Website Levi Strauss Foundation

Location: San Francisco, CA


You’re an original. So are we. The Levi Strauss Foundation, founded in 1952, advances pioneering social change on the issues and events of our time. Its community partners across the globe reflect and bring to life Levi Strauss & Co.’s institutional values: originality, empathy, integrity and courage. As a corporate foundation with family roots, it aims to take courageous risks in service of these values and strives for meaningful impact over the course of decades, with its core program areas focused on advancing social justice and improving the lives of apparel workers and the communities in which they live and work.

We’re a company of people who like to forge our own path. We invented the blue jean in 1873, and we reinvented khaki pants in 1986. We pioneered labor and environmental guidelines in manufacturing. And we work to build sustainability into everything we do. Our brands stand for freedom and self-expression around the world.

Where we lead, others follow. For more than 160 years, we’ve used the strength of our brands to lead with our values and make an outsized impact on the world. We employ more than 15,000 people globally to support our great brands: Levi’s®, Dockers®, Denizen® and Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™

This is a hybrid role so our ideal candidate is located in the Bay Area but there will be flexibility around remote work.

The Program Manager is essential to our success: you will play an important role in ensuring that the Levi Strauss Foundation’s grant-making 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 grant-making to advance the goals of our social justice portfolio.



  • Identify and recommend for grant support organizations that advance the strategies of the social justice portfolio.
  • 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 research and other assignments.

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.
  • Propose and write stories on LSF for Threads and Unzipped.

About You

  • BA degree preferred
  • 5-7 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.

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