Job Title: Program Analyst (24-month position)

Job Focus: Ocean Strategic Framework  

Job Location: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA

Organization Description

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Foundation) is a family foundation, guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. The Foundation invests in effective organizations and leaders, collaborates with them to identify strategic solutions, and supports them over time to reach common goals.  The Foundation’s Conservation and Science Program invests in action and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being.

Ocean Strategic Framework

The global ocean makes life on our planet possible. It delivers the oxygen we breathe and regulates our climate. It provides food for billions of people around the world. But the ocean that we all depend on is in danger. Increasing threats such as overfishing and climate change are putting pressure on the ocean and damaging its ability to sustain ocean life, ultimately endangering our own well-being. Creating positive, lasting change will not be easy, but it is possible. For half a century, the Packard Foundation has made investments to expand our understanding of the ocean and has worked with partners to improve its long-term health. We continue to invest in countries and global strategies that help improve our ocean’s sustainability.

The Foundation’s ocean strategic framework, adopted by the Board in March 2016, takes a long term approach involving a combination of global and country strategies designed to shift global production of seafood from wild fisheries and the most damaging forms of marine aquaculture toward sustainability so that by 2030 a majority of seafood is produced under sustainable and responsible management systems and policies and our focal countries achieve their marine biodiversity spatial protection targets. The framework is based on a theory of change for which capacity building and leadership development serve as central means of achieving our long term goals of shifting seafood production to sustainability and protecting marine biodiversity.

Our focal countries- the U.S., Mexico, Chile, China, Indonesia and Japan­ were chosen because of their outsized influence on seafood supply and demand, the marine biodiversity over which they exercise control, and the significant opportunities to affect change these countries present.

Our global strategies cut across political boundaries and are designed to reinforce and accelerate change toward achieving our 2030 goals. The global strategies aim to: use the influence of global seafood markets to improve the sustainability of seafood; end IUU fishing; protect marine birds by reducing bycatch of seabirds and by restoring and protecting marine bird habitats; and address the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification.

Position Description:

The position will support the Foundation’s grantmaking, strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning, for the ocean strategy teams individually and collectively.  This position will take day-to-day direction from the Foundation’s Conservation and Science Program Deputy Director for Oceans.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Foundation’s ocean strategy teams (carried out by a program deputy director, research officer, program officers, program associates, outside consultants and grantee partners) to conduct research and analysis on topics that can inform grantmaking and strategy development;
  • Provide support to the Deputy Director for Oceans, including preparation of materials for program meetings and meetings with grantees, participation in grantee meetings and site visits, preparation of meeting summaries, and management of follow-up actions stemming from those meetings.
  • Assist with the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities associated with the ocean-related strategies;
  • Interact with the Foundation’s staff, grantees, funding partners, government agencies, and content experts as needed to complete assigned projects and gain exposure to strategic philanthropy in practice; and
  • Engage in both university and foundation communities and professional development opportunities related to the Program Analyst’s work.


We seek outstanding individuals, recently graduated with an advanced degree (MS, MBA, JD, or PhD), who desire a position to help further their career in environmental and conservation issues within the non-profit, private, or academic sectors.

  • Extensive experience and/or graduate level education in natural, social or political sciences relevant to marine conservation issues
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills
  • Deeply capable as a strategic thinker, and creative and analytical problem solver
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding written communication skills and experience with public presentations
  • Ability to structure analysis, perform synthesis, and provide written reports which meet project objectives and timelines
  • Demonstrated strong initiative, self-motivation, and ability to efficiently manage multiple simultaneous tasks and projects in diverse areas
  • Intellectual agility and an ability to analyze, conduct research, think critically, and understand scientific studies
  • Demonstrated ability to apply judgment in ambiguous situations and make sound decisions with limited information
  • Confident and polished written and verbal communications
  • Solid integrity and convictions
  • A strong work ethic
  • A keen interest in work aimed at achieving sustainable development.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate level education in business, social science, public policy, public health, social work, social science, education, economics, law, medicine, or related fields with an emphasis on nonprofit management, organizational development and leadership development
  • Past experience as a consultant a plus

Salary & Benefits

The salary for this contract position will range up to $6,250 per month (equivalent to $75,555 annually). For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:  

Note that there is a professional development budget for this fellowship.

Deadline to Apply

Applications are due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Apply online at the UC Berkeley Jobs website (, Job ID #24614. Please upload a cover letter and resume together as one file when applying.

For more information visit: /programs/philanthropy‐fellows.html Other Information This is a 24 month contract position. It is classified by the university as a Project/Policy Analyst 2.

About Meg Caldwell, Deputy Director for Oceans

Meg Caldwell joined the Packard Foundation’s Conservation and Science program in April 2015 as Deputy Director, Oceans. She leads the Ocean team, providing strategic direction across our strategies, fostering a team-oriented approach to this work, and helping to amplify the work of our Foundation and our grantees as a thought leader on ocean conservation issues. Prior to joining the Foundation, Meg directed the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program at Stanford Law School for over 20 years. While at Stanford, she was also the Executive Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions (COS), a long-term Foundation partner in our work on ocean conservation, and a Senior Lecturer at the Law School and for the Woods Institute for the Environment. Meg played a critical role in the creation of COS and led the organization in the development of a Pacific Ocean-wide assessment of the major threats to marine and coastal ecosystems, along with the communities that depend on them—the first assessment of its kind. She also served as a Senior Consultant to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The Commission ultimately adopted a majority of the recommendations for regulatory reform that were developed by COS. Meg served on the California Coastal Commission from 2004-2007 and 2009-2012, including two years as its chairperson during which time she also served on the board of the California Coastal Conservancy. Prior to her stint at Stanford Law School as a Program Director and Senior Lecturer, Meg was an instructor at San Jose State University; an associate in the environmental law group of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen; and a Policy Analyst with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. Meg holds a Bachelor’s in Science in business administration (with an emphasis on economic analysis and policy) from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

About UC Berkeley Supervisor Nora Silver

Nora Silver is adjunct professor and faculty director and founder of the Center for Social Sector Leadership at UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business. She teaches classes on social sector strategy, social movements and consulting in the social sector. Nora is a 2016 Aspen Pioneer Faculty Award winner. Previously, she was a founder/executive director of three social sector organizations and a consultant to business, education, foundations, government, and nonprofit organizations. She is the author of two books on volunteer engagement plus articles on social impact networks, diversity, multisector leadership and next generation social sector leadership. She co-created the Packard fellowship and has supervised 11 fellows to date.