Ideal Candidate

The Hewlett Foundation is seeking a Program Officer with vision, innovative thinking, and a genuine commitment to help define and manage a mission-driven portfolio of grants focused on climate solutions. Candidates must have significant expertise developing and implementing theories of change, and have expertise in the U.S. environment/climate sector at either the federal or state level. Candidates will have some supervisory responsibility, so experience in this area would be desirable.

A broad-based ecosystem thinker is essential—someone who is comfortable operating with expansive parameters and exploring opportunities that can lead to scaled, bold, and even unconventional approaches. The foundation seeks candidates who are driven by active inquiry and learning; who possess an intellect that thrives when creatively synthesizing ideas and input from a variety of sources to address complex problems.

Candidates should bring an energetic, flexible, and collaborative disposition rooted in a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem solving. The Program Officer must also have the ability to work seamlessly across strategic, substantive, and administrative aspects of the role. Fostering and contributing to a strong sense of community with colleagues, partners, and other stakeholders is essential.

The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment that affords a great deal of autonomy, yet is highly collaborative, communicative, and team-oriented. Success in the role requires the intellectual prowess and curiosity to debate and contribute across streams of work, an enthusiasm to share and seek learnings about grantmaking practices and grantees’ activities, and the ability to leverage the skills of people with different perspectives and styles.

About the Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.

For more than 50 years, we have supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective. The foundation’s assets are more than $9 billion, with annual awards of grants totaling more than $400 million. A 14-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.