Strategy Officer

Department: Effective Philanthrophy Group
Location: Menlo Park, CA

About the Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation invests in creative thinkers and problem solvers working to ensure that people, communities, and the planet can flourish. Together with our partners, we are harnessing society’s collective capacity to solve our toughest problems — from the existential threat of climate change to persistent and pervasive inequities, to attacks on democracy itself. A nonpartisan philanthropy, the Hewlett Foundation has made grants in the U.S. and globally for nearly six decades based on an approach that emphasizes long-term support, collaboration, and trust.

Globally, we make grants to address both longstanding and emerging challenges like our efforts to advance gender equity and governance, reimagine the economy and society, and reduce the growing threat of climate change. Our U.S. efforts prioritize strengthening democracy, advancing education for all, and supporting community-led conservation. In the San Francisco Bay Area we call home, we make grants to support meaningful artistic experiences in local communities and support regional foundations working on critical issues such as housing. All of our grantmaking also invests in advancing racial justice and in strengthening the effectiveness of our grantees, and of philanthropy itself. The Hewlett Foundation’s assets are approximately $13 billion with annual awards of grants totaling more than $550 million. More information about the Hewlett Foundation is available at:

About the Effective Philanthropy Group

The Effective Philanthropy Group is designed to work collaboratively with all program and operational teams on issues of cross-foundation relevance, providing support in the areas of strategy, evaluation, organizational effectiveness (OE) and general philanthropic practice. It is a hybrid team that includes some grantmaking and some internal strategic functions. The Strategy Officer reports to the Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group. The team ethos which guides its work is: shift power, advance equity, and center people. The team values are equity, inclusion, joy, openness, and partnership.

About Strategy at the Hewlett Foundation

Each of the foundation’s programs develop strategies that guide their grantmaking and other activities based on a four-part framework that the Hewlett Foundation uses, Outcomes-Focused Philanthropy that is currently being refreshed. Questions explored include: (1) long-term goals—what we ultimately hope to achieve in response to a specific problem; (2) intermediate goals--; 3) a theory of action—how we hope to achieve our goals; and (4) ways of evaluating progress, learning, and adapting—how we will know whether we are advancing toward our goals, why or why not, and how to course correct as needed. Hewlett’s framework is deeply and continuously shaped by learning and adaptation, with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.

The purpose of the Strategy Officer’s role is to:

Specific Responsibilities

Skills and Experience

The Strategy Officer should possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

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 position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position is based in Menlo Park, California. Staff are working in a hybrid environment and currently expected to work from the Hewlett Foundation office at least 2-3 times per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays are required). While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to spend extended periods of time at a computer. The Foundation requires all staff, vendors, and visitors accessing the office to be fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Compensation and Benefits

The Hewlett Foundation is committed to providing compensation that is competitive within the philanthropic sector. We offer a generous total compensation package that emphasizes both base salary and comprehensive benefits. The salary range for this role starts at $180,000 - $226,000. Offers are based on the candidate's years of experience and our practice of maintaining salary equity within the foundation.

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 position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

How to Apply

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Application deadline: June 25, 2024

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation embraces the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally, in our hiring process and organizational culture, and externally, in our grantmaking and related practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

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