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Multicultural Fellows: Arts and Culture
The San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco, CA


The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, granting more than $800 million over the past ten years. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, TSFF has over $1 billion in assets and awarded grants totaling more than $90 million in FY 2013. TSFF brings together donors and builds on community assets through grantmaking, lending, leveraging, public policy, advocacy, civic engagement and leadership development in the areas of community health, community development, arts and culture, the environment, and education. 

The staff in each of our five Program Areas has expertise in their field and experience with a variety of organizations. Together, we bring rich perspectives to the work of the Foundation through our grantmaking strategies, comprehensive community initiatives, neighborhood projects, technical assistance in organizational development, and public policy work on local, county, regional, statewide and national levels.


Our Multicultural Fellowship Program is a two-year, full-time program that aims to increase diversity in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Successful candidates are young professionals of diverse cultural backgrounds who show promise and passion to create significant social change. The Fellowship provides challenging work and professional development experiences, on-the-job training, and opportunities to enhance skills in grantmaking, convening, project management, and a variety of other areas. Fellows are an integral component of the Foundation’s grantmaking Program staff. Additionally, Fellows benefit from networking, mentoring, trainings, seminars, professional conferences, and interactions with a wide array of nonprofit, community, government, and philanthropic leaders.


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant area, or equivalent research and analysis experience preferred.
  • A minimum of five years related work experience is required, in addition to the specific requirements for each of the program areas noted below.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Windows, Microsoft Word, and Excel required.
  • Self-directed, team-oriented, leadership qualities desired. Eagerness to learn about the philanthropic sector and demonstrated interest in fundraising, donor development, nonprofit or public service, and work/volunteer experience in one of the Foundation’s specific program areas are required.


Arts & Culture: Experience in arts, or other, administration in the non-profit sector is preferred. An understanding of the issues facing arts organizations and individual artists is also important. A deep knowledge of one or more artistic disciplines (visual, performing, media, literary arts) and or/arts education a plus. Should have a commitment to the role of the arts in community-building and as a tool for social justice.

COMPENSATION: Equivalent to $54,000 - $57,000 per year plus benefits. A standard work week of 40 hours, which will include periodic evening work and local travel, is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 6, 2015

TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a résumé, cover letter and responses to essay questions for the program to which you are applying. Please submit all documents together in one PDF that includes your last name, and program name you are applying to in the title (example: Hudson_CommunityDevelopment.pdf). All applications must be submitted online.

Arts and Culture Fellowship Essay Questions:

  • How do you define your arts and/or cultural community?
  • Describe an experience you are most proud of that allowed you to demonstrate your leadership qualities.
  • What do you think are two of the most important issues in the Bay Area’s arts, arts education, and/or cultural organizations?  What strengths and/or ideas do you bring to the table that would help work on the issues you identified?

Submission of this information does not guarantee an interview. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted between April 6 and April 24, 2015. If you have questions regarding the Multicultural Fellowship Program, or the recruitment process, please contact Michelle Myles Chambers Fellowship Recruitment at 415.733.8539 or


To view a prerecorded webinar describing the program and outlining the application process, visit

The San Francisco Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity with respect to race, ethnic, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical disability.


Deadline: 04-06-2015

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