Talent Development Officer

The Talent Development Officer reports to the Director of Human Resources and strengthens the organization’s capacity and culture by supporting ongoing professional development of individuals. This includes identifying training and development priorities for staff, developing a multi-year plan to meet those priorities, and assessing progress along the way. Areas of staff development include leadership, management, interpersonal skills, cultural competency and other professional training. This position will work closely with other HR staff and the foundation’s Organizational Learning Officer, whose role focuses on learning specific to grantmaking. It will also support other initiatives and programs, such as overseeing and coordinating coaching engagements. The Talent Development Officer is expected to stay current with developments and successful practices in HR and technology, and be comfortable operating at both a strategic and hands-on level.

This is a full-time position located in Menlo Park, CA.

About the Human Resources Department

The Human Resources team supports the foundation’s work by providing strategic vision for the organization’s HR goals, leading efforts to sustain and evolve the organizational culture, and developing and overseeing policies, programs, and services that support organizational and employee objectives. HR serves as a consultant to all employees, including senior management. Beginning with the recruitment process, our goal is to see that employees are challenged with meaningful work; that they have access to ongoing professional development and learning; and that they thrive in and contribute to a collegial and engaging organizational culture.

Candidate Profile

The Talent Development Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Work in partnership with foundation colleagues to sustain and strengthen a culture of collaboration and continuous learning.
  • Build strong and thoughtful relationships with all staff to better understand and support the foundation’s professional development.
  • In collaboration with colleagues in HR, develop a talent management strategy linking individual development and organizational performance; identify needs for leadership, management, and other professional development; design, develop, and deliver high-quality programs to meet those needs. Assess and continually improve the effectiveness of these programs to enhance overall impact and value.
  • Plan, manage, and communicate training plans and objectives and other learning opportunities throughout the foundation.
  • Participate with others across the foundation to support ongoing work on inclusion and cultural competence.
  • Stay current on developments in leadership, management and learning; serve as a resource on these topics to HR staff and others.
  • Work closely with the Effective Philanthropy Group’s Organizational Learning Officer to coordinate the overall staff development agenda with ongoing learning efforts related to grantmaking.
  • Support the foundation’s alumni program; identify opportunities to connect with and learn from former employees, particularly term-limited program staff.
  • Contribute to the success of the Human Resources department by handling other projects as needed.


  • Demonstrated commitment to learning and collaboration; a commitment to the foundation’s Guiding Principles
  • Knowledge of trends and successful practices in professional development and training.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with high social and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to listen well and build strong relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization and engage others in determining needs and solutions. Willingness and inclination to receive feedback and incorporate it in the interest of continuous learning and improvement.
  • Appreciation of and ability to work effectively across and in support of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully planning and managing high-profile projects and associated communication within a highly collaborative environment.
  • Strong organizational skills. Proficiency in prioritizing assignments, handling multiple complex assignments, and setting and meeting deadlines with an orientation toward results and resolution.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to work through solutions when there is no obvious path. Optimism in the face of challenging problems. Ability to skillfully facilitate others through change.
  • Experienced meeting facilitator and designer of effective learning sessions and meetings.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with proven experience delivering successful presentations and training programs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and other presentation applications.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in relevant field a plus.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in training or staff development or HR generalist with broad experience in subject matter.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The Hewlett Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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