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Program Officer, U.S. Democracy (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

Company Name

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Company City

Menlo Park

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Job Location


Company Information

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, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities, make the philanthropy sector more effective, and foster gender equity and responsive governance around the world.

Started in 1966 by engineer and entrepreneur William R. Hewlett and his wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett, with their eldest son, Walter Hewlett, today the foundation is one of the largest philanthropic institutions in the United States, awarding $516 million in grants in 2021 to organizations across the globe to help people build better lives.

The foundation has approximately 125 employees in programmatic, operational, and investment roles, located in Menlo Park, California. Our employees are challenged with meaningful work, have the resources for ongoing professional development and learning, and contribute to a collegial and engaging environment where they can thrive. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. For more information about the Hewlett Foundation, please visit

Job Description

The Program Officer will report to the Director and work collaboratively with members of the US Democracy Program team and others throughout the foundation. Specific responsibilities include:

− In the context of USDP plans overall, lead the ongoing development of the long-term strategy, evaluation,
and grantmaking for Trustworthy Elections.
− Continually learning about, and tracking, trends, and evolutions in the field.
− Establishing and maintaining ongoing, and productive relationships with grantees and peer funders.
− Organizing foundation-sponsored meetings of grantees and field experts.
− Developing reports and briefing papers that contribute to the foundation’s understanding of new
approaches, best practices, and program issues.
− Representing the foundation at appropriate meetings, conferences, and site visits as well as in all
interactions with prospective and current grantees.
− Partnering to develop strategy, grantmaking, and evaluation plans with the Director, other U.S. Democracy
team members, and Hewlett colleagues working across programs as well as Communications; Effective
Philanthropy; Finance and Accounting; Grantmaking, Learning, and Operations; and Legal.
− Identifying and guiding potential grantees through the foundation’s proposal process, including its
compliance-related procedures and financial controls.
− Overseeing active grants: tracking grantees’ progress; responding to financial and programmatic reports;
and advising on grant renewals.

Job Qualifications

− Demonstrated commitment to learning and collaboration, and to working in authentic partnership; an
unwavering commitment to Hewlett’s Guiding Principles.
− Passion for improving democracy; has demonstrated deep personal commitments through public service or
nonprofit work and brings knowledge of the challenges and opportunities within the field supporting U.S.
− Relationship orientation, with experience partnering productively across the political and ideological
− Persuasive communication skills: can articulate complex themes for multiple audiences/settings (academia,
think tanks, career, and elected officials, etc.)
− Strong analytic mindset, with experience processing and organizing complex information in a highly
dynamic environment. Is able to present ideas in a pragmatic, compelling manner while also being rigorous
and striving to wrestle challenging issues.
− Experience with strategy development to include goal setting, initiative development, resource
allocation, and implementation through project management with multi-disciplinary teams.
− Exceptional personal and professional integrity, judgment, and the highest work standards; brings
flexibility, good humor, high energy, and humility.

How to Apply

Viewcrest Advisors is supporting with the Hewlett Foundation on this search. Please send your resume and cover letter, to include a description of when you have successfully worked across political and ideological diversity:


Application deadline: January 31, 2024. Interviews will begin soon after this date, with a target for final interviews to take place by mid-February, 2024.

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