Principal, Responsible Technology

  • Full Time
  • Hybrid, CA-San Francisco, CA-Other, DC-Washington, DC-Other, MD-Baltimore, MD-Other, NY-New York City, NY-Other, VA-Arlington, VA-Other
  • Mid Level

Website OmidyarNetwork Omidyar Network

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 and follow on Twitter @omidyarnetwork.

About the Programs Team
The Programs team spans Omidyar Network’s three impact themes: Responsible Technology, Reimagining Capitalism, and Building Cultures of Belonging. Our strategies reflect the intertwined nature of technological, economic, and cultural transformation. Each theme houses a dynamic portfolio for shifting ideas, narratives, rules, and power in concert with partners. Supervised by our Senior Vice President of Programs, team members join ON from a wide range of backgrounds in technology, investing, consulting, philanthropy, policy, advocacy, nonprofits, community organizing, education, and the arts. The programs team strives to embody ON’s values of Boldness, Connection, Curiosity, Integrity, and Respect.

About Responsible Technology

Responsible Tech’s work is rooted in ON’s core belief that technology should embody the values of, and be in service to, the type of society we aspire to have. Though the speed and scale of digital technological innovation brings new opportunities, it can also exacerbate inequalities, pose new risks, and raise issues about accountability and values. Our approach is to connect and empower a new wave of leaders, companies, and institutions who are striving to shape technologies built on inclusivity, mutualism, sustainability, accountability, and responsible innovation.

Responsible Tech’s program aims at building a more equitable technology ecosystem. To do this, we deploy a range of tools including grant making, equity investing, convening and building coalitions, and supporting communities, among others, in partnership with entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, funders and other stakeholders. We cultivate an active portfolio of exploratory themes such as the role of open source software and standards, relationship and interactions of digital natives with technology, and the emerging opportunities and implications of Web3 and artificial intelligence (AI).

Position Summary and Responsibilities

If you are interested in creating a more equitable and inclusive society, then the Principal role at Omidyar Network is a unique role to help make that possible. This is a grantmaking and investing role that highly values the experience of having operated in the field and strong networks; we select people who have a clear vision of the kind of change they want to see, and ideas on how to make it real.

Every grantmaker on our team has a different profile, and we are looking for a specific set of skills to complement our existing spectrum of talent. We hope to find someone who has direct experience coding, building technology, and has seen its positive and negative effects play out in the private sector. We also hope that this person can bring entrepreneurial and creative energy to the projects they touch, and has a deep understanding of emerging tech trends and opportunities. The position will report to a Director on the Responsible Technology team.

Example responsibilities:

Portfolio Development and Management: You will coordinate the full lifecycle of programmatic activities, developing a pipeline of investment opportunities, grants, partnerships, and conduct diligence. You will make investment and grant making decisions in line with strategy.
Collaboration: You will work on select workstream(s) in the Responsible Tech portfolio and collaborate with others across programs (Reimagining Capitalism, Building Cultures of Belonging) to enable cross-pollination and bring new perspectives to strengthen the work.
Strategy and Learning: You will contribute to strategy development while co-leading on a set of strategic priorities. Advance impact goals using an array of tools and engage with ongoing learning activities.
Community: You will identify ways to collaborate with partners and other funders. Cultivate a wider network representing different communities, sectors, and perspectives. Stewarding coalitions of funders and change makers.
Communications: Partnering with our Strategic Communications team, you will provide the expertise and connections to help craft Omidyar Network’s thought leadership, including its points-of-view on technology issues.

While we are currently working in a hybrid capacity. The position will be based out of our Redwood City (CA) or Washington DC offices, or remotely from New York State. Candidates must have a current U.S. work authorization to be considered.

8-10 years work experience in following areas: tech or web development, engineering, product development, entrepreneurship, product / line management and/or early-stage investing in tech
Work experience may be anchored in one or more of the following themes:
Building products in a technical or computing role with direct experience of coding strongly preferred
Leading product development at a tech startup
Experience of building a tech-led business
Managing teams or communities of developers
Early stage investing in technology, with a focus on inclusive capital practices
Experience with tech-first approaches for problem solving
Ability to think through, and develop strategies to advance responsible tech goals with emerging trends and technologies, e.g. Web3, generalized AI-ML, quantum computing, etc.
Ability to understand and address the priorities of multiple participants on complex issues in the tech ecosystem, with a lens on opportunity, equity and inclusivity.
Passion for Omidyar Network’s mission and our goals for Responsible Technology.

To apply, submit your resume and a short cover letter (1-page maximum) describing your interest and fit with the role.

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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