Palo Alto, CA | U.S. Remote Consideration
The Skoll Foundation seeks to catalyze transformational social change by investing in, connecting, and championing social entrepreneurs and other social innovators who together advance bold and equitable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
Jeff Skoll, the first employee and first President of eBay, created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity for all. The Foundation is part of the Jeff Skoll Group, which also includes Participant (formerly known as Participant Media) and the Capricorn Investment Group.
The Foundation aspires to fundamentally shift the trajectory on urgent global problems including pandemics and global health systems, racial justice, climate change, effective governance, and inclusive economies. The Foundation does this by connecting social innovators around the world, investing in their solutions, and championing their work. The Foundation is committed to finding new ways to streamline its operations and support the organization as it drives transformational social change globally. Learn more about the Skoll Foundation at www.skoll.org.
During an exciting period of growth for the Skoll Foundation, the Sr. Manager or Associate Director, Strategy will take a leadership role in advancing the goals and impact of the Foundation. A key member of the Strategy and Learning Office, this person will help manage the strategic planning process and lead key strategic initiatives incubated within the team. This person will define, facilitate and coordinate strategy development and management for the Foundation.
The position reports to the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), with dotted line relationship to the Director, Strategy and will work closely with the Skoll Foundation’s senior leadership. This is a cross-functional role that collaborates across multiple teams and departments, communicates across broad and diverse audiences, and drives strategic operations and initiatives across the organization. The Sr. Manager or Associate Director, Strategy will be a critical enabler for the organization to collectively move forward in driving lasting impact against our strategy. This person will maintain strong connections with external and internal stakeholders, including internal program departments, oversee a strategic prototyping practice and introduce new partnerships and initiatives within the organization.
To be successful, the Sr. Manager or Associate Director, Strategy should be excited to share their growth mindset with the Foundation, helping to drive strategic clarity while bringing others along. This person should be a demonstrated strategic thinker with strong leadership and problem-solving skills; a known team player, who displays humility, drive and a passion for the work of the Skoll Foundation.
Candidates for either a Senior Manager or Associate Director will be considered for this opportunity, based on experience.
- A minimum of five-seven years experience in a nonprofit, for-profit, government, or philanthropy, working on growth, business development, strategy, planning or related issues.
- Experience as a strategy/management consultant a plus.
- Demonstrated experience managing/working across a high-performing team in a multi-tiered and matrixed structure.
- Ability to focus on the details and also zoom out to broader context and strategic aims.
- Strong relationship builder with the ability to find common ground, build consensus and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
- Excellent communication skills, written, oral and visual (e.g., PowerPoint).
- Clear project management, organization and planning skills and experience.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning purposes.
- Ability to successfully navigate in a fast-paced, outcomes-driven and entrepreneurial environment.
- Demonstrated commitment to the values of equity, inclusion and empowerment.
How to Apply
Application: Sr. Mgr or Associate Director, Strategy
The Skoll Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
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