Position Announcement: Senior Program Associate, Silicon Valley Programs

Mountain View, CA

About Us

Sobrato Philanthropies' (SP) mission is to partner with communities to meet immediate needs, address systemic barriers, and pursue social justice to build a more equitable and sustainable world. Guided by the business philosophy and personal values of the Sobrato family, three generations engage in grantmaking, advocacy, impact investing, and collaborative efforts designed to create impact in the communities they serve. SP is part of The Sobrato Organization (TSO), a multi-generational, family-owned firm that has played a dynamic role in the emergence and growth of Silicon Valley for nearly 70 years. SP leverages the combined power of multiple giving vehicles, including the Sobrato Family Foundation, which has a long history of building opportunity in Silicon Valley and recently deepened and expanded its scope to include statewide, national, and global issues of interest to the family.

About the Position

The Senior Program Associate (SPA) for Silicon Valley Programs plays a key role in supporting the strategic planning, program implementation and grantmaking activities of Silicon Valley Programs. The SPA is responsible for assisting program staff with routine and semi-routine administrative activities in multiple phases of strategic planning and grantmaking processes, including staff and community engagement; grantee research and docket development phases; and summary reports and analysis. The individual will draft correspondence and prepare meeting summaries for the Leadership team and Board Members, communicate with grantees, and provide administrative and program support to program staff across SVP.

The Senior Program Associate position requires adaptiveness, effective communications, and strong planning and organizing, taking a proactive approach to multi-tasking, and working independently and as part of a team to manage to goals and execute tasks and projects. This position requires thoughtful and transparent communications and engagement with various stakeholders, including Board, staff, grantees, and community partners. The SPA will demonstrate curiosity, humility, and eagerness to learn, and be driven by the mission of Sobrato Philanthropies, excited to gain experience in the field of philanthropy while positively impacting the Silicon Valley community.

Key Responsibilities

Program Administration

  • Assist program and executive staff in the research and analysis of subject matter information related to grant programs (Economic Mobility, Social Purpose Real Estate and Housing/Essential Human Services), which may include philanthropic scans, demographic data, and grantee information
  • In coordination with the Grants Management team:
    • Manage key aspects of the grantmaking processes and grantee communications
    • Prepare materials and coordinate grant review meetings
    • Assist with evaluation of grantmaking initiatives
  • Draft reports, support board docket preparation, correspondence/emails, and other documents as necessary
  • Coordinate external consultants and vendors under the guidance of the Vice President of Silicon Valley Programs
  • Support the team in assessing and addressing the capacity building needs and progress of grantees
  • Maintain a visual grantee map and experiment with specific mapping tools
  • Engage with community stakeholders for upcoming grant and program opportunities
  • Manage and execute ongoing updates for grantee monitoring data


  • Serve as primary Silicon Valley Program-wide communications liaison with marketing and communications vendors; prepare meeting agendas and track tasks related to communications and marketing
  • Responsible for planning, development, and updating of content for the website and other communications such as email newsletters, social media, blogs, reports, and announcements
  • Responsible for social media content and engagement aligned with strategic goals
  • Monitor social media posts for engagement and partner content. Collaborate with staff and the communications vendor to curate social and engagement content for communications teams to disseminate
  • Coordinate public-facing grantee databases with up-to-date information (e.g. Groupsite, Workplace and Fluxx)
  • Curate and manage the SVP myriad content databases
  • Monitor and respond to the SVP general email accounts

Community Engagement

  • Organize applicant and grantee site visits
  • Coordinate learning convenings with grantees and other stakeholders
  • Collaborate with grantee partners in execution of partnered community events
  • Support Foundation-wide events, including Board meetings
  • Bring their own perspectives, relationship-building skills, and lived experiences to the growing team and culture of the Foundation

Other Responsibilities

  • Ability to execute special projects as assigned
  • Coordinate meeting logistics when necessary
  • All other duties and projects as assigned; overtime may be required

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Growth mindset; provides and receives feedback and guidance to and from others respectfully and skillfully
  • Understands value of diversity and equity with proven capacity to respectfully work in a multicultural and inclusive workforce and environment
  • Works productively in a fast-paced environment with multiple tasks and projects, with great attention to detail and completion deadlines; excellent prioritization skills
  • Problem solving skills; values collaboration and partnership but also is self-directed and can work without daily supervision; reliable and accountable
  • Flexibility and adaptability; able to adapt quickly in changing digital environments and be an early adopter to emerging systems
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal, with customer service and professionalism; able to work with different layers of management and staff
  • Proficient with database software, website tools (WordPress, MailChimp etc.) and in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Office 365 in a Mac environment; familiarity with standard office equipment and phone system
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 year’s relevant experience; interest in nonprofit organizations and philanthropy; previous experience in policy analysis and in nonprofits a plus
  • Bilingual or multilingual, a plus

Key Competencies for the Role

Operating, Planning and Executing: We actively manage to our goals and workstreams, and support the goals and workstreams of others. We proactively seek to clarify roles, responsibilities, and decision-makers when working with others. We strategically plan, organize, and prioritize work effectively, navigate obstacles, and find solutions. We make effective and timely decisions, and we manage up as needed when decisions are out of our scope, sharing timely key details, context, and potential options. We take ownership of the work.

Learning Orientation: We are curious and humble, seek out and act on feedback, listen to inform our decisions and guide our actions, reflect on areas of growth and development, and actively support others’ improvement while appreciating that lessons come from failure.
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Communication: We share information proactively, effectively, and efficiently using verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills, with knowledge and flexibility to communicate across diverse identities, styles, needs and experiences. We understand the power that comes from voice, and are mindful of when to lean in, when to step back, and when to amplify others. We provide timely feedback to our partners in the work.

Collaboration: We value, see, hear, affirm, and work in partnership with people - inspiring and motivating others while leveraging the benefits of the team to do our work in community. Our work is done, and decisions are made through building authentic and trusting relationships and in close partnership and alignment with stakeholders. Collaboration can be seen in strategic development and implementation, decision-making structures, etc.

Adaptiveness: We seek out clarity while adjusting, learning, adapting and prioritizing work regularly to the benefit of our mission. We anticipate and prepare for change, and are flexible while navigating complex, changing and sometimes ambiguous environments internally and externally. Adaptiveness can be seen in mindsets, decision-making and responsiveness to feedback.

What We Offer

In alignment with our values, Sobrato Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are dedicated to building a team that represents a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, experiences, perspectives, and skills and to creating an environment of inclusion and belonging welcoming to all regardless of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. People of diverse backgrounds with lived experience in our communities and focus areas are strongly encouraged to apply. The team is currently working on a hybrid schedule, with Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday as in-office days

Sobrato Philanthropies promotes equitable and rewarding compensation for its team. Salary is commensurate with experience, plus a competitive benefits package with perks including medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; 401(k) plan with generous employer match; paid time off and holidays; access to professional development resources; matching gift contributions; an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); cell phone reimbursement; public transportation passes; dedicated parking; stocked kitchen snacks and beverages; and many employee events and lunches!

Beyond competitive salaries, benefits, and perks, joining Sobrato Philanthropies is an opportunity to build upon the Sobrato family legacy of strong values, deep commitment, and large-scale community impact. Sobrato Philanthropies is dynamic, growing, encourages collaboration and continuous learning, and is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion. Our team has the opportunity to contribute immediately, taking on meaningful work alongside caring, talented colleagues.

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