Chief Operating Officer

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The Skoll Foundation is seeking a seasoned, experienced executive to be its Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to the CEO, the COO drives the execution of the Foundation’s mission and strategy. The COO will be involved in driving all aspects of the Foundation’s operations and will serve as the key thought partner for the CEO The COO is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. The COO fulfills this responsibility by working across the whole management team, and other department leads.

Position Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience driving the management and operation of organizations, drawing on senior management experience in any number of sectors, including nonprofit and/or philanthropy.

The COO will

  • In collaboration with the CEO and leadership teams, align the Foundation’s organizational resources, policies, structures, and accountability practices to meet agreed-upon goals
  • Lead operational planning, prioritization, and performance assessment; in other words, helping the team to understand and commit to the execution implications of strategic ideas and goals
  • Establish multi-year spending plans for the Foundation, weighing choices for current deployment and longer-term stewardship of the Foundation’s invested capital
  • Oversee foundation governance practices, including governing documents, structures, transparency, and conflicts of interest
  • Ensure that the Skoll Foundation and its operations serve as an innovative model for the fields of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy
  • Partner closely with the Foundation’s investment manager, Capricorn Investment Group, stewarding the Foundation’s investment policy and its execution in service of the Foundation’s strategy and operational priorities
  • Build and nurture strategic partnerships that advance the Foundation’s mission and contribute to its effectiveness; and using exemplary interpersonal and communications skills to establish relationships of trust and influence
  • Provide mentorship and leadership for the professional growth of the finance and operations teams; design and recruit positions; manage, develop, evaluate, and reward performance and contributions of individuals and teams
  • Work in close partnership with Talent and Culture for people operations, workforce planning, culture, and engagement activities
  • Contribute actively to the creation of the Foundation’s values-based culture

Profile of the Successful Candidate

The Skoll Foundation seeks a COO with the following attributes:

  • Minimum of ten years at the senior executive level
  • A commitment to the Skoll Foundation values, mission and vision – evidenced, in part, by exhibiting a high level of personal and professional integrity, humility and humanity
  • A record of significant accomplishment in building and managing effective operating models, with a focus on planning and execution
  • Strong internal service orientation background
  • Experience building an inclusive intercultural environment where staff of all backgrounds and abilities can thrive
  • Extensive background in finance and investments, operations, grants management, and IT
  • Proven track record managing a professional staff and leading change that results in measurable outcomes
  • Analytical skills and orientation toward measurement, outcomes and continuous improvement and learning
  • Receptive to feedback; holding the view that mistakes or challenges are necessary ingredients for development
  • Willingness and ability to challenge the status quo creatively and productively
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, encouraging team members and support of others in the performance of their responsibilities
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills

Additionally, the successful candidate may also have experience in the philanthropic sector combined with nonprofit or business experience.

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Skoll Foundation


Chief Operating Officer


Wednesday 9th September 2020


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