Fellowships available from San Francisco Foundation


The San Francisco Foundation is recruiting for the 2008-2010 Multicultural Fellowship Program.

Designed as a two-year full-time program, the Multicultural Fellowship assists in the development of professionals in the nonprofit and public sectors.  The Multicultural Fellowship Program provides professionals of color with challenging work experiences as a member of the Foundation’s grantmaking program staff. There are also opportunities for community building in the Bay Area and to enhance the Fellows’ professional development as future foundation, nonprofit, or public service leaders.

This year, the Fellowship Program is seeking one Fellow in each of the following program areas:  Arts and Culture, Education, and Social Justice.  The fellowship positions will commence in July 2008.

The San Francisco Foundation is organized into six program areas that have staff with specific subject matter expertise and experience with a variety of organizations.  The entire program staff bring rich perspectives from different kinds of community work to the Foundation – including grantmaking, comprehensive community initiatives, neighborhood projects, technical assistance in organizational development, and public policy work on county, regional, statewide and national levels.

The general qualifications for the Fellowship Program are:  Self-directed individual and team player, demonstrated interest in nonprofit or public service, and volunteer and/or work experience in one of the Foundation’s specific program areas.  Strong oral and written communication skills, analytical skills, ease in producing high quality work in a high production environment, and computer/word processing skills, including Windows and Microsoft Word. Ability to multi-task is a must. Historically, Fellows have five to fifteen years of work experience.  A Master’s degree in a relevant area or equivalent research and analysis experience preferred.

Arts and Culture Program Fellow Qualifications:  Knowledge of visual, performing, media, or literary arts.  A background in the arts and nonprofit experience is important. An understanding of the issues facing arts organizations and individual artists is essential.

Education Program Fellow Qualifications:  Knowledge of P-16 (preschool through college) issues with experience in  public or charter school systems, childcare centers, youth development work, parent engagement, OR school-community partnership programs is required.  Knowledge of policy and research on education equity is desirable.  Background in full-service community schools, learning supports or complementary learning is especially welcome.

Social Justice Program Fellow Qualifications:  Experience in community or youth organizing; voting & voting rights; civil rights; criminal or juvenile justice; legal services; and/or policy advocacy required.  Experience working with immigrants/refugees, the LGBT community, foster youth, communities of color, and/or media highly desirable.  Graduate education in public policy, social work, public health, law, nonprofit studies, political science, journalism, or the liberal arts.

Compensation:  $44,000-$48,000

Application Deadline:  Friday, February 29, 2008 (applications via email must be received by 5:30 pm)

To apply applicants must submit a résumé, cover letter and responses to the Fellowship questions.Questions are available here:

The Fellowship questions are available on our website at www.sff.org in the Multicultural Fellowship section.  Please include your name at the top of each page with your answers.  The questions should be completed in essay form, one page per question maximum. Please specify the program area to which you are applying and email to fellowship@sff.org or Fellowship Coordinator, The San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Please note: applicants will only be considered if all three application items are received by the deadline.  Submission of this information does not guarantee an interview.  Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by April 1st.

If you have questions regarding the Fellowship Program or the recruitment process, please contact Jamillah Washington-Weaver at 415/733-8557 or email at: fellowship@sff.org.


The San Francisco Foundation is holding two Fellowship information sessions at our office:
•    February 7, 2008  from 10:00AM – 12:00PM  and

•    February 15, 2008 from 2:00- 4:00PM

The information session is an opportunity to meet our current fellows, program officers, and other staff while acquiring additional information about the Fellowship Program.  No RSVP required.


James W.  Head
Director of Programs

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