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We're hiring: K-12 Invention Education Portfolio Program Officer
November 24, 2014

Logo on black backgroundThe Foundation is seeking a strategic Program Officer that believes in improving lives through invention and has a genuine interest in contributing to a 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. Moreover, s/he is committed to sustainable development in alignment with the Foundation's priority to support businesses that consider both their environmental and social impact.

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 inspire students in the K-12 age range throughout the world to become inventor-entrepreneurs and provides educational opportunities that will position students for success in becoming the inventors and entrepreneurs of the future. The portfolio also includes work to enhance the ecosystem that inspires individuals to invent. While the majority of current projects are located in the US, the portfolio includes projects in both our US and Developing Country programs. It is possible that the proportion of projects located in developing countries may grow in the coming years.

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 PO will be expected to apply technical expertise in the evaluation of opportunities, as well as engage expert input from others.

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About The Lemelson Foundation

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.