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Program Officer – Environment (Pacific Foundation Services)

Company Name

Pacific Foundation Services

Company City

San Francisco

Company State


Job Location

PFS has offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Santa Rosa. This position will be based in the San Francisco office and, aside from travel requirements listed above, may require occasional travel to other Bay Area locations.

Company Information

Pacific Foundation Services, LLC (PFS) is a professional services firm that currently partners with over 40 independent private foundations. PFS provides substantial strategic expertise through a staffing model that enables foundations to each be more efficient and effective, choosing from a curated set of services including programmatic and strategic advice, grants management and compliance, financial management, board development and governance, communications, and a physical home. Our team includes 45 individuals who bring their diverse perspectives and experience from the nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors in service to the greater good. We value competence and camaraderie, and work together to make the most of our collective experience. We thrive on collaboration and share our talents to provide top-level service to our clients.

Job Description

The Program Officer serves as a key manager of grantee relationships assigned to multiple client foundations. The Program Officer performs due diligence on applicant organizations and participates in grantmaking planning, strategy, and evaluation relating to a variety of funding areas, with a majority focus on environmental grantmaking. This role will dedicate approximately 50% time to overseeing the Watershed Restoration Program at the Bella Vista Foundation, which focuses on the restoration and revitalization of key watershed ecosystems within specific geographic areas in California and Oregon and approximately 40% of their time across other grantmaking focus areas including, but limited to, environmental programs.

Reports to: Vice President of Engagement and Program Services

Hours: Full-time, Exempt


Manage grantmaking for multiple client foundations, with a specialized focus on environmental programs including, but not limited to, forest and watershed restoration, environmental education, land preservation, and/or sustainable agriculture.

Bella Vista Foundation Responsibilities

• Support innovative, sustainable, and community-based solutions that accelerate the pace and scale of environmental protection and watershed restoration efforts;
• Coordinate annual site visits and watershed field tours (2-3 days) with board members, meeting with grantee organizations, landowners, and community members;
• Collaborate with diverse set of partners including conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, landowners, and other interested parties relating to environmental grantmaking initiatives;
• Learn about the ongoing restoration work in each focus watershed, develop long-term relationships with grantees, and encourage collaboration within each watershed;

General Responsibilities

• Provide day-to-day management of relationships with grant applicants and grantees throughout the grant process, including responding to routine written and phone inquiries about guidelines;
• Identify potential new grantees, develop and sustain strong working relationships with current grantees, and offer technical assistance as appropriate;
• Perform due diligence on organizations and grant proposals: site visits as appropriate, review and analysis of financial data, assessment of capacity, and alignment with priorities;
• Prepare proposal summaries and grant amount recommendations consistent with each foundation’s grantmaking guidelines for board review and action;
• Make presentations describing organizations, projects and/or proposals at board meetings;
• Work collaboratively with foundation teams, including senior leadership, grants management, and finance team members, on all aspects of the grantmaking process;
• Collaborate with senior program staff on grantmaking planning and strategy, including developing and implementing new initiatives and creative ways to serve the needs of the community;
• Represent foundation externally when meeting with organizations, giving presentations, or attending events and conferences;
• Attend and/or plan community-building events for nonprofit organizations and/or other foundations and philanthropic partners to convene, network, and/or train together;
• Develop and maintain a knowledge base for relevant program areas and communities;
• Participate in PFS-wide activities to build collegial culture and encourage cross-organizational learning; and,
• Responsible for producing own correspondence, managing calendar, editing and proofreading as needed.

Range: $106,000 – $112,000 DOE

PFS is committed to paying competitive wages. In an effort to increase equity, and because we know that salary negotiations tend to have an unfair bias, we do not participate in salary negotiations outside of this stated starting salary range.

Benefits: Include medical, dental, vision, Section 125 plan, 401K retirement, paid volunteer time, charitable gift matching, hybrid remote work schedules (after three months), public transportation subsidies and more.

PFS operates on a hybrid schedule, meaning full time staff are expected to work at least two days per week in the office and have the option to work remotely from home on other days.

Job Qualifications

• At least five years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, preferably a combination of nonprofit and philanthropic work;
• Demonstrated interest/experience in environmental programming, preferably specialized in watershed and/or forest restoration, open space preservation and resilience, and/or biodiversity in the face of changing climate conditions;
• Experience working with a diverse set of partners, including nonprofit, governmental, and private agencies;
• Strong analytical skills, including the ability to conduct research, organize report material, and clearly translate content and data into accessible language;
• Ability to read and effectively analyze nonprofit financial reports and budgets;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to summarize and present information;
• Ability to represent foundation clients to the community at large, maintaining strong partnerships with nonprofit and foundation partners;
• Demonstrated ability to develop expertise in new program areas as needed;
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
• Ability to juggle multiple projects and work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, team environment;
• Experience with Microsoft Office and ability to perform basic data search, entry, and analysis functions on common database programs;
• Adept at working with people from diverse backgrounds, including staff of grantee organizations, client boards of directors, high net worth donors, and those with divergent political and world views;
• Empathy and respect for those who do the hard work of developing and raising money for programs and organizations;
• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and discretion about confidential matters;
• Demonstrated commitment to PFS values of generosity, respect, integrity, inclusion, commitment, and humility;
• Amenable to working in a dog-friendly office;
• Ability to travel locally and regionally for site visits. Travel outside of the Bay Area to Northern CA and Oregon is required approximately three times per year for two to three days at a time.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, salary requirements, and a resume addressed to Jessica Misslin, Vice President of Engagement & Program Services to . No phone calls, please.

Application Deadline: October 21, 2022

Hiring Process and Timeline

• Phone interview to discuss general qualifications and give more detail about the position scheduled on a rolling basis
• Video interviews scheduled in early to mid-November
• Ideal start date planned for early December, but is flexible

Pacific Foundation Services is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants for employment and our company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), gender, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information and characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected under federal, state, or local laws.

All final candidates must provide three relevant employment references, and be able to verify the right to work in the United States.

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