The David and
Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos, CA
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.
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
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
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
To learn more about the Foundation, please visit
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
- Work directly with grantees and partners, organizing around
shared projects, and providing communications counsel and/or
- Serve as a supportive, creative, and flexible Communications
Team member on Foundation-wide projects, initiatives, and
- 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.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and
personal qualities, skills, experiences, and characteristics:
Passion for the Mission
Mission-driven, the ideal candidate understands that social
change is complex, necessary, and requires a long-term commitment
to create lasting change. Experienced at translating policy issues
into compelling communications that inspire action, they harness
their analytical and technical communications skills to see the big
picture, align communications strategies with organizational values
and priorities, and help position the Foundation to achieve its
Technical Communications Skills
Grounded in evidence-based practice, they have led social change
communications for a nonprofit, philanthropy, government agency,
and/or other policy advocacy organization. They have demonstrated
success leading communications strategies and advocacy campaigns,
effectively and efficiently engage new and emerging audiences, set
communications objectives, and deliver consistent messages,
activities, and materials across a wide range of channels.
Leadership Through Influence
A trusted advisor, they provide excellent communications counsel
to both staff and executive leadership. They build trust with
internal and external collaborators and audiences, bringing a deep
sense of contextual intelligence that advances their organization’s
reputation in the field. An accomplished communications strategist,
project manager, collaborator, and relationship builder, they
expertly manage competing priorities, confidently make informed
decisions, and move easily across projects and initiatives.
An excellent project manager, they effectively navigate and
manage competing priorities with diplomacy and respect,
underpinning communications strategies and tactics with decisive,
data-driven decision-making. They have experience managing budgets
and consultants, and leading teams of people to a common goal.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The successful candidate is actively engaged in efforts to
increase the capacity of nonprofits and foundations to support
diverse communities. They center inclusion, developing
communications collateral that acknowledges and values the
diversity of the communities that they serve.
Location: This position is in downtown Los Altos, California.
Initially, the role may start remotely but will require
occasionally working onsite at the Foundation offices in downtown
Los Altos, California once the Foundation offices reopen. All
employees must be/become California residents. Ability to travel
domestically (as conditions allow) is a requirement for this
Compensation: The position is full-time, exempt. Salary is
competitive and commensurate with experience and education and
begins in the $150K+ range. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
offers excellent benefits for eligible employees.
Contact: 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
here. All inquiries and discussions will be
considered strictly confidential. View the full position profile
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