​The Walter & Elise Haas Fund is a team of 10 professionals and six 4th generation descendants of Walter and Elise working together, collaborating with partners whose work provides access and opportunity, to build a more equitable community. We invest in our Bay Area neighbors because doing so fosters a more just and vibrant society for current and future generations.

Call for Applicants: Program Lead, Arts

Permanent Full Time | $115K – $135K Annual Salary


Position Summary

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund seeks a Program Lead to design and implement grantmaking strategies that express the our commitment to the arts, with responsibility for all aspects of grantmaking, community engagement, and learning. The Program Lead contributes to our efforts to be an equitable, learning organization that approaches its mission and grantmaking through the lenses of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

A facilitator of networks, the Program Lead works with the executive director, the board of trustees, staff, grantees, and external partners and the community. The Program Lead actively participates in strategic planning and evaluation and leads the development and implementation of the strategy in a learning laboratory environment.

With a grounding in Bay Area community and culture, the Program Lead designs, convenes and facilitates programs, collaborations, and partnerships that reflect the Fund’s values of Family, Shared Responsibility, Belonging and Possibility.

The Program Lead promotes and supports the work of the our grantees, engages a broad set of stakeholders aligned with our mission, and connects to initiatives led by the people served by our grantmaking.

The position is exempt, full time (40 hours per week), paid on a salary basis, and reports to the Executive Director.

Salary & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $115,000 – $135,000 per year, depending on skills and experience. We conduct an annual review of our salary ranges and make adjustments based on data from our peer organizations.

We provide employees and their dependents with 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance. We contribute to employee retirement plans at an amount equal to 15% of salary. Additional employer-paid benefits include life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. Employees accrue paid sick and vacation leave, and paid holidays. Employees have access to robust resources for professional development to deepen their skills, expertise, and perspective.

The Ideal Candidate...

  • is passionate about work that inspires and adds value to a community, has a strong commitment to the social sector, and feels kinship with the Fund’s values and our love of The Bay
  • understands not only Bay Area arts ecology and the arts education field, but a broad range of disciplines and organizations related to relevant social and cultural policy issues, and makes connections across multiple issue areas and sectors
  • has a reputation for being informed, collaborative, imaginative, and humble
  • communicates with kindness and respect to many kinds of people, and facilitates steering committees, task forces, and networks with diverse participants, ranging from board trustees to grassroots practitioners
  • plays the combined roles of objective evaluator and sympathetic observer, problem solving with a balance of empathy and pragmatism
  • takes strategic approaches to complex social policy
  • artfully explains decision-making processes, and synthesizes complex information into straightforward communication in written and oral presentations
  • builds trust and credibility, leading by example

Position Responsibilities

  • Facilitates a network of internal and external partners to design, test, learn, iterate, and focus the foundation’s strategic plan for grantmaking within and across issue areas, working closely with other Fund staff to maximize opportunities for collaborative grantmaking
  • Develops and applies grant guidelines reflective of the Fund’s commitment to the arts and its leadership role of the Creative Work Fund; creates space for continuous improvement based on external feedback from grantees, partners, and the Bay Area arts community
  • Formulates partnerships with other grantmakers, nonprofits, community organizations, the business community, and public agencies to respond to the needs of grantees and the communities the Fund serves
  • Develops a grants portfolio and manages a grants budget
  • Identifies the need for consultants for strategy implementation and assessment; plans the scope of work; and manages contracts
  • Works with grantees, Fund staff, and external partners to create an equitable understanding of impact, to engage in reflective practice, and to contribute to practice improvement.
  • Reviews letters of inquiry from a wide range of constituents, invites and reviews proposals, conducts due diligence
  • Keeps applicants informed of the status of their proposals throughout the review process
  • Schedules, conducts, reviews and responds to reports from grantees, documenting insight and reflecting on grant progress
  • Maintains an ongoing and helpful relationship with grantees and grantseekers, serving as a resource
  • Prepares concise, written analysis
  • Works with all staff to ensure that grant records are complete and connected to the Fund’s learning and impact objectives
  • Designs and implements the Creative Work Fund, a philanthropic collaborative dedicated to the support of individual artists in uncommon collaboration with nonprofits
  • Builds a learning community for collaborative action among grantees, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Listens to what community members are saying and supports them to achieve collective goals
  • Engages with grantees, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers in efforts that lead to strategic insight and that make learning actionable
  • Makes presentations to the board, including program plans, recommended grants, and program updates and/or reports
  • Is an effective spokesperson across philanthropy, nonprofit, community, government, and business sectors, able to deliver clear messages, listen intently, and engage these diverse audiences
  • Creates stories that catalyze sector and community conversations and illustrate community power and impact for and by communities served
  • Is transparent about grantmaking priorities and practices; assists grantseekers with specific information about the Fund’s priorities; helps grantseekers navigating the broader sector of philanthropy
  • Contributes to teams and share responsibility for advancing the Fund’s mission by
    • exhibiting excellent listening and communication skills
    • using balanced and reasoned approaches to problem-solving
    • inspiring trust and confidence among us, and
    • practicing flexibility and openness to differing points of view
  • Serves as a resource within the Fund, collaborating across teams and supporting the professional development and continuous learning of all
  • Contributes to the design of and participates in the annual performance review process
  • Engages in personal and professional development to bring the best tools and talents to the Fund’s work, and to provide local, regional, statewide, and national contexts

Work Setting

The Fund is co-located with two other nonprofit organizations on the third floor of an historic building in San Francisco, California. We are watching pandemic conditions closely to make sure our workplace is safe to return to and plan a hybrid work program for 2022. San Francisco is our home base where we expect the Program Lead to work.

  • The Program Lead work area is an individual office adjacent to a common work area.
  • Work areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • All staff are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and their guests.
  • The office is dog-friendly and often has trained dogs accompanying staff members while at work.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the Program Lead is regularly required to sit or stand to use a computer, keyboard, and pointing device. The Program Lead frequently is required to talk or hear and use a headset. The position requires a level of energy adequate to work from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, with flexibility to attend evening and weekend programs and occasionally travel domestically for conferences and meetings.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Download The Job Description

Download the full job description, which includes background information on the Creative Work Fund and our organizational values here.

Our success depends on our ability to build teams that include people with different experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with new perspectives.

We encourage people of color, from under-resourced communities, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and others with diverse perspectives and experiences to apply for open positions at the Fund.


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