Environment Program Fellow
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, seeks a Fellow for its Environment Program. This is a two-year term position.
About the Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. 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 more than $7.5 billion, with annual awards of grants and gifts totaling over $350 million. A thirteen-member Board of Directors provides overall direction for the Foundation. For more information about the Hewlett Foundation, please visitwww.hewlett.org.
About the Environment Program
The Environment Program focuses on three issue areas: climate change and energy policy, western conservation policy, and environmental issues affecting poor communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are committed to clearly identifying our goals and measuring progress toward them.
About the Fellowship
A Hewlett Foundation Fellowship allows an individual to enrich his or her understanding of philanthropy and of specific subject matter by engaging in all phases of grantmaking in the Foundation’s areas of interest. Over a two-year term, Fellows are assigned to one of the Foundation’s four programs or to its Effective Philanthropy Group, which supports strategic grantmaking, giving them the opportunity to learn from staff across the organization and from each other. Fellows work closely with a program/group’s staff to help implement its projects and ongoing grantmaking activities. They may be assigned either to work on a particular initiative or to provide their team with broader support, monitoring activities to ensure alignment with the program/group’s strategic plan and collaborating with team members to maintain the high quality of their work.
Within the Environment Program, the Fellow will support various projects, including research-related activities with individual program officers, communications work that spans the Program’s grantmaking, and other cross-cutting activities such as helping to gather and monitor data to ensure strategic targets are met. Depending on the nature of the assignment, the Fellow may engage with NGO staff, other funders, and staff in other Foundation programs. The Fellow may also act as a liaison with a counterpart Fellow in the Global Development and Population Program to explore linkages between the two programs’ objectives and grantmaking activities. The Fellow will report (at least initially) to the Environment Program Director.
- An undergraduate or advanced degree in public policy (environment-focused), public affairs, business, evaluation, or environmental studies or sciences (preferred).
- Intention to pursue further studies/formal training or professional experience that will enhance her/his skills in environmental protection.
- Work experience in the environmental field.
- Excellent research and critical thinking skills and ability to conceptualize, think creatively, and thoughtfully approach assigned projects; strong quantitative skills and orientation.
- Demonstrated capability to analyze and present complex information in a compelling manner, both orally and in writing.
- Excellent organizational skills, with a demonstrated track record of managing multiple projects simultaneously and consistently meeting deadlines.
- Independent initiative, a sense of humor, and a collegial spirit in sharing ideas and receiving feedback.
- Personal integrity, excellent judgment, and flexibility.
- Proficiency with technology tools and applications, including MS Office.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the Fellow is required to spend extended hours at the computer. This position also requires occasional travel.
How to Apply
Please email a resume and cover letter explaining how your skills fit this position to the Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject Line: [Your Name] – Fellow, Environment Program).
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.