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 Operations Officer will serve as an important facilitator, collaborator, and project manager across the Foundation, working on a range of cross-departmental issues and efforts that strengthen and enhance key operational and administrative functions. Successful candidates for this role will possess the skills and abilities to comfortably work independently and across teams, leveraging clear communication and thoughtful relationship management to implement work in an organization that expects partnership and collaboration.
The Operations Officer will balance big-picture thinking with an eye for detail, leveraging their ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in support of planning, facilitating, and executing key projects; preparing clear planning agendas, drafting concise and compelling memos, reports, and presentation materials; and supporting the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and operational approaches that enable the Foundation to successfully achieve its mission.
This role will provide continuous opportunities for professional development and growth for someone interested in furthering their career in operations and is an ideal opportunity to gain first-hand experience in aligning the core operations of Irvine with its strategic vision.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Operations Officer will also work closely with the Chief of Staff and Planning, operational department leads (Communications, Facilities and Administration, Finance, Grants, Talent, and Technology), and staff across the Foundation.
The Operations Officer:
The ideal Operations Officer candidate will possess the following attributes:
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 and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applicants who reflect the diversity of California, and qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
Foundation staff continue to work remotely during the pandemic but will shift, in 2022, to a hybrid in-person/remote work arrangement at our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices when deemed safe. 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: https://www.irvine.org/about-us/careers/. 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.
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Location: San Francisco
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled