Director of Emerging Strategies (TSFF)

About the Organization

Established in 2006 by Wendy and Eric Schmidt, The Schmidt Family Foundation works to advance the wiser use of energy and natural resources and to support efforts worldwide that empower communities to build resilient systems for energy, food, water, and human resources.

Based in Palo Alto, CA, our small, committed team brings intelligence and diverse backgrounds and perspectives to the work at hand. We value creativity, professionalism, hard-work, commitment to science & justice, and a willingness to do things differently.

Learn more about our work at


The Opportunity

The Director of Emerging Strategies is a newly created role at the Foundation, leading the effort to sharpen our strategies and impact across the organization. Serving as a thought partner to the Executive Director, this position supports all strategic priority areas. The role brings together elements of program strategy and insight, research, impact measurement, and learning, and communications for both internal and external audiences. As such, this position offers a rare opportunity to play an essential part in framing the Foundation’s messaging and shaping future direction.

View the full position profile here for more details about the position and instructions on how to submit your materials.  


To Be Considered

Candidates with a minimum of seven years’ professional work experience from diverse backgrounds that might include foundations, nonprofits, successful start-ups, or social purpose companies are invited to apply. Candidates should have demonstrated success driving social change initiatives, especially using strategic philanthropy. A bachelor’s degree is required, an advanced degree is an asset. Experience in issue-related work is valued, as is expertise identifying the philanthropic levers that will optimize impact and advance social change.

The Schmidt Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please submit your resume and cover letter that expresses both your passion for the mission and fit for the role via Waldron’s candidate web portal. Cover letters should be addressed to Melissa Merritt.

Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.