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Cyber Initiative and Special Projects Fellow, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is seeking a Cyber Initiative and Special Projects Fellow, a three-year fixed term position, to be based in Menlo Park, California.

About the Foundation

The Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For 50 years, the foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihood in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities, and make the philanthropy sector more effective. The Hewlett Foundation’s assets are more than $9 billion with annual awards of grants totaling more than $400 million. More information about the Hewlett Foundation is available at: www.hewlett.org.

About the Position

As the job title suggests, the Cyber Initiative and Special Projects Program Fellow will play an integral role in two distinct grantmaking efforts housed in the foundation President’s office.

The fellow will work closely with the Program Officer for The Cyber Initiative, who will provide the fellow with direction on the Initiative’s grantmaking activities. Launched in March 2014, the goal of the Initiative (and its $70 million grantmaking budget) is to build a capable field of cyber policy experts and expertise. The Cyber Initiative takes a broad view of cyber policy to include issues ranging from encryption to net neutrality to Internet governance to cyber conflict. Moreover, the 2016 election dramatically raised awareness about cybersecurity and democratic institutions—highlighting new needs, but also creating new opportunities.

Working directly with Foundation President, Larry Kramer, the fellow will help shape and implement grantmaking for the Special Projects portfolio. Special Projects grants are diverse – ranging from support for public broadcasting to exploration of artificial intelligence and the future of work -- sometimes ad hoc, and require nimble and thoughtful attention to detail and execution. They strive to promote internal collaboration between different foundation programs, external collaboration with other funders, and/or discrete opportunities outside of the foundation’s core interest areas.

This position presents a unique opportunity to engage in both the strategic and tactical aspects of grantmaking under the Cyber Initiative and Special Projects program. As such, the fellow must be comfortable working across a changing and evolving landscape of work and juggling multiple projects at the same time.

The broad goals and responsibilities for the fellow are:

  • Partner with the Cyber Initiative team to implement the Initiative’s strategy, evaluate potential grantees, suggest new grant awards to the Foundation president and board, and manage its grants portfolio.
  • Work with the Cyber Initiative team to evaluate the effectiveness of its grantmaking, monitor its progress, and recommend strategy improvements.
  • Work with the foundation president to plan and execute Special Projects grants.
  • Manage the Special Projects budget, tracking all active and planned grants and other funding commitments.
  • Manage relationships and communications with grantees and serve as their primary point of contact.
  • Represent the foundation at meetings with key stakeholders from civil society, government, the private sector, and academia.
  • Attend and represent the foundation at external events, including speaking on panels.
  • Follow the cyber policy debate globally, stay abreast of trends and developments, and identify new opportunities for the foundation’s grant-making.
  • Travel to conduct site visits and attend conferences.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes

Candidates should exhibit the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Professional Experience:

  • An undergraduate or advanced degree as appropriate in law, policy, business, computer science, engineering, or related disciplines (preferred).
  • Demonstrated interest and work experience in areas relevant to the Cyber Initiative.
  • Excellent research and critical thinking skills and ability to conceptualize, think creatively, and thoughtfully approach assigned projects.
  • Demonstrated capability to process and present complex information (both quantitative and qualitative) in a compelling manner both orally and in writing.
  • Proficiency with technology tools and applications including MS Office.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Willingness and interest in work travel to conduct site visits and participate in relevant conferences and meetings.

Personal Attributes:

  • Possess an open-minded curiosity and willingness to carry out both substantive and administrative tasks.
  • Passionate commitment to the values and mission of the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Poise and comfort representing the foundation externally and engaging a diverse array of partner organizations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to pay attention to details, along with a demonstrated track record of consistently meeting deadlines.
  • Independent initiative, a sense of humor, and a collegial spirit in sharing ideas and receiving feedback. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Personal integrity, excellent judgment and flexibility.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.

Compensation

Compensation for the Fellow, President’s Office includes a competitive salary, and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

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 employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time and to travel via various modes of transportation for extended periods of time.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at [email protected]. Refer to Hewlett/SPF in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

All correspondence will remain confidential.

 

Markle Director for Policy (Rework America Task Force)

Background

A defining challenge of our time is ensuring that all Americans are included in the benefits of the digital economy as automation and technology transform the workforce in unprecedented fashion. After more than a decade of work in health and national security, the Markle Foundation created Skillful, an initiative with LinkedIn, the state of Colorado and others to create a skills-based labor market. Launched in 2016, Skillful is centered on the skills job seekers have, not the degrees. Skillful is enabling Americans, including the nearly seven out of 10 American adults who do not have a college degree, to learn the skills needed for today’s rapidly changing jobs. To learn more see www.Skillful.com.

Building on Skillful’s progress, Markle’s Rework America Task Force will be a national-level, non-partisan and multi-stakeholder effort to drive clear policy objectives and initiatives to support a skills-based labor market. It will serve as an incubator for fresh ideas, new collaborations, shovel-ready proposals and proliferation of best practices including leveraging data to bring transparency to the labor market. Ideas from the task force will be offered to help inform the actions of federal and state policymakers, employers, technology providers and other influential labor market players. We intend for the Task Force to engage in and support the much-needed broad-based, long-term national conversation about how the technological revolution can serve all Americans in the new economy.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

The Director for Policy will be responsible for providing the Rework America Task Force chair, Task Force members and associated Working Groups with substantive guidance and policy advice surrounding U.S. labor market trends, related impacts of automation and technological advancements, workforce management, worker education and upskilling, and employer matching with needed skilled labor. The incumbent will drive deliverables from the Task Force that will support the Task Force mission of enabling all Americans continued access to the American Dream. The principal responsibilities include:

  • Participate in developing the substantive underpinnings for Task Force objectives. Prepare materials, engage experts, supervise work product development and deliverables.

  • Provide advice and assistance to the RATF Chair, in the form of written products, research, articles for publication and RATF meeting materials, as directed.  

  • Provide policy expertise and substantive direction to RATF Working Groups, guiding their outputs consistent with the goals of the RATF generally and the RATF Chair, specifically.

  • Conduct outreach to experts, policymakers, and other relevant actors to inform RATF objectives and outcomes.

  • Support preparation for the Task Force meetings and those of its associated Advisory Board.

  • Collaborate with Task Force staff and contractors as necessary to ensure appropriate subject matter expertise is available to Task Force members and Working Groups.

  • Support the development of materials and deliverables for multiple convenings both in person and virtually in terms of timeliness milestones, interdependencies and other elements.

  • Identify opportunities for the Task Force to engage in the national debate surrounding the future of work and ways to incentivize change in the U.S. labor market.

Required Competencies

  • Substantive knowledge of workforce, labor market and related national-level policy issues

  • Possesses strong organization skills, with ability to multitask and manage several work streams, partners / vendors, and projects at any one time

  • Writing: Demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences.

  • Active learner: Positive attitude with an openness and willingness to learn. Demonstrates ability to receive and apply feedback and continues to improve.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills: Emanates a collaborative demeanor that builds rapport and establishes credibility with partners. Applies critical interpersonal and judgment skills to affect outcomes. Has complete comfort and confidence in offering helpful advice and counsel to colleagues at all levels. Is a team player.

  • Communication skills: Demonstrated ability to clearly convey summary data from multiple sources as a set of findings. Comfortable speaking in public settings.

Preferred Competencies:

  • General professional experience: 10-20 years of working experience

  • Experience in leading multi-sector collaborative processes including development of specific, actionable recommendations, such as policy proposal, pilot projects, impact assessments, etc.

  • Displays an intellectual curiosity and passion for the mission at hand.

  • Analytics experience: Ability to summarize detailed data, identify trends, and draw insights from the data. Able to make recommendations based on conclusions.

  • Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in a small, analytically rigorous organization that values direct, honest, and respectful transfer of ideas.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset: Possesses a natural instinct to seek out the next challenge and think outside constraints and get things done. Operates with a clear sense of purpose while being comfortable with ambiguity and change.

Job Details

  • Location: New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

  • Title: Director

  • Report: Senior Principal

  • Status: Full-time

  • Salary: Competitive

  • Travel: Moderate

  • Degree or credential Requirements:  None.

  • Markle is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations and marital status.

  • Applying: Please submit cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

Markle

The Rework America Task Force and Skillful are projects of the Markle Foundation (www.markle.org), whose mission is to identify intractable problems, invest seed capital to incubate and test solutions, harness the power of technology and innovation, and build strategic partnerships to achieve scale and generate broad social impact. While Markle’s work has evolved through the years, its mission to meet the needs of the American people has endured. Currently, Markle is engaged in a nationwide initiative aimed at driving innovations that expand opportunities for employment and broaden ways for all Americans to learn and train for the work of the future.