Investment Associate

The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) is a private, independent foundation established in 1992 with a mission to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California. As one of the largest health-focused foundations in California, with over $1 billion in assets, Cal Wellness is a nationally recognized leader for its strategic core operating support for grantees; public policy grantmaking; and a focus on violence as a public health issue. It is Cal Wellness’ desire to promote equity and level the playing field so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs; healthy and safe neighborhoods; and quality health care services.

The foundation’s current Advancing Wellness grantmaking strategy includes four interrelated portfolios. Since its founding, Cal Wellness has awarded nearly 9,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion. As the foundation looks to the future, it is pursuing new and innovative strategies beyond its core grantmaking to advance its mission, including implementation of new technology systems, development of its public affairs capacity, and establishing mission- and program-related investment portfolios.

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The Investment Associate will join Call Wellness’ diverse and growing 5-person finance team headed by the Chief Financial Officer and will report directly to the Director of Investments. Finance oversees the foundation’s money, including our operating budget and our mission-related investments, and collaborates closely with other departments, including Operations and Grants Programs. The Investment Associate will add capacity to help maximize the endowment and PRIs and manage a larger, more mission-aligned, and more complex investment portfolio. The Investment Associate will have the opportunity to learn and grow within a supportive team as well as to interact with the CEO, the executive management team, and the Board of Directors, including presenting in Investment Committee meetings.

The ideal candidates will be aligned with our mission and values; possess strong analytical and program management skills; demonstrate exceptional communications and relationship-building aptitude to respectfully develop genuine connections with internal team members and various external constituencies; and embody, through lived experience, applying a DEI lens to our work.


The target starting annual salary for the newly hired Investment Associate is $130,000. The full salary grade for the role is $108,000 to $162,000 per year. Highlights from our benefit package include: a variety of health plans (we pay 90-95% of the premiums), a generous 401(k) retirement savings plan (with a 16% employer contribution), flexible paid time off, tuition reimbursement (up to $5,250 per year), professional development opportunities, matching gifts (for every $1 you give to an eligible organization, we’ll match $2), and the opportunity to work at a mission and values driven organization.


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Please upload a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to references) by 5:00 pm PT on Friday, May 6, 2022. The link to apply is below.  

Resume review begins immediately. Those selected for advancement may be asked to participate in several rounds of interviews (virtual and/or in-person) and complete a writing assignment. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in our application process, please let us know.

The California Wellness Foundation is partnering with Walker and Associates Consulting - a Black- and woman-owned strategic management consulting and search firm located in Oakland - for this search. Questions or Nominations? Email us at [email protected].

The California Wellness Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. Additionally, we are a fair chance employer and welcome candidates with living experience with the criminal justice system.

The above job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed and is not intended to limit the scope of potential work assignments. This is only a summary of the typical functions of the job and duties may differ from those as outlined above