Location: San Francisco
Reports to: Chief of Staff and Planning
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s current focus is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $1.87 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. With about $2.5 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $105.2 million in 2019. We have about 50 staff in our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. The Irvine Foundation is committed, internally and externally, to the values of accountability, curiosity, empathy, equity, nimbleness, partnership, and transparency.
The Special Assistant will work with the CEO to develop and manage special projects, including alliances with philanthropic funders, to advance the Foundation’s vision of “a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.”
The Special Assistant will work directly with Don Howard, the President and CEO, to tackle special executive- and board-level projects. Chief among these is a project to identify possible funder allies, to prepare and present specific opportunities for aligned funding with potential allied funders, organize collaborative funding efforts, and report out on results to allied funders.
This work requires strong relationship building skills, the ability to create clear and compelling presentation materials, and attention to detail. The Special Assistant will interact with senior leaders and board members at the Irvine Foundation and will join the CEO in meetings with senior leaders of other social sector institutions.
Reporting to Jeanne Sakamoto, Chief of Staff and Planning, the Special Assistant will also work closely with other teams at the Foundation, particularly Program Development, Program Implementation, Grants Administration, and Communications.
The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to contribute to the mission of The James Irvine Foundation and experience working independently with senior executives in the private, public, or social sector; developing and managing partnerships between large institutions, and an understanding of philanthropy. This is a great opportunity for someone with a background in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, and partnership development; with a personal style characterized by flexibility, self-awareness, a sense of urgency, curiosity, humility and the ability to work with grace under pressure.
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume to:
Mail: The James Irvine Foundation
Human Resources Department
One Bush Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104
Application deadline: Open until filled
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 FCO.
The Foundation greatly appreciates all expressed interest.