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Senior Program Officer, San Francisco Housing (Tipping Point Community)

Company Name

Tipping Point Community

Company City

San Francisco

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Company Information

Tipping Point finds, funds, and strengthens the most promising poverty-fighting solutions so one day everyone in the Bay Area can prosper. Since 2005, Tipping Point has invested over $412 million in the community to support organizations, advance policies, and develop new ideas to increase economic opportunity. Last year, our investments funded life-changing services in housing, early childhood, education, and employment for more than 100,000 of our neighbors across the Bay Area. Our Board covers 100% of our operating costs, so every dollar donated goes where it’s needed most. 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

Tipping Point Community is currently underway with its 3-year San Francisco Housing Strategy. Built on the learnings from our Chronic Homelessness Initiative, our project to equitably and significantly reduce homelessness in San Francisco focuses on three key areas: homelessness prevention, key populations experiencing disproportionate rates of homelessness, and improved transparency and accountability. The Senior Program Officer for San Francisco Housing oversees the strategy for addressing housing and homeless in San Francisco through grantmaking to nonprofit providers and investments in policy or systems-change initiatives to improve public services.They lead a two-person team to implement and assure successful implementation of the San Francisco Housing Strategy. This role requires a strong understanding of the complex ecosystem of nonprofit organizations, experience designing and/or evaluating programs or interventions, and expertise building relationships in diverse organizations and communities. The Senior Program Officer is a self-starter and able to think strategically about the broader ecosystem, as well as dig in with individual grantees and government partners. They manage relationships with current grantees, screen and perform diligence on prospective investments, and recommend new investments and partnerships. The Senior Program Officer for SF Housing works 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 proposes, secures approval for, and manages year-over-year general operating grants with a limited number of nonprofits (“core grants”), as well as a number of restricted grants (“project grants”), contracts for services, and partnerships that advance the overall SF Housing Strategy.

This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Grantmaking + Capacity Building.

Strategy + Content/Issue Area Knowledge

  • Implement, and continually refine an actionable strategy for the grantmaking portfolio, including driving progress toward specific and measurable 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 core 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 organizational capacity building assistance.
  • Perform annual renewal process with core grantees 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 investments, policy opportunities, and potential future initiatives.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Build and maintain key relationships, including local government partners, peer funders, community organizations and coalitions, etc.
  • In partnership with the CEO and CPO, serve as ambassador and representative for Tipping Point in stakeholder meetings and presentations regarding housing and homelessness in San Francisco.
  • 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.

Management + Leadership

  • Manage one staff member; establish and hold team accountable for annual performance goals.
  • Support identification of professional development opportunities to expand skills and competencies.

All other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

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

Additionally, the Senior Program Officer must have:

  • 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.
  • Experience developing written proposals and analysis of complex issues related to housing and homelessness.
  • 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
  • Experience supervising staff

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, San Francisco Housing role is $182,000. 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 almost two years, we are a highly in-person culture and have moved into a hybrid work environment. While managers have some discretion over the schedule, teams are generally expected to be in person Tuesday-Thursdays. 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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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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