The 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.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit http://www.packard.org.
About The Department
The investments team is currently a 13-person team comprised of nine investment professionals and four operational and administrative professionals. We are a high-performing, intrinsically motivated team that values collaboration, debate, and collective responsibility for the Foundation’s $9 billion portfolio. Our goal is to generate an annual payout to fund the Foundation’s grants by partnering with the best fund managers across the globe and across asset classes on a bottom-up basis.
About The Role
We seek an early career investment professional with zero to two years of work experience to help invest and manage the Foundation’s portfolio, which is invested in public and private equities, venture capital, fixed income, hedge funds, real estate, and natural resource private partnerships. You will be a key member of the Investments team, supporting across all asset classes in an analytical role, including performing investment research, conducting portfolio and performance analysis, and preparing analyses for the Investment Committee and Board. In this entry level role, you will have an opportunity to learn investment management from the ground up, getting to work with all team members and getting exposure to top investment managers across asset classes. To be successful in this role, you will have strong demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills, be able to work collaboratively in a small, flat, and cohesive team environment; possess strong EQ, networking, and relationship-building skills; and have a long-term interest in Endowment and Foundation investing as a career.
As an integrated team within the Foundation, you will have opportunities to hear, participate, and learn about the Foundation’s programs.
This position is in downtown Los Altos, California. Initially, the role may start remotely but will require working onsite at the Foundation offices in downtown Los Altos, California once the Foundation offices reopen. All employees must be California residents.
Primary Duties And Responsibilities
- Key member of the Investments team in all aspects of the investment process, including participating in meetings with existing and prospective managers; developing quantitative and qualitative evaluation of investment opportunities; supporting and defending investment views; analyzing performance and portfolio characteristics, and preparing investment recommendations for the Investment Committee
- Analyzing and synthesizing data relating to general investment concepts, as well as performance and exposures of individual managers, asset classes, and the overall portfolio and articulating key findings and trends. Primary responsibility for overall portfolio-level analysis
- Interfacing with fund managers to collect data and insights to inform various analyses
- Developing relationships with peer institutions
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Strong and demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills
- Strong orientation to detail and accuracy and excellent organizational skills
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Intellectual curiosity and ability to think critically
- Must be proactive and open to new challenges
- Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, multi-task, and work well both independently and as a member of a team
- Comfortable and highly capable with Microsoft Excel, analyzing large amounts of data
- Familiarity with MS Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
- Ability to work well under pressure and within a small team
- Able to travel as needed (20-25%)
- Ability to work effectively remotely until the Foundation offices reopen
- Experience working in an analytical role (e.g., consulting, investment banking, or other)
- Strong interest in investing as a career
Certification / License
- Interested in earning the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation
- Proof of COVID vaccination required (subject to applicable law)
Compensation And Benefits
This is a full-time / exempt position. Compensation will be commensurate with related work experience and education.
If interested, please apply here.