Green Job of the Day: Program Officer, Skoll Foundation (Palo Alto, CA)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Program Officer
Organization: Skoll Foundation
Location: Palo Alto, CA

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. You can review the complete job announcement here.  The deadline for submitting resumes is September 17, 2010.

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Background
The Skoll Foundation was established in 1999 by eBay’s first president, Jeff Skoll, who serves as the founder and chairman. The Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are proven leaders whose innovative approaches and solutions to social and environmental problems are helping to better the lives and circumstances of countless underserved or disadvantaged individuals and society overall. By identifying the people and their organizations already bringing positive change around the world, the Skoll Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally transform society.

Position Description
The Program and Impact team seeks a Program Officer who brings a combination of intellectual curiosity, a passion for social change, a focus on tangible results, a “can do” attitude and a desire to work within a team that practices continuous learning and improvement. The Program and Impact Team manages the Skoll Foundation’s “invest” programs (grants, investments in and loans to social entrepreneurs and other innovators). Like the foundation itself, the invest programs are continuously evolving as the foundation seeks to maximize its impact. The Program Officer will be an integral member of a team responsible for: (1) working with a select group of partners to take advantage of opportunities that drive greater impact; and (2) advancing opportunities for significant progress towards targeted foundation goals within specific issue areas. The Program Officer will be engaged in primary relationships throughout the foundation’s programs, but will play a key role in identifying and catalyzing investment opportunities for greater impact. Program Officers are expected to accept a high degree of individual responsibility for anticipating and meeting deadlines, analyzing and managing opportunities and risk, producing high-quality documents and graphic materials, maintaining records and welcoming feedback with the aim of continuous improvement and contribution to team performance.

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