About the Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and it makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The Foundation’s assets are more than $9 billion, with annual awards of grants and gifts totaling  more than $400 million.  A fourteen-member Board of Directors provides overall direction for the Foundation.

The Foundation’s culture and approach to its work are informed by a set of guiding principles that have been collectively articulated by the staff, board and the president. The Foundation supports personal and professional development opportunities that reinforce active learning and intellectual rigor and encourage diverse perspectives and experimentation.

Learn more about The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Program Partnership: Each Grants Officer is paired with a specific program(s), where s/he is a critical partner in ensuring that operations go smoothly and grants practices are consistent with the Foundation. Serving as a dedicated consultant, the Grants Officer assumes responsibility for ensuring that grant making operations are precise, accurate and efficient. Grants Officers develop an intimate knowledge of their respective program area(s), thus allowing them to provide insights, analysis and learning to help the team as a strategic contributor. 
  • Technology and Processes: Grants Officers develop systems and tools for managing grantmaking.  Serving as a liaison to administrative teams across the foundation, Grants Officers also play the role of system translators, ensuring that both the Grants Management and Program perspectives are incorporated into the Foundation’s use of technology and innovation within systems and processes.
  • Advising and Training: Grants Officers focus on specific areas of expertise within the Grants Management portfolio of work and act as consultants and teachers. Ranging from knowledge sharing, forecasting and planning, and data analysis, to developing and deploying learning modules, Grants Officers actively seek ways to share their expert knowledge and create resources and tools to support the Foundation’s staff, values, culture, and goals.  This includes taking an analytical and problem-solving approach to improve how the Foundation collects, curates and uses knowledge and information about its grants and grantees.  
  • Project Management: Grants Officers lead projects of various sizes and at all levels to advance best practices and goals at the Foundation. This includes establishing scope, timeline and budget for projects, as well as building and managing project teams.  As project managers, Grants Officers foster and facilitate inclusion and consensus-building, while also putting forth their own point of view and ensuring project goals are achieved. 

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree is required. Candidates should have a minimum of 7 years of professional work experience. Some knowledge or background in nonprofits, grantmaking, or management/systems consulting environments is an advantage. 

Additional, valued qualifications include: 

  • Project management accreditation and/or equivalent experience
  • Data management experience, familiarity with data systems and business process
  • Financial or business analysis skills
  • Experience in adult learning and training
  • Experience in a consulting environment managing large scale projects
  • Well-developed facilitation and exceptional communication skills

This position is based in Menlo Park, CA.

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