Los Altos, CA

Program Officer, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Organization

We are a family foundation guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David Packard, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. Today, their children and grandchildren continue to help guide the work of the Foundation with David and Lucile Packard’s enduring core values: integrity, respect for all people, belief in individual leadership, commitment to effectiveness, and the capacity to think big.

We invest in organizations and leaders, collaborate with them to identify strategic solutions, and support them over time to reach common goals. We continue to invest on the issues our founders cared about most:

  • Improving the lives of children, families, and communities
  • Advancing reproductive health and rights
  • Restoring and protecting our planet

For 2018, we expect to make grantmaking awards of approximately $350 million. Our staff of 130 conducts the Foundation’s day-to-day operations and the Board of Trustees oversees our work. You can learn more about the Foundation here.

We are proud that our staff and senior leadership team are deeply engaging on our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and in our grantmaking.

The Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team invests in the core strengths of grantee leaders, organizations, and networks, enhancing their capacity to achieve their missions. One core belief has driven Organizational Effectiveness since the program began in 1983: Organizations are more effective when they are equipped with thoughtful strategy, strong leadership, and sound operations. Today, we carry on this work by making investments in leaders, organizations, networks, fields, and movements around the world to build their core strengths and maximize their impact.

We have two primary grant making strategies:

  • Support for key organizations funded by the Foundation, allowing them to invest in their core strengths in areas such as strategic and business planning, financial management and resilience, racial equity and inclusion, board and staff leadership, and communications capacity. These organization-focused grants range from targeted short-term support for single projects to multi-year comprehensive capacity building approaches.
  • Development and funding of customized cohort projects that strengthen capacities among groups of leaders and organizations, allowing participants to share knowledge, learn from their peers, and grow their networks. This is a growing body of work and emphasis.

The OE team also:

  • Provides mentorship and support to Packard Foundation staff on capacity building at the leader, organization, network, field, and movement levels.
  • Works to grow the Foundation’s role as a leader among capacity-building funders to increase investments in high quality capacity strengthening approaches.

The team works across the Population and Reproductive Health, Conservation and Science, and Children, Families and Communities programs. Historically, the OE team has made approximately 90 OE grants per year, investing a total of $4M in OE funds annually. In 2019 this investment is expected to double. You can learn more about our work at the OE Knowledge Center of the Foundation’s webpage.

Position Overview

The Program Officer Role & Key Responsibilities

In response to the growth in OE funding, we are thrilled to be adding a third Program Officer to the existing OE team. This is a multi-faceted role offering the opportunity to work with the leadership of the Foundation and across a range of departments and program areas.

As the new OE Program Officer, you will support the Foundation’s program teams in identifying the leaders and organizations who are at inflection points for transformational change and who welcome additional investments from the Foundation to strengthen their capacity. The goal of leaving a stronger ecosystem of organizations and leaders in the Foundation’s program areas will be your north star. In this role you will primarily support the Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) Program. PRH focuses on South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa internationally, Louisiana and Mississippi domestically, and on global reproductive health and rights.

You will work with program teams to analyze the capacities of systems and fields, bringing ideas and energy about potential capacity building models and approaches. You will work with a wide variety of leaders and organizations — from some of the largest NGOs in the world to small grass roots community organizations — approaching these relationships with a service and learning mindset, meeting our partners where they are, listening to their opportunities and challenges, and supporting them in the design of an approach and funding to support their goals.

As part of OE’s role in improving the practices of the field and the Foundation, you will also attend conferences, trainings, and gather learning from the field on equity, diversity, and inclusion (such as the Racial Equity to Accelerate Change Fund) to inform the Foundation’s work with our grantee partners. You will have opportunities to learn, write, and speak about a variety of topics of importance to OE’s work.

Our ideal new colleague has deep experience in leadership development and/or organizational development and is driven by a desire to apply highly-tuned skills in service of the issues the Foundation supports. You are eager to support program strategies in strengthening the capacity of our partners on the full range of issues that the Foundation supports, and are deeply committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. You are ready to stretch our thinking about how trends in organizational design and structure, networks, information sharing, and the blending of sectors impact the goals of the Foundation. You have the same comfort level and enthusiasm working with Foundation leadership, colleagues, and grantees ranging from large international development groups to small, grassroots, domestic groups. You have a broad and diverse network of colleagues, particularly in the leadership and organizational development fields.

You enjoy working with a close-knit team, bringing humility, positive energy, and your best effort to work every day. You are an excellent communicator, and gain energy and a sense of accomplishment working behind the scenes rather than in the spotlight. You are a proactive and patient partner and coach who enjoys serving both program staff and grantee partners, working to build positive, effective relationships with a high level of credibility and trust.

Key functional skills and background we seek include:

  • Proven interpersonal and coaching skills, exceptional cultural competence and sensitivity, and ability to communicate across cultures
  • High level written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of success factors for nonprofit leaders, organizations, and networks (in theory and practice)
  • Well-developed diagnostic, planning, and program development skills, including assessment of strengths and capacity challenges across fields and movements, and of growth opportunities for individual leaders and organizations
  • Experience developing, launching, and implementing complex projects with individuals and customized cohorts with a high level of customer satisfaction

Important personal attributes for success include:

  • Humility
  • Effective and active listening
  • A collaborative client service orientation and “can do” attitude
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects to completion
  • Broad intellectual interests and curiosity
  • Analytical strength and creative problem-solving ability
  • Flexibility and warmth
  • High emotional intelligence, ability to read and navigate situations and diverse audiences with respect
  • Excellent judgement
  • Resilience, optimism, and a sense of humor

How To Apply

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