The Skoll Global Threats Fund is building a world-class team of individuals dedicated to pooling their talents, networks, and knowledge to finding and promoting innovative solutions to the globe’s most challenging problems. Join us.

Current Openings:

Director, Finance and Operations
Social Science Fellow, Climate
Marketing Communications Officer

Jeff Skoll launched the Skoll Global Threats Fund in 2009 to tackle the world’s most pressing issues. The Skoll Global Threats Fund has a mandate to drive large-scale global change on the most critical issues facing mankind. With a focus on five global threats, the organization identifies and supports innovative high-impact initiatives to combat climate change, water security, pandemics, nuclear proliferation, and Middle East conflict. The Skoll Global Threats Fund is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

  • Director, Finance and Operations

    Position Description
    We are seeking a dynamic, strategic Director of Finance and Operations to provide business management for the Skoll Global Threats Fund. With oversight of day-to-day operations, the Director will design team-focused structures, processes, and accountability that align to strategy and enable the staff to work efficiently.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    As a member of the senior leadership team, and reporting to the President, the Director will:

    -Assume responsibility for building and managing operational capacity and administrative needs as the organization grows.
    -Work with the issue area directors, providing leadership and support on operational issues to ensure the team can work efficiently and productively toward tangible impacts.
    – Oversee day-to-day business management of the organization including management of business policies, financial and grants management, contracts, IT, risk management, and coordination of administrative activities with partner organizations and external vendors.
    -Implement infrastructure improvements as the organization grows and define effective processes for annual planning, budgeting, workflow, and performance management across the organization.
    – Provide thought partnership and leadership of initiatives around emerging issues and evolving needs of the organization, such as adapting partnership structures, funding models, and new projects.
    – Lead on staff management and resource issues, HR policies, team building, and professional development; exercise effective change management as the organization grows and preserve the supportive, positive, collaborative organizational culture.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Assets
    -A bachelor’s degree required, related graduate degree preferred.
    -Minimum of 10 years experience in progressively responsible, hands on executive leadership roles.
    -Prior financial management experience is required.
    -Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    -Experience managing high performing teams, organizational change, and growth of small, entrepreneurial organizations is particularly important.
    -Diverse experience is valued and may include private sector, business strategy consulting, successful startups, social entrepreneur-led enterprises, and/or senior operational roles within foundations, NGOs, or nonprofits.

    To Be Considered
    Skoll Global Threats Fund is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. To be considered, please go to and submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role.

  • Social Science Fellow, Climate

    Position Description
    We are seeking a creative and energetic team player to help us think about and integrate cutting-edge social science into our work. While the Fellow may engage on related threats like pandemics and water security, the major focus will be on supporting the work of the Climate Advocacy Lab. The Lab is a collaborative space that brings together advocates, social scientists and data experts to share best practices and tools for engaging the public on climate change. The Fellow will help shape and conduct experimental research in U.S.-based climate and clean energy advocacy campaigns. The Fellow will also keep track of new research, methods, and tools used in the areas of behavioral and cognitive science, communications, and public engagement, including summarizing and translating relevant research for non-expert network partners. The Fellow will identify and lead original research that aligns with the Skoll Global Threats Fund’s climate efforts and also serves the Fellow’s professional trajectory. The Fellow will report to the Director, Policy and Communications.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    Working closely with the Director of Policy and Communications and the Climate Advocacy Lab team, the Fellow will:

    –  Provide content expertise in social science and other tools related to campaign analytics, public engagement, and persuasion.
    –  Serve as a key point of contact for the social science community within the Climate Advocacy Lab.
    –  Lead efforts to integrate experimentation into public outreach efforts, and help build and curate an evidence base for effective climate and clean energy campaign and communication strategies.
    –  Coordinate, assess, and summarize research efforts on campaign analytics, polling, and experimentation carried out by consultants and grantees.
    –  Conduct other research related to climate and clean energy engagement as needed and identified by Skoll Global Threats Fund and others.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Assets
    –  A PhD in a social science, cognitive science, decision support, or related discipline.
    –  Significant expertise in quantitative social science methodologies and tools such as randomized controlled experiments, survey development, and polling.
    –  Demonstrated experience applying quantitative tools to public engagement efforts or political campaigns.
    –  7-10 years of relevant experience.
    –  Familiarity with statistical programming languages such as R and statistical packages such as Stata, SPSS, and SAS.
    –  Excellent research and analytical skills.
    –  Systems thinker; experience working with interdisciplinary teams.
    –  Knowledge of climate, clean energy, and sustainability issues.
    –  Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and concurrently manage a variety of activities effectively.
    –  Excellent written and verbal, presentation, and teamwork skills.
    –  Strong attention to detail and strong organizational and project management skills.
    –  Excellent interpersonal skills with positive attitude; desire and ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
    –  Ability to problem-solve and find creative solutions.
    –  Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
    –  Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion.

    Employment Status
    This is a full-time exempt term-limited position for one year. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and paid parking or a transit subsidy.

    The Skoll Global Threats Fund is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send your resume and a cover letter expressing your alignment with the mission and your fit for the role to Application deadline is September 4, 2015.

  • Marketing Communications Officer

    Position Description
    We are seeking a creative, energetic team player to support the growing marketing communications needs of the Skoll Global Threats Fund. The Marketing Communications Officer will be responsible for the full range of marketing communications activities, including message development, web and social media presence, collateral creation, and brand development, as well as support media relations and other communications functions, as needed. The Marketing Communications Officer must be flexible and able to contribute to an evolving communications environment, at times diving deep in programs areas, at times focusing more on the overall organization. He/She will report to the Director of Policy and Communications, but will work closely with the program teams.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    Working closely with the Director of Policy and Communications and the program teams, the Marketing Communications Officer will:

    – Support development of messaging and visual content about the Skoll Global Threats Fund, including materials for external audiences and other stakeholders.
    – Create and maintain multi-level, multi-audience messaging and materials, including presentations, around the Fund’s activities in each issue area.
    – Support the program teams’ delivery of consistent quality materials and experiences to their respective networks.
    – Ensure consistent brand/visual representation across the organization.
    – Maintain the Fund’s website, including creating, where needed, new web properties to support issue-specific web needs.
    – Manage the Fund’s social media presence.
    – Keep current on media treatment of global threats and share relevant coverage regularly internally and with the Fund’s Jeff Skoll Group sister entities.
    – As needed, support the program teams’ media relations efforts, including relationships with PR agencies.
    – Other duties, as needed.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Assets

    – Minimum of five years of relevant work experience.
    – Minimum of bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field.
    – Superior written and verbal skills.
    – Expertise in message development, marketing collateral, and brand management.
    – Experience managing a social media presence, including blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
    – Experience creating visually compelling presentations; fluency with Powerpoint, Keynote, and/or other presentation software.
    – Experience in overseeing creation of short videos.
    – Experience working with interdisciplinary teams.
    – Strong attention to detail and organizational and project management skills.
    – Excellent interpersonal skills with a positive attitude; desire and ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
    – Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
    – Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.

    The position is exempt, plus bonus potential. Benefits include employer paid medical, dental, vision, matching 403(b), and paid parking or transit subsidy.

    Send a cover letter and resume to Please specify Marketing Communications Officer 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 August 21.