JOB: Assistant Librarian, The Foundation Center, San Francisco

THE FOUNDATION CENTER, founded in 1956, is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.  Our organization’s mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.  Our vision is a world enriched by the effective allocation of philanthropic resources, informed public discourse about philanthropy, and broad understanding of the contributions of nonprofit activity to civil society.

One vital component of the Foundation Center’s mission is to offer free library services from our web site and our five offices located across the country: at our headquarters in New York, and in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Cleveland, and San Francisco.

Reports to: Director, San Francisco Office

Job summary: The Assistant Librarian provides support for library service, educational programs, and fundraising activities.


Reference/Library Service:

  • Provide assistance at public reference desk
  • Photocopy, fax, file, organize library and office materials
  • Process, order and weed annual reports
  • Track daily and monthly visitor statistics
  • Track circulating collection statistics, report on these monthly
  • Contact late borrowers via phone, email, and mail.
  • Process library acquisitions and periodicals
  • Respond to email and chat reference questions submitted via the Foundation Center’s Online Library and Associate’s Program reference services
  • Weekly contribute to the new San Francisco blog about local news and resources

Educational programs:

  • Learn and present introductory programs for grantseekers, artists and students
  • Assist with the preparation and room setup for training programs, including duplicating handouts, and making arrangements for refreshments, when needed
  • Compiles bibliographic guides
  • Track education program statistics, including special statistics needed for contract training
  • Create and distribute monthly marketing flyers, weekly and daily signage and other promotional materials
  • Work with YNPN on bi-monthly book club discussion programs.


  • Key address/contact changes into funding database
  • Prepare monthly newsletter mailing
  • Assist with mailing for reports to donors and annual appeals including performing mail merge functions with MS Access and Excel

Administrative support:

  • Monitor office supply inventory
  • Monitor bookstore inventory
  • Open and route incoming and outgoing mail
  • Process weekly invoices
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

Requirements: BA/BS degree.  Some graduate coursework in library or information science and experience with and/or interest in the nonprofit sector preferred.   A team player interested in playing a supporting role in a busy library setting.  Ease in working with the public and comfort with technology.  Familiarity with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Publisher, and MS Access.  Accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and comfort with public speaking in instructional settings.  Availability to work Wednesday evenings.

Please send resume and salary requirements to:

HR Manager
The Foundation Center
79 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003

E-mail: (Please put the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line)

Do not telephone

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

For more information on positions available at the Foundation Center please visit our website:

The Foundation Center is an equal opportunity employer.