Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. We support innovative and courageous organisations and entrepreneurs around the world, and we advocate for the policies and actions that will drive change across four impact areas: Civic Empowerment, Data & Digital Rights, Financial Transparency, and Independent Media. We work with our investees and partners to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in and to shape the issues affecting their societies, and to make those in positions of power more responsive and accountable. Luminate was established in 2018 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife Pam. The organisation is part of The Omidyar Group.
About Civic Empowerment
The goal of Luminate’s Civic Empowerment work is to ensure that everyone - especially those who are marginalised or under-served - can participate in governance, receive the services they need, and hold those in power to account. We do this by funding organisations that work in two complementary areas: those using technology to help governments deliver better services, and those helping people participate in the decisions their governments make. We fund early-stage innovations, research, advocacy and storytelling, helping organisations scale and identify opportunities for long-term sustainability. With a global remit, we actively invest in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Luminate is seeking an experienced professional who is passionate about civic empowerment to expand its work in this impact area. The Principal will primarily be responsible for building and supporting a portfolio of organizations who are advancing civic empowerment at the global and multi-regional level. They will also utilize Luminate’s flexible capital to test additional ways of having impact, such as funding research, advocacy and storytelling on critical issues related to civic empowerment. The Principal will also provide support to Luminate’s regional teams as they fund organizations working on civic empowerment at the country level.
Reporting: This position will report to the Managing Director, Civic Empowerment.
Location: Please note that this a globally oriented position so could potentially be based in any of Luminate’s priority countries. The employee must have the entitlement to work in-country without any additional approvals.
Building and maintaining a portfolio of grantees / investees working on Civic Empowerment
Supporting portfolio organisations
Advancing Civic Empowerment through additional Luminate impact levers such as Research, Advocacy and Storytelling
Engaging with a broader external audience on global Civic Empowerment work
Skills and Experience
Luminate believes that diversity and inclusion make us more successful in our work, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or national law.
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