Hillspire is an integrated family office management company serving all the investments, foundations and activities of Eric and Wendy Schmidt and family, including The Schmidt Family Foundation, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and Schmidt Futures, and employing across all entities 400+ employees worldwide.
ABOUT THE POSITION
With substantial growth at Hillspire and across all of the Schmidt entities, Hillspire’s Grants and Philanthropic Services team is poised to play an increasingly pivotal role in supporting the philanthropic ambitions of the Schmidt family. Reporting to the Director of the Grants and Philanthropic Services team, the incoming Officer will serve as a resident expert in grantmaking compliance and regulatory activities, leading with a collaborative and partnership-oriented approach. Building and maintaining relationships with Program staff and business partners across the Schmidt charitable organizations, the Officer will operate as a resource and thought partner throughout the entirety of the grant life cycle. This person will encourage and inspire best-in-class grantmaking strategies and approaches, advising and guiding on how to leverage best practices in the sector, as well as helping to leverage collective knowledge and skills to benefit the Schmidt philanthropic ecosystem.
Hillspire seeks a grants management professional with at least five to ten years of relevant grants administration experience, preferably within a large private philanthropic institution. The successful candidate will bring an understanding of the nuances and complexities of grantmaking via a breadth of charitable vehicles to a diverse array of grantees and partners. Experience and expertise with the knowledge and application of best practices in grantmaking, including rules and regulations, expenditure responsibility, and fiscal sponsorship is required.
Success in this position requires an Officer who leads with strong emotional intelligence, a client-service orientation, and a drive towards continuous process improvements. As a primary contributor to the development and management of Hillspire’s grants infrastructure and process workstreams, the Officer will bring an analytical mindset and systems orientation.
Comfort with ambiguity and change is essential, as this person will be entering an organization experiencing significant growth and development. Demonstrated discretion and unimpeachable ethics and honesty is required.
While all staff are currently working remotely, the selected candidate will be expected to be based in Hillspire’s Menlo Park, CA office when it is deemed safe to return to work. Candidates should expect to travel approximately 25% of the time (about one week per month).