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Program Manager, Levi Strauss Foundation

Salary Range
$98,600- $142,000
Application Deadline
San Francisco, CA

Program Manager, Levi Strauss Foundation 

We believe that clothes — and how you make them — can make a difference. Since 1853, we’ve been passionate about innovation to meet people’s needs. We invented the first blue jean. And we reinvented khaki pants. We pioneered labor and environmental guidelines for our manufacturing partners. And we work to build sustainability into everything we do. A company doesn’t last 160 years by standing still. It endures by reinventing itself, striving to delight its consumers, winning in the marketplace, and by remaining true to its values. We employ more than 17,000 people around the world – supporting great brands, including Levi’s®, Beyond Yoga®, Dockers® and Denizen®. Our employees are committed to progress, authenticity, and collaboration.

The Program Manager is essential to our success. You will play an important role in ensuring that the Levi Strauss Foundation’s grantmaking efforts are aligned with the foundation’s mission, values, and goals. We are seeking a creative, strategic, and collaborative partner to develop strategies and carry out grantmaking to advance the foundation’s goals. We plan to onboard our new Program Manager between September and December of 2023. The position will be based in Levi’s Plaza, San Francisco, CA. About the Levi Strauss Foundation The Levi Strauss Foundation, founded in 1952, invests in movements, organizations and leaders driving transformative change toward racial and social justice. Our community partners across the globe reflect and bring to life Levi Strauss & Co.’s institutional values of originality, empathy, integrity, and courage. As a corporate foundation with family roots, we aim to take courageous risks in service of these values and strive for meaningful impact with our core program areas focused on democracy, reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and improving worker rights and wellbeing for apparel workers who make our products.

About the Job


  • Identify and recommend for grant support organizations that advance LSF’s grantmaking goals.
  • Review and analyze grant proposals and financial documents to determine strategy alignment, organizational capacity, and effectiveness.
  • Perform programmatic and financial due diligence for grant proposals.
  • Prepare and present cogent analytical grant recommendations.
  • Monitor the performance of active grants within assigned portfolios.
  • Contribute to reports that communicate the alignment of grantee activities with portfolio goals and strategies, including grant recommendations, analyses, and other documents.
  • Maintain and build content expertise by staying abreast of current research, data, and trends in the social justice field, and by attending and participating in relevant convenings and conferences.
  • Perform relevant assignments as needed.
  • Community Engagement/Communications
  • Communicate LSF priorities and procedures to grantseekers and respond to goal- and priority-related inquiries from grantseekers and the general public.
  • Represent LSF at relevant conferences, meetings, briefings.
  • Facilitate conversations between grantees and LSF and the LS&Co.; identify opportunities to spotlight grantees’ work.
  • Develop inspiring and engaging stories about LSF and our grantees to share with internal and external audiences.
  • Collaboration
  • Develop and maintain teamwork with all staff members in a trustful, respectful, and cooperative work environment.
  • Participate as an active member in relevant cross-departmental and company-wide activities.

About You

Minimum Education Required:

  • BA

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Five to seven years of experience in project development, nonprofit management, community organizing, fundraising, philanthropy, or strategy development.
  • Strong project management skills, including organization and attention to detail.
  • Solid understanding of the social justice space and the philanthropic, public, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Current knowledge of developments in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and the social justice field.
  • Strategic, critical, and creative thinking skills, including the ability to synthesize large amounts of information into a coherent, vision, strategy, and plan.
  • Financial literacy to understand grant budgets and financial statements.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize duties: must work well under pressure, balance multiple and competing demands, complete work accurately under deadlines, and follow tasks through to completion.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, a strong customer service orientation, and desire to work in a collegial, team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent analytical, research, reasoning, problem‐solving and decision‐making abilities.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills, including solid presentation abilities. 
  • Capacity to see how details fit into a bigger picture.

We put a lot of thought into our programs to provide you with a benefits package that matters. Whether it is for medical care, taking time off, improving your health or planning for retirement, we've got you covered. Here's a small snapshot:

  • 401K match: $1.25 for every $1.00 you contribute up to the first 6% of pay you save.
  • Five hours of paid volunteer time per month with nonprofit organizations.
  • Product discount of 60% off regular-price merchandise.

The Company's policy is to provide equal opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, Vietnam era/disabled veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected classes prohibited by applicable law. Company policy prohibits harassment of applicants or employees on the basis of any protected classes. The Company has established a continuing Affirmative Action Program to assure equal employment opportunity in all its policy decisions affecting recruitment, selection, assignment, promotion, training, and all other terms and conditions of employment.­

The expected starting salary range for this role is $98,600- $142,000. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range based on the location of the role. The amount a particular employee will earn within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, experience, skills, performance and business needs.    

 Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) offers a total rewards package that includes competitive pay, incentive plans, and a wide array of benefits designed to help you and your family stay healthy, meet your financial goals, and balance the demands of your work and personal life. Available benefits vary depending upon the specifics of the role; details relating to a specific role will be made available upon request.  

  Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, benefits or other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company’s sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.  

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