With more than $1.5 billion in assets, the San Francisco Foundation 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. Together with its donors, the foundation distributed $154 million to nonprofit organizations last fiscal year. The San Francisco Foundation serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties with some initiatives, including this one, serving the nine-county Bay Area.
Reports To (Job Title): Vice President of Programs
The Partnership for the Bay’s Future (the Partnership), is a collaborative multisector effort focused on the region’s interconnected challenges of housing, transportation, and economic opportunity. Its goal is to increase affordable housing and ensure vibrant communities of racial equity and economic inclusion. The Partnership was officially launched in January 2019 with the support of the San Francisco Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Ford Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Genentech, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the Stupski Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Partnership is beginning with a focus on housing, seeking to strengthen protections for tenants, and increase housing preservation and production with the development of an Investment Fund (managed by LISC), a Policy Fund (managed by SFF), and a policy working group to help spur coordination and collaboration for policy change at the local, regional and statewide levels. The Partnership is focused on San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties.
The Partnership seeks to develop a strong Regional Partner Network – a network of cross-sector 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.
The Senior Director of the Partnership for the Bay’s Future is responsible for three core roles: 1) Working closely with the Partnership’s core partners – SFF, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and LISC – to support the partners in developing a regional agenda and advancing agreed-upon solutions, 2) Supporting the CEO and Vice President in leading any SFF-specific roles and work as a core partner, and 3) Participating and helping to lead (as co-chair) the Great Communities Collaborative (GCC).
The Senior Director will develop and manage relationships based on the Partnership’s priority outcomes. This includes outreach to and relationships with a wide variety of partners, and a diverse set of leaders across all sectors, including large employers, philanthropic organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions, elected officials, community leaders and advocates, metropolitan planning organizations, academia, and issue experts. The Senior Director will also be deeply engaged in strategy development, oversee evaluation and communications, and help ensure that the partners’ activities are appropriately synchronized, supervised, and/or coordinated. In addition, the Senior Director will help secure and manage resources for grantmaking, research, communications, and other efforts, as well as Identifying (and pursuing) financing resources required for the implementation of the Partnership’s agenda, leveraging public dollars whenever possible. The Senior Director will also be primarily responsible for the coordination of the Partnership’s Advisory Board. Finally, the Senior Director will help to lead and participate in, the Great Communities Collaborative, supervising GCC’s Initiative Officer, and helping to set and implement GCC’s agenda and seeking alignment with the Partnership’s efforts as much as possible.
The Senior Director reports directly to the Vice President at SFF and will work closely with SFF’s CEO, as well as representatives of the core partners.
Leadership and Coordination
Direct the development and implementation of the Partnership and its efforts. Identify, develop and coordinate ongoing programmatic needs and investment opportunities. Provide leadership of and support for the Partnership’s agenda. Ensure the success of the Policy Fund with its 3P (protection, preservation, and production) agenda. Grow and manage the overall Partnership Network – strengthen existing relationships, recruit new members, and coordinate across members, the Advisory Board, and working groups. Engage, inform and activate partners. Over time, build learning communities with civic, community, elected, and business leaders across the region in the three areas– housing, transportation, and economic opportunity – that are the focus of the Partnership. Drive the coordination of the diverse range of issues and voices committed to a more accessible, equitable and prosperous Bay Area to provide stronger and more unified regional voices for change.
Work closely with LISC leadership to explore synergies between the Policy and Investment Funds.
Within SFF, work with Vice President, Program Directors, and GCC staff to develop an integrated strategy related to the 3P housing strategy.
Experience with managing individual staff and teams is required. Supervise, manage and mentor the Partnership team of four staff. Supervise, manage and mentor the GCC Initiative Officer, including support of their management of a team of two. Participate in designated efforts to enhance SFF’s management and collaboration across departments and functions.
Serve as member of GCC which includes: 1) playing a leadership role within the Funder Network of both local and national foundation, 2) actively participating in fundraising for the GCC, and 3) actively representing and promoting the GCC at various convenings and exploring how to make connections between the GCC, its work, and other stakeholders within the funder community.
Work closely with Senior Marketing & Communications Officer for the Partnership to support her work with core partners to implement a broad communications strategy to provide a strong and more unified regional voice for the Partnership’s agenda, drawing on the communications and branding expertise and resources. Communicate about the Partnership as needed, in collaboration with the CEO and Vice President of SFF and other core and regional partners. Develop and disseminate materials and prepare presentations to relevant workshops, conferences, or briefings for private, public, philanthropic/donor or community audiences. Prepare informational reports and/or presentations for internal (e.g. SFF’s Board of Directors) and external audiences. Communicate programmatic and policy research and proposals for possible funding and implementation support.
Fundraising and Financing
Fundraise for additional resources to support the development of the Partnership and its activities. Create and manage budgets, deploy resources, and assure prompt payment and monitoring of expenses in accordance with SFF and each funder’s policies and procedures.
Operations and Grants Management
Oversee grantmaking and operations. Manage day-to-day activities. Manage and supervise consultants and develop and oversee projects. Support the coordination of SFF and partners’ activities including grantmaking and programmatic work, as appropriate.
Secure evaluators for the Partnership’s efforts in collaboration with the core partners (initial and future). Assess ongoing progress, including specific solutions in housing. Assess the impact of these solutions as appropriate within the timeframe. Document the progress, results, and lessons learned.
Undergraduate degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, private, or public sector. Positive track record working in culturally and ethnically diverse communities is required. Evidence of managing collaborative initiatives, multiple projects and staff is required.
Expertise in housing, transportation and/or economic opportunity issues required. Helpful to have a policy background. Demonstrated commitment to principles of racial and economic equity required. Experience in urban planning and/or community development and policy and system change also required. The ideal candidate will be familiar with local and regional policies, and with leaders from the nonprofit, private, philanthropic and public sectors.
Technical Ability and Skills
Ability to lead collaborative initiatives with leaders from different sectors. Excellent facilitation, listening, oral and written communication skills required. Maintain high-level vision while understanding the details of programmatic and policy efforts relevant to the Partnership’s vision and the implementation of its agenda. Skilled in building effective collaborative relationships with partners, colleagues, constituencies, and internal and external teams across a variety of sectors. Experience leading a broad communication strategy. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously. Demonstrated personal integrity and commitment to this work and the ability to engender trust, credibility, and confidence with a variety of constituencies. Computer literacy in the Microsoft environment including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
Commensurate with background and experience in addition to a competitive benefits package.
The San Francisco Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.
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