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YBCA Values


We operate from a place of strength, with a spirit of empathy and generosity.

This means we:

Extend genuine care, empathy, and kindness to our colleagues, collaborators, and community.

Operate from a place of strength with faith in our collective ability to take on big challenges and solve problems.

Seek to leverage the talents and strengths of the whole organization, not just our team or department.

Proactively share what we can when there is a need or opportunity to make things better.

Actively create trust by seeking understanding and finding common ground.

Seek to maximize one another’s contributions.

Authentic Collaboration

We are engaged and interconnected.


This means we:

Invite and include diverse life
experiences and perspectives.

Build effective relationships with one another and our community of stakeholders.

Invest in each other’s learning, growth, and achievement.

Show up as ourselves—and make room for others to do so, too.

Provide candid and constructive feedback and are open to receiving it.

Each contribute towards and work for the good of the whole organization.

Listen deeply and learn from one another.

Consider carefully how our actions affect others and operate from a spirit of empathy.

Personal Agency

We are empowered and accountable.

This means we:

Set high expectations and deliver in ways that earn trust.

Assume best intent and work through differences constructively.

Show appreciation for one another’s contributions.

Demonstrate ownership of personal, team, and organization-wide goals.

Take initiative to make things better.

Thoughtfully differentiate and recognize meaningful contributions.

Steward our resources and relationships with integrity.

Work proactively to align on common goals and work productively together to achieve them.


We create with courage and purpose.


This means we:

Don’t settle—we learn, iterate, and improve.

Pursue radical collaboration and embrace an expansive cross-sector approach.

Support and challenge each other to go beyond current boundaries and conventional ways of thinking.

Experiment and take purposeful risks.

Take a stand for what is just.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a work culture and environment that is reflective of San Francisco Bay Area demography. YBCA encourages and actively recruits applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.

YBCA will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).