Network Weaver

Network Weaver

The Omidyar Group

San Francisco, CA   |   February 5, 2020

About the Omidyar Group

The Omidyar Group creates, funds and fosters a diverse collection of organizations and initiatives. These independent teams have the freedom to pursue ideas they believe have the potential to improve the lives of people and societies.  

The Omidyar Group was founded by philanthropists and entrepreneurs Pierre and Pam Omidyar, who are guided by common beliefs that people are good and capable, and that societal improvement is accomplished through empowered individuals and adaptive, accountable institutions. 

Working across sectors and geographies, the Omidyars have contributed more than $3 billion to causes ranging from economic advancement for the underserved, to human rights, to government accountability and press freedom initiatives. 

About the Role – Network Weaver

As a member of the Systems and Complexity team, the core objective of the Network Weaver is to nurture and support a vibrant community of practitioners who use systems and complexity thinking and tools to create positive, sustainable social change. The position also supports the S&C team’s other core functions, which are to help The Omidyar Group’s teams and organizations address their current systems and complexity challenges (our internal consulting practice) and to identify and explore how to meet future needs (our R&D initiatives).

A highly collaborative team that values experimentation and learning, The Omidyar Group’s Systems & Complexity team provides support across all Omidyar Group organizations. We do this by creating the structures and experiences that enable our partners to come together to share and learn what works (and what doesn’t), come up with new solutions where none exist, and implement their work in a way that the entire entity can learn from.

That means the majority of your time in this role will be spent connecting and communicating and coming to understand the group as a whole. Your calendar will be quite busy, and some days will include 5+ phone/video calls while other days will be spent on the go, visiting various partners across the Bay and across the world. You should be someone who gains energy constantly communicating with others and managing the logistical needs of our communities.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the Systems Hub (intranet)
    • Use a variety of research methods (ex. interviews, observation, online surveys, product analytics) to identify opportunities to improve the Systems Hub for different audiences
    • Develop and post original content 
    • Source content from Systems & Complexity team, Omidyar Group organizations, and external sources
    • Seek opportunities to the market site to new and existing Omidyar Group audiences
  • Cultivate the Systems & Complexity Community of Practice (CoP). 
    • Develop and facilitate CoP monthly webinars 
    • Plan and execute biannual in-person CoP convenings
    • Use a variety of research methods (ex. interviews, observation, online surveys) to deepen understanding of the needs (jobs, pains, and gains) of CoP members.
    • Seek opportunities to grow CoP and connect members in creative ways
  • Support for R&D initiatives
    • Stay up-to-date on developments in philanthropy and the systems and complexity fields and synthesize learnings into shareable, compelling formats
    • Support R&D events and products
  • Support for internal consulting practice
    • Provide support to internal consulting projects to include compiling documents, creating and formatting slide decks, and tracking project milestones and deadlines
    • Support the development of materials and tools to help practitioners become confident, empowered systems thinkers
    • Co-facilitate in-person and online trainings and workshops on topics related to systems and complexity thinking 
  • Contribute to team culture and effectiveness
    • Create and maintain project tracking documents, including timelines, budgets, deliverables, spreadsheets of key contacts, and other project resources using Outlook, Excel, and/or other online application
    • Contribute to team health and development activities
Your Skills & Competencies
  • Convener. You recognize that a well-prepared and supported community can achieve far more than a single, highly talented individual. You can bring together thought leaders and facilitate conversations to identify the best/most creative ways to build a community that is both nurturing and generative. You enjoy removing barriers to our partners coming together including taking care of the logistical details so they don’t have to.
  • Relationship Builder. You thrive on meeting new people and like to foster relationships. You enjoy learning what motivates people, what inspires their work and makes them feel appreciated.
  • Exceptional Communicator. You have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You’re an empathetic listener, able to engage with others verbally in a range of styles and contexts.
  • Team Player.  You can work on any project, with any team.  Not because you know everything, because you love working on teams and you are the one who always puts it on themselves to see their team succeed. You’re not afraid to ask questions.
  • Abundant Thinker. You believe that we are living in a world of abundant resources and that the right team of partners can make improbable things happen. You bring relentless curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.
  • Adaptability & Self-motivation. You proactively take the initiative. Strong project management skills, even in an ambiguous environment, and the ability to handle multiple priorities with ease.
  • Learning Mindset. A desire for continuous improvement, innate curiosity, and a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth.
Your Experience

2-6 years of overall professional experience in roles/education that include:

  • Leading projects with a record of increasing responsibility over time.
  • Training in systems & complexity thinking.
  • Designing and managing virtual collaboration tools (listservs, webinar technology, social media platforms, etc.).
  • Quantifiable track-record in building an engaged community.
  • Delivering well-structured quantitative and qualitative analyses.

We expect this role to have a salary of $100,000 with excellent benefits. 

The Application Process

The Omidyar Group has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. To apply, please create a Basic Profile using this link or click the Express Interest button. The process takes no more than 5 minutes and all you need is your resume.

Individuals who complete the profile by Tuesday, February 25th will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume, and you may leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Economics”). Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school). Lastly, we intentionally do not ask for a cover letter, so we kindly request that you not send one in your application.

This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please feel free to email Abe Taleb, ataleb@koyapartners.com.