Ocean Research Analyst

UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business offers a unique opportunity to champion new ideas, collaborate across boundaries, and continually learn in a workplace committed to increasing diversity and creating a welcoming environment for all.

Our distinctive culture is captured within our four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. These principles distinguish Berkeley Haas as a unique environment, conducive to teamwork, collaboration, and career growth.

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About The Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation, guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. The Foundation invests in effective organizations and leaders, collaborates with them to identify strategic solutions, and supports them over time to reach common goals. Our Foundation’s goals and how we carry out our work reflects our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We aim to create a workplace culture and pursue policies and practices that demonstrate how we value diversity, equity and inclusion.

About the Ocean Team and Our Work

The ocean makes life on our planet possible. It delivers the oxygen we breathe, regulates our climate, and    provides food for billions of people around the world. Experts agree that increasing threats such as overfishing and climate change are putting pressure on the ocean and damaging its ability to sustain ocean life, ultimately endangering our own well-being. Creating positive, lasting change will not be easy, but it is possible. For half a century, the Packard Foundation has made investments to expand our understanding of the ocean and has worked with partners to improve its long-term health. Today, we invest in organizations and communities working within six focal countries (U.S., Mexico, Chile, China, Japan, Indonesia) and through three global strategies, together designed to improve ocean sustainability and the well-being of people who depend on a healthy ocean.

You will be joining an Ocean Team made up of nine strategy teams on site at the Foundation that include a Director and a Deputy Director of Conservation & Science, Program Officers, an Evaluation and Learning Officer, Program Associates, plus a slate of in-country advisors and senior Foundation leadership—all working to protect and restore ocean life. With a $38M annual budget, the Ocean Team works in close partnership with the Foundation’s Communications, Evaluation and Learning, and Organizational Effectiveness staff as well as other funders and ‘re-granting organizations, such as Oceans 5. More  information about our team and ocean grantmaking is available here: https://www.packard.org/what-we-fund/ocean/. 

During the term of this fellowship, the Ocean Team will be jointly reviewing and learning from findings and recommendations produced through four independent evaluations. In addition, the team and you will be highly focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, as this is a priority area of learning and action within the Foundation’s Conservation & Science program. Together, we will be developing refreshed strategies that reflect our learning and adjust to new insights and evolving conditions. You will be deeply engaged with the Ocean Team, along with our internal and external partners, in this process. 

About the Fellowship
The UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business (through the Center for Social Sector Leadership) offers this unique two-year fellowship in philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to provide next generation leaders the opportunity to engage with philanthropic and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) leaders and work with a grantmaking team serving diverse issues and populations in the Conservation & Science program.

The vision for this partnership is to strengthen the future of philanthropy and civil society by providing recent graduates from diverse disciplines and backgrounds a professional-level introduction to philanthropy and the non-profit sector. The goals of the fellowship are to 1) introduce recent graduates to philanthropy and the role of NGOs to strengthen their impact in a future career and 2) introduce the Foundation to fresh ideas, new skills, and diverse perspectives.

The position will support the Foundation’s grantmaking, strategic planning, research, and monitoring, evaluation and learning for the Ocean Subprogram. This position will take day-to-day direction from the Deputy Director for Oceans who leads the Ocean Team.

While placed at the Packard Foundation and receiving day-to-day supervision from the Deputy Director there, the fellow will also enjoy full support from UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business’ Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership. The Berkeley supervisor will provide context for the foundation world, access to resources for fellowship success, and personal coaching and supervision for the fellow. Since the purpose of the fellowship is to develop leaders, the fellowship also includes a professional development budget for the fellow to attend ocean and philanthropy conferences, take relevant workshops and seminars, receive professional career coaching, and develop specific skills and knowledge particular to the fellow’s next career goal. More information about past and present Research Analysts within Conservation & Science is available here: https://www.packard.org/what-we-fund/climate/conservation-and-science-research-analysts/.

The fellowship begins June 2020 and ends May 2022.


In this role, you will:
●    Work with the Ocean Team to evaluate, refresh, and implement ambitious strategies on ocean policy and conservation.
●    Conduct research and analysis on topics that can inform the strategy development and implementation, such as tracking trends and innovations in conservation and science, and the work of other foundations, governments and multilaterals on conservation investments to identify opportunities/gaps and explore potential partnerships.
●    Work on monitoring, evaluation and learning activities associated with the ocean grantmaking, such as reviewing learnings from past strategies and integrating those learnings into the future strategy.
●    Work on grantmaking, including working with grantees to develop proposals, monitor progress, and review reports.
●    Work on research, design, facilitation, and reporting for convenings of internal and external partners focused on specific topics of mutual interest (e.g., issues identified through the external evaluations)
●    Interact with the Foundation’s staff, grantees, funding partners, government agencies, and content experts to complete assigned projects.
●    Engage in both the University and Foundation communities, including attending conferences, forums or workshops that are related to the Program Analyst’s work and professional development.
●    Represent the Packard Foundation and the Haas School of Business at professional gatherings.

Required Qualifications

We are seeking someone with strong analytical and strategic skills combined with the collaborative skills to work across Foundation teams and with partner organizations. You should consider applying if you desire a position to help further your career in environmental and conservation issues within the non-profit, private, or academic sectors. Qualifications for the position are:

●    Recently graduated with an advanced degree, and experience and/or graduate level education on topics relevant to ocean issues (this could involve a wide range of experiences, from work experience on community organizing for social or environmental issues, to course work on political science, economics, or the environment) and/or equivalent experience/training.
●    Intellectual agility and ability to analyze, conduct research, think critically and understand scientific, economic, social and policy studies, including quantitative and qualitative research.
●    Strong adaptive cultural competence and a commitment to increase diversity in the environmental movement and in our own work, integrating justice and equity into the work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.
●    Ability to structure analysis, perform synthesis and produce well-written reports which meet project objectives and timelines.
●    Demonstrated strong initiative, self-motivation and ability to efficiently manage multiple simultaneous tasks and projects in diverse areas.
●    Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and constituents.
●    Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
●    Ability to travel internationally to monitor grantees and attend professional meetings and conferences, and to represent the Packard Foundation and UC Berkeley at professional gatherings.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience up to $80,000.00.

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How to Apply

Final Submissions for this Job are required by April 1, 2020 at 5pm.

Please be sure to submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a contract appointment with a 2 year duration.

Conviction History Background

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