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VP, Product Strategy & Operations at Possibility Labs

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San Francisco, CA
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Published 18 days ago

About Possibility Labs

Imagine an economy where low-income communities and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have the power of self-determination. 

Possibility Labs envisions an economy where all people thrive. A 501c3 social finance organization, Possibility Labs’ mission is to accelerate and empower community-driven solutions that are built, led, and governed by and for low-income and BIPOC communities. Possibility Labs supports its partners by providing the essential operational and financial infrastructure to manage and move integrated capital to BIPOC-led movement groups.

Founded in September of 2020, Possibility Labs has already shown significant growth in its first year. A team of 10 are advancing Possibility Labs’ mission and have already earned $5M in sales in the first 8 months. Partners are currently offered business infrastructure and operations support through fiscal sponsorship, but this is just the beginning. Possibility Labs is rapidly growing to extend additional services to its partners, including Donor Advised Funds and managed back office operations support with a goal of deploying two billion dollars in the next ten years. Much of this work will be led by the VP, Product Strategy and Operations (VPPSO).


About the Role

The VPPSO will be joining Possibility Labs at a critical time in its early history. This leader will oversee and develop the operations and product strategy for this quickly growing organization as it continues to offer innovative services to its partners. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for a curious and systems-savvy leader to have a lasting impact not only at Possibility Labs but within greater BIPOC communities. The VPPSO will build capacity and develop solutions to support organizational structure, processes, and partner needs. The ideal candidate will have deep expertise in process improvement and the ability to skillfully translate user needs into technology solutions. 

Reporting to Co-CEO, Keiko Murase, and partnering with the Executive Team, this position will have influence across the organization. This is a role for an action-oriented leader with strong business acumen looking to grow alongside an organization.


Core Responsibilities

Business Infrastructure

  • Develop and oversee infrastructure improvements including technology solutions to provide an excellent user experience and fit organizational needs in a rapidly growing environment
  • Champion internal design - map organizational processes and systems to tactical benefit
  • Continuously assess process and technology solutions, and proactively recommend new tools and policies as the organization scales
  • Design and build business intelligence capabilities to support partners in data-informed decision making by designing and instituting a data warehousing system, defining impact metrics, and implementing a reporting tool 
  • Lead integration of a Possibility Labs portal, designed for all Possibility Labs partners to collaborate and learn from each other, to achieve collective impact


Product Strategy 

  • Work alongside the Co-CEO’s to formalize and eventually oversee the five-year product strategy, ensuring it remains consistently aligned with Possibility Labs’ mission and partner needs
  • Develop technology solutions and tools for Possibility Labs’ partners with a consistent focus on process improvement and building systems that can scale as the organization grows 
  • Serve as the industry expert on technology solutions to consistently identify opportunities of increased productivity and impact for the organization
  • Build strong relationships across the Executive Team to ensure organizational capacity and that partner needs are fully supported while new products are effectively launched


Culture

  • Actively contribute to the organization’s strategy and culture as a member of the Executive Team
  • Attract, retain, and mentor top talent on the Product Strategy and Operations team, including consultants 
  • Foster a commitment to Possibility Labs’ vision and advancing racial, gender, and social justice


Qualifications

  • 10+ years of demonstrated career progression and strong performance as a senior leader, preferably in startup or early stage organizations
  • Experience leading strategy, operationalizing visions, and designing process improvements for a rapidly growing organization a strong plus   
  • Demonstrated business acumen - has integrated technology systems in response to continuous process improvement
  • Experience in driving operational initiatives and building scalable systems with lean teams and aggressive timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to switch between detail-intensive data processing and relationship-based interactions with ease
  • Humility and calm under pressure, eager to tackle ambiguous problems
  • Growth mindset, collaborative and willing to give and receive direct and timely feedback
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills, comfortable presenting to a diverse and senior audience
  • Proven ability to develop and lead high performing remote teams, particularly through times of organizational growth
  • Collaborative leader and culture-carrier, committed to social justice and racial justice
  • MBA a strong plus 
  • Working knowledge of MS Office 365 is required, and experience with Salesforce, Bill.com, Xero, Divvy, and savvy with a wide range of business applications and emergent digital tools is a plus

About Possibility Labs

Imagine an economy where low-income communities and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have the power of self-determination. 

Possibility Labs envisions an economy where all people thrive. A 501c3 social…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract

Benefits

Annual benefits package includes: 20 days vacation, 14 standard holidays and 2 personal days, 12 sick days, medical, vision, and dental coverage (enrollment effective on the hire date, and may require a per paycheck employee contribution), 100% employer sponsored basic life/AD&D coverage, access to a 401K retirement plan with employer match, and access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.

Annual benefits package includes: 20 days vacation, 14 standard holidays and 2 personal days, 12 sick days, medical, vision, and dental coverage (enrollment effective on the hire date…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
San Francisco, CA, USA

How to Apply

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation. As an equal opportunity employer that values the organizational benefits of a diverse staff, Possibility Labs is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people with a variety of backgrounds and attributes.

Possibility Labs has retained Schaffer&Combs, a certified B Corporation, to support this search. In order to apply, please submit a current resume and thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest and outlines your relevant skills and experience.

Please refrain from contacting Possibility Labs directly. All inquiries should be directed to Schaffer&Combs at PossibilityLabs@schaffercombs.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy…

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