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4 Nov 2014

Full-Time Program Officer, Developing Country Incubation Portfolio

Lemelson Foundation – Posted by WaldronHR Portland, Oregon, United States

Job Description

The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives. We believe invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time. We make grants and other investments to inspire and enable the next generation of inventors and invention-based businesses across the US and in developing countries. By doing this, we promote a strong economy in the US, and improved lives for the poor in developing countries. We are committed to promoting Impact Inventing as a means of ensuring that the next generation of inventors and invention- based businesses have positive social impact, are environmentally responsible, and financially sustainable.

Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in the early 1990s, and guided by the Lemelson family, to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $185 million in grants and Program-Related Investments in support of its mission. A private philanthropy, The Lemelson Foundation has an endowment of around $370 million and an annual budget of approximately $18 million.

The Position
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Officer (PO) will be an integral part of our close-knit team, providing support on issues that cut across the Foundation’s priorities and are of high importance to the overall strategy. The current portfolio for this position focuses on projects and programs that incubate early-stage, science, technology, and invention-based enterprises that improve lives of the poor in developing countries. The primary role of the PO is to develop, monitor, and manage a portfolio of investments (grants, contracts) and undertake other activities in direct support of the Foundation’s strategy.

The Lemelson Foundation seeks a strategic Program Officer that believes in improving lives through invention and has a genuine interest in contributing to a Foundation culture of collaboration, learning, and innovation. The ideal candidate is passionate, curious, and wholly dedicated to creating scaled impact on the lives of the most vulnerable worldwide.

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A Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of professional experience required, with 5 years experience in engineering, technology, science, invention, and/or entrepreneurship in an invention-based business. Prior experience building local, regional, or international partnerships and programs is highly desired. A relevant advanced degree is preferred. Previous strategic grantmaking is a plus. Previous experience working in or with developing countries is highly desirable.

How to Apply

To Apply To be considered, please go to and include a carefully crafted, customized cover letter in your application that includes how your skill set and background align with the demands of the position. Use reference code SG057 when applying. Letters should be addressed to Michael Kaemingk.

Job Categories: Philanthropy. Job Types: Full-Time.

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