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Analyst, Analysis and Insight

  • Palo Alto, California
  • Posted 1 month ago

skollfoundation Skoll Foundation

Analyst, Analysis and Insight

Department: Analysis and Insight (AI)

Employment Status: Full-time Employee

Start Date: July 2017

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.

Analysis and Insight

The Analysis and Insight team is responsible for accelerating the impact of the Skoll Foundation by collecting, synthesizing, analyzing and sharing timely, accurate and relevant information on the Awardees with which we partner and the issues on which we work. We promote an objective, evidence-based, learning-oriented culture throughout the Foundation and drive Foundation influence by sharing evidence and insights from our experience and our portfolio.

Position Description

We are seeking an intelligent, resourceful, high achieving and exceptionally curious Analyst to join our team in Palo Alto. The Analyst will be responsible for identifying, researching, analyzing and articulating the significant trends and patterns across the foundation’s portfolio of social entrepreneur — excellent communication skills are a must! In addition, the Analyst will provide rigorous analysis capabilities to support our evidence-based decision making discipline, by contributing to the foundation’s knowledge base on our social entrepreneurs and the issues on which they work. The Associate will have significant exposure to a broad array of leaders in the social sector, innovative social change models and the inner workings of a leading philanthropic organization.

Primary Responsibilities


Develop research hypotheses and areas of inquiry on how social entrepreneurs drive systemic change. Work closely with Communications and Public Engagement team to identify appropriate influence targets. Design research agenda to collect, synthesize, and analyze that data. Write compelling pieces (or collaborate on videos or graphics or data visualizations) to communicate those findings. Prepare and present overviews to educate internal staff.

·         ECOSYSTEM INTELLIGENCE (20%): Contribute to Foundation’s knowledge base on relevant issues and geographies by tracking relevant news and engaging with Subject Matter Experts. Deepen understanding of what innovation looks like within given space by synthesizing across diverse perspectives. Communicate and share findings internally and externally.

·         SKOLL AWARDS DILIGENCE (10%): Support Skoll Awards team in screening and diligence of prospective investments by applying insights from Portfolio and Ecosystem Intelligence.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will bring outstanding analytical skills and strong inclination towards rigor; demonstrated ability to identify, gather, structure and analyze quantitative and qualitative evidence, draw insights, identify trends, and develop insightful synthesis of the content.

This position requires exceptional verbal and written communication skills; the ability to develop high quality content for internal and external audiences that cogently articulates the evidence-based rationale for investment decisions, as well as patterns/learnings across issues and geographies; and the ability to represent Skoll and portfolio organizations in a professional, engaging, and dynamic manner.

The candidate will bring a curious and creative intellect and a style that includes flexibility, levelness, and a sense of humor and humility; relentless customer orientation; an eagerness to “roll-up ones’ sleeves” without significant oversight or direction; a strong learning orientation; and a demonstrated passion for and commitment to Skoll’s mission of driving large-scale change on the world’s most pressing problems.

High potential candidates will have superb project management skills and exceptional attention to detail. S/he must be self-directed and resourceful with high standards for quality output; a collaborative team contributor; comfortable in a small, entrepreneurially-oriented office environment and the dexterity to manage multiple projects simultaneously; and a strong work ethic with proven ability to succeed in a team environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should have a minimum of five years of experience researching, collecting, and analyzing information across multiple sectors and industries, and ideally in the context of assessing business models and/or scaling entrepreneurial organizations. Prior consulting experience is desirable. An advanced degree is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree is required.


Send a cover letter and resume to Please specify Analyst, Analysis and Insight in the message subject line. In your cover letter please tell us how your specific experiences and accomplishments match our needs and mission. We will contact qualified applicants. Deadline for submission is July 7, 2017.

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