Education Program Fellow

Date Posted: 
Tue, September 03, 2019
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
Company Name: 
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Company Information: 

About the 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.

Job Description: 

About the Education Program

The Education Program’s central goal is to provide all students access to rigorous, relevant, and innovative educational opportunities that prepares every young person to become more knowledgeable, more active, and more productively engaged in our democracy. We work toward this goal through two strategies, one focused on promoting the adoption and use of openly licensed educational resources (OER) and the other on promoting the broad adoption of education policies and practices that give rise to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We approach this work with a learning mindset of our own. Alongside our grantees, we want to explore, tailor, and spread some of the most exciting ideas in teaching and learning for this century. Information about the Program is available at:

About the Fellowship

A Hewlett Foundation Fellowship allows an individual to enrich his or her understanding of philanthropy and of specific subject matter by engaging in all phases of grantmaking in the foundation’s areas of interest. Over a three-year term, fellows are assigned to one of the foundation’s four programs, its cybersecurity initiative, or its Effective Philanthropy Group, which supports strategic grantmaking, giving them the opportunity to learn from staff across the organization and from each other. Fellows work closely with program staff to help implement its projects and ongoing grantmaking activities. They may be assigned either to work on a particular initiative or to provide the team with broader support: monitoring activities to ensure alignment with the program/group’s strategic plan and collaborating with team members to maintain the high quality of their work.

Within the Education Program, the Fellow will be involved in a range of activities and projects, to include assistance with data gathering, the review of literature supporting our grantmaking strategies. and help with monitoring, evaluation. and other learning activities. The Fellow will be involved in grantmaking and grants management activities and may carry a small portfolio of their own. The Fellow also may support other projects that span the Program’s grantmaking, such as helping to plan and execute grantee convenings, supporting learning communities of grantees, our institutional diversity, equity and inclusion priorities, and other cross-cutting activities. Depending on the nature of the assignment, the Fellow will engage with peer funders, program staff, and grantees. The Fellow will have opportunities to work on projects with all of the program staff members.

Please note: while there may be opportunities to return to the foundation later in their career, Fellows are ineligible to apply for posted foundation positions or transition into other roles at the foundation during their 36-month term, as well as for a period of one year following the conclusion of the term.


• A degree in public policy (education focus), public policy, statistics, evaluation, or education (preferred).
• Demonstrated interest and experience around issues of educational equity.
• Intention to pursue further studies/formal training or professional experience that will enhance her/his skills in fields related to the foundation’s program interests.
• Work experience in the education field.
• Excellent research and critical thinking skills, and ability to conceptualize, think creatively, and thoughtfully approach assigned projects; strong quantitative skills and orientation.
• Demonstrated capability to analyze and present complex information in a compelling manner, both orally and in writing.
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated track record of balancing multiple projects and consistently meeting deadlines.
• Independent initiative, a sense of humor, and a collegial spirit in sharing ideas and receiving feedback.
• An intentional learner, who approaches projects with curiosity and openness.
• Personal integrity, excellent judgment, and flexibility.
• Proficiency with technology tools and applications, including MS Office.

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.
While performing the duties of this position, the Fellow is required to spend extended hours at the computer. This position also requires moderate levels of travel.

Menlo Park