Program Strategy Analyst


The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s vision is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937, the Foundation has provided more than $2.09 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. The Foundation ended 2021 with more than $3.8 billion in assets and provided $128 million in grants. We have about 80 staff across our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. The Foundation is committed, internally and externally, to the values of accountability, curiosity, empathy, equity, nimbleness, partnership, and transparency



The Program Strategy Analyst will provide support on strategy development and will be a key member of the Foundation’s Program Development Team, which identifies and develops new partnerships and opportunities to advance our singular goal and current grantmaking initiatives.

The Program Strategy Analyst will conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in support of grantmaking and strategic partnerships, planning, and executing key projects; prepare clear and compelling presentation materials; and may be involved in the initial screening of potential grantees, preparing docket materials, and monitoring ongoing grants.

Reporting to a Director of Program Development, the Program Strategy Analyst will also work closely with the grantmaking initiatives and New Initiative in Development teams, Chief of Staff and Planning, and VP of Program Development to support projects across the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio, including opportunity identification and assessment, initiative strategy and research, new partnerships, and internal learning. 


  • Conducts qualitative and quantitative research and analysis. Takes responsibility for identifying information sources, gathering and interpreting data, and sharing findings with grantmaking teams, Portfolio Management Team, Program Development Team, and colleagues across the organization. For example, this could include reviewing and synthesizing secondary research, engaging in primary interviews with experts and summarizing results, or developing financial and budget models. Provides teams with powerful facts and analyses that inform team questions and lead to improved strategic decision-making.
  • Prepares clear and compelling presentation materials. This will include PowerPoint presentations, Excel, and other tools. Presents findings in a compelling and clear fashion to team members, staff leaders, and external constituents as needed. 
  • Provides project management support, participates in the planning and execution of projects, and participates in cross-functional teams, as assigned by Portfolio Management Team and/or Program Development Team.
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of the priorities for assigned initiatives and a working knowledge of the priorities of other initiative areas of the Foundation. 
  • In coordination with assigned initiative team(s), provides grants administration support for the grantmaking process and the maintenance of active grants.


  • A strong desire to contribute to the mission of The James Irvine Foundation.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 4 years work experience related to the role; or a history and background that provides equivalent experience.
  • Experience in an analyst or junior consultant role, where quantitative and qualitative research and analysis was core. Management consulting experience a plus.


  • Demonstrated technical skills in data collection, synthesis, analysis, and interpretation
  • Expert facility with PowerPoint and proficient in Excel.
  • A personal style characterized by humility, flexibility, self-awareness, accessibility, curiosity, a sense of humor, and the ability to work with grace under pressure
  • Strong organizational skills; self-directed with the ability to manage process, plan workflow, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines; good attention to detail and excellent follow-through are essential.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with individuals and teams at all levels of the organization, representing different interests and needs
  • Good judgment with a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy 


The James Irvine Foundation’s compensation philosophy is reflected in its Talent Advancement Program, which was created to assure equity in staff compensation. While every staff member is assigned a Tier based on demonstration of competencies, the Foundation looks to outcomes as criteria for advancement through the program’s Tiers. The positions are benchmarked against relative industry and occupational groups and reviewed each year, with the goal to deliver compensation equitably throughout the organization. For more information, please review Compensation Practices at Irvine.

The James Irvine Foundation offers an attractive benefits package. The Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applicants who reflect the diversity of California. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.




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Foundation staff continue to work remotely during the pandemic but will shift, in 2022, to a hybrid in-person/remote work arrangement at the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, when it is deemed safe. At this point, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples through our website: If you need to submit via regular mail, that address is:

The James Irvine Foundation

Human Resources Department

One Bush Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94104

Application deadline: Open Until Filled

The Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applicants who reflect the diversity of California. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (“FCO”). The Foundation greatly appreciates all interest expressed in our openings.