About the Organization
Hopelab is a nonprofit social innovation lab and impact investment organization supported by The Omidyar Group, founded by philanthropists and entrepreneurs Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Working across sectors and geographies, the Omidyars have contributed more than $3 billion to causes ranging from financial inclusion, to human rights, to government accountability, and press freedom initiatives.
Hopelab strives to help create a world in which young people, in particular BIPOC and LGBTQ+ teens and young adults, are thriving, free from barriers to their mental health and wellbeing. We take a systems approach by using our unique research and youth-centered design capabilities, our financial capital, and our networks to positively shift the systems impacting BIPOC and LGBTQ+ teens and young adult mental health. Hopelab does this through a model of: impact investing; advisory services to investees, grantees, and other partner companies and organizations; and development of applied research to innovate in the fields of youth wellbeing and digital engagement.
For more information about Hopelab and its mission please visit its website: https://hopelab.org
About the Position
Hopelab is seeking a dynamic and inspirational leader to join its leadership team as the Executive Vice President. The need for the EVP role evolved out of an organizational-wide strategic repositioning that Hopelab completed in 2021. This newly created role reports directly to the CEO and collaborates with leaders across the organization to articulate, implement, and evolve Hopelab's programmatic strategy to achieve desired systemic health equity impacts. This includes overseeing and supporting Hopelab's programmatic leaders to build and evolve Hopelab's impact investing, innovation & advisory services, research, strategic communications, and people & culture functions.
The Executive Vice President must be a strategic and innovative thinker, oriented toward impact, and understand the roles science, politics, society, economics, the media, and culture play in making long-lasting change. They must have demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies that support Hopelab in achieving our vision for a world in which BIPOC and LGBTQ+ teens and young adults are thriving, free from barriers to their mental health and wellbeing.
The EVP must also be skilled at building and guiding teams to deliver high-quality work, establishing innovative partnerships, and collaborating with other leaders in field building and influence efforts.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Strategic Thinking and Leadership
- In collaboration with Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Science Officer (CSO), and the rest of the leadership team, play a key role in strategy development, annual planning, resource allocation, program delivery, and management of the organization across multiple departments
- Collaborate on prioritization of the pipeline of incoming investees, grantees, and advisory services clients
- Collaborate with the CSO and the Innovation & Advisory Services and Research teams to identify and prioritize emerging themes (e.g. purpose in mental health) for staff to explore and upskill
- Collaborate with the CSO and Learning & Impact Manager to ensure systems are in-place for cross organizational learning, improvement, and impact measurement
- Promote and ensure equity in who participates and benefits from Hopelab's work
Team Management, Coaching, and Mentorship
- Directly manage and lead a high performing team of five departments in implementing Hopelab's strategic vision
- Manage and provide strategic guidance to the Head of Investments to ensure that Hopelab is sourcing and investing in companies and organizations that are positioned to impact the teen/young adult mental well-being market and that we are advancing access and quality for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth through our investments
- Manage and provide strategic guidance to the Head of Innovation & Advisory Services to ensure that Hopelab is sufficiently staffed and resourced to deliver best-in-class design (including co-design with youth) and research advisory services to organizations dedicated to improving the mental well-being of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ young people
- Manage and provide strategic guidance to the Head of Research to ensure that we provide meaningful insights and strong translational research capabilities, and move an agenda to improve the mental well-being of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ young people
- Manage and provide strategic guidance to an outsourced communications agency and to our internal Sr Manager of Strategic Communications to ensure that Hopelab's strategic communications needs are met and Hopelab is effectively positioned as a leading, innovative player in the teen/young adult mental well-being space
- Manage and provide strategic guidance to the Head of People & Culture to ensure that Hopelab's people and culture operations support excellence and our organization's values and desired culture
- Provide strategic coaching to other leaders and staff across the organization as appropriate
Organizational Strategy and Influence
- Provide strategic direction, coaching and supervision of direct reports
- Champion and advance DEI strategies across the organization and in the functional area(s) they oversee
- Represent Hopelab in diverse external forums (from impact investing to mental health to research)
- Steward and role model the organization's values and desired culture
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Typically 15+ years of professional experience, with at least 5 years of senior leadership experience managing seasoned staff
- Experience overseeing varied functional areas / departments
- Expert people management skills with demonstrated expertise in managing people towards excellence, providing support and guidance when needed, and giving space for people to express themselves
- Strong relationship development, stakeholder management, and negotiation skills
- Ability to work effectively with people across and at all levels in an organization
- Communicates complex ideas effectively
- Expertise in one or more of the following areas: impact investing, consulting, research and domain expertise in health, education and/or youth development. A bonus if additional experience in marketing and communications and/or people and culture
Compensation and benefits:
LOCATION: Open to any location in the USA
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
We encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. Hopelab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, marital status, ancestry, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. All inquiries are held in strict confidence.
Like Hopelab, On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose.