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About Omidyar Network

Established by philanthropists Pam and Pierre Omidyar, Omidyar Network (ON) is a social change venture that has committed more than $1 billion to innovative for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations since 2004. Omidyar Network works to reimagine critical systems and the ideas that govern them, and to build more inclusive and equitable societies in which individuals have the social, economic, and democratic power to thrive. To learn more, visit www.omidyar.com.

About the Reimagining Capitalism team

We work to address structural challenges at the heart of our economic system, and to craft an economic paradigm that serves the interests of everyone, not just a select few. Our work is anchored in how we can craft ideas, shift power structures and the rules and incentives that govern markets to advance a more equitable system of capitalism.

We lead a dynamic portfolio of experimental ideas and established workstreams that include efforts to seed a new economic paradigm, rebuild worker power, and reorient the role of corporations and capital markets. Our strategies to achieve influence and impact include crafting narratives through campaigns and storytelling; working with organizers to build power; convening partners to support coordination and movement building; and deploying investment for impact.

Position Summary

You will help advance our goal of building a more just, inclusive and sustainable capitalism by developing and leading key pieces of our strategy.

In the past year, Principals have set up a new funding facility and provided grassroots support to organizations doing critical advocacy work during the COVID crisis; and engaged directly with policy makers to advise the Administration’s agenda on key economic policy issues.

This Principal will work across multiple portfolios on the RC team, and will help build a new portfolio around corporations, capital markets and the common good. This will involve advocating for policy and regulatory reform on corporate and financial sector issues and mobilizing asset owners to engage corporations on environmental social and governance (ESG) issues via stewardship and shareholder activism.

This candidate will also provide a business perspective to other RC focus areas, like Worker Power, as well as engage on work under our Responsible Technology and Pluralism impact themes.

Your Contributions:

Strategy and Insights: Work with us to evolve and refine the RC team’s overall strategy. Explore new ideas, identify new potential focus areas for our work. Help determine how to respond and adapt to the rapidly changing context of economic policy.

Relationships and Networks: Build out our network with nonprofit and advocacy organizations, business executives, policy makers and regulators, grassroots networks and youth organizations, media and storytellers, and academics and researchers.

Portfolio Development and Management: Develop a pipeline of influence activities to advance our impact goals. Scope, diligence, and execute individual grants, contracts, and investments. Serve in formal governance roles or informal advisory capacities with grantees and other key partners.

Communication and Learning: Communicate what we are learning to our peers and partners, and develop points of view, articles, and blogs. Represent ON in external forums.

What you will bring to the team

  • 6-12 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Relevant experience working on issues at the intersection of business, finance, social change, and policy – and relevant networks across diverse constituencies.
  • Strong interest in seeking to address complex problems through systems change strategies, experimenting with innovative approaches, and comfort with ambiguity.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills; an ability to establish trust, forge close relationships, work collegially and exhibit humility and respect in your relationships with colleagues and external partners.

In lieu of a cover letter, please submit a 1-page brief addressing the following:

Please make the case for one key shift in the role of corporations and capital markets in our economy and society that is important to moving towards the vision laid out Omidyar Network’s reimagining capitalism point of view, and suggest one or more strategies ON might consider supporting to advance that shift.

Please submit your applications by August 20th.  We will begin reviewing all applications following the deadline, and commencing our interview process at the start of September.

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