Program Officer

The James Irvine Foundation
March 16, 2021
One Bush Street Suite 800, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Job Type


                       VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


Position Title:                             Program Officer

Location:                                    Los Angeles or San Francisco

Reports To:                                Director of Program Development

Status:                                                    Exempt

Application Deadline:                March 26, 2021


The Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s current focus is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $2 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. With about $3 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $109 million in 2020. We have about 55 staff across two offices, one in San Francisco and the other in Los Angeles. The Irvine Foundation is committed, internally and externally, to the values of accountability, curiosity, empathy, equity, nimbleness, partnership, and transparency.


The Program Officer (“PO”) role requires a professional with strong analytical abilities, a high degree of initiative, and collaborative skills. Reporting to a Director of Program Development, the PO will work in partnership with the Foundation’s program staff and other staff on a set of initiatives and projects to advance Irvine’s vision of a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. The ideal candidate has experience in project execution and grantmaking; and strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills.

Program Officers work on one or more grantmaking initiative teams, which may be led by an Initiative Director or another senior staff member. This PO position 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, Program Officers have an Advisor who provides professional development coaching and performance assessments.


This Program Officer will monitor the performance of a set of grants; coach and advise grantees, including the negotiation of performance milestones to support grantee partner success. In partnership with Initiative Directors and relevant leads, identify organizations with strong potential for partnership; conduct due diligence and assess grantee partners for effective track records, internal capacity, and strategic skills.  The ideal candidate has a strong desire to contribute to the mission of The James Irvine Foundation, experience in grantmaking or project execution focused on benefitting target communities, an understanding of issues impacting low-income workers, and a track record of working with underserved communities.


This role demands an ability to learn and work on new content areas quickly; to assemble and assess data and research, and conduct landscape analysis; and the ability to assess the leadership, track record, and capacity of social sector organizations and collaboratives.


Application Process

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume online or by mail:


Mail:                                         The James Irvine Foundation

Human Resources Department

One Bush Street, Suite 800

San Francisco, CA 94104

Application deadline:        March 26, 2021


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”).

The Foundation greatly appreciates all expressed interest.