EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAM OFFICER
Los Altos, CA – July 31, 2017
The Heising-Simons Foundation in Los Altos, CA is seeking an Education Program Officer who will manage the Foundation’s Early Education (ages birth to eight years) grantmaking. The Education Program Officer is a key position within the Foundation, and reports to the Education Program Director. The Program Officer identifies and works with prospective and existing grantees, monitors grantee progress, and explores new grantmaking areas. Close collaboration with other program officers is an important part of the work.
The ideal candidate should have: 1) a relevant graduate degree in child development or early childhood education with a focus on ages birth to eight years; 2) a background and deep understanding of early childhood development and education, with a focus on ages birth to eight years, including knowledge of key early childhood education research findings and best practices; 3) 5+ years’ relevant educational or professional work experience in early childhood education with experience in family engagement activities; 4) experience in and knowledge of research and evaluation methods; 5) experience and understanding of California’s early education policy and practice and linkages with K-12 education and prior grantmaking experience are a plus.
The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation based in Los Altos, California. The Foundation works with its many partners to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people.
Mark Heising and Liz Simons each grew up with a tradition of giving, learning about the importance of the communities that surrounded them, and of the value of philanthropy. They met at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979. Liz earned her master’s in education from Stanford University, became a Spanish-bilingual teacher, and founded Stretch to Kindergarten, a spring-summer early childhood education program. Mark earned his master’s in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, became a chip design engineer, and went on to hold six U.S. patents. In 2007, they established the Foundation, and were later joined on the board by their daughter, Caitlin Heising, who graduated from Brown University and works with a nonprofit human rights and strategic philanthropy consultancy.
The Foundation’s board and staff feel incredibly fortunate to work with, and support, great leaders and organizations in vital endeavors.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded more than $54.8 million. Since its first grant in 2007, the Foundation has awarded more than $233 million. Explore the Foundation’s 2016 Year in Review here.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome a diverse pool of applicants and make employment decisions based on merit. Foundation policy prohibits the unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital or caregiver status, physical disability, mental disability, military service, legally protected medical condition, prior record of arrest or conviction, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please advise, in writing, any special needs at the time of application.
Compensation and Benefits
The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and salaries that are commensurate with education and experience.
Martha Montag Brown & Associates, LLC has been retained for this search. Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter, resume and salary information by email to email@example.com. All correspondence will remain confidential.
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