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Program Officer, Child Health Care System Improvement

Category: Program Staff
Foundation/Organization: Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Date Posted: 10/12/2017

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President Programs and Partnerships, the Program Officer will share responsibility for developing and maintaining a portfolio of grants and projects to improve health care systems serving children and youth with special needs, and foster external partnerships that support the mission and goals of the Foundation.


  • Manage a portfolio of grant-funded projects from conceptualization, development, review, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Produce and present written summaries of proposed, active and completed projects.
  • Plan and convene meetings of experts and key stakeholders to obtain input on project development.
  • Prepare issue and policy briefs related to Foundation priorities and topics represented in the grant portfolio.
  • Collaborate with others within the Foundation on communication, advocacy and research.
  • Represent the Foundation in meetings and events so as to develop and maintain the Foundation’s visibility and reputation and to implement initiatives and promote policies among grant seekers, advocates, public officials, families and other key stakeholders.
  • Keep abreast of key trends and activities related to health care systems for children with special needs.
  • Participate in and contribute to the Foundation’s strategy for addressing children’s health care needs.
  • Participate in team activities within the department of Programs and Partnerships.
  • Accept additional responsibilities and assist others throughout the foundation as needed.
  • Recommends new approaches, procedures and processes to effect continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.

NOTE: We are a dynamic organization in a rapidly changing field. Therefore, the responsibilities associated with this position will change from time to time in accordance with LPFCH’s business needs. More specifically, the incumbent may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those set forth above.






A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, related experience 


A Master’s Degree in a health-related field, e.g., public health, public policy, health care delivery, health care administration



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • 3-5 years’ experience in project management or operations in private or public sector organizations
  • Subject matter expertise in child health care and passion for improving the health of children and the lives of their families
  • Ability to develop and implement effective strategies and actionable work plans in support of the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail.
  • High level of productivity, initiative, and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse staff and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate directly and effectively with others.
  • Tactfulness, flexibility, and creativity are essential in working with diverse groups
  • Able to travel locally and long distance.
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment.
  • Proven ability to be resilient and adaptable in the face of changing priorities.
  • Must present a professional demeanor and appearance at all times


  • Previous program officer experience with responsibilities for grantmaking related to health care
  • Previous project management experience in a non-profit, health related organization.



The physical requirements described here are representative of those that are typical in our work environment (with or without accommodation) and may not apply to every position.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is frequently required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to use head and neck in a static position, twisting, and looking in all directions to include up and down.

The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use whole hand to include fine finger dexterity, reach with hands and arms and crouch.

The employee may occasionally be required to lift and move up to 15 pounds.

Specific vision abilities that may be required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Typical job duties that may require the above physical abilities include:

Conducting presentations while seated or standing, walking to meetings, sitting at a desk, participating in business conversations, filing or retrieving files, reports and books from desks, cabinets, overhead shelves and low drawers, opening and closing drawers, cabinets and doors, Using a PC mouse and keyboard, viewing PC screens and focusing between reading materials and the PC screen, engaging in business writing, reading business related materials, viewing visuals for meetings and interpreting report data by color, answering and operating a telephone manually or using a headset, operating business machines to include telephones, PC’s printers, copiers, mailing equipment.



The characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee will be exposed to mild to moderate stress levels associated with the performance of the job duties described above. There may be extended periods of computer and telephone use while performing job duties. Employee will be intermittently seated, standing and/or walking during the course of a normal business day. Some local travel using the employee’s own vehicle or other mode of transportation is required. Some long distance travel may be required.

While the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate, as with most work environments employees will be exposed to routine office noise including office machines, phones, conversations between employees and/or constituents and visitors in the general office open spaces, offices, conference rooms, on phones and in break rooms.

As with any office environment, inside office temperatures may fluctuate and although we use Cal OSHA standards for temperature control, not all employees may find the temperature in their work area to be what they would prefer. Employees should dress appropriately for the temperature in their work area.

Our work environment consists of offices and cubicles, some of which are shared by two or more employees. Office and cubicle assignments change from time-to-time and employees should not have any expectation that any assignment is permanent.

***The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the position described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position. Other work may be assigned ***

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is an equal opportunity employer and as such is committed to equality of opportunity for all its employees. Reasonable accommodation will be considered for employees requiring such to perform the essential functions of this position.


The compensation and benefits at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health are very competitive and among the best in the industry. We value and support life and work balance and encourage and support our employees in seeking opportunities to enhance their careers through ongoing development of their skills and abilities.



Apply online by submitting a cover letter and resume.

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 340 Palo Alto, California 94301

Fax (650) 498-7738

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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