Foundations and Philanthropy, Human Resources, Nonprofit and Social Impact

People Partner

  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Los Altos, CA

This position has been filled.

About The David Lucile & Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile 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.

For more information on the Packard Foundation, please visit our website.

The Opportunity

The Foundation seeks an experienced and innovative HR professional who will provide expertise and support to staff across the organization and help maintain the Foundation’s commitment to being an exceptional place to work and grow. The People Partner will be responsible for implementing programs, policies and procedures in the areas of recruitment, onboarding, employee relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, and compensation. The People Partner will partner closely with all areas of the foundation including programs, finance, investment, President’s office, legal, work-place services and facilities teams providing HR support and serving as a strategic business partner.

This is an exciting role for a solutions-oriented professional to serve as a resourceful thought partner to staff and to drive a culture of collaboration across the Foundation. Willing to think creatively and bring fresh viewpoints to the discussion, the People Partner will help to identify and recommend opportunities to improve and align operational and programmatic systems to support continuous improvement and alignment with the Foundation’s core values. The People Partner is expected to stay current with developments and successful practices in human resources and technology and be comfortable operating at both a strategic and hands-on level. Bringing a positive and collaborative approach to problem-solving, the People Partner will model Foundation values and apply a growth lens to employee interactions across the Foundation.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Direct the implementation of Human Resource policies, programs and procedures in the areas of recruiting, onboarding, employee relations, and compensation.
  • Oversee strong human resources programs and benefits across the employee lifecycle from onboarding to exit and ensure that policies and management and employee actions are consistent with applicable laws and regulations.
  • With the team, ensure employees receive prompt support in managing their workplace needs, including employee relations, grievances, and legal matters. Work directly with external counsel in mitigating employee issues.
  • Coach and counsel individuals regarding employee relations issues or concerns.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of recruitment practices, including recruitment protocols, interviewing guidelines, evaluation methods, and training for hiring managers.
  • Collaborate with staff to evaluate and improve onboarding and offboarding practices tailored to individual needs.
  • Contribute to the success of the Human Resources department by handling and participating in cross-Foundation other projects and committees as needed.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications and personal qualities:

Passion for the Mission

  • Passion for the work undertaken by the Foundation and its values of integrity, belief in individual leadership, thinking big, respect, effectiveness, and equity.
  • Eager to dive into and explore new topics, consider interesting new approaches.
  • Welcomes a fast pace of work and changing cadences; flexible and adaptable.
  • Strong customer-service and servant leadership approach to both internal and external partners.
  • Devotion to growing one’s own cultural competence and willing to actively participate in the Foundation’s efforts to integrate justice and equity in all facets of its work.

Communication Skillset

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Diplomatic and respectful approach to problem solving; ability to consistently interact with others in a professional and courteous manner, maintain a positive attitude and good working relationships, and work effectively in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully planning and managing high-profile projects and associated communication within a highly collaborative environment.

Relationship Builder and Collaborator

  • Proven effectiveness as a trusted partner with a demonstrated ability to attract, lead, and motivate colleagues in alignment with organization values, mission and goals; approachable team member and active listener who adapts to context and treats others with the highest level of respect.
  • Commitment to inclusion and equity, deeply valuing creating a workplace that is supportive of difference; experience with diverse teams and success at navigating cross-cultural communication.
  • Skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships across the Foundation and ability to partner with senior leaders and other managers to evaluate and resolve employee-related issues.
  • Strong ability to connect, build bridges, and foster trust.

Expertise in Human Resources and Talent

  • Exposure to and depth of knowledge in all areas of Human Resources including recruitment, talent management, compensation, and employee relations.
  • Continue to grow and diversify the Foundation’s talent while also developing a robust, dynamic, and inclusive culture; nurture a transparent and proactive culture where staff feel energized about coming to work.
  • Deep understanding of best practices in recruitment, employment law, and talent management; familiarity with benefits and compliance.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a respectful, diverse, and supportive work environment, upholding the values of equity and inclusion in hiring, onboarding, and developing staff.
  • Exceptional integrity and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential employment information with discretion, strong judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • A willingness to embrace a constantly evolving environment along with the ability to skillfully facilitate others through change.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • Prior management and/or leadership experience.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced working environment; comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Experience in or with Organization Design.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (e.g., Outlook, SharePoint, Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and a willingness to learn and become proficient with Foundation systems.
Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The David Lucile and Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit

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