Philanthropy U

This week I was inspired by a NYT article, Online University Helps Philanthropic Groups and Their Leaders,” about Philanthropy University. As described in the article, Philanthropy U was founded by Amr Al-Dabbagh, a Saudi businessman and philanthropist. Through his family’s Foundation, he worked with Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to create “massive open online courses,” also known as MOOCs, on how to be a better philanthropist and leader of a nonprofit group. Professors include Paul Brest (total genius) professor emeritus at Stanford Law and former president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Jessica Jackley a co-founder of Kiva. Each course is broken into short segments of about 11 minutes that stretch over 7 weeks. People who complete all 7 courses receive a certificate in social sector leadership from the Haas School. I’m excited about the possibilities because I am convinced MOOCs, like Philanthropy U and Coursera, will completely transform and democratize education, and in doing so, change the world. So stop binge watching shows on Netflix and instead make yourself smarter by signing up for a free online course today.


Enhance the lives of children and families by promoting the arts and improving education for disadvantaged students. The WME (Williams Morris Endeavor) Foundation is hiring an Assistant to Director in BH. 

Do you love the creative industries & giving career advice? OTIS is hiring an Assistant Director of the Center for Creative Professions.

Manage community and government relationships for the #1 Engineering/Architecture, Construction Management firm. Jacobs is hiring an Outreach Manager.

All for one and one for all. TOMS is hiring a Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and a Chief Giving Officer.

Inspire a new generation of scientists, innovators and explorers. The California Science Center is hiring a SVP / COO.

Go Bruins! UCLA is hiring a Sr. Executive Director, Government & Community Relations

Run an art gallery. The Los Angeles Community College District is hiring an Art Gallery & Museum Director.

The California Community Foundation is hiring an Arts Program Officer

If you love public policy…The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is hiring an Executive Director.

Improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts. The Pablove Foundation is hiring a Marketing, Communications and Design Manager.

Grow, think, dream and create. Nike is hiring a Communications Manager West Territory.

Champion art. The America Museum of Ceramic Art is hiring an Education and Public Program Manager.

YouTube is hiring a Head of Music Communications and Public Affairs

This just sounds really fun! MOCA is hiring a Development Events and Travel Manager.

Fawn Rogers is hiring an Assistant/Project Manager who can liaise w/ curators and galleries and who embodies w/ grace under pressure in WLA. To apply, send 1 pg. CV and list of top 3 LA galleries each w/ a 5 word description, links to your social media sites to: fawn@fawnrogers.com.

Love tea, gardens and world class art? The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is hiring an Associate Director – Society of Fellows

Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation (RLCF) which oversees the Rancho, a nationally recognized Southern California historical landmark in Long Beach, California, is hiring an Executive Director.

Celebrate the arts. The Arts Council of Long Beach is hiring an Executive Director.


Protect the Planet. The Natural Resources Defense Council is hiring a Program Assistant to work with the Oceans Team in SF.

Change the education landscape. Reading Partners is hiring Executive Director of National Service Programs.

IDEO (AKA coolest firm on the planet) is hiring a Senior Associate, Partnership Development – Education Studio in SF.

Promote art. Stanford’s Cantor Art Center is hiring a Director of Communications and Marketing in Palo Alto.

Make lovingly crafted books. Heyday is hiring a Publisher / Executive Director in Berkeley.

Love performing arts? The Broad Stage is hiring a Community Programs Assistant.

The Sobrato Family Foundation is hiring a Nonprofit Center Coordinator in Milpitas, CA.

Build a world of social justice and shared prosperity. Tides is hiring an Advisor in SF.


JPMorgan Chase is hiring a Global Philanthropy, Small Business Program Officer in NYC.

The Hawaii Council on Economic Education (“HCEE”) is seeking an Outreach and Program Coordinator to help increase the economic literacy of Hawaii’s students.

Improving life in rural communities. The Ford Family Foundation is hiring a Program Officer, Community and Economic Development in OR.

My very favorite storytelling podcast, The Moth is hiring Director of Production in NYC.

Develop the potential of women. The New York Junior League is seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Promote economic progress in communities around the world. The Citi Foundation is hiring a Finance Manager, Finance & Operations in NYC.

Passionate about pro choice? NARAL is hiring a National Political Director.

The Mayor’s Office for International Affairs is hiring a Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Communications in NYC.

Advance international education and access to education worldwide. The Institute of International Education is hiring a Fulbright US Scholar Program Officer, Peer Review in DC.

Support and invigorate the arts in America. The Aspen Institute is hiring a PT Special Projects Associate, Arts Program in NYC.      

Office of Susie Tompkins Buell & Mark Buell / Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation is hiring a Politics & Philanthropy Coordinator and Administrative Assistant in SF. 


IDEO (AKA coolest firm on the planet) is hiring a Business Operations Lead in Shanghai.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations is hiring a Chief of Party (COP) for a new 4-year Cultural Heritage Tourism Activity developed in partnership and funded by USAID | Armenia. The position will be based in Yerevan, Armenia.


  1. Dear Adrienne Luce, I couldn’t find another way to contact you so hope this is okay, I wanted to say I love your curated social impact weekly job digest – thank you. It is really well, inspirational and impressive. I am currently searching for a new job, keen to find one that aligns with my passions as I am, like most of your readers I would think, someone who gives all of myself to my work. I noticed a few weeks ago you mentioned you don’t usually list development jobs – I was wondering why? I was most recently a director of development and events for a not-for-profit in nyc and am thinking about staying in the development field and would of course love to have potential jobs that you find listed here…okay, thank you, apologies for the letter like reply – very appreciative,


    1. Emily, thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it and I am delighted to know that you like my blog. In regards to your question, I have concerns about development positions and I am planning to write and article titled, “The Death of the Development Director.” There is a reason why there are always so many development openings and why institutions have such a difficult time filling those jobs. I think organizations needs to rethink how they approach fundraising. In my opinion, everyone in a nonprofit should have a percentage of their job dedicated to fundraising. Even if that percent is tiny, everyone needs to understand their role in supporting and growing the organization. It needs to be a mindset that permeates the entire institution and not a responsibility that is spearheaded by the development director in isolation. So that’s a quick preview…more to come. Good luck!


      1. Thank you for that – you know – I agree with a lot of what you are saying and have said similar points myself. I have seen clashes of so many ED/DD relationships over the years. The two roles over lap so much; and often it is true that the development work is everyones. But hopefully the role of continuing to rethink and inspire and remind others within an organization how to infuse fundraising and relationship building into all an institutions roles and consciousness could still exist as a actual job. This part is so much of the development work I love: building the relationships internally and externally and helping others see and highlight and communicate them, and connecting people with institutions (and individuals within the institution).

        I look forward to reading you forth coming article and hope if there are some fantastic development jobs that secretly come your way you might consider sharing them (at least with me!) again, with appreciation, Emily


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