Program Fellow, the Effective Philanthropy Group

About the Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helps people build measurably better lives. 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 has assets of more than $9 billion and awards more than $350 million in grants annually. A fourteen-member Board of Directors provides overall direction for the Foundation. For more information about the Foundation, please visit  

About the Effective Philanthropy Group

The Effective Philanthropy Group, launched in 2012, is designed to work collaboratively with all programs and administrative departments on issues across the Foundation, providing support in the areas of strategy, evaluation, organizational learning, organizational effectiveness grantmaking, and philanthropy grantmaking. It is a hybrid team that includes both internal functions and external grantmaking functions. For more information on the Effective Philanthropy Group, please go to our web page which includes a video about our team.

About the Position

The Hewlett Fellowship provides an opportunity to inform and enrich an individual’s understanding of philanthropy and of specific subject matter by being an integral part of one of the Foundation’s programs or the Effective Philanthropy Group. In addition, over a three-year term, fellows will have the opportunity to learn from staff across the organization and from each other. They may be assigned either to a particular initiative or to work across the program or group to provide broader support, monitor activities to ensure alignment with that team’s strategic plan, and collaborate with other members of the team toward maintaining the high quality of the program’s work. Fellows work closely with the program/group director, program officers, and others to help implement ongoing grantmaking activities as well as offer project-related support. 

The Fellow will have opportunities to support the Effective Philanthropy Group as a whole as well as its five individual pillars. The Fellow may also work directly with other programs and administrative staff. Examples of likely responsibilities include: managing some or all of Bay Area grants within the Philanthropy grantmaking portfolio, conducting analyses of grant reports, research in support of evaluation function, supporting the development of monitoring and evaluation systems for organizational effectiveness grants and progress tracking for the group’s engagement with programs. Duties will be prioritized based on need and the fellow’s skill set. The Fellow will report to the Organizational Learning Officer and work with the Director and other members of the group.


  • Work experience in at least one of the group’s pillars: strategy, evaluation, monitoring, organizational learning, capacity-building, or philanthropy.
  • A strong desire to learn about effective philanthropy and a proven ability to grasp new concepts quickly.
  • Strong research and critical thinking skills; the ability to frame issues, think creatively, and conduct rigorous analysis.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, with a track record of consistently meeting deadlines; ability to self-manage.
  • Strong communication skills – a demonstrated capability to present information in a clear, concise, and compelling manner both orally and in writing.
  • Independent initiative, a sense of humor, and a collegial spirit in sharing ideas and being willing to receiving constructive feedback.
  • Personal integrity, excellent judgment, and flexibility.
  • Proficiency with technology tools and applications including MS Office.
  • An undergraduate or advanced degree.
  • At minimum, five years of professional work experience.

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 job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to spend extended periods of time at a computer.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining how your skills fit this position to the attention of Human Resources, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Email: (Subject Line: [Your Name] – Fellow, Effective Philanthropy Group)

Additional information on the Foundation can be found at

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.