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Talent and Culture Program Manager

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum

People & HR, Operations
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Department: Talent & Culture

Reports to: Chief People Officer (CPO)

Status: Full Time, Exempt

Location: Palo Alto | Local candidates preferred | Remote consideration

Salary: $94,554 $136,063 per year

Position Description

The Talent and Culture Program Manager will help us continue to make Skoll a great place to work. This person will also be accountable for payroll management, compliance, and help support culture building and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEI-B) programs. A critical focus of the role will be responsible for driving human resources staff communications across Skoll, in collaboration with external communications / marketing team, and other key stakeholders to ensure that our staff are kept informed, their feedback is heard and that we continue to improve their work life.

Talent Engagement & Culture:

  • Own, manage, and facilitate Skoll’s all staff meetings (monthly & quarterly), feedback sessions and focus groups; includes evaluation of sessions and report out.
  • Support CPO on workforce planning, job design, performance management, compensation management, succession planning
  • Work with the CPO on the annual staff engagement survey process.
  • Plan, edit and write content for a variety of internal communications mediums, such as a staff intranet, email, and internal messaging platforms.
  • Design and build out the intranet (SharePoint), and establish content management protocols and schedule – maintain the Talent and Culture page.
  • Project manage and serve as primary communicator for employee resource group program, heritage celebrations, and drive other DEI-B activities.
  • Onboarding and Offboarding of staff, including exit interviews.
  • Assist with recruiting when needed, including sourcing, phone screen, developing interview guides, offer & accept process.
  • Work collaboratively with Talent and Culture team on all initiatives


Payroll and Policy Administration

  • Payroll administration: management, review, submission, troubleshoot; ADP TotalSource or PEO experience required.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of policies and procedures, including practice guides.
  • Performs employee payroll (all cycles of payroll) and benefits administration (includes managing open enrollment)
  • Complies and runs reports from HRIS. Manage systems to track and report important HR information.
  • Maintains compliance with federal and state regulations concerning employment, including compliance with required training; working with outsourced employee relations attorney/partner
  • Working with IT and other teams, develop an emergency communications system and protocols.


Experience and Skills

  • Payroll Administration & HRIS management – ADP TotalSource a plus
  • SHRM or HRCI certification desired; senior status a plus
  • Outstanding project management skills and accountability
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), including polished editing skills and the ability to develop effective presentations.
  • Experience utilizing blogging and website content management system such as WordPress, SharePoint, Igloo Software, etc.
  • Solid experience with internal communications is desired.
  • Exceptional MS Office skills in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Captivate a plus.
  • Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and stakeholder requests.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, and sound judgment. A team player and a creative thinker, able to work independently to meet objectives and to collaborate effectively with leadership, staff and external stakeholders.


Salary Description

Offers are based on the candidate’s years of experience and the Foundation’s practice of upholding salary equity within the Foundation. The base salary range for this position is between $94,554 and $136,063 per year. The salary range will vary for candidates outside the Foundation’s primary office in Palo Alto, California.


Your Health

The Foundation requires all staff, vendors, and visitors be fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


About the Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation seeks to catalyze transformational social change by investing in, connecting, and championing social entrepreneurs and other social innovators who together advance bold and equitable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Jeff Skoll, the first employee and first President of eBay, created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity for all. The Foundation is part of the Jeff Skoll Group, which also includes Participant (formerly known as Participant Media) and the Capricorn Investment Group.

The Foundation aspires to fundamentally shift the trajectory on urgent global problems including pandemics and global health systems, racial justice, climate change, effective governance, and inclusive economies. The Foundation does this by connecting social innovators around the world, investing in their solutions, and championing their work. The Foundation is committed to finding new ways to streamline its operations and support the organization as it drives transformational social change globally. Learn more about the Skoll Foundation at


The Skoll Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Click the “Apply” button to submit your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter indicate your passion for the mission and your fit for the role. We will contact qualified applicants.    Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the ADA and related state laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in how things are normally done, ensuring an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the company.  Please contact if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Skoll, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.