San Francisco Foundation staff and board members bring incredible experience and skills to this organization. We also share a passion for advancing racial equity and economic inclusion as community members who are plugged into the Bay Area. Beyond their roles at the foundation, many of our team members serve as volunteers and board members at nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Our organizational culture demonstrates our deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. We invite you to review our diversity data, which offers a snapshot of where we are with regard to our staff, our Board of Trustees, consultants, grantee leadership, and investment managers – the people who help bring our best ideas forward.

Staff celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2023. Photo by Adriana Oyarzun Photography.
Staff celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2023. Photo by Adriana Oyarzun Photography.
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Ling Woo Liu, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Compensation Philosophy

San Francisco Foundation is committed to paying its employees competitively in a way that reflects responsible stewardship of the foundation’s financial assets and complies with existing laws and regulations. We acknowledge and recognize the lived realities of balancing our equity agenda with working in a capitalist system. 

SFF is committed to equitable compensation, both when determining base salary adjustments and when hiring new staff:

  • SFF uses a salary structure and job classifications as the framework that guides pay decisions.
  • To combat structural pay inequities, we practice negotiation-free salary processes with individual candidates and staff members.
  • For initial pay decisions, SFF does not consider tenure or credentials outside of the job description requirements. We assume that an employee’s tenure, experience, and/or education are a means of acquiring skills, which in turn result in both job qualifications and performance outcomes and achievement.
  • The foundation is committed to paying no less than the San Francisco living wage at the time of the pay structure implementation/adjustment for a single person in a full-time equivalent position. Exceptions may include paid interns.

Working at SFF

Our employee life cycle model is used to identify and express the most important stages that an employee goes through as you engage with the foundation.

Employee Lifecycle

Benefits At A Glance

The Foundation offers a competitive benefits package to support and promote a sense of belonging. Review our Benefits-at-a Glance and our 2023-2024 Employee Benefits Guide for more information about our competitive benefits package.

Stay Healthy
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SFF offers five medical plans, two 100% free to employees, rich dental, vision, disability, life, and employee assistance programs

Enjoy Our Space & Flexibility

Headquartered in downtown San Francisco, close to public transportation and parking in a state-of-the-art building with incredible views of San Francisco and the Bay. Hybrid working environment with financial resources for home office setup. Employees must reside or plan to relocate to California in commuting distance if hired.

Build a Nest Egg
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401(k) and Roth investment options are available with discretionary employer contributions over a four-year vesting period with no employee contribution required. Financial education including free financial advising.

Take Time for You
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Generous paid and unpaid time off and leave program. Based on FTE status and eligibility, eligible employees receive per year 11 paid holidays,12 paid sick days, 15-20 paid vacation days based on tenure, 4 paid personal days, and wellness days including paid first Friday of the month, first week of January closure, and no meeting Friday’s once a month.

Support the Community
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One paid community service day per month. Employee donation match program with a 2-for-1 dollar contribution.

Learn and Develop
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Tuition reimbursement program, learning and development offerings, San Francisco Foundation University onboarding program for new hires.

Job Opportunities

We are looking for talented and passionate people to join our team! Learn more about our open positions and fellowship opportunities and apply.

For Former SFF Employees

Need a past W-2, pay statement, or change of address? Access your records in ADP by following these instructions.

Did you leave funds in your 401(k) plan administered by Principal? Do you need to update your 401(k) plan beneficiaries? Log into Principal’s secure portal to review, update, or request a distribution.