprofit organizations, government, business, media, academia, and the public at large.

We offer a robust benefit package including health, dental and vision insurance, paid time off for community service and participation in a retirement plan. You would be joining a joyful team of individuals committed to social impact, a positive working culture, and a respect for the many different aspects of life.

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Job Description: 
Manager, Programs and Events
Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 13, 2018
Job Description: 
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Salary: Commensurate with Experience 

Reports to: Director, Leadership Culture and Community

Position Summary

Northern California Grantmakers (“NCG”) is a dynamic membership organization that brings the philanthropic community together to build healthy, thriving, just communities.  We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as Manager, Programs and Events. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcome applicants of diverse race, ethnic culture, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.

NCG is a catalyst for our region’s philanthropic community. We bring funders and other key stakeholders together to tackle big issues and achieve shared goals. To maximize the collective power of our community, we partner with our members in three areas of focus:  

Equity and Social Justice:  Leveling the opportunity playing field and working to right persistent wrongs. 

Leadership, Culture and Community:  Nurturing the dynamic and diverse people and institutions in philanthropy.

Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability:  Building networks to sustain the fabric and culture of the place we all love. 

This approach allows us to advocate for smart strategic philanthropy and community practice while maintaining flexibility to respond to emerging issues that impact our members and the region.

The Manager, Programs and Events is responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of strategic goals, primarily under two areas of focus: Equity and Social Justice and Leadership, Culture and Community. This position is responsible for project management, strategic support, supporting the development of related networks, program development and providing research and technical assistance to members and will work in close collaboration with the Directors of Leadership, Culture and Community and Equity and Social Justice. 

Essential Job Functions

Manage programs, projects and services in the Leadership, Culture and Community portfolio (40%)

  • Manage partnerships, meetings, programs, and resources related to projects within Leadership, Culture and Community (e.g. Full Cost Project);
  • Support the on-going partnership with Grantmakers for Effective Organization (GEO), working closely with GEO, Southern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers staff;
  • Work closely with members and experts in field to develop, publicize, and disseminate a robust set of resources and tools related to Leadership, Culture and Community to advance member engagement;
  • Support general programs, events, and/or networks that may be established to support this body of work; 
  • Develop/Coordinate specific projects that may emerge.

Manage programs, projects and services in the Equity and Social Justice portfolio (40%)

  • Manage the work of the Racial Equity Lab in partnership with government, business, nonprofit, and community stakeholders to strengthen equity- and social justice-focused goals, plans, and outcomes;
  • Manage partnerships, meetings, programs, and resources related to the 2020 Census;
  • Work closely with members and experts in field to develop, publicize, and disseminate a robust set of resources and tools related to Equity and Social Justice to advance member engagement;
  • Support general programs, events, and/or networks that may be established to support this body of work;
  • Develop/Coordinate specific projects that may emerge.

Other Support (20%)

  • Support in the planning and organizing of NCG’s signature programs, including the Annual Conference, New Grantmakers Institute, and Corporate Philanthropy Institute;
  • Support NCG’s public policy events, including Foundations on the Hill and Sacramento Day;
  • Assist the President & CEO and Vice-President of Member Engagement with special assignments as requested;
  • Respond to and work with members on member-initiated briefings
  • Work collaboratively with NCG’s program team and our Philanthropy California partners as needed
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Intellectual
    • Articulate: Speaks and writes with ease, clarity and impact
    • Innovative: Explores fresh innovative approaches to improve results
    • Organized: The ability to organize, prioritize, and manage complex, multidimensional projects and the commitment and ability to meet work goals in a timely manner.
  • Interpersonal
    • Adaptable: Ability to change course and support the successful completion of projects.
    • Inspiring: Generates energy, enthusiasm and a desire to succeed in others
    • Collaborative: Parters with others to realize better results
  • Motivation
    • Initiative: Acts proactively to achieve results
    • Enthusiastic: Positive attitude and ready to do what it takes to get the job done
    • Resourceful: Finds alternative solutions to overcome problems or limitations
  • Education/Experience/Knowledge
    • Minimum five years of successful work experience, preferably working with a member-driven organization or network.
    • Demonstrated experience and expertise in philanthropy, business, government, or the nonprofit sector.
    • Proven ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
    • Experience managing conflicting priorities and seeking out a variety of perspectives.
    • Willingness to translate mistakes into lessons learned, anticipate future needs, and take action.
    • Ability to travel throughout the region.
How to apply: 

Application Process

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (not to exceed one-page) to jobs [at]  Put the title Manager, Programs and Events and your last name in the subject line.  Please treat your cover letter as an invitation to tell a story that illuminates your interest in the field of philanthropy and in the work of Northern California Grantmakers. Applications are due at Monday, August 13th 2018.  

This job description does not necessarily list all the duties of the job.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  This job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the company may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

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