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The Central Valley Foundation is embarking on an ambitious agenda to spend down its assets. In 1994 when Susan and the late James B. McClatchy created the Foundation, it was a different organization, time and place in California. Today, we believe the needs are greater now more than ever in California’s Central Valley.

Despite CVF’s longevity, in many ways, we are a start-up organization, creating, doing, and iterating. With that, we are looking for equally ambitious, creative, flexible, hard-working, and caring people to add to our team. We are believers in diversity, equity, and inclusion and seek people who will walk with us in our quest to improve lives and communities in the Central Valley. We share a passion for English Learners and the First Amendment protections of a free press and for free speech and expression, two focus areas that reflect Susan and James’ core values and speak to their commitment to the Central Valley. You can view our workplace values here. Please join us.

 

Careers

Founded by Susan and the late James B. McClatchy in 1994, the Central Valley Foundation (CVF) is organized to advance English Learner students, promote First Amendment awareness, especially in the freedoms of speech and the press, and to improve life in one of the country’s most diverse, culturally rich, and economically vibrant regions, California’s Central Valley.

Despite these assets, the Central Valley faces many critical challenges requiring significant resources. The pressing nature of these challenges is compelling: they should be addressed sooner rather than later. In response to this reality, the Board of Directors has decided to increase CVF’s annual grantmaking, with plans to invest all its assets in the next decade or so. This decision reflects a commitment to English Learners in our communities and to the First Amendment. As such, CVF is entering an exciting time in its life-cycle and is looking for dedicated and qualified people with integrity to honor this vision and join the Foundation on this journey.

CVF is looking for two critical positions to join the team: Program Officer for Civic Engagement and Learning and Communications Associate.

 

Program Officer for Civic Engagement

 

Program Officer for Civic Engagement – Job Description

The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for guiding the inaugural grantmaking and leadership portfolio of civic engagement, which will reflect the Foundation’s focus area of First Amendment freedoms of the press, speech, and expression.

The Foundation is seeking a strategic thinker and thoughtful professional who respects community ideals in order to lift voices and opportunities for marginalized communities across the Central Valley. The ideal candidate has a strong record of experience working at a strategic program level at a foundation or at a community-based or similar organization, upholding the utmost of professionalism, honoring proprietary in community, organizational, and interpersonal transactions, decisions, and communications. Through its work, CVF lifts community voices by honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion, improves education access, and ensures all people, especially children, have pathways to a fulfilling life in the Central Valley – these institutional qualities are core to the Foundation.

This position will represent the Foundation and will reflect the diverse backgrounds and talents of the people and communities CVF serves. A successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for CVF’s work; a spirit of accountability and collaboration; and, a commitment to creating – and communicating – powerful stories of the impact of this work that are grounded in rigor and data. Leadership in extensive grantmaking, community convening & collaboration, strategic planning, resourceful problem-solving, and community engagement with diverse audiences is desired. 

CVF is an equal opportunity employer and fosters a workplace without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic.

We anticipate this being a highly competitive process. Only qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be contacted. No phone calls and no recruiters please. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to careers@centralvalleyfoundation.org. Open until filled.

Please visit our Program Officer for Civic Engagement link for full job description in pdf format.

 

Learning and Communications Associate (LCA)

 

Learning and Communications Associate – Job Description

The Learning and Communications Associate (LCA) is responsible for coordinating the systems that facilitate CVF’s grantmaking and communicating impact. As a key backbone position for the Foundation, the LCA will be instrumental in building two main areas:
1. Administering the grants management system that aggregates the Foundation’s grants information and produces valuable data and information to help drive stories about the Foundation’s reach in the Central Valley; and
2. Chronicling the Foundation’s impact to help build CVF’s brand across print, audiovisual, and digital platforms

The Foundation is seeking a dynamic team player and resourceful implementer who has bridged relevant information with a communications strategy, helping to plan and coordinate information and data to drive unique stories, work collaboratively with staff, key community stakeholders, and influencers to raise awareness about the communities, individuals, and systems CVF impacts.

The ideal candidate will have similar experiences working in communications and marketing at a foundation or at a community-based or like organization. The candidate will:
• uphold the utmost of professionalism
• respect community ownership, organizational, and interpersonal transactions, decisions, and communications

Through its work, CVF lifts community voices by honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion, improves education access, and ensures all people, especially children, have pathways to a fulfilling life in California’s Central Valley – these institutional qualities are core to the Foundation.

This position will represent the Foundation and will reflect the diverse backgrounds and talents of the people and communities CVF serves. A successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for CVF’s work; a spirit of accountability and collaboration; and, a commitment to creating – and communicating – powerful stories of the impact of this work that are grounded in rigor and data.

CVF is an equal opportunity employer and fosters a workplace without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic.

We anticipate this being a highly competitive process. Only qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be contacted. No phone calls and no recruiters please. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to careers@centralvalleyfoundation.org. Open until filled

Please visit our Learning and Communications Associate link for full job description in pdf format.