Program Manager

Date Posted: 
Wed, October 30, 2019
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
Sacramento, CA
Company Name: 
Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Company Information: 

The mission of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation is to transform our community through focused leadership and advocacy that inspire partnerships and expand giving. As the trusted steward of charitable assets, a community catalyst for meaningful change and the advocate for shaping vital impact through philanthropy, we provide leadership and work with others to produce a thriving community exemplified by opportunities for all to:
• Reside and work in a vibrant economy
• Benefit from a strong nonprofit sector
• Flourish through the strength of our diversity
• Live with a sense of dignity and self-worth

In 2015, the Foundation launched four Strategic Initiatives (SIs), and since then its Impact department has seen fast growth in its strategic community engagement efforts, leveraging other impact and philanthropic opportunities for the Foundation. The four SIs are: Expanding Philanthropy and the Social Economy, Connecting the Regional Food Economy, Preparing Students to Succeed in the New Economy, and Transforming the Creative Economy. This work is guided by the Chief Impact & Strategy Officer to advance the Foundation’s impact in its four-county region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo). In partnership with the Foundation’s many donors, grantees, community partners, and Board and staff, the Impact team ensures that the Foundation’s overall impact area goals and objectives are achieved according to national compliance standards.

Job Description: 

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation seeks a qualified individual with three or more years of experience in philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, especially those relating to the food economy, and familiarity with State contracting to serve as a full-time Program Manager.

About the Opportunity:

In 2019, the Foundation was contracted by the State of California to run outreach to hard-to-count populations for the 2020 Census in 17 counties. While this effort extends beyond our traditional service area, the Foundation agreed to engage in this work to ensure the maximum resources would be provided to those audiences served by the Foundation. Under the guidance of the Director, Impact & Strategic Partnerships, the Program Manager will provide leadership and oversight over Census 2020 outreach and planning efforts, lead programmatic strategy for the Foundation’s Connecting the Regional Food Economy initiative, and undertake additional special projects related to the Foundation’s SIs,
which may include any of the following:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Management

Census 2020 Outreach
• Managing all aspects of Census 2020 outreach, including project oversight and administration, grants and contracts, coordination of grantee’s and partners, project evaluation and benchmarking, preparing budgets and reports and other duties as needed
• Implementing regional coordination structure and assure structure is working
• Managing and working with Project Management Team and partners to identify target populations, barriers, challenges, and opportunities for outreach
• Driving the work through creative solutions and strategic leadership
• Responding to requests for information and assistance, troubleshooting, and connecting partners to resources
• Increasing awareness and knowledge about the 2020 census among least likely to respond populations, and ensure that all outreach, messaging, and publicity is culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate
• Strengthening cross-sector partnerships with State, Federal Census officials and other census stakeholders

Connecting the Regional Food Economy Initiative
• Contributing substantially to the development and iteration of program strategy
• Supporting the development and implementation of program evaluation plans to track the impact of the work and allow for continuous learning
• Representing the Foundation at meetings, conferences, and site visits to gather information and establish relationships with potential partners, networks, or funding sources
• Researching, compiling, analyzing and disseminating information on issues related to the food economy and subject areas of interest to the Foundation
• Coordinating multi-team projects, within and outside the Foundation
• Providing supervision for all assigned projects, including preparation, monitoring, and evaluation of administrative and financial reports, and reporting on findings/implications of programs

Grantee Partnerships and Support
• Reviewing and evaluating proposals submitted to the Foundation
• Granting to nonprofit organizations and managing a grantee portfolio
• Coaching and advising grantee partners, including the negotiation of performance milestones to support grantee partner success
• Identifying organizations with strong potential for partnership; conduct due diligence and recommend grantee partners with effective track records, internal capacity, and strategic skills.
• Consulting and coordinating with other Foundation program staff in exploring new grantmaking opportunities

Collaboration with Colleagues to Execute Programs and Foundation‐wide Efforts
• Participating regularly as a key staff member in Foundation staff and team meetings, and in other Foundation activities and events
• Facilitating meetings and communicating with internal and external partners, as well as key
• Maintaining a working knowledge of other Foundation efforts
• Completing special projects, as assigned


• A proven ability to manage complex and detailed projects
• Possesses a minimum of 3-5 years’ work experience, and familiarity with State contracting and the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors (especially those relating to the food economy) is preferred
• A college degree is desired, but significant and relevant work experience in policy, social work, advocacy, public administration or related field and/or equivalent experience may substitute
• The ability to clearly communicate internally within the Foundation and externally to diverse audiences, with knowledge, diplomacy, tact, patience, flexibility, and courtesy
• Demonstrates ability to be exceedingly well-organized and flexible, a self-starter and able to work independently and within a team, with the proven ability to multi-task, set work priorities, track projects and meet deadlines
• Possesses strong conceptual, interpersonal and critical thinking skills including excellent listening, public speaking, oral/written communications
• Upholds highest ethical standards of integrity, fairness, and confidentiality
• Demonstrates a robust ability to problem-solve using analytical and reasoning skills to maintain, identify, and make recommendations to improve operational systems
• Experience collaborating with state, regional and local officials and agencies
• Believes in a shared value of equity with proven capacity to work in a multicultural and inclusive workforce, including sensitivity in working with and for individuals and groups from diverse cultural, life, and socioeconomic backgrounds
• Ability and willingness to travel and work early morning, evenings or weekends as needed
• Ability to work with individuals from diverse communities and life experience
• Able to bend, lift and move up to 25 pounds

How to apply: 

Interested applicants are requested to submit cover letter and resume to: Salary based on experience