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Multicultural Fellow – People Pathway (The San Francisco Foundation)

Company Name

The San Francisco Foundation

Company City

San Francisco

Company State


Job Location

San Francisco, CA

Company Information

The San Francisco Foundation focuses its grantmaking strategy on advancing racial and economic equity in the five Bay Area counties. With more than $1.5 billion in assets, the San Francisco Foundation 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. Together with its donors, the foundation distributed $154 million to nonprofit organizations last fiscal year. The San Francisco Foundation serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.

Job Description

Multicultural Fellow – People Pathway

The hourly equivalent of this position in the first year is $41.03 per hour


The mission of the Multicultural Fellowship Program is to equip emerging leaders of color with the experience, knowledge and network to create an equitable Bay Area. For over 30 years, the Multicultural Fellowship has been a career accelerator to nearly 100 alumni who are motivated and creative agents of change.

Successful candidates are early-career professionals who are new to philanthropy and of diverse cultural backgrounds who show promise and passion to create significant social change in the Bay Area. The Fellowship offers an unparalleled opportunity to work within the San Francisco Foundation and explore the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in the Bay Area through a racial equity and economic inclusion framework. Each Fellow will embark on this journey with three other Fellows, Foundation staff, and an alumni community of support.

The Multicultural Fellowship cohort consists of four Fellows. Fellows are placed within the People Pathway, Power Pathway, Place Pathway or Strategic Learning and Evaluation team. Multicultural Fellows work within their one program team to increase team capacity, provide a fresh perspective and contribute to the efficacy of the team’s work towards advancing racial and economic equity in the five Bay Area counties that the Foundation serves.

Our Multicultural Fellowship Program is a transformational two-year, full-time program that offers:  

  • Experiential learning opportunities: Fellows work within a program team to learn how to advance social equity by leveraging grantmaking and other donor service tools
  • Personal and professional development: Fellows join a cohort learning community to reflect on and refine their leadership practice, interpersonal skills and self-awareness
  • Meaningful Network: Fellows gain direct access to a multi sector community of philanthropic partners and join an alumni network of nearly 100 leaders
  • Instant Access: Fellows will engage with a wide array of nonprofit, community, government and philanthropic leaders through conferences, trainings, mentorship and convenings


The Fellowship consists of four Fellows. Each Fellow works specifically within one of the Foundation’s teams: the People Pathway, Power Pathway, Place Pathway or Strategic Learning and Evaluation. Fellows can expect an individually nuanced learning experience while also being part of a cohort learning community. Under the direction and guidance of their supervisors, each Fellow will have the opportunity to:

Personal and Professional Development

  • Participate in a learning community of Fellows. The Fellows cohort is a collaborative group where Fellows learn tools and frameworks that will make them more effective in their roles, increase their self-awareness, expand their knowledge of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors and contribute to their cohort members’ growth. Meetings occur throughout the work week on and offsite.
  • Provide and learn from new perspectives. Constructively offer perspectives that are unique to further the work of the cohort, team, and foundation. Learn to be open to new methods, systems and approaches to all aspects of work.
  • Engage in learning opportunities. Attend a variety of local and national conferences and meetings for personal and professional development purposes. Approach daily tasks and events as opportunities to both learn and contribute to others’ learning.

Community Impact Strategy Support

  • Participate in strategy development of program initiatives or special projects. This could involve project managing, research, outreach to community partners, and or the identification of needed partnerships and collaborations.
  • Provide support on projects across programs and departments. Coordinate on projects with other Foundation departments e.g., Finance, Marketing and Communications, IT, and Donor Development.
  • Thought leadership and information dissemination. Conduct and share research through key speaking engagements, articles, and other social media opportunities. Coordinate convenings and briefings with multiple stakeholders on content-based issues.


  • Expand understanding, support, and collaboration with external partners. Identify and facilitate opportunities to bring various constituencies and stakeholders together to further the goals of the Equity Agenda.
  • Act as team lead on special assignments which may include outreach, meeting planning, communication with constituents and managing small projects as assigned.
  • Cross departmental collaboration. Work with the CEO’s Office, Philanthropy and Gift Planning, Grants Management, Marketing and Communications and other departments.


  • Support the outreach, evaluation and recommendation for Rapid Response Fund grants.
  • Coordinate grant site visits, community meetings, special convening opportunities, and grantee communications.


The People Pathway leads the Foundation’s efforts to expand economic opportunity and mobility for low-income BIPOC communities, envisioning a San Francisco Bay Area where communities of color are resourced instead of criminalized, workers have quality empowered jobs, and community assets like land, housing, and business are cooperatively owned.

The funding priorities are: 

  • Increasing quality empowered jobs
  • Building Worker Power/Strengthening Worker Rights
  • Supporting Worker-Owner Cooperatives
  • Advancing Equity in Project Labor Agreements
  • Decriminalizing poverty
  • Eliminating Unjust Fines and Fees
  • Shifting Priorities in Public Budgeting (Reimagining Public Safety)
  • Reimagining School Safety and Climate

A successful Fellowship candidate for the People Pathway has a basic understanding of the systemic causes of racial and economic inequity and has worked to improve economic mobility for BIPOC communities and/or end wealth-stripping that results from involvement with the criminal legal system.

Scope of Work and Responsibilities of the People Fellow 

In addition to the general scope of work and responsibilities, with the direction and guidance of their supervisors, the People Fellow will:

SFF and People Team Development

Depending on bandwidth and interest, the fellow can take on roles to further develop the People Team or SFF.  This can include playing leadership roles in internal working groups, leading workshops, and team building.

Programmatic Strategy Leadership

  • Keep teams abreast of emerging and aligned efforts in the specific funding priority areas to provide shared learning and help inform strategy development.
  • With community partnership, plan and host stakeholder convenings, including grantee mixers, funders briefings, coalition meetings, and/or other strategic events to build trust and transparency between the Power Team and current or prospective grantees.
  • Support projects that leverage SFF’s leadership related to Power Pathway issue areas.
  • Partner with Strategic Learning and Evaluation team to develop evaluation metrics, methodology and tools.


  • Meet with prospective applicants and grantees; build authentic relationships with grantee and non-grantee organizations; practice trust-based philanthropy.
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees and consultants.
  • Evaluate grant proposals, conduct due diligence, participate in site visits, review research, and present grant recommendations to the program team.
  • Make grants, conduct progress report meetings, and provide trouble shooting or navigation for grantees.


When determining compensation at the Foundation, we consider total compensation including base wage, variable pay, discretionary and legally required medical and fringe benefits, education and development expenses, taxes and insurance.  Each position offers a set pay based on external market and internal equity factors. In compliance with the California pay transparency law, salaries are listed for each position on the posting sites where positions are posted. More information about our compensation philosophy and benefits may be found on the career page of the San Francisco Foundation website.

In their first year, Fellows will be paid the equivalent to $80,000 per year plus benefits (based on $41.03 per hour, standard work week of 37.5 hours). A standard work week of 37.5 hours, which will include periodic evening work and some travel, is required. Fellows will also benefit from a robust professional development package for the duration of their Fellowship.

PROGRAM DATES: July 1st, 2023 – June 30th, 2025 

Job Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in one or more of the Foundation’s programmatic areas of focus or a related discipline is preferred. Additional work experience, educational degrees and certificates will be considered


  • Minimum of five years and maximum of eight years of relevant experience. Relevant experience can include progressively responsible work experience in the public or non-profit sectors, as well as lived and volunteer experience
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, strategy development, and implementation
  • Experience in applying a racial or economic equity frame in work environments is required
  • Proven record of successfully working independently and collaboratively in teams is required
  • Understanding of Bay Area nonprofit and philanthropic communities is preferred

Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity
  • Strong active listening, oral, and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and impeccable follow-through
  • Comfort with and ability to manage ambiguity and surprises
  • Ability to build successful relationships with local leaders and organizations and engage people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Strong desire for continued growth
  • Commitment to personal self-development
  • Learning quickly in new environments
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59pm PST on February 28th, 2023

Interested applicants must submit required documents through their primary program interest. At the discretion of the program team, applicants may be considered for other program areas. The Multicultural Fellowship begins on July 1st, 2023 and ends on June 30, 2025. 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter for their primary program choice via our Careers Webpage. Your cover letter should communicate your commitment to equity, your approach to leadership, your interest in working with the primary program team, and dedication to personal and professional development through specific and demonstrable examples.

Applicants selected to continue to the next steps of the process will be contacted in March. For information on the MCF Program, please email . For information on the recruitment process, please email Kristen Angel at .

The San Francisco Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity with respect to race, ethnic, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical disability.

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