Senior Program Officer, Resilience and East Bay

Reports to Managing Director, Community Impact

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW 

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is a philanthropic catalyst, connecting Bay Area Jews – of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives – to the power we have as a community to improve the world. We partner with donors, organizations, and foundations to address the pressing issues facing our community and develop innovative strategies that result in a deep and lasting impact.

Our vision is a vibrant, connected, and enduring Jewish community that is a force for good locally, in Israel, and around the world. Our work is guided by the timeless Jewish values of kehilla (community), tzedakah (giving with just intention), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

The Federation seeks highly motivated individuals with a variety of skill sets to build the next generation of Federation engagement. We are especially interested in forward-thinking, collaborative, and open-minded candidates who are willing to take risks, possess a high level of integrity, and model a positive attitude that inspires confidence.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Senior Program Officer, Resilience and East Bay (SPO) is a key member of the Community Impact team based in Berkeley, California, supporting impact strategies that drive towards the achievement of the Federation’s vision and stewarding the next phase of integration of the former Jewish Federation of the East Bay into the fabric of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.  This will include deepening relationships with professional and lay leaders of Jewish organizations, clergy, and community partners and elevating visibility for East Bay community needs to ensure full integration. 
 
The SPO will play a key role in the Federation’s continued COVID and emergency response, contributing to the assessment of community needs Bay Area wide, strengthening relationships among community organizations within and across sectors, and developing and implementing new strategies in alignment with the Federation’s strategic priority to foster a resilient and engaged Jewish community. The SPO will also lead grantmaking in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion, with the goal of making progress towards more organizational environments where all people in the Jewish community, including Jews of Color, are thriving in Bay Area Jewish life. 
 
The SPO will partner with colleagues on the Philanthropy and Development teams to maximize philanthropic investment in impact initiatives and support strong relationships with donors and funders, particularly in the East Bay. This SPO will also serve as a primary liaison between the East Bay and San Francisco offices to ensure coordination and smooth functioning. Areas of focus for this role may evolve based on the emerging needs of the community and as we achieve full integration of the East Bay into Federation programs and initiatives. Flexibility and openness to change will be essential to long-term success. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION

  • Lead next phase of integration of the East Bay Jewish community into the Federation network, including by deepening relationships with East Bay-based organization partners, strengthening community relations, elevating visibility for East Bay community needs, and ensuring full integration of the East Bay partners across Federation initiatives, grantmaking, and programs.
  • Manage grantmaking from endowed restricted funds with designated purposes to support the East Bay Jewish community. 
  • Develop and implement integrated impact strategies for the next phase of COVID and emergency response Bay Area wide in alignment with the Federation’s strategic priority to foster a resilient and engaged Jewish community. This may include assessments of needs, convening partners, working with lay task forces or working groups, managing grants processes, and evaluating impact. 
  • Oversee the Federation’s growing portfolio of grants in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This may include stewarding relationships with grantees and cohorts, identifying new potential grantees leading in this area, implementing new grant opportunities, evaluating the impact of pilots, advising on new strategies, and partnering with colleagues across the organization to further DEI goals, internally and externally. 
  • Collaborate with Philanthropy, Development, and Marketing teams to communicate about impact in the SPO’s portfolio, support fundraising, and maximize the philanthropic investment. 
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for East Bay office operations and liaison between the East Bay and San Francisco offices, ensuring collaboration, clarity of communication, and smooth functioning.

EDUCATION OR TRAINING EQUIVALENT

  • 8-10 years of successive leadership roles in non-profit or philanthropic organizations, including management of complex projects, grantmaking, and evaluation. 
  • A Master’s Degree in a field of studies such as Jewish communal service, public policy, non-profit management, or a related field is preferred.
  • Training in areas including facilitation, grantmaking, strategic planning, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion is a plus.

QUALIFICATIONS (SKILLS, ABILITIES, LICENSES)

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, which might include work with boards, committees, funders, and senior-level community professionals.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across departments and disciplines. 
  • Excellent communicator verbally and in writing. 
  • Team player with a growth and learning mindset.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and needs, ability to prioritize, and juggle multiple demands.
  • Familiarity with the East Bay Jewish communal landscape and knowledge of/appreciation for the Jewish community, customs, and practices is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience working to advance racial and ethnic diversity inside or outside the Jewish community are preferred.

TO APPLY

Please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to hr@sfjcf.org. All applications and inquiries will receive a response and will be kept strictly confidential.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits — medical, dental, vision, vacation, sick pay, holidays (including Jewish), and retirement plan.

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment equity throughout all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace.

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Jewish Community Federation
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