Valhalla Foundation (“Valhalla”) is the private foundation of Scott Cook (co-founder of Intuit) and Signe Ostby. Valhalla invests in and supports innovative organizations aligned with its mission to drive measurable and meaningful improvement in outcomes that matter.
In that spirit, five key issue areas comprise Valhalla’s main portfolio: early childhood development, K12 education, medical research and talent, environmental innovation and data literacy. Additionally, Valhalla is an active participant in collaborative philanthropy efforts through The Audacious Project, and is a General Partner in Blue Meridian Partners. Valhalla has also made sizable gifts to COVID relief and racial justice efforts in the past several years.
Scott and Signe – sole Trustees of Valhalla – have already committed over $600 million, are proud signatories of The Giving Pledge, and are passionate about the idea of “giving while living.” Therefore, the Foundation’s lean grant-making team works with focused attention to investigate who is achieving “outcomes that matter,” invest millions of dollars in those leaders and their solutions, and accelerate the scale of those models.
True to its founders, Valhalla applies a data-driven and highly rigorous approach to grant-making and also provides ongoing non-monetary support to help portfolio organizations scale their impact. Examples of these services include connections to other funders, goal-setting and strategy assistance, strengthening hiring processes, strengthening board practices and recruitment, executive coaches to help leaders with specific challenges they’re facing, and candid feedback and moral support.
Learn more at www.valhalla.org.
Valhalla considers early childhood development (prenatal to age 5) to be its main area of focus, with a goal of dramatically improving rates of Kindergarten readiness so that all children – particularly low-income children and children of color – get off to a strong start in learning and life. Early childhood is the primary growth area for the Foundation and the area where Valhalla supports organizations most intensively.
The Director will join the early childhood development team to support a growing portfolio of grantees, and will also lead Valhalla’s “portfolio supports” strategy to source and vet non-monetary resources to accelerate the impact of grantees across issue areas. This is a new role at Valhalla, and represents a unique opportunity to join a dedicated and growing team (a new Associate is also being hired) that will drive a robust and impactful early childhood strategy. The Director, Early Childhood Development will develop specific grant recommendations, support and coach portfolio organizations to accelerate their impact, monitor impact and progress, and shape evolving investment strategies based on learnings. They will apply and hone their skills in a collaborative, learning-centered environment where the path to the Senior Director level is intentional and transparent.
More specifically and primarily, the Director will cultivate relationships with and advise leaders of early childhood portfolio organizations. They will harvest learning from portfolio organizations individually and collectively, connect and collaborate with leaders and other funders in this area, and conduct additional sourcing and due diligence to grow the portfolio. Portfolio organizations include: scalable programs proven to dramatically improve the social-emotional, cognitive, and health outcomes that matter for Kindergarten readiness; research efforts that identify and illuminate what moves the needle on Kindergarten readiness; and field-building efforts that develop the policies, tools, and resources needed in the field to improve Kindergarten readiness. Click here for more details.
The Director will collaborate with other members of the Valhalla team, including Scott and Signe, who are actively involved in the work of the Foundation. Additionally, many of Valhalla’s diligence efforts are fueled by a dedicated team of external consultants from The Bridgespan Group whose members meet frequently with the Valhalla team.
Reporting to Dana Nunn, Senior Director and head of the Early Childhood Development portfolio, the Director’s key functional responsibilities are:
The successful candidate will be a collaborative, curious, continuous learner with a deep interest in early childhood development and the systems that affect child outcomes. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications outlined below, successful candidates will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
Valhalla is currently in the midst of a comprehensive compensation study to develop transparent salary bands and promotion criteria for each role. The study will likely be completed before interviews for this position begin. For now, Valhalla estimates that the minimum salary for this position is $180,000. Valhalla also offers generous benefits.
Valhalla’s operations are supported by Fox Hollow Ventures, Scott and Signe’s family office. Valhalla staff are employees of Fox Hollow Ventures.
The Director will work from Valhalla’s Woodside, CA office two days/week with the option to work remotely for the remainder of the week when in-person collaboration is not required.
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Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.
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Fox Hollow Ventures is an equal opportunity employer.
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