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Senior Program Officer, Housing (Tipping Point Community)

Company Name

Tipping Point Community

Company City

San Francisco

Company State


Job Location

San Francisco, CA

Company Information

About Tipping Point

Tipping Point’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for people in the Bay Area who don’t have the resources to meet their basic needs. Since 2005, Tipping Point has invested nearly $350 million for housing, early childhood, education, and employment solutions in the region. Our board covers 100% of our operating costs, so every dollar donated goes where it’s needed most. Last year, 500,000 people in the Bay Area connected with our grantees. Visit to learn more.


Tipping Point’s core values are at the heart of everything we do and we look for individuals who share our commitments:

-We cultivate community because we know we are more powerful together.
-We practice gratitude.
-We hold ourselves accountable to achieving impact for and with the communities we serve.
-We relentlessly pursue equity because one’s background and identities should not predetermine one’s opportunities.

Job Description

Position Overview

Tipping Point Community seeks a Senior Program Officer, Housing with a passion for changing the landscape of poverty and philanthropic giving in the Bay Area. The Senior Program Officer will oversee the strategy for Tipping Point’s housing issue area, which is rooted in grantmaking to nonprofit providers, but also includes other types of investments and policy or systems-change initiatives. The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of housing and homelessness research and interventions, strong understanding of nonprofit organizations, experience designing and/or evaluating programs, and expertise building relationships in diverse organizations and communities. The Senior Program Officer must be a self-starter and able to think strategically and about the broader ecosystem, as well as dig in with individual grantees. They will manage relationships with current grantees, screen and perform diligence on prospective housing investments, and recommend new investments and partnerships. The Senior Program Officer will work closely with the grantmaking team to share learnings, help refine Tipping Point’s grantmaking approach, and assess to what extent our efforts are reducing poverty in the Bay Area.

This position reports directly to the Chief Program Officer.

What will you do?

Strategy + Content/Issue Area Knowledge
-Develop, implement, and continually refine an actionable strategy for a grantmaking portfolio, including a policy agenda and specific and quantifiable impact targets.
-Through research and connections with experts in the field, inform strategy and help team to stay current on the issue and innovative solutions.

Grantee Relationship Management + Support
-Serve as primary contact, relationship manager and thought partner for grantees.
-Work with grantees to set annual performance goals in order to increase client impact.
-Monitor and support progress toward grant goal achievement.
-Identify support and resources that grantees need; work with team and partners to deliver management assistance.
-Perform annual renewal process and recommend support based on client impact and progress on grant goals.
-Identify, communicate, and address grantee misalignment and/or underperformance.

Pipeline Management + New Grantee Diligence
-Maintain knowledge of prospective issue area grantees and partners; perform due diligence as appropriate, and propose new investments to Tipping Point’s board.
-Gain understanding of comparable organizations and promising practices to assess the relative strengths and challenges of potential grantees.

Evaluation, Impact + Continuous Learning
-Capture grantee activities and data in Salesforce.
-Meet regularly with grantees to understand and diagnose key organizational and programmatic successes and challenges, including progress on outcomes targets.
-Recommend concrete actions to strengthen grantees’ capture and use of data, and improve efficacy.
-Seek opportunities to learn from and share new grantmaking and evaluation approaches.
-Share successes and failures to inform the team’s learning and improvement.
-Develop a research agenda to inform portfolio strategy, including core investments, policy opportunities, and potential future initiatives.

Stakeholder Engagement
-Build and maintain peer funder and other community relationships.
-Create opportunities to collaborate and network among all Tipping Point grantees.
-Highlight grantees’ and Tipping Point’s work and impact with key stakeholders.
-Attend select Tipping Point board meetings and events as ambassadors of grantees and Tipping Point.
-Serve as primary liaison for portfolio board committee, presenting proposals for approval on a quarterly basis, and keeping committee members informed of key programmatic and field-specific developments.

All other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

What qualifications are we looking for?

In addition to our core values, Tipping Point staff exhibit four core competencies: ability to be flexible in a constantly shifting environment, strong communication skills, ability to work well on a team, and ability to continuously problem solve in the face of challenges.

-Robust professional experience, including leadership experience, and a proven track record of grant-making, program development, capacity building and/or consulting in the nonprofit sector.
-Demonstrated experience in and/or knowledge of housing and homelessness and a high-degree of knowledge about current relevant information about poverty, nonprofit landscape, and Bay Area economic and political factors impacting our work
-Strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and an ability to manage a portfolio of investments; experience developing and implementing strategy or complex initiatives.
-Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
-Customer-service orientation to supporting grantees and fellow staff in achieving their goals and results.
-Evidence of strong commitment to creating more diverse, equitable and inclusive programs and organizations.
-Excellent communication (oral + written) and ability to inspire and motivate others through compelling messaging.
-Strong team player who also works well independently
-Commitment to Tipping Point’s mission and values and ability to operate with the highest degree of integrity in representing the organization
-Ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner

Salary + classification

Tipping Point is committed to paying competitive wages. In an effort to increase equity, because we know that salary negotiations tend to have an unfair bias, we do not participate in a salary negotiation process for any candidate. We will make our best offer, and it will be the same regardless of the candidate. The annual starting salary for the Senior Program Officer role is $157,750. This position meets the exemption requirements as defined by state and federal law. Exempt employees are paid on a salaried basis, and their salary is intended to constitute their entire regular compensation, regardless of the number of hours they work; therefore, exempt employees are not eligible for overtime pay.

Hybrid Work Environment

Tipping Point is committed to the safety of our staff and to facilitating connection and community with one another. While we were remote for a year, we are moving slowly into a hybrid work environment: each team has identified ~1-2 in-person days/week to be present in the office. Additionally, all staff are required to be in office two Tuesdays a month for staff All-Hands and team activities. All other days staff may choose to work in the office or remotely. Please note that in a constantly changing environment, Tipping Point may adjust this arrangement as it sees the need to.

Vaccine Policy

Tipping Point is committed to providing our staff with a safe work environment and helping to promote the health of our community. As such, Tipping Point will require all employees to confidentially show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, unless they are unable to receive the vaccine because of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII, and applicable state laws, Tipping Point is prepared to make reasonable accommodations for employees who (1) cannot take the vaccine due to a medical disability or (2) seek an exemption from the vaccine based on sincerely held religious beliefs.

How to Apply

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Please apply at the link here.

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Tipping Point will consider qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Tipping Point accepts applications on a rolling basis; if the position is still posted on our website, we are still accepting and giving equal consideration to applications.

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