Director of the Hertz Community

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation seeks an outstanding Director of the Hertz Community to oversee the strategic engagement and mobilization of our more than 1,200 Hertz Fellows, a multigenerational network of many of our nation’s most accomplished science and technology leaders and disruptors.

We’re looking for an influential and highly organized leader with experience engaging scientific and technical communities and who thrives on building productive relationships with all kinds of people, both online and in person. In this highly visible role, you’ll help create connectivity among our fellows, fuel and accelerate collaborations, and grow the foundation’s capacity to support our fellows’ pursuit of game-changing research and technology development.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, you’ll work closely with our volunteer Fellowship and Programs Council, notably its Chair, to develop the foundation’s first formal strategic plan aimed at deepening engagement of fellows with one another and the foundation, and then  oversee its implementation down to the details. To be successful in this role, you’ll need to be a self-starter and eager to try new things, as well as an inspiring collaborator, while bringing best practices and sound decision-making skills to set the groundwork for our community. You’ll also need deep experience in developing and evaluating programmatic activities and materials to ensure your work is advancing the foundation’s mission and helping our community flourish.

Our staff and community are distributed across the nation (with some fellows residing outside the US), so the ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a remote environment and have demonstrated experience with a variety of digital communications and collaboration platforms.  

This is a full-time, US-based role with a full benefits package, including health care and retirement contribution. We are accepting remote applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents. Though the foundation is headquartered in Livermore, California, the successful candidate is not required to reside in the Bay Area. This role will involve significant independent travel within the US. 

To apply, please submit a CV/resumé of no more than 2 pages and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to We hope to have our new Director of the Hertz Community in place by October 2021, and we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. 


  • Oversee strategic planning, management, and implementation of all aspects of community engagement, growth, and support, in close collaboration with the Council and its Chair and foundation staff. 
  • Identify, recruit, and onboard new members, and foster interconnectivity among the community. Welcome and equip members for meaningful participation.
  • Develop and implement programs and activities that meet the foundation’s mission, vision and goals, in close collaboration with the Council and its Chair.
  • Track and report key community activity and impact metrics. Use data to identify community trends and issues and implement improvements.
  • Build and maintain relationships with all constituent groups, including the Council, the board of directors, community members, donors, partners, and staff, fostering a spirit of teamwork and unity both online and in person.
  • Gather and prioritize feedback from the community and share those insights internally to inform your work and that of your teammates. 
  • Manage all aspects of in-person and online community-building experiences, such as symposia, workshops, and special events. 
  • Represent the foundation online and at public and internal events. Ensure community experiences are consistent with the foundation’s brand and mission.
  • Lead the development and adoption of community management best practices across our engagement touchpoints, including Council members, event leads, partners, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Council and staff communications team on the creation of all community-related communications strategies and materials (print and electronic). Draft copy and help develop web, social media, email, and direct mail campaigns.
  • Collaborate with the Council and development team to promote philanthropy and raise awareness of the foundation’s mission and priorities within the community.
  • Collaborate with the Council and fellowship program team to enrich the in-school fellowship experience.
  • Manage community data and ensure biographical and career information is up to date.
  • Oversee the ideation, evaluation, planning, and implementation of a community-wide digital engagement platform. 

Qualifications and Qualities

  • 5-7 years of experience building, managing, and mobilizing scientific and technical communities. Demonstrated ability to build and scale a community of highly engaged members.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; an advanced degree in a science and technology discipline is preferred. 
  • Nonprofit experience is desirable; experience with an alumni organization is a plus. 
  • Organized, persistent, and detail-oriented. Ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities, establish plans with short- and long-term goals, and follow through with large projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to actively listen, support, and build trust with a wide range of people, particularly science and technology leaders. 
  • Compelled to bring people together around a common vision and support the ongoing co-evolution of that vision. 
  • Demonstrated experience with curricular or programmatic development.
  • Ability to gather and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data to measure the health of the community. Familiarity with analytics dashboards, surveys, member interviews, and focus groups. 
  • Experience organizing and hosting successful online events and engaging the audience to drive real-time and sustained community interaction. 
  • Mastery of written and verbal communication to explain, influence, and encourage others to contribute their strengths toward a common goal, and demonstrated success putting this to work on websites, email campaigns, social media, and in-person meetings or videoconferencing.
  • Fluent user of digital communications platforms, including social media, chat, collaboration tools, mobile devices, and website content management systems. 
  • Ability to rapidly test, evaluate, and put into practice new communications technologies, including explaining them to others. 
  • A self-starter who can quickly hit the ground running in an independent and/or remote environment. 
  • A calm determination, sense of humility, and ability to laugh at yourself.

About the Hertz Foundation

The Hertz Foundation is a nonprofit organization that identifies the nation’s most promising innovators in science and technology and empowers them to pursue solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. Launched in 1963, the Hertz Fellowship is the most exclusive fellowship program in the United States, fueling more than 1,200 leaders, disruptors, and creators who apply their remarkable talent where it’s needed most—from improving human health to protecting the health of the planet. Hertz Fellows hold 3,000+ patents, have founded 200+ companies, and have received 200+ major national and international awards, including two Nobel Prizes, eight Breakthrough Prizes, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Fields Medal, and the Turing Award.

Our staff and advisors are working to create a better future every day. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Whether in-person or remote, we are a team of active optimists who strive to create an inclusive, pleasant, and supportive work environment where everyone can achieve their best. 

We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.

To apply, please submit a CV/resumé of no more than 2 pages and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to We hope to have our new Director of the Hertz Community in place by October 2021, and we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.