About Omidyar Network:

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by philanthropists Pam and Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, the organization has committed more than $1 billion to innovative for-profit companies and non-profit organizations to catalyze economic and social change. To learn more, visit www.omidyar.com, and follow on Twitter @omidyarnetwork.


About the Beneficial Tech Team:

The original promise of technology was that it would change our lives for the better. It’s increasingly clear that technology changes faster than the norms that govern it.

The Beneficial Tech team draws upon our founders, Pierre and Pam Omidyar, and Omidyar Network’s long-standing beliefs in the promise of technology to create opportunity, empower people and promote social good. The team works across multiple initiatives to influence the change we seek. We partner with technologists to invest and co-create solutions to better anticipate, prevent and correct issues arising from the products we use. A few examples of our work include:

  • EthicalOS, a co-creation with Institute for the Future. This product framework designed to help tech teams plan for potential risks at the roadmap stage has been tested by 50+ companies, from Techstars startups to Google’s X.
  • The Responsible Computer Science Challenge, a collaboration between us, Mozilla, Schmidt Futures and Craig Newmark Philanthropies that will award up to $3.5M for undergraduate faculty to integrate ethics into core, technical Computer Science coursework.
  • Investment in the Tristan Harris’ Center for Humane Tech, DotEveryone (UK) and Coworker.org, organizations that help tech employees self-organize.
  • Convening 130 leaders, including big tech VPs, thought leaders, VCs and grantees, to build shared identity and develop potential solutions to our biggest tech challenges.

The time is now to move quickly to create the change we seek, and we are building a strong team of passionate and entrepreneurial individuals who thrive on taking an experimental approach. We are starting with small bets and scaling up what works to change the system. We’re looking to spark a movement of technologists committed to designing technology that’s best for the world.


Position Summary:

Based in San Francisco and Redwood City, CA, this role reports into the Director of Beneficial Tech. This is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader to play a formative role in shaping the tools, norms and systems that will accelerate the movement we’ve begun to build. You’ll work to inform, develop, guide, or influence the practices, mindsets, and beliefs under which new technologies are built and ensure the infrastructure exists to ensure standards and accountabilities are met. You’ll devise ways to make responsible product innovation both normative and table stakes for the industry.

For the past year, the team has been working to fund and co-create tests to influence product and ecosystem change; this role will take our work to the next level.


How you’ll contribute to our impact:

  • Lead the development of new platforms and tools. You’ll lead the development of new tools and frameworks to accelerate the pace of change in responsible product development. Most will be direct investments in other’s work; some will be co-created. You’ll ensure the emergence of concrete solutions that facilitate ethical decision-making, and devise adoption strategies to get the right tools and frameworks into the hands of technologists. Examples of current investments include like Coworker.org (a platform for employee organizing) and Ethical OS (an ethical risk screen for product teams).

  • Drive creation and adoption of ethical systems and infrastructure. Core to this work is designing and executing, alongside the team, new processes and systems to grow culture of accountability and responsibility in tech companies. Through partnerships and multistakeholder initiatives, you will build and scale positive interventions to build industry’s responsible endoskeleton. Examples could include building a movement hub; or scaling best practices for product requirement documentation.

  • Scale new educational and training interventions. You will ensure that current and future technologists are trained in the most concrete and applicable skills, mindsets and behaviors, wherever they sit in the talent pipeline (students, employees, VCs, founders, etc.), such as Responsible CS.

  • Engage and manage our portfolio. You’ll shape hypotheses, structure experiments, assess opportunities, and make and manage investments within the systems, tools and infrastructure space. You’ll engage our stakeholders, from grantees to partners, to communicate strategies, priorities and impact.

  • Participate in our broader network and movement building and other facets of Beneficial Tech. We believe we go further together, so your active participation in our wider team’s work to build a movement of responsible technologists will be vital.

  • Be focused but flexible. The space we operate in is new, with many moving parts, multiple narratives and few established players. You’ll keep your ear to the ground to understand the shifts within the community, and understand when to stay the course versus change tack, as realities change.



What you'll bring to the team:

  • Talent for spotting and evaluating opportunities through knowledge of the landscape, robust relationships and partnerships, you use a combination of gut and strategic chops to assess new opportunities as well as spin up your own.

  • Track record of building communities of practice and instantiating cultural shifts to scale and embed new tools and practices. You are comfortable with the ambiguity that arises from long-term ecosystem building and understand that cultural norms take time to take root.

  • As the expert within our small team, you’re comfortable being both strategic and operational, and bring a scrappy inventiveness to all that you do. You’re willing to experiment, to take risks, to learn quickly and pivot appropriately.

  • You know how to manage a project from start to end. You are comfortable setting and meeting timelines, driving deliverables and ensuring that we are learning all along the way.

  • We’re open to considering exceptional experience and trajectory, but typically, you have 7+ years of relevant experience, which might include:

    • Experience testing and building things - organizations, products, or communities - from scratch, ideally within a technology company

    • Experience influencing without authority and developing meaningful relationships to drive change

    • Experience in venture investing, philanthropic grantmaking or strategic program development helpful but not required

  • Your experience working in tech drives your passion for the mission of our team, and you’re aligned to Omidyar Network’s values

  • High tolerance of ambiguity, comfort with admitting failure and learning from it

  • Have a sense of humor, care passionately about team culture and good collaboration

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • High sense of personal responsibility and integrity

  • BA/BS and, possibly, a graduate degree


Application Instructions: 

Please include a resume and, in lieu of a cover letter, your response to the following question (no more than 500 words).

  • Which technology product would you deem to be "good," and why?

Upload your response where our online application says "Essay Question." 


At Omidyar Network, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with our fundamental belief that people are inherently capable, but they often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to have outsized positive returns on the world. We actively recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Omidyar Network is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes people from all experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.


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