Program Officer, Environment - the Hewlett Foundation

Opportunity Type: Job

The Environment Program at the Hewlett Foundation (foundation) develops and implements grantmaking strategies that engage multiple sectors, geographies, and philanthropic levers. While program officers on the Environment team each manage distinct grant portfolios, they also operate within a matrixed and collaborative structure, affording the ability to contribute to, and support the whole of, the Environment Program’s strategic approach.

For this role, the portfolio will focus on achieving deep decarbonization across the U.S. economy, consistent with a pathway to net zero emissions by 2050. The Program Officer is strategic, plans several years out, listens to grantee and other partners’ feedback, and deploys a creative and open mind, and a pragmatic and entrepreneurial spirit in managing the portfolio, recognizing there is no one right approach to the work.

Reporting to the Environment Program Director, the Program Officer, Environment will manage relationships with colleagues, grantees, funders, public and private partners, and coalitions in the broader climate field.

  • The foundation offers an excellent benefits package, and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. We are happy to provide more detailed information to identified top candidates.
  • Unique to the Hewlett Foundation, program officers serve for terms of no more than eight years, allowing both the work and the people to evolve through innovation and fresh perspective. In recognition of this term limit, significant career support is an integral and visionary part of this employment; Hewlett’s stellar reputation as one of the world’s largest funders of climate programming have afforded prior officers’ high-level opportunities after their terms expire.
  • This position will be located in Menlo Park, California; our collaborative, cross-team work environment does not allow for other locations to be considered. We are flexible and willing to discuss the logistics and financial considerations raised by relocation, if needed.  We recognize that the highly unusual circumstances caused by the novel coronavirus may create additional issues or questions we have not encountered and are willing to consider reasonable requests in terms of timing and logistics, or other concerns. As of now, we are working remotely full time, but typically allow for six work from home days per month, excluding work travel.

The recruiting arm of CEA Consulting is assisting the Hewlett Foundation with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all inquiries to Eileen Ashton (