Program Officer – Curiosity-Driven Science Initiative



The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is seeking an accomplished professional with knowledge of informal science learning expertise in the design of learning experiences or public programming for youth, a passion for science, and an interest in advancing philanthropic programs that seek to connect youth and communities with science in deep and compelling ways to join our Curiosity-Driven Science Initiative as a Program Officer. 

The Curiosity-Driven Science Initiative aims to increase active engagement with and in science through catalytic investments in the design and development of experiences that enable youth and their communities to draw on curiosity to ask questions, use and pursue evidence, and solve problems in areas that matter to them. 

In this role, you will be a member of a three-person initiative team, responsible for creating and overseeing a portfolio of high-impact grants that advance the initiative’s strategic goals. This is a unique opportunity to serve as a thought partner, key collaborator, grant maker, and community builder. 



While we understand that there are multiple paths to develop a specific expertise, we expect that this candidate will likely have the following: 

• Ph.D. in science or science education or demonstrated experience in science education with a background in science.

• At least six years of professional experience in learning and informal science settings (e.g., afterschool programs, libraries, museums, and technology-enabled settings).

• A record of successfully promoting and working on complex partnerships or multi-stakeholder projects to achieve tangible outcomes.

Desired Competencies

• Demonstrated strategic planning skills, with the ability to identify and rigorously evaluate new opportunities.

• Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage large projects and budgets, set realistic goals and objectives, and balance multiple priorities.

• Demonstrated robust analytical, writing, and communication skills.

• A strong individual contributor who can work well with a high-functioning team.

• Demonstrated strong teamwork and people skills, with the ability to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, stakeholders, and others - respectful, collaborative, and energetic working style.

• Demonstrated comfort with, and experience in, public speaking and meeting organization/facilitation.

• Demonstrated ability and openness to adapt and adjust strategy and approach to changing conditions quickly.

• Strong business acumen.

• A proclivity to get things done.

• Personal motivation to support the foundation’s mission and goals.

Job Responsibilities:    


• Contribute to the implementation of the Initiative’s overall strategic framework.

• Identify, develop, source, and manage a portfolio of grants that advance specific Initiative strategies.

• Carry out activities beyond grantmaking to help drive change in the initiative’s focus areas (e.g., convening, facilitating, networking, communicating).

• Manage external relationships with grantees and other key partners in support of initiative goals.

• Develop and implement effective monitoring and evaluation plans and oversee ongoing adaptive management of grants, activities, and strategies.

• Coordinate with internal staff to complete grantmaking and monitoring processes.

• Participate in periodic presentations on initiative strategy and progress to the board, senior management, and other foundation staff.

• Actively develop and manage programmatic aspects that advance the foundation’s goal of improving equity and inclusion.

• Maintain solid knowledge of the field and key emerging trends.

• Present proposed program strategies and progress reports to foundation staff and the Board of Trustees.

• Be an effective contributor on a variety of program- and foundation-wide issues beyond the initiative.

• Possible participation in additional grantmaking (e.g., science policy and open science). 

Deadline:    08/23/2024

Date Listed:    07/09/2024

Web Address:

Job Listing URL:    Program+Officer+-+Curiosity-Driven+Science+Initiative+-+Gordon+and+Betty+Moore+Foundation+-+Position+Description+062824+FINAL

Job Status:    Full Time

Exemption Status:    Exempt

Salary:    $190,000 - $240,000

Application Instructions:    Martha Montag Brown & Associates, LLC has been retained to conduct this search. Interested and qualified candidates should apply by emailing a resume and substantive cover letter to All correspondence will remain confidential.

Contact Name:    Elissa Kittner

Phone:    5107083090




More details

Deadline: 08/23/2024
Date Listed: 07/09/2024
Web Address:
Job Status: Full Time
Exemption Status: Exempt
Salary: $190,000 - $240,000
Application Instructions: Submit your application online at

Ad details

Organization : Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
City : Palo Alto
State/Prov : California
Country : United States