Careers

Staff at The San Diego Foundation address the region’s most pressing challenges and identify opportunities by working with donors and partners to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans.

Thank you for your interest in the work of The San Diego Foundation. To learn more about our work and inquire about joining our team, contact jobs@sdfoundation.org.


Opportunities

MANAGER, THRIVE OUTSIDE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITIES

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 Thrive Outside San Diego program. The Thrive Outside Community Initiative is a program of the Outdoor Foundation. Four communities, including San Diego, were selected nationally. The initiative is focused on supporting regional community networks to develop and implement a collective approach to providing youth and families with multiple, repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors. The San Diego Foundation will provide organizational support to implement this exciting and transformative collective impact program with its community partners: Outdoor Outreach, YMCA, University of San Diego Non-Profit Institute, and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Manager, Thrive Outside San Diego is responsible for managing the implementation of the initiative’s goal to build a community network that will increase meaningful opportunities for youth and families in the San Diego region to grow, connect, and thrive outside, through hosting community convening’s, building relationships, fundraising, and overseeing program-related grant-making.

The focus of this work relates to:

  • Building the regional framework and strategic action plan to launch the Thrive Outside Collective Impact initiative.
  • Working closely with the TSDF’s Director of Environmental Initiatives to maximize and align the impact of the Opening the Outdoors grant making.
  • Increasing access for diverse populations to meaningful outdoors programs and experiences.
  • Identifying opportunities to engage broader community to align programmatic resources to measure and improve collective outcomes for populations served.

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 initiative.
  • Conduct research and identify organizations to collaboratively work on issues related to enhancing access to meaningful outdoor experiences.
  • Raise funds from donors and foundations to support initiative.
  • Communicate community need and impact of programming through strategic data collection and storytelling.
  • Convening stakeholders on issues concerning access to outdoor opportunities and maximizing the collective impact of regional funders
  • Engaging policymakers and staff to understand the policy opportunities to improve outcomes and outdoor access for K-12 youth in San Diego County.
  • Coordinate activities internally with the Community Impact Division to ensure integration and increase effectiveness and efficiency within WELL framework;
  • Implement the strategy of Thrive Outside San Diego to ensure outcomes are aligned with the program objectives;
  • At the direction of and in conjunction with the Director, Environmental Initiatives, initiate and participate in fundraising and networking efforts that will support and encourage the strategic plan for Thrive Outside San Diego;
  • 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 the Thrive Outside initiative, as well as tell stories to the media about the need and value of increasing access to meaningful outdoor experiences.
  • 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 enhance the region’s collective impact in this area.
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of three years of management-level experience in a private or community foundation or corporate, government, nonprofit organization (or comparable), to include fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of the range of issues facing the inequities in access to outdoor experiences.
  • 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

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s degree required 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently

JUDGMENT/REASONING ABILITY

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

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

The San Diego Foundation offers an excellent benefit package and competitive compensation. Please apply at jobs@sdfoundation.org and please place Manager, Thrive Outside San Diego in the subject line. Please attach your PDF resume and cover letter.


TECHNOLOGY ANALYST

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.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Technology Analyst is responsible for implementation, maintenance, improvements and enhancements to the existing business processes, to include workflow, technology solutions and frameworks, and database support.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Technology Manager (TM)

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

PRINCIPAL DUTIES

  • Recommend information technology strategies, policies, and procedures by evaluating organization outcomes, identifying problems, and anticipating organizational requirements.
  • Analyze business needs presented by users and recommend technical solutions with completion timeline.
  • Participate in all hardware and software evaluations and maintains vendor contracts.
  • Work as a point of contact for vendors, including MSP, to coordinate services, resolve technical issues, and implement solutions.
  • Maintain organization’s effectiveness and efficiency by contributing to and supporting strategic plans.
  • Direct research in emerging technology by studying organizational goals, strategies, practices, and user projects.
  • Provide onboarding for staff on network, computers, phone, and database systems.
  • Produce detailed timelines and implement effective project control for each software release.
  • Verify application results by conducting system audits of technologies implemented.
  • Install hardware and peripheral components.
  • In coordination with MSP, will timely troubleshoot and resolve user’s issues.
  • Maintain quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards.
  • Analyze, design, and implement solutions and improvements to address a variety of problems and tasks in areas related to servers, and network.

ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES

  • In coordination with MSP, ensure all IT supported assets are properly documented in asset management systems
  • Work closely with TM to complete software and hardware licensing renewals
  • Responsible for providing supporting document requests and participation in any IT audit

RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES

  • In coordination with MSP, administer email, cybersecurity and anti-virus systems
  • Preserve assets with MSP by implementing disaster recovery, backup procedures, information   security and control structures
  • Develop and manage security access privileges according to department in conjunction with TM
  • Proven experience and ability to work closely with MSP to triage and remediate security events as they occur

DATABASE SUPPORT

  • In support of the TM, work with database vendors on cleanup, upgrade, permissioning, and reporting projects
  • Implement best practices, process and procedures for database documentation and training
  • Participate in database Power User Group and sub-group meetings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 7 years’ direct experience providing service in Computing Services; local and network printing technologies; data protection for various data servers; workstations; remote computing access and remote office; telephone and voicemail system.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with maintaining and configuring computer systems/software, and providing technical assistance for PCs and network servers.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Information Systems/Computer Science preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in database concepts, administration, and development
  • Understanding of database administration
  • Knowledge and experience in project management
  • Ability to train end-users on the use of various applications
  • Proven excellent interpersonal skills

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Detail oriented
  • Able to organize, prioritize and plan
  • Flexible
  • Innovative
  • Must be able to work in a rapidly changing workplace with multiple top priorities.
  • Must be personable, articulate, diplomatic and able to work well with a broad range of individuals.
  • Experience with database administration and development, website programming and management.

Please apply at jobs@sdfoundation.org and place Technology Analyst in the subject line. Please attach your PDF resume and cover letter.