Program Officer, Global Development and Population
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, seeks a Program Officer for the Global Development and Population Program.
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 $7.5 billion, with annual awards of grants and gifts totaling over $350 million. A twelve-member Board of Directors provides overall direction for the Foundation. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.hewlett.org.
About the Global Development and Population Program
The Global Development and Population Program make grants to improve the well-being of vulnerable people. While the majority of the program’s work is focused on improving social and economic outcomes in low-income countries, an important component of the program’s grantmaking focuses on the United States. In developing countries, the program’s grantmaking focuses on women’s empowerment, including efforts to expand access to high-quality reproductive healthcare and to economic opportunities, and on promoting transparent, accountable delivery of social services. In the United States, the Foundation pursues a similar agenda to improve women’s ability to exercise reproductive choice and rights. Specifically, grantmaking has focused on efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy and protect access to family planning and abortion services. The Global Development and Population Program team currently consists of nineteen staff, including eleven Program Officers.
About the Position
The new Program Officer will report to Ruth Levine, Program Director, and work collaboratively with other Program Officers and Program Associates. A particular focus of this position will be managing the portfolio of grants in support of U.S. reproductive health and rights and developing the Foundation’s work in this area. In addition, the Program Officer may take on some responsibilities in the international sphere, although these will not constitute the main focus. Specific roles and responsibilities include:
- Participate as a strategic member of the Global Development and Population Program, exploring appropriate areas for pursuing grantmaking opportunities and contributing knowledge to the field.
- In partnership with the Director and Global Development and Population Program staff, participate in strategic planning for grantmaking related to reproductive health and rights for women in the United States.
- Maintain current knowledge of trends in reproductive health and rights. Research new trends in abortion and contraceptive policies and health care practices.
- Review and assess grantee proposals in light of Program strategies.
- Provide assistance to grantees and other parties in the field.
- Draft proposal summaries for Board consideration and discretionary awards.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues within the Foundation, as well as with diverse groups of professionals and professional organizations, foundations, and funding sources.
- Make site visits, attend conferences, and represent the Foundation and the Global Development and Population Program to the public and to leaders in the Program area.
- Evaluate grants and Program initiatives and respond to annual grantee reports.
- Contribute to the Foundation’s interest in and practice of strategic philanthropy, including due diligence, goal setting, review of business plans, knowledge building, and evaluation.
- Represent the Foundation and the Program to a variety of external entities.
- Guide potential grantees through the Foundation’s proposal process, including its compliance-related procedures.
- Organize Foundation-sponsored meetings of grantees and field experts.
The Program Officer’s responsibilities involve working with a broad array of collaborators, including grantees, other philanthropic donors, and other public and private organizations working on relevant subject matter. Ideally, the Program Officer will possess knowledge of policy and technical issues and have an understanding of how the reproductive rights and justice movements intersect with other social movements. The Program Officer should bring a demonstrated track record of building and fostering sustainable partnerships at the local, state, and/or national level; an ability to work with advocacy and research-oriented organizations; an understanding of complex policy issues; an ability to analyze problems; and an abundance of energy and intellectual curiosity. Moreover, the Program Officer should possess exceptional interpersonal skills and a capacity to work in highly collaborative teams. In addition to colleagues, team members could include individuals in government, the private-sector, international institutions, public policy organizations, think tanks, and academia.
The Program Officer should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
- An advanced degree in a related field strongly preferred. 8-10 years of relevant and advancing work experience.
- Knowledge and appreciation of U.S. reproductive health and rights issues, including current knowledge about key organizations, policy issues related to healthcare reform, and links to other social movements.
- Sophisticated knowledge of political and cultural crosscurrents in the field and a demonstrated ability to navigate them diplomatically and skillfully.
- Knowledge of international family planning and reproductive health policy and programmatic issues desired.
- Experience relevant to grantmaking, preferably including designing and implementing strategies, developing budgets, and managing portfolios.
- Demonstrated success mobilizing and working with nonprofit, mission-driven organizations, foundations, other nonprofit entities (including academia), as well as with government officials and technical personnel at local, state, and/or national levels.
- Understanding of social science methodologies for data collection, analysis, and program evaluation.
- Excellent writing skills and ability to distill complex ideas in simple language, both orally and in writing.
- Track record in leading and managing research and/or technical capacity-building activities, particularly related to the effective dissemination of data and research.
- Deep commitment to the values and mission of the Hewlett Foundation and to the vision and goals of its Global Development and Population Program.
- Ability and flexibility to travel in support of the grantmaking activities.
- Exceptional ability to articulate and realize a vision, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with a high-caliber team of staff and external partners.
- Capacity to learn from experience, to adapt as needed, to generate new and practical ideas, to listen, and to work with others to shape emerging issues.
- Excellent organizational skills, with a demonstrated track record of consistently meeting deadlines.
- Natural talent for bridging differences, finding common ground, and building relationships with people at all levels of society.
- Capacity to communicate persuasively, orally and in writing, in a range of settings.
- Personal integrity and sense of humility.
Compensation and Benefits
The Hewlett Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a salary commensurate with experience and education. This position is exempt and full-time.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to spend extended hours at the computer and have the mobility to move. This position requires moderate levels of domestic travel.
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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search.
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