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Program Analyst, Civil Society and Leadership (The David and Lucile Packard Foundation)

Company Name

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Company City

Los Altos

Company State


Job Location

Los Altos, California

Company Information

The employer is the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff. The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

About the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation was founded in 1964 by David and Lucile Packard. We work with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world. We have worked with thousands of organizations and leaders in the U.S. and worldwide to advance progress in the critical areas of science, ocean and land conservation, climate change, women’s reproductive health and rights, and the well-being of children, families, and communities. At a time of multiple, intertwined crises globally and here in the U.S., the Packard Foundation began in 2021 a long-planned review of our grantmaking strategies. The first step of our process was to rearticulate our vision and mission, reexamine our organizational values, and create a strategic framework that builds on and honors the Packard Foundation’s past while advancing justice and equity in all that we do.

OUR VISION: A just and equitable world where both people and nature flourish.

Our new vision embraces a future where both people and nature flourish in a more just and equitable world. We explicitly acknowledge that the fate of people and the natural environment are inextricably linked. Solutions to the complex challenges we face must account for this interconnectedness.

OUR MISSION: We work with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world.

Our new mission takes on the critical work of addressing root causes of the challenges we face and mobilizing people for collective action. In addition to building on approaches that have guided our philanthropy for decades — working in partnership, committing to issues over the long-term, and grounding our work in science, knowledge, and data – we focus on understanding the systems that either accelerate or impede progress. It is only through just and equitable systems that we can find and sustain solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face today.

OUR VALUES: Equity, Integrity, Belief in Individual Leadership, Thinking Big, Respect, and Effectiveness.

In addition to clarifying our long-held values, we added equity. We will champion equity by treating people with dignity, honoring a range of ideas and perspectives from those closest to the issues, creating inclusive processes, and funding people who have been historically excluded to spur progress for all. For more information, including our definitions of key concepts, please visit our website.

Job Description

About the Civil Society and Leadership Initiative and Team

The Packard Foundation’s strategic framework asserts that civil society is central to achieving our goals, and ultimately, to realizing a just society. The stronger our civil society partners are, the further we can advance positive change together. The Civil Society and Leadership (CSL) Initiative is focused on nourishing the roots of all the Foundation’s work: civil society actors, the ways in which they are connected and supported, and the broader environments in which they work. CSL sits under the Foundation’s Just Societies goal, but directly supports the work of all three Foundation goals across the geographies where we work. Building on forty years of investing in strong leaders and organizations, CSL invests in the strength of our partners, the resilience of civil society ecosystems, and a safe and thriving civic space. The CSL initiative is an evolution of the Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness program. A public launch of this initiative is underway.

About the Partnership

The UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business (through the Center for Social Sector Leadership) offers this unique fellowship in philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to provide next generation leaders the opportunity to engage with philanthropic and nonprofit leaders and work with a grantmaking team working to support grantees and invest in ecosystems across the Foundation’s goal areas.

The vision for the partnership between UC Berkeley and The Packard Foundation is to strengthen the future of philanthropy and civil society by providing recent graduates from diverse disciplines and backgrounds a professional-level introduction to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. The goals of the fellowship are to 1) introduce recent graduates to philanthropy and the role of nonprofits to strengthen their impact in a future career and 2) introduce the Foundation to fresh ideas, new skills, and diverse perspectives. The fellow will join a cohort of five other fellows at the Foundation working on environment & science, families and communities, and reproductive health. There will be quarterly activities for the cohort of fellows.

The position will support CSL’s evaluation and learning, strategy implementation, and grantmaking in collaboration with the Environment and Science goal in Chile. This position will take day-to-day direction from a CSL Program Officer.

While placed at the Packard Foundation and receiving day-to-day supervision from a program officer there, the fellow will also enjoy full support from UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business’ Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership. The Berkeley supervisor will provide context for the foundation world, access to resources for fellowship success, and personal coaching and supervision for the fellow. Since the purpose of the fellowship is to develop leaders, the fellowship also includes a professional development budget for the fellow to attend conferences related to philanthropy and civil society, take relevant workshops and seminars, receive professional career coaching, and develop specific skills and knowledge particular to the fellow’s next career goal. More information about present Research Analysts placed at the Packard Foundation is available on our website.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the Foundation’s CSL team on a range of activities supporting the grant making process, including conducting research and analysis on topics that can inform grant making and strategy, and contributing to assessments of grantee organizations
  • Participate in a process to adapt the CSL strategy to be applied in Chile
    Administer CSL grants focused on global civil society, as well as a portfolio of grants in Chile in partnership with the Foundation’s Environment and Science team
  • Collaboratively manage leadership and capacity development projects, in partnership with a country advisor, in a TBD geography in Latin America
  • Partner on the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities associated with the CSL strategies, such as theory of change, compilation of grantee outcomes and indicators, and creation of program dashboards
  • Provide support to relevant program officers, including preparation of materials and agendas for program meetings, grantee meetings, and field convenings; participation in grantee meetings and site visits, preparation of meeting summaries, and management of follow-up actions stemming from those meetings
  • Contribute to grant portfolio reviews, compiling information across grantees to create consumable documents
  • Interact with the Foundation’s program and evaluation staff, grantees, funding partners, government agencies, and content experts as needed to complete assigned projects and gain exposure to strategic philanthropy in practice; travel to meet with new and existing partners, and attend relevant conferences
  • Engage in both university and foundation communities and professional development opportunities related to the Program Analyst’s work.

Job Qualifications

  • At least 2-3 years of experience and/or graduate level education in a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working in a full-time professional position
  • Experience working in civil society organizations
  • Knowledge of civil society globally, including enabling conditions and threats
  • Lived and/or professional experience outside the United States, ideally in Latin America
  • Deeply capable as a strategic thinker and creative problem solver; ability to analyze, conduct research, and understand studies
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to structure analysis, synthesize, and deliver reports that clearly explain complex topics
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • Demonstrated strong initiative, self-motivation, and ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and projects in diverse areas
  • Demonstrated ability to apply judgment in ambiguous situations and make sound decisions with limited information


  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate level education in international development, public policy, public health, social science, law, or related fields
  • Experience working in an organization to strengthen civil society
  • High proficiency in conversational Spanish
  • Experience working internationally

How to Apply

Please click here and search for Philanthropy Fellow (Job number: 7398U) on the UC Berkeley career page to apply. Please be sure to submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

The application deadline is 11/03/2023 or until filled.

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