Career Opportunities

California Program Director

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) seeks a full-time California program director to join a dynamic team working to inform, connect, and catalyze philanthropic foundations across California and the United States. The ideal candidate will have experience in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector, expertise in health and health policy, and knowledge of immigration and immigrant integration issues.

Organizational Overview

Founded in 1990, GCIR works with member foundations and the broader philanthropic community on a wide range of immigration and immigrant integration issues. We help funders uplift the contributions and address the needs of growing and increasingly diverse immigrant and refugee populations across the United States. In so doing, we seek to promote effective grantmaking that not only improves the lives of newcomers but also strengthens local communities.
Each year, GCIR helps hundreds of funders connect with grantmaking colleagues, build new skills, increase their knowledge, share best practices, and develop effective funding strategies that advance diverse funding priorities through:
  • Wide-ranging regional and national programming
  • Practical research reports, funding recommendations, fact sheets, and other informational resources
  • Training, technical assistance, and individualized consultation
  • Opportunities for members to engage with one another on shared funding interests

Position Overview

As lead staff person for the state, the California program director manages the California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII), which informs and engages local, regional, and statewide funders to respond to immediate needs facing immigrant and refugee communities and promote their long-term integration. The California program director also organizes programs, develops information resources, and provides consultation and technical assistance to meet the needs and interests of the broader philanthropic sector in California. This position works in partnership with regional associations of grantmakers, clusters of foundations, and individual foundations. It reports to GCIR’s vice president, works closely with other members of the GCIR team, and can be based in either greater Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay Area.

Duties & Responsibilities

California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII)

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate quarterly meetings
  • Coordinate and support existing member working groups, e.g., legal services, and develop new working groups in response to member interest, e.g., health
  • Manage the California component of special initiatives, such as Census 2020
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with funders, grantee organizations, government officials, philanthropy-supporting organizations, and other allies
  • Keep members updated through the listserv and other vehicles

Programs and Information Resources

  • Organize briefings and develop materials to keep California funders informed of policy developments and their impact on immigrant and refugee communities
  • Convene meetings to meet the needs and interests of California philanthropy
  • Develop and update California-specific information resources including fact sheets, issue and policy analyses, funding recommendations, etc.
  • Write, edit, and/or proofread other materials, as requested

Consultation and Technical Assistance

  • Respond to information requests from California funders
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to funders on grantmaking strategies including those focused on health and health policy

Membership and Fundraising

  • Write and edit grant proposals and reports pertaining to California efforts
  • Contribute to membership cultivation, recruitment, and retention
  • Help maintain an updated database

Qualifications & Skills 

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field, with a strong preference for health (e.g., health policy, public health, health systems, etc.)
  • At least 8 - 10 years of experience working in the fields of immigration, health, and/or related fields, with strong preference for California-specific experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the intersection of health and immigration policy
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • High level of ethics, commitment to quality, strong sense of personal and organizational accountability, and ability to work independently and confidently to meet competing deadlines
  • Exceptional interpersonal and diplomacy skills, commitment to teamwork, and, proven ability to build and maintain professional relationships
  • Ability to apply common sense and exercise sound judgment in problem solving, yet pursue creative approaches
  • A natural sense of curiosity, good sense of humor, desire to work as part of a dynamic team, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment


Salary is commensurate with experience. GCIR offers a competitive benefits package including employer-paid health insurance.

Application Process

Please email a letter of interest along with a resume and writing sample to Felecia Bartow. This position will remain open until the right candidate has been identified. No phone calls but email inquiries in advance of applying are welcome.



GCIR is committed to diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, and those from immigrant backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.