Principal, US Education - Remote, Flexible Location

Remote, Flexible US Location
Jan 06, 2021
Feb 05, 2021
Job Function
Education / Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Principal, US Education - Remote, Flexible Location 

Imaginable Futures is seeking a principal to join the US investment team, primarily focused on investments, research, and movement building, including advocacy and strategic communications. The US team’s strategy focuses on increasing postsecondary success for parents and improving early learning experiences for young children. In this role you will be supporting important systems change strategies and will have the opportunity to work with amazing organizations and leaders doing critical work in partnership with families.

About Imaginable Futures:

Imaginable Futures (IF), formerly Omidyar Network's Education initiative, is a global philanthropic investment firm that believes learning has the power to unlock human potential and aspires to provide every learner with the opportunity and the tools they need to imagine, and to realize, a brighter future. By taking a systems approach to solving complex education challenges, Imaginable Futures works across public, private and social sectors to bring to life transformational ideas in local, national and global contexts for learners of all ages. With a deep commitment to on-the-ground partnership and co-creation with those we serve, Imaginable Futures is empowering learners, families and communities to be the change makers of the future. Established in 2020 and managed by a global team, Imaginable Futures has invested $200 million in more than 100 partners across Africa, Latin America and the United States, as well as in India with sister organization, Omidyar Network India. Imaginable Futures is a venture of The Omidyar Group, and is founded and funded by Pierre and Pam Omidyar. We encourage you to take a look at our organizational values. Follow us at @imaginablefut and learn more at

Here's more about what you'll do:

  • Partner and lead discreet projects on research, advocacy, policy engagements, thought leadership, and other influence opportunities to support systems change efforts aligned with Imaginable Futures’ strategy in the US
  • Support portfolio organizations toward growth and impact by engaging with management, the board, co-investors, etc.
  • Manage the US team’s impact framework and learning agenda and provide input to refine strategy 
  • Develop and evaluate a pipeline and portfolio of investments (for-profit and nonprofit) and recommend investments and grants
  • Build a portfolio of investments (for-profit and nonprofit) 
  • Build and maintain relationships across private, public, and non-profit sectors, acting as a representative of IF
  • Represent IF externally as a speaker on panels, at sector related meetings and through blog publications
  • Contribute to the efforts of the global team, including knowledge management by sharing key learnings and providing feedback on similar themes and opportunities across IF’s target countries

What you'll bring to the team:

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • 7+ years of professional experience (to include some work in the education field)  with 4+ years in a related field, broadly defined to include operations, instruction, innovation or philanthropy in education, either through the public or private sectors, public policy, strategy consulting, or investing;
  • Good understanding of and/or experience with multiple levels of government and advocacy and comfort with public policy engagement;
  • Deep critical thinking, strategic and analytical skills – ability to evaluate proposed investment and project opportunities from multiple perspectives (strategic fit, expected impact, market opportunity, operational capability, business model, financial performance, valuation, etc.); appreciation of analytical rigor and clarity;
  • Good communication skills – demonstrated strength in written, oral, and / or presentation communication skills;
  • Good organization skills - organized and detailed, ability to manage multiple projects independently and simultaneously
  • Good interpersonal skills – ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners around the world; demonstrated experience with relationship building;
  • An asset based mindset; focuses on strengths, views diversity in thought, culture, and traits as positive assets.
  • Comfort with 30% domestic and international travel (once travel is safe), with close proximity to a major airport

Core Competencies for this role

  • Building Collaborative Relationships - The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside and outside the organization 
  • Analytical thinking - The ability to identify a set of features, parameters, or considerations to take into account, in analyzing a situation or making a decision
  • Initiative - The ability to manage individual projects with limited oversight; ability to exercise independent thinking and judgment
  • Empathy - Genuinely seeks to understand and respects others’ perspectives and emotions
  • Creativity - Consistently generates and employs original ideas for himself or herself and for others, tackling both simple and complex problems

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Imaginable Futures, 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. Imaginable Futures is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes people from all experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply

How to apply

Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter. The cover letter should address why you’re excited about this role.