1844 Senior Management Assistant

Recruitment #PEX-1844-083614


Appointment Type:   Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment.  This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the pleasure of the commission.


San Francisco Arts CommissionThe San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. The SFAC envisions a San Francisco where the transformative power of art is critical to strengthening neighborhoods, building infrastructure and fostering positive social change. We believe the arts create inspiring personal experiences, illuminate the human condition and offer meaningful ways to engage with each other and the world around us. We imagine a vibrant San Francisco where creativity, prosperity and progress go hand in hand. We advance artists’ ideas to improve the quality of life for everyone through a united cultural sector whose contributions are vital and valued. Learn more about our work at: http://www.sfartscommission.org/


1844 Senior Program Officer, Community Investments

Reports to:  Director of Community Investments


Position Description

Under direction from the Director of Community Investments, the Senior Program Officer will support the Director in managing a wide range of programmatic activities while holding the responsibility of oversight and management of the grants program team.

This position requires a background that exemplifies knowledge and experience in grantmaking from an equity lens. More specifically, the Senior Program Officer should be experienced in public grantmaking, team development and management, non-profit management and the arts sector.



·         Provide effective leadership for a six person team, including: training and staff development, assigning and directing work and appraising performance. The Senior Program Officer will work closely with staff, taking every opportunity to coach and mentor as they work through intricate grant development and implementation and progress towards program goals. In addition, this role will emphasize the importance of engaging in effective and respectful team work. 

§  Supervise Community Investments staff and contractors as needed. 

§  Review staff schedules including time-off and professional development requests, and approve timesheets.

§  Conduct annual performance evaluations for grant program staff. 

§  Maintain knowledge of promising practices and trends in arts grant-making, field assessments and policy within a wide range of constituency and stakeholders. Incorporate findings and data analysis to develop relevant grant programs as funding becomes available.

§  In collaboration with Director of Community Investments and the Senior Policy Analyst, develop and oversee evaluation plans for programs and grantees and data collection

§  Provide leadership in grant-making strategy, cultural equity and community arts investments to the field.

§  In partnership with the SFAC executive leadership and the Community Investments team, develops and evaluates new and existing grant categories including guidelines and procedures.

§  Leads the Community Investments team to ensure cultural competence, equity and knowledge of diverse models and constituency in the panel process including panelist composition; panel facilitation; applicant procedures and policies. 

§  In cooperation with the Grants Compliance Officer, and on occasion, the Director of Public & Private Partnerships, maintain accountability for due diligence on all grants within the agencies portfolio, including incoming grants from external departments and agencies. 

§  Respond to appeals, questions and concerns to grant recommendations.

§  Work with the Director of Community Investments to make informed funding allocation recommendations based upon cash flow projections, year-to-date, cost-center analyses, quarterly year-to-date and budget revisions.

§  Ensure legal and administrative compliance  is adhered to

§  Ensure timely staff responses to Sunshine Requests, Civil Grand Jury summons, etc.

§   Participate as required in SFAC Commission meetings. Report monthly to Community Investment committee.

§  Participate and contribute to the overall agency strategic plan goals as well as ongoing planning and evaluation. 

§  Attend monthly full staff meetings, quarterly supervisor meetings and coordinate with the Community Investment Director on monthly team meetings.

§  Participate in Agency initiatives and projects as directed.


Additional responsibilities will or may include:


§  Represent the Community Investment program at local, regional and national conferences and convening’s including: Grantmakers in the Arts, Americans for the Arts, etc.

§  Participate in special funder initiatives and partnerships that will strengthen the arts and culture fields

§  Design workshops and presentations related to SFAC grant-making (e.g. cultural equity investing, neighborhood arts) for presentations at conferences and convening’s

§  Organize and support funder and field forums        

§  Design and facilitate professional development and capacity building opportunities for SFAC grantees

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public or business administration, accounting, finance, economics, social sciences, education or related fields, or other subject areas closely related to a specific departmental program or function; AND


2. Three (3) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level management and/or administrative duties in functional areas such as: program/office/operations management, budget development and/or administration, development and administration of contractual agreements and/or grants, or other closely related functional areas;


Substitution: Applicants may substitute up to 2 years of the required education with additional qualifying experience in program/office/operations management, budget development and/or administration, or contract/grant administration. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.


Desirable Qualifications:

4+ years’ experience in Grants Management including budget development and financial oversight experience, preferably in a government setting;
Strong management experience, including directly supervising staff and leading a team;
Experience working with diverse communities and embracing a deep commitment to the values of equity;
Excellent interpersonal skills, with an open and collaborative work style and commitment to get the job done;
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
Demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards;
Excellent computer skills;
High comfort level working in a diverse environment.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
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  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Please attach a cover letter for consideration.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Katsuina Leblanc, by telephone at 415-557-4850, or by email at katsuina.leblanc@sfgov.org.


Selection Plan

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the position will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the process.

Conviction History

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you were given a conditional offer of employment. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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