Senior Analyst

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 


Position Description 

Department: Evaluation & Learning (E&L)  

Title: Senior Analyst 

Employment Status: Short-term Engagement (12 months)  

Location: Palo Alto, California  

This role reports to Associate Director, Evaluation & Learning

Evaluation & Learning 

The Evaluation & Learning team is responsible for accelerating the impact of the Skoll Foundation by evaluating and surfacing learnings across our portfolio and within our strategic priorities, and promoting a learning-oriented culture. The team facilitates strategic learning—the process of purposeful reflection towards improved strategy and execution—across the Skoll Foundation. We do so by collecting and analyzing original and extant data, and facilitating our colleagues and leadership to generate actionable insights from that analysis. We work across the Skoll Foundation’s entire scope of investing, connecting, and championing activities towards living into the Foundation’s mission, vision, and values. Evaluation & Learning is housed within the Strategy Office at Skoll Foundation. 

Primary Responsibilities 

Leading learning within our strategic priorities and other programs 

Lead refinement of methodology, tools, and process to surface learnings and evaluate outcomes across Skoll Foundation’s portfolio of investments, connect and champion activities, and other programs  

Collaborate closely with internal cross-functional teams to learn from portfolio of investments and activities, and to scope and reflect on ongoing strategy and execution for strategic priorities and other programs 

Develop and analyze surveys and other inputs to inform design and execution of the Skoll World Forum and other Skoll convenings 

Engage with the evaluation, learning, and research community to provide external feedback loops on the Foundation’s work 

Partnering with the Strategy Office, contribute to the design and execution of the Foundation’s external evaluation strategy  

Engage with external researchers, evaluators, and peers to refine our understanding of equitable systems change and how to measure it 

Help drive a learning orientation within our programs 

Work with team members to infuse best practices and key principles of ongoing reflection and continuous improvement across program teams 

Work collaboratively across the E&L and Strategy Office teams and across the Foundation 

Lead cross-functional teams to clarify, refine, and adapt strategy to changing external environment 

Manage and/or coach interns and Analysts 

Minimum Qualifications 

At least five years of relevant professional experience in evaluation, measurement, research, and/or learning 

Strong ability to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses and surveys 

Effective verbal and written communication skills to summarize and communicate complex findings to a variety of internal and external audiences  

Strong project management skills, with the ability to lead strategy and execution of multiple projects across cross-functional teams 

Ability to both work independently and lead teams directly and indirectly 

Strong learning orientation 

Experience relevant to one or more of Skoll’s priority areas: pandemics and global health systems, racial justice, climate change, effective governance, and inclusive economies 

Commitment to Skoll’s mission and values 

Desired Skills (but not required) 

Experience with evaluation and learning in a philanthropic setting 

Experience with systems change or developmental evaluation 

Experience with or understanding of applying an equity lens within evaluation and learning 

Experience with Emergent Learning tools and concepts 


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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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