Senior Officer, Learning and Impact

Hillspire, LLCMenlo Park, CA

About Hillspire, LLC

Hillspire is an integrated family office management company serving all the investments, foundations and activities of Eric and Wendy Schmidt and family, including The Schmidt Family Foundation, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and Schmidt Futures, and employing across all entities 400+ employees worldwide.


  • Work as a team: Successful organizations are built from successful teams. They approach their philanthropy and other activities in the same way.
  • Take ownership: They take ownership and pride in what they do. Being motivated by doing the right thing and by pursuing the best ideas, to help them achieve the greatest philanthropic outcomes.
  • Value the whole person: They value their teammates and colleagues as whole people, not just for their role or function.

The Opportunity

As a newly created position reporting to the Director of the Grants and Philanthropic Services team and joining a growing team within Hillspire, the Senior Officer will play a critical role in fostering a vibrant learning culture across the Schmidt family entities. As the family’s philanthropic ambitions expand and evolve, this person will develop enterprise-wide initiatives, tools, and processes in order to support ongoing analysis, reflection, learning, and responsive iterations to strategy. In establishing this new practice area, the Senior Officer will implement and foster adoption of these new practices and means of learning. With an eye towards scalable, sustainable impact, the Senior Officer will collaborate with relevant business partners to leverage these learning best practices to inform overall strategic direction and decision-making through thoughtful interpretation of measurement and data findings.

As an impact assessment expert, the Senior Officer will develop, foster and promote an environment that values and prioritizes the benefits of data collection and analysis with the ultimate goal of leveraging those insights to increase effectiveness and achieve desired outcomes. By establishing deep partnerships and a keen understanding of the nuances of philanthropic work across the Schmidt entities, this person will provide the necessary learning and impact resources to program teams in order to lead measurement and evaluation work in a service-driven manner that fosters a growth and impact mindset.

Key Priorities

Advising and Development

  • Develop, implement, and advise on tools, processes, and systems to reflect upon and assess programmatic impact measures
  • Function as a resource, advocate, and ally to program teams to utilize and scale such tools, processes, and systems and inform strategic planning
  • Collaborate with business partners to provide coordinated and efficient philanthropic services support across entities
  • Develop and facilitate appropriate training and learning opportunities for reflection and refinement of strategies based on data insights and findings
  • Develop relationships with resources who support evaluation and landscape analyses, ensuring those efforts meet or exceed standards for accountability and learning, and assist program and business partners to avail themselves of such resources

Culture and Learning

  • Work cross-functionally and across entities to assess learning needs, identify areas for growth and collaboration, and build strong working relationships with program and business partners
  • Develop and lead learning initiatives including trainings, workshops, and advising opportunities (philanthropic best practices, evaluation and learning, impact measures and OKRs, programmatic and portfolio structuring)
  • Design and conduct feedback loops to ensure relevance and responsiveness of training opportunities, raising new areas for learning as needed
  • Foster a learning environment by encouraging reflection and sharing of best practices across teams and entities; support integration of impact measures in existing and future projects
  • Translate complex data into various forms of written and oral reports, communications pieces, and tools; work closely with business partners to develop effective dissemination channels and strategies

Data Analysis

  • Leverage insights from a multitude of sources including data and evaluation measures, as well as colleague and grantee perspectives
  • Manage data analytics tools and process to produce reports and other learning tools to inform principals, leadership, and program leads about strategy progress; provide actionable recommendations for future work
  • Develop systems, frameworks, and tools for monitoring and capturing learnings, outcomes, and milestones

Ideal Candidate

Hillspire seeks a seasoned learning and evaluation professional who brings at least ten years of experience informing strategy through data analysis and interpretation, preferably at a large private foundation. With a strong track record advising on grantmaking strategy, the incoming Senior Officer will garner trust as a respected and tenured impact assessment professional.

As a new functional area within the GPS team, the learning and impact work remains in its early stages. The Senior Officer will bring a people- and data-centered approach to building out this work and making it available across the organization. With a client-service orientation, they will be responsive to the needs of the various entities, while also displaying comfort leading with their expertise in impact assessment and strategy development. The ideal candidate will thoughtfully balance a desire to listen and learn, while also bringing informed perspectives on best practices in this space. 

The successful candidate will have deep and broad experience collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data in the social sector. Furthermore, this person must bring the strategic mindset and analytical prowess to set direction and identify the ways in which various entities can effectively measure and assess impact relative to a myriad of goals and desired outcomes. The Senior Officer will be highly adept at going beyond the numbers, translating data and trends into actionable insights that inform strategic decision-making. Leveraging rigorous data analysis and interpretation, the Senior Officer will be skilled at transitioning complex information into strategic learnings that have the power to shape and influence direction. As such, superb written and verbal communication skills are critical.

Ability to navigate a fast-paced, changing environment is essential to success. The ideal candidate will bring self-motivated drive, resourcefulness, and the skills to manage and execute on concurrent workstreams. This incoming Senior Officer must also bring a successful track record working in matrixed environments that require the masterful ability to manage through influence. Comfort with ambiguity and change is essential, as this person will be entering an organization experiencing significant growth and development. Demonstrated discretion and unimpeachable ethics and honesty is required.

While all staff are currently working remotely, the selected candidate will be expected to be based in Hillspire’s Menlo Park, CA office when it is deemed safe to return to work. Candidates should expect to travel approximately 25% of the time (about one week per month).

Hillspire, LCC EEO Statement

Hillspire is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. Hillspire does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. Hillspire also strives for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibits harassment of any kind.

To Be Considered

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for the role via the Become a Candidate button. Letters may be addressed to Alison Kaneko.

Senior Officer, Learning and ImpactHillspire, LLCMenlo Park, CA

The search for a Senior Officer, Learning and Impact is being assisted by a team from GoodCitizen: 

Alison Kaneko
Search Director
Direct: 415.678.5001

Mollie Smith
Direct: 206.462.6190