Communications Officer, US Programs (DLPF)

The Packard 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 humility.

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 and movements. 

People join the Packard Foundation because they believe in our mission. They stay for the community of talented and thoughtful colleagues who care deeply about making a meaningful impact. Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion is central to all our endeavors. We are committed to continually improving our efforts to lift up diverse voices, to advocate for justice and to foster inclusivity -- both within the Foundation and in our grantmaking.

The organization 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. 

There is much work to do in the world and our local communities. At the Packard Foundation, we are committed to doing it with the highest levels of integrity, effectiveness and caring. 

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit  


We seek a Communications Officer to lead the Foundation’s communications strategies and initiatives for our U.S.-based program areas, which include support for women, children, and families; local grantmaking; and our justice and equity commitments. Candidates should be passionate about the Foundation’s work in these issue areas, social change communications, advocacy, and civic engagement. Candidates should have experience in tracking and monitoring local, state, and federal policies and in translating these opportunities into communications that inspire our audiences to act. 

Individuals should be intellectually curious and have experience working with subject-matter experts and leaders across these various fields. A successful candidate is an accomplished communications strategist, project manager, coach, and relationship builder who can prioritize, confidently make decisions, and move easily across projects.

Candidates best-suited for this role are collaborative, solution-oriented with strong interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships with Foundation staff, grantees, external consultants, media, and other stakeholders. 

Inherent in all aspects of the Foundation is a commitment to creating an inclusive culture that shows respect for all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. A strong candidate should be personally committed to growing their cultural competence and will actively participate in the Foundation’s work to integrate justice and equity into all facets of our work.


The position is full-time, exempt. Salary will be commensurate with related work experience and education.


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  • Elyse Gordon
    published this page in Job Board 2021-08-27 12:21:32 -0400