Los Altos, CA

Program Officer, Organizational Effectiveness, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Organization

The Opportunity

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation that is 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. The Foundation makes grants at the local, state, national, and international level, supporting innovative nonprofits to create meaningful impact across the globe.

For 2016, the Foundation expects to make grantmaking awards of approximately $300M to organizations working on the issues the founders cared about most: improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems.

The Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team seeks an experienced Program Officer to make grants, further strategy, advance the field of nonprofit leadership, and bring organizational and network effectiveness. The OE grantmaking team makes investments in Packard Foundation grantees to help build their core strengths and maximize their impact.

The Program Officer will work across two major Foundation grantmaking areas (Children, Families, and Communities and Local Grantmaking) as a trusted, knowledgeable expert and thought partner on issues of organizational effectiveness and capacity building.

Additionally, the Program Officer will have the opportunity to work closely with Foundation Trustees to support the Packard Foundation’s Board-directed Special Opportunities Fund, making grants (of approximately $7.5M per year) in a wide variety of subject areas and geographies.

Position Overview

Desired Skills and Experience

Candidates should have a minimum of ten years’ experience in the nonprofit organizational development field—as a service provider, a philanthropic advisor or practitioner, and/or as a local nonprofit leader who has managed foundation grants. Desirable assets include demonstrated and deep experience working within or consulting to nonprofits in the local Bay area.

While the role is programmatically agnostic, organizational development experience enhanced by experience and a focus on areas of early education, health policy, childhood nutrition, the arts, food and shelter, environmental education, or reproductive health is valued.

The role requires a bachelor’s degree and preferably, an advanced degree in organizational development, social sciences, or a related field. Fluency in Spanish and demonstrated and deep experience working within or consulting to nonprofits in the local (Bay) area will be valuable assets for consideration.

You may view the full position profile here.

How To Apply

To Be Considered

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To be considered, please visit candidateportal.waldronhr.com to submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role. Cover letters should be addressed to Melissa Merritt.

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