Careers at the Santa Barbara Foundation

Santa Barbara Foundation

The Santa Barbara Foundation is a dynamic organization that thrives on creativity and great ideas, and values commitment and flexibility. Transparency, inclusiveness, respect, diversity, and integrity are among our core values. We are here to make a positive difference in our county, from Santa Maria to Carpinteria, and all points in between. We seek individuals who share a commitment to catalyze change and support the common good.

The Santa Barbara Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Open positions are listed below.

Office Coordinator

Are you organized and great with people? The Santa Barbara Foundation is looking for a polished professional to join the team as our Office Coordinator to run the day to day functions of foundation’s new North County Headquarters located in Santa Maria.

The office coordinator will oversee the front reception area, maintain two conference rooms, the staff lounge, and general work area. Key responsibilities include: 1) greeting guests as they arrive, 2) answering the telephone, 3) coordinating room calendars in Outlook, 4) providing administrative support to staff, 6) ordering supplies for the office, and 7) being the point of contact for outside contractors servicing the office.

Proficiency in MS Office Suite is required (and will be tested), knowledge and skills working with audio-visual equipment would be a plus.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to by September 20, 2016.

Qualified applicants will contacted. No phone calls please.


Community Investment Associate

The Community Investment Associate will provide administrative and grants management support to the Santa Barbara Foundation's Community Investment team. This key team member plays a critical role in foundation programs, initiatives, and community engagement activities. This fast paced environment and broad scope of work requires the strongest of administrative skills. Individuals with the ability to juggle multiple tasks in a professional manner are encouraged to apply.


  • Cultivate positive relationships with the public and organizations seeking information regarding the foundation’s various funding opportunities
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies concerning the foundation’s grant-making policies and application procedures
  • Manage the grants database for accurate and efficient record keeping and reporting
  • Process grant requests from intake to close, including data entry, spreadsheet development and tracking, grantee correspondence, payment processing, follow up on reporting requirements and document retention
  • Manage and maintain the integrity of the foundation’s digital filing system
  • Maintain and update the grants management manual, procedural workflow and timeline documents
  • Provide support for internal and external meetings, outreach events and convening, including scheduling, logistics, reservations, material and audiovisual preparation and note-taking, as needed
  • Participate in staff and department meetings • Other duties as assigned


  • Experience and demonstrated proficiency with a variety of office technologies and computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Adobe Suite
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • A professional, enthusiastic, flexible attitude and demeanor
  • Superior time management and organizational skills and ability to prioritize assigned duties
  • Self-directed with a desire and willingness to learn
  • Detail-oriented
  • Team player with the ability to work with diverse populations including staff teams, agency representatives and volunteers
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar databases preferred
  • Prior experience in the nonprofit sector a plus
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license and be able to provide proof of insurance

Please submit your cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Santa Barbara Foundation | 1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-1873 |