Communications Officer

Communications Officer

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Los Altos, CA   |   November 9, 2021

Read and download the Position Profile here.

The Packard Foundation seeks a Communications Officer to lead communications strategies and initiatives for its U.S.-based issue areas, which include support for women, children, and families; local grantmaking; and its justice and equity commitments.

About The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (the Foundation) is dedicated to improving the lives of children, families, and communities—and restoring and protecting our planet. Guided by the principles of our founders, we think big and serve with humility.

Our grantees are making positive change all over the world and in our own backyard. We are known for our work protecting the climate, oceans, and land and for advancing reproductive health and rights. We also work hard to ensure that all children and families have what they need to succeed. Our capacity-building projects help non-profit leaders build more powerful and impactful organizations and movements.

The Communications Team develops and implements communications strategies in partnership with our grantmaking program staff that are designed to further the Foundation’s vision and issue area objectives. Reporting to Felicia Madsen, Communications Director, the Communications Officer will be part of a strategic, cohesive, and collaborative team.

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit

The Opportunity

The Communications Officer will develop and lead communications about the Foundation’s initiatives, shape Foundation thought leadership, and use communications to further reach, understand and motivate people to act. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with staff to develop and implement communications for the Foundation’s grantmaking related to women, children, and families, and our justice and equity fund.
  • Lead on message development, media engagement, and drafting and editing content including articles, blogs, social media posts, and other external and internal communications to expand the reach and impact of our work.
  • Provide active thought partnership and counsel, guiding colleagues through communications planning, campaign strategy, and execution.
  • Work directly with grantees and partners, organizing around shared projects, and providing communications counsel and/or technical assistance.
  • Serve as a supportive, creative, and flexible Communications Team member on Foundation-wide projects, initiatives, and learning.
  • Identify and analyze both problems and solutions and identify key metrics to communicate effectively across a wide range of platforms and audiences.
  • Actively participate in the Foundation’s work to integrate justice and equity into all facets of the Foundation’s work.
Compensation & Benefits

The position is full-time, exempt. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education and begins in the $150K+ range.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Malissa Brennan of Koya Partners is leading this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool.

*Proof of COVID vaccination required (subject to applicable law).

Read and download the Position Profile here.