Manager, Learning and Development

Job Title: Human Resources Manager, Learning & Development (Full-time, Exempt)

Job Number: 18-14-1200

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Foundation) is a family foundation guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David Packard, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. Their approach to business and community participation has guided the Foundation’s philanthropy for more than 50 years.

David and Lucile Packard were philanthropists long before helped transform a small electronics shop in their garage into one of the world’s leading technology companies. Caring about others and the community around them was a core value. From the earliest days of his career, David Packard set high standards for himself and those around him. His sense of integrity, respect, and compassion for individuals and their capabilities formed the basis of his business philosophy. David believed that “management has a responsibility to its employees, to its customers, and to the community at large.” Under his leadership, Hewlett-Packard pioneered many innovative benefits and management concepts, such as flexible working hours, catastrophic medical coverage, and open offices.

David and Lucile formalized their passion for philanthropy in 1964 when they established the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Today, their children and grandchildren continue to help guide the work of the Foundation with David and Lucile Packard’s enduring core values:

Integrity. We are open and honest with one another, the community, and the Foundation’s grantees. We will encourage the highest possible standards of conduct and ethics.

Respect for all people. We show graciousness and respect for all people. The success of the Foundation depends on seeking out and listening to ideas and advice of others.

Belief in individual leadership. We promote an environment of trust and flexibility that fosters and rewards the best in ideas and efforts.

Commitment to effectiveness. We identify unique and strategic opportunities to make a difference and evaluate their effectiveness and change as necessary.

Capacity to think big. We initiate and receive ideas in which a large commitment of funds and/or time can make a unique and lasting contribution.

The Foundation makes grants at the local, state, national, and international levels, supporting innovative nonprofits to create meaningful impact across the globe. The Foundation focuses on the issues the founders cared about most: improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems, and supporting and strengthening our local communities.

This year, the Foundation expects to make grantmaking awards of over $300M. A staff of 130 conducts the Foundation’s day-to-day operations and a Board of Trustees comprised of both Family Trustees and General Trustees oversees its work.

The Opportunity

The Foundation seeks an experienced and innovative HR professional who will provide expertise, support, and learning opportunities to staff across the organization and help maintain the Foundation’s commitment to being an exceptional place to work and grow. The Human Resources Manager, Learning & Development will be responsible for implementing programs, policies, and procedures in the areas of recruitment, employee relations, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and compensation with a particular emphasis on learning and development. Specifically, the HR Manager, Learning & Development will partner closely with the finance, legal, workplace services, and facilities teams providing HR support and serving as a strategic business partner.

This is an exciting role for a solutions-oriented HR professional to serve as a collaborative thought partner to staff and to drive a culture of learning across the Foundation. Willing to think creatively and bring fresh viewpoints to the discussion, the HR Manager, Learning & Development 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 HR Manager, Learning & Development 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 HR Manager, Learning & Development will model Foundation values and apply a growth lens to employee learning across the Foundation.

This is a full-time position located in Los Altos, California.


The HR Manager, Learning & Development will be responsible for the following:

  • Direct the implementation of Human Resource policies, programs, and procedures in the areas of recruiting, employee relations, compensation, and learning and development
  • Assess and prioritize learning needs across the Foundation and develop relevant approaches for learning that strengthen the organization’s staff and philanthropic practices
  • Design and facilitate learning and development opportunities for all staff
  • Identify internal and external experts who can contribute to and broaden the staff’s learning experiences
  • 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
  • Develop and implement strategies to train supervisors in coaching, mentoring, and developing employees
  • With the team, ensure employees receive prompt support in managing their workplace needs, including employee relations and legal matters
  • Coach and counsel individuals with regard to 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 other projects as needed

Candidate Profile

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

  • Exposure to and depth of knowledge in all areas of Human Resources including recruitment, talent management, compensation, and employee relations
  • Specific experience in learning and development with experience designing and facilitating effective learning opportunities and an understanding of adult learning principles
  • Deep understanding of best practices in recruitment, learning and development, employment law, and talent management; familiarity with benefits and compliance
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a respectful, diverse, and supportive work environment and to uphold the values of equity and inclusion in hiring, onboarding, and developing staff
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders
  • Exceptional integrity and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential employment information with discretion, strong judgment, and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated experience successfully planning and managing high-profile projects and associated communication within a highly collaborative environment
  • A willingness to embrace a constantly evolving environment along with the ability to skillfully facilitate others through change
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in relevant field a plus

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package.


Erin Reedy and Alicia Salerno of Koya Leadership Partners have been engaged by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to help in this search. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit