Los Angeles or San Francisco
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 2020 with more than $3 billion in assets and provided $109 million in grants. We have about 60 staff across 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 James Irvine Foundation is seeking new Program Officers (PO) for our Better Careers initiative to help advance our singular goal: a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. This is an exciting opportunity for a professional with strong analytical abilities, a high degree of initiative, and proven collaborative skills to work in partnership with the Foundation’s mission-driven staff on a set of initiatives and projects to ensure that every Californian has the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families.
The Program Officer will work on one or more grantmaking initiative teams, which may be led by an Initiative Director or another senior staff member. The three major, multi-year initiatives include: Better Careers, Fair Work, and Priority Communities with additional initiatives on the way. The PO may also work on short-term assignments across the grantmaking portfolio to support special projects and/or capacity needs on various initiative or program development teams. In addition, the PO will have an Advisor who provides professional development coaching and performance assessments.
This is an ideal opportunity for an individual with experience in project management, execution, and support, as well as strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills to put their considerable skills, talent, and passion to work expanding opportunity for the people of California.
Grantmaking and Project Support
Analyzing and Evaluating
Collaboration with Colleagues to Execute Portfolio and Foundation-wide Efforts
Passion for the Mission
The Program Officer will have a sincere commitment to The James Irvine Foundation’s mission, and a passion for expanding opportunity for low-income workers in California. The Foundation endeavors to live their commitment to DEI in their policies and practices, continuing to find inclusive ways to elevate staff voices while acknowledging persistent, pervasive racism in our institutions and systems that must be eliminated if we are to improve outcomes for all Californians. As an active and engaged listener, this individual will demonstrate respect for diverse perspectives. The PO will have experience with and a strong commitment to applying a racial equity lens to their work.
Service Oriented and Collaborator
The Program Officer will be service oriented and able to work supportively with grantees on strategies that they inform. Possessing a strong desire to work collaboratively in a dynamic team-oriented environment, the PO will excel at working within and across multiple teams, including finance and grants administration, to advance the Foundation’s initiatives and goals. A natural relationship builder, the PO will have the personal presence needed to effectively represent the Foundation in diverse forums and relationships.
Continuous and Flexible Learner
The Program Officer will be an equity centered, high energy, and nimble individual. The Program Officer will bring a learning mindset to the role and will be a quick study when working on new content areas. Eager to engage in issues exploration, this individual will enjoy the challenge of cross-portfolio work and will be open to innovative approaches to achieving the Foundation’s goal. The PO will be flexible and adaptable when strategy requires a pivot to a new focus area in order to increase impact. This individual will possess a strong willingness to stay abreast of current research, activities, and trends relating to their initiative and/or body of work and will positively contribute to a culture of learning.
Technical Competencies and Communications Skills
The Program Officer will have the demonstrated ability to plan and think strategically, set and achieve realistic goals and objectives, and balance multiple priorities. Possessing superlative analytical skills, the PO will be able to assess the leadership, track record, and capacity of social sector organizations and collaboratives; assemble and evaluate data and research; and conduct comprehensive landscape analyses. This individual will draw on their understanding or experience working with low-income communities and their knowledge of California workforce issues to execute the Foundation’s strategies for advancing economic justice. Bringing excellent oral and written communication, as well as listening skills to the role, the PO will effectively synthesize and convey information internally and exercise excellent judgment in communicating within a variety of settings.
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. 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).
Foundation staff continue to work remotely during the pandemic but will shift, in 2022, to a hybrid in-person/remote work arrangement at the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, when it is deemed safe. At this point, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been retained to recruit Program Officers for the Better Careers initiative. Michelle Bonoan, Jennifer Smith, and Christy Farrell are leading this search.
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Reports to: Initiative Director
Application Deadline: Open until filled