Program Officer

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is currently interviewing for a Program Officer Role. The Program Officer would work in the New Delhi based Liaison office team under the leadership of the Country Director, India and report into the Director, Family Economic Stability (FES).  This position would primarily focus on building and supporting our current grants and investments portfolio, and play a senior, leadership role in several of the Foundation’s India activities.
In addition, and as a result of our small organizational size and broad scope of work, each Michael & Susan Dell Foundation employee assumes a highly visible role in the work of the foundation and, as such, also assumes an important and unique responsibility for the effective articulation and communication of the foundation’s priorities and work.
The Program Officer will have an opportunity to engage with a wide variety of audiences ranging from investees, grantees, co-funder’s, bankers, raters, consultants & policymakers to the Founders and Board Members of the Foundation. We look for candidates who have demonstrated strong business acumen, leadership in operations, top notch interpersonal and communication skills, and who possess the maturity and judgment to be an effective representative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The successful candidate will not only have the ability to offer effective solutions to complex problems of urban poverty, and the critical challenges faced by our existing and potential investees and grantees, but will also be able to quickly and concisely communicate complex ideas in engaging ways.

The specifics of the position are summarized below:
Reports to : Director, Family Economic Stability, India Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Purpose:  Independently build and lead a projects portfolio that delivers measurable (and sustainable) positive impact on children through various interventions, play a senior, leadership role in several of the Foundation’s activities in India, facilitate the overall program implementation of MSDF India (with a fanatical eye for detail), and emerge as a thought leader for the Foundation.

Education / Experience: Professional / Masters qualification from a leading university / institute with 8 – 12 years of work experience in a multinational or leading Indian business entity. Experience in Investments, Consulting, Operations or Strategic Project Management would be desirable. Desirable competencies for the role include demonstrated ability to think conceptually using strong analytical skills, effectively influence a wide cross-section of people across organizations, and to identify and implement solutions to address complex business problems
Skills: Exceptional leadership/management
Strong communication (written & verbal)
Strong business acumen
Entrepreneurial & risk taking ability
Strong “end-product” orientation
Passion about development work (readiness to look at seemingly intractable social challenges in new ways)
Well-developed project management skills
Unquestioned values and ethics
Drive to create/initiate new initiatives, and not just react to proposals
Technical Knowledge:    Analytical, fact-based problem solving and implementation.  Good understanding of equity investments, valuations and business planning and understanding of financial, budgeting and accounting processes

Additional Information

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation ( is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. With offices in Austin, TX, USA and New Delhi, India, and Cape Town, South Africa, the Dell family foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood health, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. The foundation has committed more than $915 million to global children’s issues and community initiatives to date.