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Program Strategy Lead



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, October 13, 2023
This is a full-time role located in the SF Bay Area. While much of our work is remote, priority will be given to candidates based in the SF Bay Area to allow for ad hoc in-person work with our team members.
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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 well-being. 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 teen 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 well-being, digital engagement and health equity.
The Position: Program Strategy Lead
The Program Strategy Lead will serve as the strategic and operational partner to the Executive Vice President (EVP). Working closely with the EVP, this person manages and contributes to internal projects to improve the integration and effectiveness of existing programs, and supports new external partnerships that will help Hopelab achieve scalable and equitable impact for young people.
This role combines significant planning and management responsibilities with hands-on work on Hopelab projects and interaction with outside partners. The Program Strategy Lead will work across a range of Hopelab focus areas including impact investment, research, digital health, youth-centered product design, and behavioral science.
We recognize that big impact and systems change require working in meaningful partnership with other organizations. The Program Strategy Lead will play an instrumental role in developing partnerships to drive maximum impact in our goal of supporting the mental health and well being of young people.
Working closely with the Executive Vice President, a successful Program Strategy Lead:
Manages strategic projects - Leads, coordinates, and implements strategic projects that align with Hopelab's mission and objectives in youth mental health and wellbeing. This involves developing project plans, ensuring cross-functional collaboration, setting project milestones, tracking progress, mitigating risks, and ensuring timely completion. Contributes to our culture of teamwork and shared knowledge.
Enhances our data culture - Sees and acts on opportunities to integrate data and data visualization into our processes, elevating data-driven insights to inform organizational decisions and to support effective communication.
Builds and maintains strong relationships - Develops trusted relationships across the organization and with external partners and stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration.
Prepares presentations and materials - Ensures that the EVP has the right materials and preparation for internal and external meetings (e.g., board documents, interview questions) and media engagements.
Acts as a liaison for the EVP across Hopelab - Sits in meetings on behalf of the EVP, identifies strategic connections across bodies of work, and supports the EVP in internal communications related to the Hopelab’s projects and programs.
Identifies and supports partnerships - Collaborates with the EVP to vet, scope, and manage new external partnerships with philanthropic funders, technology corporations, investors, and non-profit organizations working in youth mental health and wellbeing. This will typically require collaboration with other organizational and programmatic leaders at Hopelab, including the CEO, the Chief Science Officer, the Head of Investments, and the Head of Research.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience in roles that involve stakeholder management and project management and execution (e.g. management consulting, startup, corporate strategy, foundation operations).
  • Graduate professional degree like an MBA/MPP/MPH, or equivalent experience.
  • High emotional intelligence and interpersonal/collaboration skills to work cross-functionally and influence with partners, staff, and leaders.
  • Superb attention to detail, and ability to track, execute, and manage multiple work streams at once, including cross-functional projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience addressing equity challenges, especially relating to LGBTQ+ and BIPOC people.
  • Highly developed analytic, written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to deliver and communicate insights that result in improved decision-making and execution.
  • The ability to summarize and present complex topics effectively to a wide audience.
  • Demonstrated comfort in working with quantitative and qualitative data, coupled with the ability to create clear and compelling visual representations that illuminate insights and guide informed decisions.
  • Experience representing an organization’s interests externally to partners and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively engage with diverse audiences by adjusting communication and interaction styles based on context, ensuring mutual understanding and fostering genuine connections across varied cultural and social landscapes.
  • Strategic mindset, an ability to discern emerging opportunities, forecast their potential impact, and design strategies for the organization to act on them.
  • Experience reporting directly to a Senior Leader or C-Suite executive preferred.
  • Interested in exploring innovation in youth mental well-being or can bring prior related experience in this space.
Is this you? Please apply with a resume and a brief cover letter describing how you're a match for this role. Applications are due by EOD Sunday, October 29, 2023.
Note: To maintain an equitable hiring process, we do not offer informational conversations outside of the interview process. Please refrain from contacting Hopelab staff about this opportunity.
In-Person and Travel Expectations
This role requires some in-person time to best support collaboration with our internal team and partnership development. The office and travel expectations are approximately as follows:
- At minimum, twice-monthly meetings at our offices with the EVP and other Hopelab team members
- Domestic travel 5-6 times per year for partnerships or conferences
- Quarterly week-long retreats in SF Bay Area
Compensation and Benefits
Hopelab’s compensation is tied to local job market data, so will differ by location. Here are some sample salaries for this role, commensurate with training and experience:
- SF Bay Area: Starting salary ($140,503 to $157,033). Full salary range ($140,503 to $165,298).
- Los Angeles: Starting salary ($133,478 to $149,181). Full salary range ($133,478 to $157,033).
- Seattle: Starting salary ($126,453 to $141,330). Full salary range ($126,453 to $148,768).
- Sacramento: Starting salary ($119,428 to $133,478). Full salary range ($119,428 to $140,503).
- Portland Oregon: Starting salary ($112,402 to $125,626). Full salary range ($112,402 to $132,238).
Hopelab provides a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision; phone and internet stipends; wellness programs, including 8 therapy and 8 coaching sessions a year for you and dependents; paid time off; 401K contributions exceeding industry standards; all this, plus the opportunity to work with amazing colleagues to create a more equitable world for young people.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Hopelab is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff and encourages people from underrepresented groups to apply. Hopelab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, ancestry, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Employment offers will be contingent on a background check that is limited in scope and compliant with best practices for Fair Chance Hiring. All inquiries are held in strict confidence.