Organization: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Location: Menlo Park, CA

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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help people build measurably better lives. The foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The foundation’s assets are nearly $9B, with annual awards of grants and gifts totaling over $400M. A thirteen-member board of directors provides overall direction for the Foundation.

About the Effective Philanthropy Group:

The Effective Philanthropy Group (EPG) works collaboratively with program and operational teams on issues of cross-foundation relevance, providing support to programs in the areas of strategy, evaluation, monitoring, organizational effectiveness, and organizational learning. EPG is a hybrid team that also makes grants to support the philanthropy sector. For more information on EPG, please click here.

About the Opportunity:

The Organizational Learning Officer reports to the Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group.  Her or his function is to foster a vibrant culture of learning at the foundation, ensuring that staff members learn from each other and from those outside the foundation.  The Organizational Learning Officer supports learning from both data and experience and focuses on a range of issues related to the art and science of grantmaking.=

This is a full-time position located in Menlo Park, CA. For more information on The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, please visit

Candidate Profile:

The Organizational Learning Officer will be responsible for the following:

Structured Learning Opportunities

  • Through relationship building with the staff and scans of the field, proactively assess and prioritize learning needs across programs and develop relevant approaches for learning that strengthen the organization’s philanthropic practices
  • Design and facilitate foundation-wide learning events including three thematic learning weeks per year, as well as lunchtime presentations on a variety of topics called “shop talks”
  • Lead working groups to plan, evaluate, and support foundation-wide learning sessions and events
  • Identify internal and external experts who can contribute to and broaden the staff’s learning experiences
  • Design and facilitate individual learning sessions, often in collaboration with staff from across programs
  • Host program officer retreats and monthly lunches to foster community and deep dialogue across programs and disciplines

Strategy Monitoring/Foundation Support

  • In collaboration with programs, craft the Foundation’s approach to strategy monitoring, and establish principles and practices to be adopted across programs
  • Lead efforts to continually improve foundation-wide tools for tracking progress
  • Provide consultation to individual programs on ways to better track progress on their strategies, helping them develop and implement monitoring plans
  • Collaborate with strategy and evaluation officers to support programs in addressing specific needs around their grantmaking practice
  • Support programs in their reflection and learning processes
  • Represent the organizational learning function in the philanthropic sector by sharing lessons and experiences with the field through writing or presenting, participating in funder gatherings, and learning from colleagues at other foundations
  • Serve as an active team member of the Effective Philanthropy Group, frequently collaborating with other team members and supporting team-wide activities

Grantmaker Orientation and Training

  • Lead the grantmaker orientation program comprising multiple sessions around the philanthropic sector and its evolution, strategy development, monitoring, evaluation, and grantee organizational effectiveness
  • Provide ongoing resources and support for program staff by connecting them to external learning sources, hosting onsite grantmaking skills training sessions, and pointing them to tools, articles, and other resources


  • Experience in the philanthropic or nonprofit sectors strongly preferred
  • Ability to think strategically, work independently, and take initiative to implement change
  • Skilled at meeting facilitation and designing effective learning sessions, with solid understanding of adult learning principles and approaches to sustaining engagement in the learning process
  • Experience with principles and practices of monitoring strategies and constructive ways of tracking progress
  • Adept at leading as well as collaborating with others within a team-based environment, resolving competing interests from different levels of the organization, and influencing decisions in a constructive manner
  • Proven process improvement and project management skills. Ability to define and refine goals, break down projects or processes into tasks, identify dependency relationships, work within resource constraints, define and assign tasks, establish milestones, and bring projects to successful completion
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience delivering successful presentations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to listen well, interact effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization, and build strong relationships both internally and externally
  • Willingness and inclination to receive and act on feedback to achieve better performance and work products
  • Excellent time management skills; adept at planning, prioritizing assignments, handling multiple complex assignments, and setting and meeting deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree required, relevant master’s degree preferred, with at least ten years of related work experience

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The Hewlett Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit