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Fellow, Portfolio & Investments

  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Posted 1 month ago

skollfoundation Skoll Foundation

Fellow, Portfolio & Investments

Department: Portfolio & Investments

Employment Status: Term-limited – 12 months

Location: Palo Alto, California


About the Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation was created by Jeff Skoll in 1999 to pursue his vision of a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. The mission of the Skoll Foundation is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents—creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. By identifying the people and programs already enacting positive change throughout the world, the Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact, and fundamentally improve society.


The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is the flagship program of the Skoll Foundation. Every year, four to six extraordinary social entrepreneurs are awarded a multi-year grant for their work creating innovative models to spark large-scale change. Their innovation has the potential to reduce economic disparities, increase opportunities for the disadvantaged, promote healthy communities, and increase the interpersonal and intercultural understanding that is the foundation for world peace.

The Foundation applies its own resources, skills, and assets—augmented by its networks of investors, media, and other strategic partners—to accelerate innovations and break down the barriers to social change. Over the past 14 years, the Skoll Awards program has invested in 106 leading organizations around the world.


Position Summary

The Skoll Fellow will play a key role on the Portfolio Investments team in tracking the progress of Skoll Awardees, supporting team workstreams in project planning, and conducting logically planned, actionable research to inform the team’s activities. Reporting to an Analyst on the Portfolio & Investments team, the Fellow will also collaborate with other flexible players who share the credit and responsibility for time bound work. This team utilizes a lightweight, agile approach to break important projects into increments and show results in a timely way.

By recruiting from a wide range of pathways, the Skoll Foundation is intentionally incorporating new viewpoints and voices into its decision-making and building the skills of those who have not traditionally been at the philanthropy table. The Fellow will complete a learning agenda exposing them to programs such as the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll World Forum, and the day-to-to-day operations of a foundation.

Primary Responsibilities

Flexible Program Management

  • Support Portfolio & Investments team workstreams by project planning, managing inputs, coordinating, and communicating progress.
  • Maintain appropriate files on Awardees and enter new data into Salesforce as needed.
  • Maintain team norms and processes for using in-house knowledge management tools like Salesforce.
  • Compose general correspondence, memos, report summaries and other documents.
  • Organize, schedule and take notes at meetings.
  • Proofread and correct documents.
  • Assist or lead organization of special events, Foundation-hosted meetings or other projects, as needed.

Portfolio Intelligence

  • Conduct annual review of reporting from select Awardees and provide timely feedback to these Awardees.
  • Research issue and organizational information and synthesize Awardee reports.
  • Write and contribute to internal and external thought leadership.
  • Conduct initial screening and research for potential new Skoll Award candidates.

Investment Analysis

  • Conduct initial research review for potential investments and create topical reading lists to inform diligence.
  • Conduct initial diligence on Skoll Awards related Chairman’s grants and special opportunities.
  • Participate in team decision-making processes for investments and contribute new perspectives and supporting research.
  • Support reference calls and background research for diligence.


Ideal Candidate

The Skoll Foundation seeks a flexible team player who leads with optimism and a global view. Candidates should have a balance of professional skills and compassion for the human condition to undertake the Foundation’s mission. Demonstrated experience in project management, research, and data analysis as well as strong attention to detail are necessary for success in this role. Critical thinking and the ability to communicate findings clearly and concisely are also essential. The Fellow should show an ability to translate and apply skills learned from previous professional and personal experiences to the role at the Skoll Foundation.

The Fellow will take different roles and responsibilities and should be adaptable, empathetic, humble, and willing to roll-up her/his sleeves. It is important that the Fellow be self-aware and able to reflect on lessons learned to inform future work. The ideal candidate is resourceful and hands-on, and driven to find ways to contribute during the fellowship term in a lean, intense, results-oriented environment with a high level of integrity, humility, and discretion. A collaborative nature, sound judgment, and a good sense of humor are also important characteristics to have.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience and a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates should have experience adapting and working/learning in diverse cultures, and deep experience with one or more of the cultures in the Global South is strongly preferred. Project management skills, attention to detail, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative. Must be able to quickly learn and consistently utilize software tools like Salesforce, Asana and Microsoft Office 365.


Compensation and Work Authorization


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. Please send your resume and a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and your fit for the role to Your cover letter should include (1) a description of your experience adapting and working/learning in a culture different from your own and (2) what you hope to learn/contribute through this fellowship. Please do not submit two applications. We will contact qualified applicants. Deadline for submission is September 19.


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