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Program Development Analyst

Los Angeles or San Francisco

About the Foundation

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 $2.2 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. The Foundation ended 2021 with more than $3.8 billion in assets and provided $128.9 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.

About the Role

The Program Development 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 Development 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.


  • Conduct 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.
  • Provide teams with powerful facts and analyses that inform team questions and lead to improved strategic decision-making.
  • Prepare clear and compelling presentation materials. This will include PowerPoint presentations, Excel, and other tools.
  • Provide project management support, participate in the planning and execution of projects, and participates in cross-functional teams.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of the priorities for assigned initiatives and a working knowledge of the priorities of other initiative areas of the Foundation.

Skills and Competencies

  • Strategic Thinking: You’re a strong conceptual thinker, who can easily grasp and navigate a range of abstract concepts, relate them to one another, and translate those concepts into strategies and practical actions.
  • Research and Data Synthesis: You have a strong ability to independently recognize learning opportunities, design and conduct research, gather data, structure quantitative and qualitative analyses, and draw and apply actionable recommendations.
  • Written and Verbal Communications: Your written and verbal communication skills are excellent, with an ability to independently create original public content and deliver verbal presentations in multiple settings.
  • Self-motivation: You proactively take the initiative, identifying problems and opportunities across your portfolio, developing recommendations, and taking action on those recommendations.
  • Effective Collaboration: You have worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can quickly gain trust from colleagues and are known for being supportive.
  • Passion for Social Change: You are driven by the desire to contribute to making change in our society, making the economy work for all people. You’re interested in system integration and social change theories and putting those theories into practice.

What you’ll need

  • 2-5 years of relevant professional experience; Management Consulting experience a plus.
  • Expert facility with PowerPoint and proficiency in Excel.
  • A Learning Mindset: A desire for continuous improvement and a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth.
  • An abundance mindset. You believe that we are living in a world of abundant resources and that the right team of partners can make incredible things happen. You bring relentless curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion. You’re always asking: “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.

Compensation and Location

The James Irvine Foundation’s compensation philosophy is reflected in its Talent Advancement Program, which was created to assure equity in staff compensation. 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.

We are hoping to make more than one Analyst hire. We expect to make offers at both the Tier I & Tier II levels.

  • Program Development Analyst Tier I pays $88,000
  • Program Development Analyst Tier II pays $101,000

In order to set a level playing field, we will let you know which Tier we are considering you for before an initial interview and we will not negotiate with any candidates.

The James Irvine Foundation offers an attractive benefits package, highlights include comprehensive insurance coverage, 5+ months of paid family leave for new parents, and a very generous 401K contribution (10%).

This position is full-time, and you must be already based in, or be willing to relocate to, San Francisco or Los Angeles. The expectation for this role will be in the office 40% of the time. More details on our hybrid work arrangement can be found here. Since we are living through a global pandemic, we can be flexible on relocation timelines and may be able to offer a small amount of relocation assistance. At this point, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines.

The Application Process

The James Irvine Foundation has engaged Equitable Hiring Group to support this hiring process. To apply, please complete the short form in Equitable Hiring Group’s website.

Individuals who apply by Tuesday, August 9 will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is; simplify it to “B.A. Economics” for example. Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias-reduced” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school).

This evaluation process will follow practices shown to reduce bias in decision-making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.

The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:

  • Early August: Select candidates asked to complete short answer questions
  • Mid-August: Initial interview with Foundation staff
  • Late August: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment
  • Early September: Finalists will participate in a multi-team member panel interview
    • Candidate references will also be checked at this step
  • Mid-September: Offer extended

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email


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.

Position Details

Reports to: Director of Program Development

Location: Los Angeles or San Francisco

Status: Nonexempt

Application Deadline: August 9