About The David Lucile & Packard Foundation
We work with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world. Over our nearly 60-year history, we have worked with thousands of organizations and leaders in the U.S. and worldwide to advance progress in the critical areas of science, ocean and land conservation, climate change, women’s reproductive health and rights, and the well-being of children, families, and communities. At a time of multiple, intertwined crises globally and here in the U.S., the Packard Foundation began in 2021 a long-planned review of our grantmaking strategies. The first step of our process was to rearticulate our vision and mission, reexamine our organizational values, and create a strategic framework that builds on and honors the Packard Foundation’s past while advancing justice and equity in all that we do.
Our Vision: A just and equitable world where both people and nature flourish.
Our new vision embraces a future where both people and nature flourish in a more just and equitable world. We explicitly acknowledge that the fate of people and the natural environment are inextricably linked. Solutions to the complex challenges we face must account for this interconnectedness.
Our Mission: We work with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world.
Our new mission takes on the critical work of addressing root causes of the challenges we face and mobilizing people for collective action. In addition to building on approaches that have guided our philanthropy for decades — working in partnership, committing to issues over the long-term, and grounding our work in science, knowledge, and data – we focus on understanding the systems that either accelerate or impede progress. It is only through just and equitable systems that we can find and sustain solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face today.
Our Values: Equity, Integrity, Belief in Individual Leadership, Thinking Big, Respect, and Effectiveness.
In addition to clarifying our long-held values, we added equity. We will champion equity by treating people with dignity, honoring a range of ideas and perspectives from those closest to the issues, creating inclusive processes, and funding people who have been historically excluded to spur progress for all. For more information, including our definitions of key concepts, please visit our website.
As we continue to actively examine how we can contribute to a more just and equitable society, it is clear that a strong democracy in the United States is critical on its own and also foundational to sustain our and partners’ work on other core issues.
The new U.S. Democracy, Rights and Governance initiative will seek to advance an inclusive, pro-equity and multi-racial democracy. Initial focus areas include: repairing the United States’ social fabric; supporting effective governance, civic infrastructure and election integrity; bolstering faith in institutions of government; and combatting disinformation.
Reporting initially to the President and CEO, the DRG Director will develop and manage this nonpartisan grantmaking strategy, and partner with other Foundation colleagues when their program can be strengthened through collaborative work on democracy, especially in state and regional contexts. The DRG Director will identify and advance urgent short-term goals and, in parallel, create a pathway that supports the long-term vibrancy and health of democratic norms, infrastructure and institutions.
The Director must be an exceptional communicator, with strong emotional intelligence. They must be able to effectively represent the Foundation in all situations, including with partners across the political spectrum, in many fields (civil society, academia, philanthropy) as well as on the Hill. They must engage effectively with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, nonprofit representatives, as well as other key internal and external stakeholders. The position is based in downtown Los Altos, CA. or Washington, D.C.
This is an outstanding opportunity for a leader with expertise in the field of U.S. Democracy to shape and evolve the initiative from early-stage to sustained impact.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and Oversee Initiative Strategy
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The position is full-time, exempt. The salary for this position starts at $215,000 annually. Offers are based on the candidate’s years of experience and our practice of upholding salary equity within the foundation.
Nominations and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send a resume and cover letter (non-pdf) to: [email protected]
The David Lucile and Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. The David Lucile and Packard Foundation 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.