Program Officer, Education
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, philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Foundation has assets of more than $7.5 billion and awards more than $350 million in grants annually. A 13-member Board of Directors provides overall direction for the Foundation. For more information about the Hewlett Foundation, please visit www.hewlett.org.
About the Education Program
The Foundation has been a longtime supporter of education, and the Education Program focuses on three goals: 1) supporting “deeper learning,” which focuses on the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in this rapidly changing world; 2) equalizing educational opportunities in the United States and throughout the world through Open Educational Resources (OER); and 3) improving the conditions for education reform to benefit California students.
The Open Educational Resources component uses information technology to help equalize access to knowledge and educational opportunities across the world. The Hewlett Foundation has been the leading grantmaker in the field of OER, funding high quality, mostly online educational materials offered freely and openly for anyone with access to the Internet and promoting wide scale spread in the development and use of these materials. Open Educational Resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, videos, and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
About the Position
The Program Officer will report to Education Program Director Barbara Chow, and will be based in Menlo Park. The program comprises nine staff, including four program officers, one fellow, and three program associates.
The Program Officer will focus on supporting the OER portfolio, collaborating with other team members. Specific responsibilities include grantmaking aimed at shifting OER toward mainstream educational adoption, supporting openly licensed resources to improve teaching and learning, and to a lesser extent, supporting the deeper learning component.
The Program Officer must possess a deep understanding of education systems and best practices for their improvement. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in education technology and open educational resources from both a market and policy perspective.
Required Skills and Knowledge
Planning and Strategy
- Collaborates with the program director and fellow program officers in planning grantmaking strategies that will have strong impact in areas important to the Foundation.
- Invites, reviews, and responds to inquiries and proposals in the program area. Offers professional advice and field expertise to applicants and grantees.
- Works with grantees to develop and modify strategies to effectively use available resources while fulfilling program goals.
- Develops briefing papers and program-related reports that contribute to the Foundation’s understanding of new approaches, best practices, and issues in education reform.
- Organizes advisory committees or ad hoc structures created to advance the program’s goals.
- Participates fully in Hewlett Foundation life, including sharing best practices with colleagues and initiating and engaging in Foundation-wide activities.
- Maintains an open and inquisitive approach to grantmaking with a strong focus on learning from failure and success.
- Manages active grants, assesses their progress, and responds to financial and programmatic reports. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with current and prospective grantees.
- Ensures that sound financial controls are in place for each grant and that funds are spent wisely and according to grant agreements.
- Manages evaluation of grants and participates in assessments of program strategy. Develops guidelines for measuring the success of programs and grants.
- Writes application summaries and discretionary grant requests for triennial grant dockets. Reviews, writes, proofs, and edits the docket memoranda.
- Organizes and coordinates meetings of grantees and key field experts sponsored by the Foundation.
- Represents the Foundation externally at appropriate meetings, conferences, and site visits.
- Master’s degree in a related field.
- Demonstrated success working with education organizations (in particular, entrepreneurial education technology groups), foundations, and other nonprofit enterprises and policy leaders.
- Deep knowledge of the education technology market and policy trends with the ability to assess a variety of technology related products/platforms/concepts.
- Strong understanding of the key concepts underlying open educational resources, including ways in which they can promote teaching and learning.
- Strong understanding of learning science and research on how people learn.
- Experience leading and managing research in areas related to the program’s grantmaking and an ability to implement work with limited staff support.
- Proven ability to define program objectives, establish metrics, monitor and evaluate progress, and independently manage projects through a complete life cycle.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating effectively with others.
- Flexible, clear strategic thinking and a strong desire to help the Foundation improve the impact of its grantmaking through varied quantitative and qualitative means.
- Demonstrated exceptional analytical skills necessary for evaluating grants and proposals.
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write complicated documents quickly and well and communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences.
- Interest in and willingness to travel.
- Independent initiative and a collegial spirit in sharing ideas and receiving feedback.
- Adaptable, flexible nature.
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 a computer. This position may involve a fair amount of travel.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation for the Program Officer includes a competitive base salary and an excellent employee benefits package. This position is exempt and full-time.
How to Apply
Please send a resume to Human Resources with a cover letter addressed to Program Director Barbara Chow explaining how your skills fit this position:
Email: email@example.com (Subject Line: [Your Name] – Program Officer, Education)
Application deadline: Until filled.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this position