Become an Omidyar Network Associate

Are you ready to upend the status quo?

As an Omidyar Network Associate, you will join a community working to reimagine critical systems and the ideas that govern them while gaining the skills, experience, and networks needed to take your career to the next level.

About the Associate Program

Omidyar Network offers a platform for early-career professionals (2-5 years relevant work experience) to work alongside our colleagues and partners toward a shared goal of building more inclusive and equitable societies, while gaining experience in the philanthropic sphere. 

Through this two-year program, Omidyar Network Associates bring their unique perspectives to our work and play a critical role in researching new areas of programmatic engagement, supporting our programmatic portfolios and specific portfolio investments, collaborating with partners, and engaging with diverse voices on our issues. Omidyar Network Associates benefit from on-the-job training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer collaboration and learning opportunities. At the end of the two-year engagement, Associates who successfully complete the program will take with them deep knowledge and networks around our programmatic portfolio, as well as an understanding of approaches to influence and change.

Is the Associate Program right for you?

Each year, we will recruit 3-4 early-career professionals who have a passion for our vision to build more inclusive and equitable societies. As an Omidyar Network Associate you will:

Inform our decisions about where our investments can create the greatest impact, using research, analysis, and collaborative problem solving to inform our strategy, as well as existing and new areas of programmatic engagement.

Identify emerging opportunities to create structural change through analysis of systems, engagement of stakeholders, and assessment of opportunities.

Be an integral part of the Omidyar Network team as you coordinate and engage across investment and portfolio management processes.

Grow a broad network of partners in the field as you work across our programmatic portfolio: Reimagining Capitalism, Responsible Technology, and Pluralism.

Successful candidates bring:

  • Demonstrated commitment to Omidyar Network’s vision for building more inclusive and equitable societies, in addition to our values.
  • Excellent research, analysis, problem solving, and written communication skills.
  • An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and external partners.
  • Attention to detail and an ability to track and execute multiple projects and issues at once.
  • High degree of comfort with change and ambiguity.

Omidyar Network Associate Program FAQ

Omidyar Network is a global network of innovators, entrepreneurs, technologists, advocates, investors, activists, and organizations committed to addressing the most critical economic, technological, and societal issues of our time. You can learn more about us here

We are seeking individuals who are passionate about reimagining the systems that impact our daily lives to build an equitable and inclusive economy. The ideal candidate has two to five years of relevant professional experience, which could include relevant roles in the fields of organizing, advocacy, policymaking, journalism, marketing and communications, economics, technology, pluralism, behavioral psychology, anthropology, philanthropy, consulting, investing and others.

While all Omidyar Network staff are currently working remotely, Associates will be expected to report to either our Washington, D.C., or Redwood City, California offices once they re-open. Associates must have US work authorization and not require sponsorship.

Yes. The Omidyar Network Associate is a full-time, two-year salaried position that features competitive pay and benefits, including health care (medical/dental/vision), paid time off, and generous employer 401k contributions.

Omidyar Network Associates work across our programmatic areas of focus, creating a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in our issues, identify and inform new strategies, and tap into Omidyar Network’s extensive network of partners.  We expect that associates will be assigned to 2-3 portfolios or projects at any given time.

Although you will support different programs throughout the organization, you will have a dedicated manager who will help you navigate your workload, access learning opportunities, and grow in the position. Other senior Omidyar Network staff will serve as mentors and ensure you are gaining professional experiences that will help take your career to the next level.

The Omidyar Network Associate Program is a two-year professional program designed to help mission-driven, early-career professionals gain exposure to philanthropy in the social change field while building their skills and growing in a diverse, unparalleled professional network. Associates are expected to leave Omidyar Network at the end of the program. We expect that alumni of the program will continue to develop as leaders at organizations that work for transformative social change.

Applications for the first cohort of Omidyar Network Associates will be considered on a rolling basis and are due no later than 11:59 pm EST, April 2, 2021. Selected candidates will be contacted for up to three rounds of interviews: a phone screen, a panel interview, and a final round that involves the preparation and presentation of an assignment. This will be a fast-paced process. We anticipate the 2021 class of Omidyar Network Associates will start on or around June 1.

If the Omidyar Network Associate Program is right for you, access a full job description and apply here.

If the Omidyar Network Associate Program is right for you, access a full job description here and apply here.