Manager, Collaborative Philanthropy

Manager, Collaborative Philanthropy

Manager, Collaborative Philanthropy 150 150 JCFHR
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
July 24, 2023
San Francisco, CA
Job Type


REPORTS TO: Director, Collaborative Philanthropy


COMPENSATION RANGE: $81,000 - $122,000

JOB TYPE: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt


The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) supports a vision of diverse and dynamic Bay Area Jewish communities, deeply engaged in Jewish life and doing good locally, in Israel and around the world. A newly defined strategic direction positions the Federation to achieve this vision by mobilizing innovation, collaboration, and community investment with focus on three intersecting areas:

  • Recruiting and stewarding the next generation of Jewish philanthropists to generate more and better philanthropy, driven by Jewish values;
  • Collaborating with partners to build connection and belonging in order to dramatically increase the number of young people engaged in Jewish life; and
  • Leading or funding core components that foster the resilience and security of Jewish communities, both locally and globally.

The Federation is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with a variety of skill sets who wants to join a team working to build a new model of 21st century and next generation Federation engagement.


The Manager, Collaborative Philanthropy will manage and direct a variety of established and new collaborative philanthropy opportunities by supporting or leading pilots of new models and current giving circles, such as the Jewish Pride Fund, an LGBTQ giving circle, the Tzedek Fund, a Jews of Color-focused giving circle and the Global Jewish Citizens Fund, a giving circle focused on immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Additional Collaborative Philanthropy programs are focused on refugees, immigrant and asylum seekers, the advancement of women and girls, climate change, food insecurity as well as other issue areas and identity groups that reflect and resonate with the Jewish community in the Bay Area. Jewish community members who struggle to feel seen or heard will have a platform in which to participate and amplify their voices. This position is designed to provide project management and operations support, philanthropic group facilitation, expertise in donor and organization advising, while offering a hands-on experience for all involved. This role will include both stewardship of current donors and grantees and cultivating of new donors and grantees not necessarily familiar with the Federation.


  • Design & Facilitation of Giving Circles and Other Collaborative Philanthropy Programs: Design and facilitate giving circles, including the Jewish Pride Fund, as well as other giving circles and collaborative philanthropy models, such as crowdfunding, pop-ups, and donor collaboratives.
    • Design and facilitation include curriculum development, meeting management, utilizing Culture of Belonging principles, consensus building, and grantmaking.
  • Project Management: For all Collaborative Philanthropy offerings, work in partnership with the Director of Collaborative Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications and the Data Teams, help to plan and project manage Collaborative Philanthropy offering. Project Management includes:
    • Calendar planning and sequencing of each Collaborative Philanthropy opportunity with an eye on how to strategically align and amplify other work happening in the Federation in different departments and teams (ex. with Impact Investing opportunities or Community Impact opportunities).
    • Support the representation of this work on the Federation website and social media.
    • Submit and track tickets to the Data and Marketing & Communications, and IT teams related to the planned project management schedule. This will be done in coordination with a Philanthropic Associate and the Director of Collaborative Philanthropy.
    • Prepare and organize both digital and paper materials for giving circle meetings to be shared with members.
  • Develop & Track Metrics: Working together with the Data and Impact Evaluation Teams, develop and track monitoring and evaluation frameworks to measure success for each Collaborative Philanthropy opportunity, including refining survey questions and devising other ways to track metrics of success.
  • Designing & Coordinating Recruitment and Solicitation Strategies: Cultivate and solicit giving circle participants internally by working with members of the Development & Philanthropic Advisor, Marketing & Communications and Data teams and externally including current Federation donors, committee or task force members, Donor Advised Fund holders, as well as those who do not currently participate in Federation activities. Identify and cultivate promising volunteer (lay) leaders to collaborate with.
  • Budget Management: Create and track expenses and revenues, budgets, prepare expense reports, and bill processing. Oversee payment of invoices and credit card charges.
  • Represent the Federation at relevant local and national meetings, events and conferences, including in the evening several times a month and on occasional weekends.
  • Support Diversity, Equity & Belonging in Collaborative Philanthropy, and Internally at the Federation: Work to include education and integration of equity and diversity lenses into the work of Collaborative Philanthropy programming. Help advise the marketing and communications team on appropriate communications and messaging about the work of Collaborative Philanthropy using multiple lenses, including racial equity, gender, LGBTQ rights, and other lenses as needed.



  • Strong facilitation skills with demonstrated success of navigating group dynamics and bringing groups to a shared understanding and consensus, while using voting to make final decisions.
  • Familiar with best practices in grantmaking including requesting and evaluating grant proposals and budgets. Bonus if familiar with the Trust-Based Philanthropy model and / or newer approaches that take into account the historical complexity of philanthropy and strategies for introducing equity.
  • Knowledgeable of one or more of the following areas: Jewish issues, women’s issues, LGBTQ+ issues and People of Color or Jews of Color issues, climate change, food insecurity, defending democracy, or other contemporary areas that can form the basis of collaborative philanthropy offerings.
  • Understanding of privilege and power, with significant experience working productively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and the ability to discern how marginalized populations may have differing needs within the philanthropic and Collaborative Philanthropy context.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine priorities and manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with demonstrated results in leveraging insights for decision-making.
  • Self-motivation, action-orientation, ability to work independently and make sound decisions under conditions of uncertainty.
  • Resilience, flexibility, and agility with the ability to incorporate new learning and information.
  • Ability to establish credibility and effective working relationships across a complex and hierarchical institution.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, sensitively written materials and presentations for a wide-ranging audience from executive leadership, Board members, donors and community organizations.
  • Bonus: Knowledge and experience working with or participating in giving circles or other similar venture philanthropy models.
  • Bonus: Experience cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and prospect relationships.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5- 7 years of related experience in nonprofit management or philanthropy, with some facilitation experience.
  • Master’s degree in the relevant field preferred; or equivalent experience/training.

Please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to All applications and inquiries will receive a response and will be kept strictly confidential.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits — medical, dental, vision, vacation, sick pay, holidays (including Jewish), and retirement plan.


The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of or traits historically associated with race; color, religion, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and any other status protected by state or federal law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace.