Multicultural Fellowship

Date Posted: 
Thu, March 09, 2017
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San Francisco, CA
Company Name: 
The San Francisco Foundation
Company Information: 

With more than $1.3 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. Working closely donors, the Foundation distributed nearly $100 million to nonprofit organizations last year. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.

The staff in our Program Department has a range of expertise including in: community development, education, arts and culture, the environment, and education, and decades of experience working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Together, we bring rich perspectives to the work of the Foundation through our grantmaking strategies, comprehensive community initiatives, neighborhood projects, technical assistance in organizational development, and public policy work at the local, county, regional, statewide and national levels.

Job Description: 

Our Multicultural Fellowship Program is a two-year, full-time program that aims to increase diversity in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Over 30 years old, the Program has nearly 80 alumni who serve in a range of leadership positions largely in the philanthropy, nonprofit, and government sectors.

Successful candidates are emerging, early-career professionals of diverse cultural backgrounds who show promise and passion to create significant social change.

The Fellowship provides challenging work and professional development experiences, on-the-job training, and opportunities to enhance skills in grantmaking, convening, strategy development, research, and project management, all within the civic, political, and economic contexts of the Bay Area, and in support of our equity strategy. Additionally, Fellows benefit from networking, mentoring, trainings, seminars, professional conferences, and interactions with a wide array of nonprofit, community, government, and philanthropic leaders.

The Fellowship is currently seeking two candidates for the program, one in our Nurturing Equity Movements pathway (Power) and the other in our Anchoring Communities pathway (Place).
The San Francisco Foundation grantmaking strategy focuses on advancing racial and economic equity. We are organizing our work in three interrelated pathways that we are referring to as People, Place, and Power.
The Expanding Access to Opportunity program area, also known as the PEOPLE pathway, focuses on removing systemic barriers in education, the prison system, and the workforce arena and increasing access to opportunity through education, transit, and growing rights for low-income communities of color.

The Anchoring Communities program area, also known as the PLACE pathway, focuses on retaining the diverse vibrant cultural and ethnic character of communities across the Bay Area by supporting strategies for local affordable housing, tenant-anti displacement, equitable development, living wage jobs, as well as, the retention of community anchor organizations from the arts to education to organizing.

The Nurturing Equity Movements program area, also known as the POWER pathway builds the efficacy and voice of low income workers and people of color to support the advancement of the work of the People and Place pathways and to strengthen long-term community organizing, civic engagement, and grassroots leadership in the region.

These areas are mutually reinforcing and overlapping. Nurturing movements will help build power within communities that can demand and produce good jobs, affordable housing, and vibrant neighborhoods. This same power and agency helps anchor communities, making sure that they encompass the various elements of equity – strong community engagement, good housing, and jobs that pay a living wage. And we know that it takes political power that reflects the community to build economic power for people across the region.

COMPENSATION: Equivalent to $58,000 - $61,000 per year plus benefits. A standard work week of 40 hours, which will include periodic evening work and local travel, is required.



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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.


• A minimum of three years’ work experience in the fields of workforce development, community development, racial/economic equity, education, arts and culture, or the environment is required.
• Strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills required.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Windows, Microsoft Word, and Excel required.
• Self-directed, team-oriented, leadership qualities desired. Eagerness to learn about the philanthropic sector and demonstrated interest in fundraising, donor development, nonprofit or public service, is required.

• Research and data analysis experience is desired.
• Experience in organizing, advocacy, civil rights and/or civic engagement is preferred.
• Experience working with immigrants and refugees, communities of color and low-income communities is preferred.
• A Master’s degree in public policy, nonprofit or public administration, or urban planning is ideal, but other Master’s degrees are also accepted. Equivalent experience, in lieu of a Master’s degree, is also accepted.

How to apply: 

TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter through the Employment Opportunities page of our website. Your cover letter should include an example of your leadership experience in your institution or community; please describe the experience, your role, and how the work furthered equity.

Submission of this information does not guarantee an interview. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted between April 4 and April 18, 2017. If you have questions regarding the Multicultural Fellowship Program, or the recruitment process, please contact Farzana Serang at 415-733-8505 or

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