The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation based in Los Altos and San Francisco, California. The Heising-Simons Foundation and the Heising-Simons Action Fund, our 501(c)(4) organization, 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. In 2020, the Foundation awarded more than $127 million in grants, including over $44 million in education, funded in 99 grants.
The Program Coordinator (PC) provides entry-level administrative and program-related support to the Foundation’s Education team, the Foundation, and the Heising-Simons Action Fund. The goal of the Foundation’s Education program is to enhance the education of children from birth to age 8.
This position reports to the Education team’s Program Director (PD) and will be part of a team that is currently staffed by three Program Associates (PAs), four Program Officers (POs), and the Program Director (PD). The PC will also work closely with members of the Grants Management (GM) team. This role will work in partnership with the team’s PAs to provide support to the team.
The PC acts as the coordinator for the Education team’s activities, including managing complex calendars, coordinating logistics for internal and external team meetings, maintaining and updating documentation, and coordinating team projects.
This position is an opportunity to learn about the field of early childhood education and philanthropy. Candidates are not expected to have experience in all areas listed in the job posting.
This fulltime (37.5 hours/week), non-exempt (hourly) position can be based in either our San Francisco or Los Altos office. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Heising-Simons Foundation staff are working remotely. When our offices re-open, later this year, returns will be flexible and gradual to accommodate staff needs. After we reopen our offices, the PC must be willing to travel to either of the Foundation’s offices, as needed, to attend or set up meetings.
Compensation and Benefits
• Vacation: starts with three weeks/year, with increases based on tenure
• Sick: 12 days/year
• Personal Days: two days/year
• Family Medical Leave
• Parental Leave
o Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
o President’s Day
o Memorial Day
o Independence Day
o Labor Day
o Veterans Day
o Thanksgiving Day (and the day after)
o Year-End Break (Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)
Our success is dependent on our ability to build teams that include people with different experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with new perspectives. We encourage people of color, from under-resourced communities, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and others with diverse perspectives and experiences to apply.