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Employment Opportunities

Manager, Age Friendly Communites

At The San Diego Foundation, we value our diverse and experienced staff that are committed to our mission of improving the quality of life within all of San Diego’s communities. We strive to be an employer of choice, offering a competitive compensation package, and a professional and vibrant work environment for those who have a passion for our mission that is carried out every day by providing leadership for effective philanthropy and promoting community solutions.

We are seeking an experienced professional to serve as a program manager for the Age-Friendly Communities program, an initiative focused on creating livable, accessible communities to ensure that people at every stage of the aging continuum can live, work, enjoy, and learn in an inclusive and connected community. This opportunity offers:

  • An exciting career opportunity at a leading San Diego philanthropic institution.
  • An opportunity to work with a collaborative team, and community members passionate about improving their communities through philanthropy.
  • A convenient Point Loma location, green-certified professional office building with free parking,
  • A comprehensive and generous benefit package that includes: 100% paid employee medical, dental, vision, life & LTD, 11 paid holidays, 15 accrued PTO days, competitive retirement contribution, and employer matched charitable giving.

Purpose of Position

The Manager, Age Friendly Communities is responsible for managing the implementation of the Age Friendly Communities goals and strategic plan, as well as hosting community convening’s, building relationships, fundraising, and overseeing program-related grant-making.

The focus of this work relates to increasing the quality of life for people of all ages in the region. Organized around a framework of WELL (Work, Enjoy, Live, and Learn), the Manager will identify opportunities to support community based initiatives that are best integrating services that ensure people are thriving at all stages of life.

The Age Friendly Communities (AFC) designation is one that is inclusive and accessible, promoting active and purposeful aging through the following eight domains:

  1. Outdoor spaces and buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Social Participation
  5. Respect and social inclusion
  6. Civic participation and employment
  7. Communication and information
  8. Community support and health services

These eight domains illustrate primary areas of programmatic alignment. While aging and healthy living is a core part of the AFC principles, the factors that increase livability and connectivity in communities as related to these eight domains are of key focus for the Age Friendly Communities Manager role. The Manager is expected to be able to create purposeful alignments with these eight domains, connecting AFC principles to these broader priorities that create livable, healthy, accessible, smart and connected communities.

Essential Duties and Principal Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Principal Duties

  • Program management: oversee timelines, map program activities to strategic goals, report on progress, write and research as necessary, identify and pursue alignments in the community related to the eight AFC domains.
  • Conduct research and identify organizations to collaboratively work on issues related to enhancing the quality of life for people of all ages, and the eight AFC domains;
  • Raise funds from donors and foundations to support AFC activities
  • Communicate community need and impact of programming through strategic data collection and storytelling
  • Annual grantmaking to innovative projects in San Diego County that support people along the aging continuum
  • Convening stakeholders and the public on issues concerning livability and age-friendliness to raise awareness, build capacity, and facilitate collaboration
  • Engaging policymakers and staff to understand the policy opportunities to improve outcomes for the eight AFC domains and communities
  • Coordinate activities internally with the Community Impact Division to ensure integration and increase effectiveness and efficiency within WELL framework;
  • Implement the strategy of Age Friendly Communities and ensure outcomes are aligned with the program objectives;
  • At the direction of and in conjunction with the Director, Community Impact, initiate and participate in fundraising and networking efforts that will support and encourage the strategic plan for Age Friendly Communities;
  • Plan, evaluate, and improve the efficiency of processes and procedures to enhance quality and output;
  • Coordinate activities internally with Charitable Giving and Communications teams to develop donor engagement in age friendly communities as well as tell stories to the media about opportunities for decreasing isolation and poor health and increasing quality of life;
  • Lead (when appropriate), support (when appropriate) and enhance cross-sectoral collaboration and integration of community-based efforts among nonprofits, government, academia, and businesses in helping communities become great places for all ages, with safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services, and opportunities for residents to participate in civic life;
  • Lead and support grant seeking efforts that leverage Foundation discretionary funds with other philanthropic and public sources;
  • Plan and manage the preparation and maintenance of requests for proposals, timelines, applications, letters, surveys and reports necessary to carry out programmatic functions;
    • Create opportunities for peer learning, education and inspiration from outside experts, in collaboration with The San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement


Reports directly to the Director, Community Impact



  • All staff
  • Affiliate Board and Committee members
  • Other Affiliate Members


  • Current and Prospective Donors
  • Public and Private Foundations
  • Elected officials
  • Nonprofit leaders
  • Community leaders
  • Government administrators
  • General public


  • Minimum of three years of management-level experience in a private or community foundation or corporate, government, nonprofit organization (or comparable)
  • Knowledge of the range of issues facing the region’s growing population of older adults and the growing interest among localities in building high quality communities for all ages
  • Understanding and knowledge of philanthropy in San Diego preferred
  • Experience professionally representing a program or organization with both internal and external customers
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to engage, convene, and build collaboration with diverse constituents
  • Experience in fundraising, grant/proposal writing and reporting as well as knowledge regarding stewarding successful donor relationships
  • Regularly takes initiative to recognize and anticipate problems, and clearly communicate possible solutions
  • Knowledge of and interest in advancing the collective impact model of cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary, analytical, innovative and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated organization, time and project management skills. Ability to “right size” projects.
  • Outstanding verbal, interpersonal and written communications skills
  • High level of comfort with public speaking and interacting with elected officials, donors and other community leaders
  • Professional personal presentation and demeanor
  • Strong emotional intelligence with excellent interpersonal skills and customer service orientation
  • Culturally competent
  • Team player with a positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Knowledge, experience and proficiency with computer software applications: MS Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; contact management software experience


  • Bachelor’s degree required; health or social sciences field preferred

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently
  • Spanish fluency preferred

Judgment/Reasoning Ability

  • Use of good judgment and own initiative
  • Logical thought process
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

Physical Demands

  • Able to safely lift 25 pounds
  • Able to sit for prolonged periods of time at meetings, desk, computer, driving
  • Able to sit at a desk and view a computer screen for up to two hours
  • Able to type using a computer keyboard
  • Able to speak into and use a telephone
  • Ability to bend and stoop

Work Environment

  • Non-smoking, professional office environment
  • Fast-paced
  • Multi-track workflow that requires the ability to prioritize and plan

Special Conditions

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Needs to have own transportation

Apply Today

Interested applicants can apply by emailing Salary Requirements, a Resume and Cover Letter to Please use the subject line: Manager, Age-Friendly Communities.

Finance Department Administrator

Status: Non-Exempt, Full-time
Department: Finance
Date: May 2017


Provide overall office support to the Finance Department. Responsible for general clerical duties that include but are not limited to administrative support to department, donation and cash receipt processing, meeting scheduling and logistics preparation, filing, reception relief, and distributing materials. Responsible for other department administrative duties and special projects and/or tasks as assigned.

Essential duties and principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:


To coordinate and provide the daily flow of administrative support for the Finance Department by performing the following tasks:

  • Schedule meetings, rooms and conference calls
  • Maintain department calendar
  • Organize logistics for department meetings
  • Organize logistics for accounting, finance, and investment related committee meetings including securing location, refreshments, meeting setup and teardown
  • Under the direction of committee staff lead (typically CFO or CIO) assist with production of meeting materials and in coordination with Board/Executive Liaison Manager upload meeting materials to BoardMax
  • Stay adept and up-to-date with CRM and database software (Blackbaud Suite that includes Raiser’s Edge, Financial Edge, GrantedGE, Net Community) and the capabilities of each
  • Maintain accurate key constituent contact information in Raiser’s Edge, Financial Edge and GrantedGE
  • Record daily donations and cash receipts
  • Coordinate monthly invoicing of Regional Affiliate memberships
  • Assist with special projects such as coordinating event logistics
  • Assist with hard copy and electronic filing and scanning of documents for the department
  • Provide occasional front desk telephone and in-person reception backup


  • Employees
  • Board members
  • Affiliate members
  • Committee members              


  • Volunteers
  • Donors
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Foundation visitors
  • General public


  • Minimum of three to five years of administrative experience within a professional accounting, finance or investment environment; experience in a nonprofit or foundation preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated track record in developing and utilizing administrative organizational systems with attention to detail, accuracy, timeliness and record keeping
  • Professional, appearance, attitude and demeanor to appropriately represent the organization with both internal and external customers
  • A developed business acumen with experience in basic accounting and finance principals
  • Ability to work independently and successfully prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Regularly takes the initiative to recognize problems, and clearly explain potential solutions
  • Highly dependable team player with a positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced knowledge and expert proficiency with computer software applications to include MS Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader and Acrobat
  • Strong aptitude and experience with database applications, data entry and report generation preferably with Blackbaud (Raiser’s Edge, Financial Edge and Grants Edge)
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize technology in process improvements
  • Experience working with office equipment
  • Ability to be flexible and open to change with successful experience working in a fast-paced environment


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred but will consider equivalent experience

Language Skills

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English fluently

Judgment/Reasoning Ability

  • Use of good judgment and own initiative
  • Logical thought process

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift 20 lbs.
  • Able to sit at a desk and view a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Able to type on a computer keyboard
  • Able to speak into and use a telephone for long periods of time
  • Ability to bend and stoop

Work Environment

  • Non-smoking, professional office environment
  • Fast paced working with multi-level distractions

Appy Today

Interested applicants can apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to Please use the subject line: Finance Department Administrator.