Job Title: Community Arts Fellowship, Arts and Culture
Employment Status: 12-month Fellowship/Part-Time, Non-Exempt (flexible 10-15 hours/week)
Compensation: $18,000 for 12 months ($1,500/month)
Location: San Francisco, California
Reports to: Program Executive, Arts and Culture, Zellerbach Family Foundation and Executive Director, Independent Arts and Media

About the Foundation

The Zellerbach Family Foundation envisions a vibrant Bay Area region rich with diverse expressions and experiences, where people feel safe and connected; live with a sense of belonging, shared humanity, and dignity; and have equitable opportunities to thrive. The mission of the Zellerbach Family Foundation is to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families and communities.

The Community Arts program ensures vibrant work is created, new voices are celebrated, and artists and audiences inclusive of the Bay Area’s diverse communities and cultures have opportunities to thrive. We support the creation of work by Bay Area artists and access to the arts for Bay Area communities. We celebrate the rich diversity of the region by awarding funds to emerging artists and small to mid-sized arts and culture organizations engaging their communities with meaning and purpose.

About the Position

The Community Arts Fellowship offers the opportunity for learning and professional development in arts philanthropy. The Community Arts Fellow will collaborate on the grantmaking process for the Community Arts program, supporting communications, applications, panel resources, data analysis and program administration.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Compensation will be in the form of a monthly stipend of $1,500 per month for 12 months (September to August)
  • Responsibilities can be completed in 10-15 hours per week; most work can be completed remotely with flexible hours; required bi-monthly, in-person meetings at the foundation offices in downtown San Francisco (ADA accessible)
  • This is a one-year fellowship position, and is not intended to lead to full time employment
  • This fellowship will provide on-the-job training in arts administration and arts philanthropy, including operations, project management, communications, and learning and evaluation, as well as individual mentorship and experience with participatory grantmaking and collaborative decision-making models

Equity Practices

At the Zellerbach Family Foundation, we believe in fairness, inclusion, and opportunities for everyone, especially those excluded historically and structurally from resources and decision making. We celebrate the richness of our differences and value the role of diversity in strengthening mutual appreciation, respect, and understanding across cultures and communities.

As a small family foundation, we strive to be responsive to the needs of the community. With a staff of six, we embrace open communication, collaborative problem-solving, and shared responsibility for all tasks related to the functioning of the organization.

We value life experiences outside of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors and recognize that there are many transferable skills relevant to this position.

Key Responsibilities:

Community Arts Program Execution

  • Learns and understands program strategies
  • Supports communications, including drafting newsletters, announcements, and website content
  • Supports organizing and coordinating applicant workshops and webinars
  • Provides support for applications processing, including checking for eligibility and completeness of submitted applications, reviewing attachments and links, and database management
  • Collaborates with staff on applicant financial review
  • Provides administrative support for Community Arts panel, including coordinating and documenting meetings and trainings and providing project management tools to support the evaluation process
  • Supports preparation of grant recommendations
  • Provides support of feedback process for applicants
  • Maintains close coordination with the grants management team and other staff to accomplish program goals and objectives


  • Assists with preparation for board meetings
  • Uses grants data, data visualization and other tools to present grantmaking for internal and external audiences
  • Supports staff in its learning and assessment of practices and work
  • Contributes to staff and board meetings, as required

We Are Looking For Someone Who Has:

  • Relevant experience in nonprofit or community environments; experience in the arts is highly desired OR engaged in an academic program in arts administration, public policy, or nonprofit management
  • Familiarity with the Bay Area arts community
  • General knowledge of the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector with a specific interest in learning more about philanthropy
  • Experience tracking and accomplishing tasks within a group dynamic
  • Ability to identify, collect, organize and synthesize information from a variety of sources
  • Proficiency with email, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Strong English language written and verbal communication skills; proficiency in other languages besides English desirable but not required

Additional optional skills:

  • Previous database experience is preferable
  • Experience with quantitative data
  • Experience with budgets and financial information
  • Experience with MailChimp or other e-newsletter programs

And who is:

  • Able to collaborate, be flexible, and work within a team to accomplish goals
  • Curious, insightful, resourceful, and able to take initiative
  • Self-motivated, able to anticipate actions and deadlines
  • Able to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Currently living in the Bay Area