Los Altos, CA
Program Officer, Local Grantmaking Program
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, is a family foundation guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. Fifty years later, their children and grandchildren continue to shape the work of the Foundation.
Through the Local Grantmaking program, the Foundation supports an array of nonprofit organizations in geographic areas that are significant to the Packard family. These include the five California counties that surround the Foundation — San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito—as well as Pueblo, Colorado, the birthplace of David Packard. Their goal in supporting these communities is to help make them stronger and more vibrant places where families can thrive and reach their potential. To achieve this goal, the Local Grantmaking program focuses its resources in the areas of arts, children and youth, conservation and science, food and shelter, and population and reproductive health. Annually, the Local Grantmaking program makes about 150+ new grants which total approximately $14M. Program grants range from funding for general operations to targeted projects, and a limited number of strategically focused community initiatives. Capacity building support and program-related investments are also leveraged to support active grantees.
The newly created Program Officer position presents a dynamic opportunity to oversee two grantmaking portfolios within the Local Grantmaking program. First, the Program Officer will oversee the Monterey County portfolio which includes approximately 40 organizations working in the program’s five issue areas. The portfolio also includes grants to support special place or issue-based initiatives including a current multi-year grants initiative that seeks to support youth in Salinas. The total annual budget for the Monterey County grants portfolio is around $2.5M and approximately 20-25 new grants are made each year.
Second, the Program Officer will oversee the continued development and implementation of the Local Grantmaking program’s “Beyond the Check” (BTC) grantmaking portfolio. First piloted in 2011, BTC funds capacity building efforts that support grantees across five counties and to a lesser degree, the general nonprofit sector in these counties. The total annual budget for BTC type work for grantees is around $1M. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will further build and scale this program, further defining the portfolio of grants.
The Program Officer will have a good understanding of professional grantmaking in a foundation environment, understanding of work in the nonprofit sector, and a strong desire to work with and support the Foundation’s grantees. For more information see the complete Position Description and to apply for this position, please contact Lisa Grossman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of applicants.