Immigration Program Officer

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
December 11, 2017
Mountain View,
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Phil Wiggett
2440 West El Camino Real


Job Summary
Reporting to the Senior Program Officer, the Immigration Program Officer is responsible for leading Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s (SVCF) strategic grantmaking focused on ensuring the safety and security of immigrants as well as opportunities for their upward economic mobility. This position plays a key role in advancing the institution’s commitment to visionary leadership and innovative grantmaking to address the region’s most challenging problems.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Design and execute grantmaking strategy focused on the immigration field, including current issues, key resource people, organizations and networks, and a clear understanding of how they align with the community foundation’s strategic interests.
Solicit, analyze and process funding proposals – determine eligibility and potential for success, conduct background research and site visits, prepare written and verbal summaries for senior leadership and board members.
Assist with review of proposals, due diligence and grant recommendations for other grantmaking strategies and special grantmaking opportunities as needed.
Assess impact and continuously learn from/improve work through third-party evaluation, grantee learning cohorts and expert advisors.
Actively seek opportunities to amplify the impact of our grantmaking through research, convenings and special projects.
Leverage discretionary grantmaking resources by activating other co-investors (individual, corporate, government or philanthropic) to support grantmaking work.
Attend and participate in appropriate joint efforts and affinity group meetings, conferences, events, networks of foundations and community partners to establish significant positioning in the immigration field.
Work with staff across departments to accomplish the Community Impact Division’s goals and work across divisions to accomplish SVCF’s priorities, goals and mission.
Remain informed on legal, accounting, investment and technology issues as they relate to charitable giving and grantmaking regulations and best practices.
Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree (Human Services, Public Policy or Administration, Law or other appropriate discipline) is strongly preferred or equivalent experience in the field.
    • At least eight to ten years of experience working in a prominent role in the nonprofit and/or public sector.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as keen analytical skills.
    • Substantive knowledge of immigration and of the nonprofit sector.
    • Experience as a grantmaker in brokering resources with other funders or local government and knowledge of best grantmaking practices.
    • Knowledge of and experience in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and willingness to travel throughout the two counties.
    • Comfort in a fast paced, rapidly shifting and evolving workplace.
    • Proven track record of exceeding goals and objectives.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work with diverse people and groups in multicultural environments.
    • Ability to approach situations and challenges with a sense of humor.
The work environment characteristics and the physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.   The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.
Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what you would bring to Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Please provide a resume and cover letter.
About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, we engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at
Application deadline: December 31, 2017
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
SVCF does not pursue sponsorship of work visas for foreign nationals

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