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, Learning and Evaluation
Program Officer, Pandemics
Director, Finance and Operations

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, Learning and Evaluation

    Position Description
    We are seeking a Director of Learning and Evaluation to implement a learning and evaluation framework that will enable smarter grantmaking, improve project design and implementation, and increase overall impact on our areas of focus. Learning and evaluation will inform strategic planning and sound decision-making, and provide evidence to address key questions about our mission, programmatic initiatives, and grantees.

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

    –  Develop and operationalize a cohesive organization-wide approach to learning.
    –  Introduce tools to foster cross-team learning.
    –  Develop a learning agenda for program staff that creates an environment of continuous improvement.
    –  Support the learning processes and capacity of partners, including grantees and co-funders.
    –  Partner with program staff to improve processes for monitoring and analyzing important trends and developments in the global issues of strategic relevance to the Fund.
    –  Create a performance measurement framework with processes, tools, and guidelines to help forecast and assess program impact and risk.
    –  Work with leadership, program staff, and grantees to identify intended outcomes and performance metrics.
    –  Document learning from evaluations for use by staff and the board to inform strategic decisions.
    –  Synthesize results and lessons learned to share publicly and inform the broader fields in which we work.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Assets
    –  Minimum of ten years of experience in progressively responsible, hands-on leadership roles
    –  A bachelor’s degree is required; a relevant graduate degree is preferred
    –  Significant direct experience in evaluation and impact assessment
    –  Experience working with high performing teams in a small but dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
    –  Experience building a cross-organization learning culture and leading knowledge sharing
    –  Knowledge of and experience in our focus areas
    –  Candidates will be considered from diverse backgrounds that might include foundations, journalism, think tanks, business or strategy consulting

    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.

  • Program Officer, Pandemics

    Position Description
    We are seeking a creative and energetic team player to help implement the Ending Pandemics In Our Lifetime Initiative. Reporting to and working closely with the Manager, Pandemics, this key staff member will maintain relationships with key partners and manage a grants portfolio around the pandemics initiative. S/he will work with the team to drive deliverables and produce tangible results related to the pandemics initiative. S/he will actively track activity and results and keep the team informed.

    Primary duties and responsibilities
    Working closely with the Pandemics Team, the Program Officer will:

    Serve as project manager for multiple Ending Pandemics efforts, including:

    –  Supporting the development of regional disease surveillance networks in West Africa and South Asia.
    –  Developing a platform and community of trained epidemiologists to engage in providing local context and information on alerts about potential outbreaks in their area.
    –  Supporting multiple countries in implementing measurements regarding timeliness of outbreak detection.
    –  Coordinating emerging projects in participatory surveillance as necessary.
    –  Providing content and oversight for development of an Ending Pandemics community of practice for grantees and partners.

    Provide technical assistance to grantees, including:

    –  Sharing grant progress and outcomes with SGTF and the broader scientific community.
    –  Developing theories of change for projects.
    –  Supporting grantees in improving proposal quality and developing useful grant-specific metrics.
    –  Helping grantees measure and evaluate their work towards Ending Pandemics.
    –  Supporting grantees in broadly sharing their work and results from grants.

    Support programmatic aspects of grant-making, including:

    –  Writing grant recommendation memos.
    –  Monitoring grants through completion, including constant engagement with grantees.
    –  Reviewing grant progress reports and writing memos evaluating grantee progress.

    Support the Pandemics team in assessing the larger impact of the Ending Pandemics overall program strategy.

    Coordinate and develop presentations and documents for board and other internal meetings and discussions, in partnership with Manager, Pandemics and Director, Global Health Threats.

    Knowledge, skills, and assets
    –  Ability to multi-task, work with multi-stakeholders, maintain exceptional attention to detail, and proactively manage project timelines and deliverables.
    –  Outstanding communication skills that manifest in high quality written documents, presentation and meeting materials, and verbal communication.
    –  Consensus builder who is tactful in interactions with partners and grantees.
    –  Independent and self-motivated, able to take initiative in an entrepreneurial environment.
    –  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.
    –  Willingness to work with remote partners, with limited opportunities for travel.
    –  Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion.
    –  Strong working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Asana, and Google Drive.

    Education and Experience
    –  Minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience and sectoral expertise.
    –  Masters degree in Public Health or a related discipline strongly preferred.
    –  Experience working at a Foundation preferred.
    –  Experience working in developing countries preferred.
    –  Strong knowledge of public health, animal health, and disease surveillance required.
    –  Extensive contacts and relationships in public health is a plus.
    –  Experience working with governments and/or multilateral agencies a plus.

    The position is exempt with a competitive salary 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 Program Officer, Pandemics 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 October 16, 2015.

    • 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.