Program Associate

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 $2.1 billion in grants to organizations throughout California, including a record $128.9 million in 2021. 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 Associate provides program-related support to the multi-initiative portfolio team to facilitate grantmaking and grant monitoring policies and processes, in addition to supporting relationship-building in the field. The Program Associate may participate in the initial screening of potential grantees, arranging meetings with organizations, preparing docket materials, and monitoring ongoing grants. The Program Associate also monitors administrative and Foundation Administered Projects (FAP) budgets and consultant contracts for a given initiative or project. Working closely with the Grants Administration team, the Program Associate ensures that grantmaking adheres to Foundation policies, procedures, and deadlines.

The Program Associate works in partnership with the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio staff on a set of initiatives that advance Irvine’s efforts to give all low-income workers in California the power to advance economically. Program Associates work on multiple initiative or project teams, which may be led by an Initiative Director or another senior staff member. Program Associates have an Advisor, typically a senior team member, who provides professional development coaching and performance assessments. The Advisor to whom this position will report will depend, in part, on the person’s background and interests and the distribution of staff reporting to various senior team members. 


68,000 - 75,000


Click here for more information or to apply. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through our website: If you need to submit via regular mail, that address is:

The James Irvine Foundation

Talent Department

One Bush Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94104

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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.


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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-05-26 16:55:11 -0400