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.
ABOUT THE POSITION
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.
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
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
HOW TO APPLY
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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