Senior Director: Expanding Access to Opportunity

San Francisco Foundation   •  

San Francisco, CA

Industry: Engineering Services


11 - 15 years

Posted 272 days ago

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With more than $1.4 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. Together with its donors, the foundation distributed $146 million to nonprofit organizations last fiscal year. The San Francisco Foundation serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.



The San Francisco Foundation believes that a focus on People, Place and Power provides the pathways to greater racial and economic equity in the Bay Area. Since the launch of its equity agenda in mid-2016, the Foundation’s Program Department has also been organized around these three Equity Pathways. The three Pathway Senior Directors are members of the Program Department’s leadership team. Under the leadership of the Vice President of Programs, they act as major contributors to the development and implementation of the Foundation’s equity agenda, determining the short and long-term program results and the associated strategies to achieve them---grantmaking, advocacy, and civic leadership---across a range of issues. Senior Directors also work to foster greater alignment and partnership with the Foundation’s extensive network of donors and partners from across the philanthropic, nonprofit, for-profit and public sectors.

The People Pathway, focuses on expanding access to opportunity and removing systemic barriers for low-income communities and people of color throughout the region. The portfolio of work covers a range of connected issues, including: criminal justice reform, education equity, workforce development and good jobs. It also includes a focus on transportationinfrastructure, as fundamental to the connection of people to opportunity. The People Pathway is a team of eight professionals, including staff for two multi-funder collaboratives—the Bay Area Workforce Collaborative (BAWFC) and the Great Communities Collaborative (GCC).

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Program Strategy Development and Implementation
  • Determine and refine pathway results and strategies including grantmaking, convenings, research, and partnerships, all oriented toward advancing racial and economic equity across the region.
  • Ensure a strategic focus on policy and systems change at scale.
  • Participate in department leadership group, collaborating with other Senior Directors, the Assistant Vice President of Programs, and Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation to make decisions on grantmaking and otherinvestments, and to develop alignment and synergy across pathways to accelerate momentum towards results.
  • Assist in developing the Foundation-wide understanding of and support for pathway and overall equity strategy.
  • Advise the Vice President of Programs on new partnerships and engagements on larger policy and system change efforts, and department and foundation-wide efforts.
  • Mentor, train, and provide professional and leadership opportunities for multicultural fellow.

Team Management and Oversight

  • Supervise and mentor a team of seven staff members, with four direct reports.
  • Support a cohesive team, and nurture a culture of collaboration, with a focus on results.
  • Accountable for team performance and budget management.

Interdepartmental Leadership

  • Coordinate across pathways and organization, develop collaborative relationships with other directors and staff, participate in organization-wide directors team.
  • Collaborate with TSFF Donor and Development Services on donor and private-sector aligned investment, including participating, delegating, and supervising regular engagement with individual donors and coordinated efforts.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications staff to advance pathway and overarching equity goals.

Evaluation, Impact, and Culture of Learning

  • Work with Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation to develop and track metrics for pathway results, and make needed adjustments to strategy development and implementation.
  • Lead the team in capturing grant partner results and data in FLUXX and Salesforce systems.
  • Seek opportunities to learn from and share new grantmaking and evaluation approaches.
  • Participate in sharing successes and failures to inform our culture of learning and improvement.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Provide external leadership for advancing pathway results and for the overarching regional equity agenda.
  • Participate in leadership and oversight of multi-funder collaboratives on workforce (Bay Area Workforce Collaborative, BAWFC), and transit, housing and climate issues (Great Communities Collaborative, GCC).
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with funder partners, particularly those connected to BAWFC and GCC, and select core community and institutional partners.
  • Develop multi-sector partnerships focused on equity agenda.
  • Create opportunities to collaborate and network among all People Pathway grant partners
  • Monitor, maintain knowledge of and assess emerging equity issues, policies, and practices at the local, regional, state and national levels.
  • Identify themes and trends across our grant portfolio and in the nonprofit sector to inform and refine our investment strategy and potential opportunities.



Masters degree and associated experience in public policy/administration, community development, urban planning, or related discipline required.

Leadership Experience

  • Minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the nonprofit philanthropic, private or public sector.
  • Experience and commitment to successfully developing, managing and mentoring a diverse team.
  • Strong collaborator with experience with complex initiatives.
  • Experience with philanthropy, grantmaking, and/or fundraising.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.
  • Familiarity with policy and systems change.
  • Experienced public speaker and institutional ambassador.
  • Demonstrated personal integrity and commitment to equity and the ability to engender trust, credibility and confidence across racial, economic, ethnic, and geographic differences.

Content / Issue Area Knowledge

  • Demonstrated deep commitment to and experience working with the principles and practices of racial and economic equity.
  • The ideal candidate has knowledge and experience in housing/transportation/transit, workforce/jobs, education equity, and/or criminal justice in the Bay Area region.

Technical abilities and skills

  • Ability to lead collaborative efforts internally and externally.
  • Excellent facilitation, listening, oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities, projects, and staff.
  • Customer-service orientation to supporting grant partners and fellow staff in achieving coals and results.
  • Self-started with a results-and problem-solving orientation and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment. Computer literacy in Microsoft environments.