About the David and Lucile Packard
The Packard 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
People join the Packard Foundation because they believe in our
mission. They stay for the community of talented and thoughtful
colleagues who care deeply about making a meaningful impact.
Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion is central to all our
endeavors. We are committed to continually improving our efforts to
lift up diverse voices, to advocate for justice and to foster
inclusivity -- both within the Foundation and in our
The organization lives the values it supports. Our green
headquarters is net zero energy and LEED® Platinum. Our bathrooms
are gender neutral. Employees get a full week of paid time each
year to volunteer with a non-profit of their choice. The Foundation
also has a generous donation matching program for staff.
There is much work to do in the world and our local communities.
At the Packard Foundation, we are committed to doing it with the
highest levels of integrity, effectiveness and caring.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity
employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. To
learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.packard.org.
About the Department:
The Communications Team develops and implements communications
strategies in partnership with our grantmaking program staff that
are designed to leverage the Foundation’s influence and increase
Our communications efforts are guided by the following
- Communicate with grantees and stakeholders with consistency,
clarity, and transparency to build strong trusting relationships
- Integrate justice and equity throughout communications to
reflect our values.
- Strengthen and enhance the Foundation’s unified voice to
advance our collective impact, amplify the Foundation’s
grantmaking, and advocate for the issues we fund.
- Support grantees’ communications capacity and share their
- Advise program teams on communications-related grantmaking to
advance our programmatic goals.
You will be part of a strategic, cohesive, and collaborative
team led by the Communications Director who is a member of the
Foundation’s leadership team.
About the Role:
We seek a Communications Officer to lead the Foundation’s
communications strategies and initiatives for our U.S.-based
program areas, which include support for women, children, and
families; local grantmaking; and our justice and equity
commitments. Candidates should be passionate about the Foundation’s
work in these issue areas, social change communications, advocacy,
and civic engagement. Candidates should have experience in tracking
and monitoring local, state, and federal policies and in
translating these opportunities into communications that inspire
our audiences to act.
Individuals should be intellectually curious and have experience
working with subject-matter experts and leaders across these
various fields. A successful candidate is an accomplished
communications strategist, project manager, coach, and relationship
builder who can prioritize, confidently make decisions, and move
easily across projects.
Candidates best-suited for this role are collaborative,
solution-oriented with strong interpersonal skills to establish
effective working relationships with Foundation staff, grantees,
external consultants, media, and other stakeholders.
Inherent in all aspects of the Foundation is a commitment to
creating an inclusive culture that shows respect for all
backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. A strong candidate
should be personally committed to growing their cultural competence
and will actively participate in the Foundation’s work to integrate
justice and equity into all facets of our work.
This position is in downtown Los Altos, California. Initially,
the role may start remotely but will require working onsite at the
Foundation offices in downtown Los Altos, California once the
Foundation offices reopen. All employees must be California
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Communications Officers develop and lead creative campaigns,
shape Foundation thought leadership, and amplify grantees to
influence social change and inspire new audiences. Specific
- Work in partnership with program staff to develop and implement
communications for the Foundation’s grantmaking related to women,
children, and families; local grantmaking in San Mateo, Santa
Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties in the San
Francisco Bay Area; and our justice and equity fund.
- Provide active thought partnership, guiding colleagues through
communications planning and budgeting, campaign strategy, and
- Lead on message development, media engagement, drafting and
editing content including articles, blogs, social media posts, and
other external and internal communications.
- Work directly with grantees as needed, organizing around shared
projects, and providing communications counsel and/or
- Provide counsel on communications-related grantmaking.
- Serve as a supportive, creative, and flexible Communications
Team member on Foundation- wide projects, initiatives, and
Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- In-depth knowledge of and communications experience on social
- Superb professional writing skills with the ability to quickly
create content for opinion articles, web content, social media,
- Experience translating policy issues into compelling
communications that inspire action.
- Significant project management experience with large teams and
- Excellent analytic abilities and critical thinking skills with
the ability to see the big picture and chart a path towards
- Proven experience with media relations, media training, and
- Demonstrated ability to coach, partner with, and support
- Adept at quickly absorbing and understanding new subjects.
- Excellent time management and prioritization skills; proven
ability to navigate and manage several varied responsibilities
- Ability to travel domestically (as conditions allow.)
Important personal attributes for success include:
- A solutions-oriented
- Flexibility to shift and pivot as
- Collaborative and culturally thoughtful team
- High emotional intelligence, including the ability to read and
navigate difficult situations with
- Discernment; excellent
Certification / License
- Has led social change communications for a domestic, nationally
focused nonprofit, philanthropy, government agency, and/or other
policy advocacy organization.
- Experience providing communications counsel to an
- Experience leading communications strategies and advocacy
campaigns that furthered the organization’s goals.
- Significant writing experience and success in landing regional
and national media placements.
- Proof of COVID vaccination required (subject to applicable
Compensation and Benefits:
The position is full-time, exempt. Salary will be commensurate
with related work experience and education.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation offers excellent
benefits for eligible employees. Current benefits include medical
(HMO and HDHPs), dental and vision coverage; 15% employer
contribution to employee retirement plan; life insurance,
disability insurance, vacation, and sick leave; an adoption
benefit; fertility benefit; a financial wellness program; health
advocacy services, paid time off to volunteer for nonprofit
organizations; matching grants for employee contributions to tax
exempt organizations; commute assistance; and tuition
To apply, go to the Packard
Foundation Careers page. Please submit a cover letter
indicating your interest in the Packard Foundation’s mission and