Position Announcement: Senior Program Officer, San Jose

San Jose Nonprofit Center

Title:                              Senior Program Officer – San Jose

Business Unit:            Silicon Valley Programs, Sobrato Philanthropies

Status:                          Full-time

FSLA Status:               Exempt

Work Location:          Parkmoor Nonprofit Center (San Jose, CA)

Date Submitted:        November 12, 2023


Job Summary

Reporting to the Director – Thriving Communities, the Senior Program Officer (SPO) – San Jose will lead the local team in implementing a cohesive program strategy in San Jose, focusing on communities with the highest social vulnerability – East and Downtown San Jose. The SPO will focus on designing, implementing, and adapting the geographic-based approach to grantmaking, community engagement, and capacity building. Alongside the local team, the SPO will curate a network of grantees, tenants, and partner funders that advances a holistic, multi-generational economic mobility approach, strengthening paths to economic opportunity to increase financial security, well-being, and community cohesion. The SPO will make grant, tenant, and resource allocation recommendations that support partners' goals within the local East and Downtown San Jose ecosystem.

The SPO will manage and supervise the geographic-based team, building collaborative and positive working relationships and effective communication. The SPO will also work closely with the Director team and evaluation partners to implement the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning approach in the San Jose geography, ensuring feedback loops support grantees, tenants, local partners, and Sobrato staff in reciprocal learning and refinements. This deep local work will also feed into the Silicon Valley Program’s approach to regional policy advocacy and sector leadership.

This role will be a key member of the Silicon Valley Program team and support the implementation of a multi-year, “deep in place” commitment to centering low-wage housing insecure residents towards economic mobility pathways. This candidate will enjoy taking creative approaches and be able to engage with a broad network of stakeholders – grantees, tenants, public officials, peer funders and community residents.


Responsibilities and Tasks

Job Responsibility 1:  Program Planning and Implementation within the Geographic Ecosystem of % of Time:  20 

  • Designs, implements, and adapts the geographic-based approach to grantmaking, community engagement/centering community, and capacity building.
  • Gathers information needed to inform program recommendations, including researching and summarizing background on community issues, prospective organizations, and active partners.
  • Implements the ME&L approach in that geography and ensure feedback loops to support partners, Sobrato staff in reciprocal learning and refinements.
  • Plans, budgets, and ensures adequate resources support East and Downtown San Jose’s strategy elements.


Job Responsibility 2:  Grantmaking Support and Portfolio Management 

% of Time:  30

  • Identifies, conducts diligence, and advances grantmaking opportunities; manages grants portfolio.
  • Schedules, attends, and documents key outcomes of grantee site visits, and tracks action items and follow-ups.
  • Supports the team in the proposal application and grant renewal process.
  • Supports the team in planning and development of new grants.
  • Responds to general e-mail inquiries about the Foundation and/or funding requests.
  • Supports capital investment processes to strategize on use of financial tools beyond grants when there are aligned opportunities.


Job Responsibility 3: Relationship and Network Cultivation

% of Time:  25

  • Builds relationship-management and communications approach with regional stakeholders (grantees, tenants, philanthropic partners, businesses and public officials)
  • Operates as a network weaver and convener to connect institutions and organizations.
  • Cultivates connective tissue across partners and leverages grants and nonprofit space to advance economic mobility goals.
  • Utilizes nonprofit center space to support partners’ needs and ensure activated, accessible opportunities within the San Jose Nonprofit Center that foster a sense of belonging.
  • Implements East and Downtown San Jose community engagement and center activation strategy alongside the local team.
  • Leads or participates in local committees and collaboratives relevant to local program goals.


Job Responsibility 4:  Management and Communications 

% of Time:   20

  • Manages and supervises the geographic-based team, building collaborative and positive working relationships and effective communication.
  • Develops the team’s overall culture and leadership.
  • Supports team in developing programmatic and grant making goals and work plans.
  • Develops internal and external communications, updates, and reports for local work in East and Downtown San Jose.


Other Responsibilities as Assigned % of Time:    

% of Time:   5

  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications (Know How)

Education / Training

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent combination of education and work experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, education, and/or public sector.


Experience/Technical Skills

  • 5-7 years+ experience in grantmaking, strategically investing grant funds or using blended capital structures and other resources with due diligence and high accountability.
  • 3-5 years experience in convening, network weaving, and partner cultivation.
  • Experience in program implementation in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with diverse internal and external stakeholders.



  • Experience demonstrating program impact by aligning implementation with monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Experience in deploying and managing financial capital (grants and/or investments) to promote community development; including familiarity with basic financial analysis of community organizations and ability to evaluate investment potential.
  • Track record in community development, community engagement, community building or community organizing, understanding how to embed community voice, lived experience, and diversity, equity and inclusion in recommendations.
  • Experience using Fluxx Grants Management Software.
  • Familiarity with East/Downtown San Jose.



  • Ability to drive key deliverables effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to be proactive and constantly prioritize responsibilities in a fast-moving and rapidly changing environment.
  • Works well independently and within a team, demonstrating great initiative, flexibility, and collaboration.
  • Exercises good judgment.



Reports to:      Director – Thriving Communities

Direct Reports:

  • Program Officer – San Jose
  • Program Associate – San Jose


Additional Information

The annual base salary range for full-time employees for this position is below. Please note that base pay may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

  • $153,000 - $187,000 USD
  • Highly competitive benefits package
  • Full-time, exempt position


Work Schedule - This position is based out of 1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, in office Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Hybrid on Wednesdays and Fridays. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


Equal Employment Opportunity

The Sobrato Organization 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 and inclusion and belonging for all employees regardless of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. The Sobrato Organization is expanding, and we are interested in growing our staff to include diverse voices with different lived experiences.


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