Program Manager, Fair Work Initiative

Program Manager, Fair Work Initiative
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Job Description: 

Our Organization:
Tides is a foundation and nonprofit partner committed to building a world of social justice and shared prosperity. Founded in 1976, Tides’ works at the cutting edge of today’s biggest challenges, with a focus on equality and human rights; a sustainable environment; healthy individuals, families, and communities; and education. Tides’ services include donor-advised funds, fiscal sponsorship, and shared spaces in San Francisco and New York City. For more information, please visit

Program Background
This is a full-time position through November 30, 2019, with the likelihood of a longer-term position based on the outcomes of Tides’ strategic planning highlighted below. This position plays a pivotal role in development and implementation of an exciting new grant program funded by the James Irvine Foundation aimed to strengthen the rights, protections and economic opportunities for low-wage workers in California. The grant program and grantee engagement strategy will be developed in close partnership with the Irvine Foundation and its multi-year Fair Work initiative. 

This Tides initiative will launch a grantmaking program that has the following goals:

  • Assess learning from existing landscaping and field engagements, and conduct additional research, to develop a comprehensive worker organization landscape analysis. Engage Irvine Foundation and potential grantees to inform the grant program structure.
  • Formalize a granting process that includes assessing organizational budgets, financials, and operational development needs, as well as requests for proposal, proposal review, due diligence, an advisory process, program management and management of grant reporting.
  • Launch the grant program in the fall of 2019, with more than $1.5 million going to worker organizations in California that organize and improve conditions for low-wage workers.
  • Develop a plan that articulates Tides’ role as a vehicle for providing additional technical assistance to worker organizations, including leadership development, financial sustainability, and other field needs.
  • Incorporate learning for the next phase of support to worker organizations in 2020 and beyond.

As Tides develops this grant program, a key component will be deepening relationships and credibility with potential grantees. On-the-ground worker organizations will inform grant program structure and grantee engagement in a deep and meaningful way. 

This position can be based in Tides’ San Francisco office with flexibility to discuss a remote location in California for strong candidates. Expected start date is the end of February to mid-March. 

This job is for you if:

  • You are passionate about collaboration and the power it can have to drive systems change. You have experience supporting different groups to develop aligned strategies and activities that achieve common goals.
  • You have a background in economic and social justice, workforce development and civic engagement/community organizing and/or organizational development.
  • You are a highly skilled project manager and can work both independently and in coordination with cross-functional teams and who is able to juggle multiple projects and prioritize effectively.
  • You possess the ability to engage collaboratively with nonprofit leaders, funders and others members of the worker organizing field.
  • You are comfortable with the emergent nature of designing a new grantmaking and grantee engagement program alongside stakeholders. You are a flexible and proactive problem-solver, pivoting as new needs or information come to light.

The right candidate will be willing and able to:

Lead Day-to-Day Grant Program Planning Process

  • Read, analyze and understand the Irvine Foundation’s Fair Work Initiative. Understand how the grant program aligns within the Fair Work Initiative. Conduct interviews with stakeholders and potential grantees to better understand context and inform grant program structure.
  • Integrating existing landscaping and field engagements, develop an in-depth landscape analysis to better understand the potential grantee landscape across California, using this as an opportunity to learn more about potential grantees and their needs, and connect with other funders in this space.

Create Grant Program Structure and Request for Proposal Process

  • Develop a grant program that will accelerate grantee impact by helping create funding stability, assessing long-term needs of the grantee organizations and structuring the grant program to support capacity building efforts related to identified needs.
  • Create a learning atmosphere where grantees can share their challenges and ideas freely.

Build a Grantee Community

  • Participate in planning and facilitating sessions (virtual and/or in-person) with grantees and stakeholders to determine community values and goals, grant program design, capacity needs, and shared learning activities. 
  • Help manage the advisory group to more efficiently inform strategy and activities.

Manage Grant Program and Stakeholder Relationships
The Program Manager will play a key role in developing and maintaining a strong relationship with key stakeholders, including the James Irvine Foundation.

  • Identify and elevate strategic opportunities or challenges to the Tides team, James Irvine Foundation and other key stakeholders.
  • Regularly share progress on goals and outcomes, including writing reports and other updates to share with key stakeholders.
  • Make recommendations for ongoing support and action following the initial 12-months of the grant program.

Your Qualities: 

  • Demonstrated experience in the community organizing, workforce development, organizational development and/or capacity building spaces.
  • Strong understanding of basic nonprofit operations, including finance, compliance, and administration.
  • Personal alignment with Tides’ Vision, Mission and Approach.
  • Ability to work effectively with people from different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build rapport with partners and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong project management skills, high attention to details and solid experience in working across organizations undertaking significant, complex efforts.
  • Excellent listening, writing, facilitation, and presentation skills.
  • Able to work comfortably both independently and in coordination with cross-functional teams.

What’s in it for you:
Tides offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision. Tides contributes to employee Health Savings Accounts (HSA). Tides matches employee contributions to a retirement plan and the employer match is 100% vested immediately. Tides also covers Basic life insurance, Basic AD&D & LTD for all eligible employees at no cost.

All employees start with 3 weeks of vacation and receive 12 paid holidays. Employees also receive 2 additional optional holidays per year in observance of other holidays and a birthday holiday. We offer competitive nonprofit salaries.

We have flexible work arrangements to make you comfortable including outdoor patio work areas, comfy work/lounge space, standing desk options, cubicles and open or private work spaces. 

Why work for Tides?

  • We have incredible clients and partners both domestically and internationally who are working towards a world of shared prosperity and social justice. 
  • We are serious about promoting sustainable commute options, including a free shuttle to and from downtown San Francisco and award-winning bicycle infrastructure, including secure bike parking, locker rooms, and bike share program.
  • Tides was a pioneer in collaborative workspaces for nonprofits and we share our offices, located in a renovated military hospital, with 75 other nonprofits and social enterprises, creating a vibrant community of mission-aligned changemakers that get together regularly for happy hours, educational sessions, and holiday celebrations.
  • Tides has a bi-coastal presence, with headquarters in San Francisco and a satellite office right across the street from the New York Stock Exchange building. Tides’ San Francisco offices are located in a National Park with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The National Park, called the Presidio, is an outdoor recreation hub with miles of forested trails, outdoor art installations (including by the famed Andy Goldsworthy), and scenic overlooks perfect for strolling, exercising, or taking meetings outside.
  • Tides has a robust staff engagement program, including regular cultural celebrations like a Chinese New Year pig roast and Black History Month film outings.
  • The work is awesome, the people are awesome and we think there’s no better place to make an impact. 

How to Apply: 
Please submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter online. Your cover letter should express your interest in working for Tides and your qualifications for the role (please limit to 1 page maximum). You may also share your detailed LinkedIn profile with us. Tides is an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity and inclusion and we look forward to reviewing applications from all who are qualified to apply. 

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.