Associate Initiative Officer, The Partnership for the Bay’s Future (SFF)


With more than $1.4 billion in assets, The San Francisco Foundation (SFF) 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, and work with its donors, it distributed nearly $150 million to nonprofit organizations last year. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Mateo counties.


The Partnership for the Bay’s Future (“the Partnership”), an effort of the SFF, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Ford Foundation, and Facebook, along with a growing and diverse set of private, public, philanthropic and community partners from across the region, is committed to creating a more accessible, equitable and prosperous Bay Area for all the region’s residents by addressing the interconnected and urgent crises in housing, transportation, and economic opportunity.

The Partnership seeks to develop a strong regional network – a cross-sector of leaders and partners with a common understanding of the housing, transportation, and economic opportunity-related challenges facing the region, a shared regional agenda of potential solutions, and a collective commitment to advancing the agenda and moving solutions forward through leadership, collective action, and the investment of resources.


This limited term (three years) position of Associate Initiative Officer (AIO) is a full-time position that reports to the Director of the Partnership. The AIO will provide support to the Director in the areas of program, administrative, communication, and fundraising activities of the Partnership, in order to achieve the Partnership’s strategic goals.

Program Implementation and Impact Evaluation

  • Provide backbone support to Leadership Council, Advisory Board for the Investment and Policy funds, and the State & Regional Policy Fund Working Group coordinating with working group co-chairs to create materials and other support as needed
  • Coordinate convenings of and communications with, community-based organizations, project partners, local government, developers, funders and other key stakeholders
  • Represent the Partnership in select regional discussions and community meetings as requested
  • Assess knowledge and research in the field and coordinate research and reports as needed
  • Work with the Partnership Director, Policy Fund Initiative Officer and evaluation consultant to develop and track impact of work

Fundraising Support

Support the Partnership Director with fundraising and administering the day-to-day activities of grants received, including:

  • Track funders’ required deliverables to ensure they are completed on time
  • Collect content and draft progress and final reports for the Director’s review
  • Ensure compliance of internal SFF proposal procedures
  • Develop materials to support the Director in fundraising activities, including fundraising proposals, funder meetings, and funder events as requested


  • Support a broad communications strategy to provide a stronger and more unified regional voice for the Partnership, including:
  • Coordinate messaging with SFF Marketing and Communications team, as well as other core partners, and grantees
  • Develop and manage Partnership-specific communications mechanisms (newsletter, listserves, etc.) for various audiences, including other philanthropic organizations, public agencies, decision-makers, prospective funders, and NGOs at workshops, conferences, donor forums and briefings    
  • Review and provide updates to website, including producing material for blog and working with outside partners to co-produce stories and share research and knowledge;
  • Document and publicize the progress, results, and lessons learned from SFF’s and the Partnership’s work


Support the Director with the coordination of the Partnership’s grant-making, including:

  • Participate in face-to-face meetings, telephone contact, and written correspondence with grantees
  • Review proposals, including outcomes and activities


Education: Undergraduate degree strongly preferred but will consider the extent of experience if necessary.

Required experience: Minimum of three years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the non-profit, philanthropic or public sector. A successful and positive track record working in culturally and ethnically diverse communities. Experience with fundraising, marketing, communications, relationship building, and data analysis.

Knowledge, skills and competencies: Excellent facilitation, listening, oral and written communications skills. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously. Demonstrated personal integrity and commitment to this work and the ability to engender trust, credibility, confidence with a variety of constituencies. Knowledge of community organizing, group facilitation and conflict resolution desirable. Computer literacy in the Microsoft environment, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Attention to design and an ability to create basic graphic information, such as PowerPoint presentations, infographics, handout material.


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Compensation is commensurate with background and experience in addition to a very competitive benefits package.

The San Francisco Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity with respect to race, ethnic, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.

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