Every day at The Possible Project, our team wakes up to make the world a more equitable place. Our belief is that by unlocking the true potential in our students that we can ignite meaningful and lasting change in the wider world. At TPP, we’re doing this one young entrepreneur at a time. We believe this passionately and see the results concretely.
– Brenda C. Sanchez, Vice President, Development & Communications
The Possible Project
For the past seven years, The Possible Project (TPP) has built, implemented, assessed and refined a model for afterschool programming that provides high school students with an opportunity to: a) create and take products to market, b) partner with local businesses for real-work design and business operations projects, c) provide students with access to industry and professional mentors who can help hone their skills and grow their access to networks of supportive adults, and d) provide pathways counseling for post-secondary opportunities.
Through our program, students have access to dream up, design and create real products for sale in our cutting edge Makerspace and to work with customers to design orders for LovePossible, a joint venture with Love Pop, the 3D greeting card business featured on Shark Tank.
Our impact stretches beyond the skills learned by the students who participate; we use entrepreneurship as a mechanism for bolstering creativity, fostering perseverance, harnessing optimism and revealing the possible.
As we think about our next five years and beyond, we seek a COO who has a strong business focus and decision making skills that enable TPP to build operational systems and processes that will support our pathway to scale without diminishing the level of programmatic quality that we’ve achieved to date. You will be successful in this role if you can triage new opportunities, collaborate effectively with other members of the executive team, and can predict and problem-solve gaps to help position the organization for growth. An ideal candidate will have previously helped an organization scale to run programming across multiple states with success.
As COO, you will be charged with providing organizational leadership on planning, resource allocation and operational matters with an eye toward purposeful, but ambitious growth. You will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the proper operational controls, administrative and people systems to secure financial strength and operating efficiency across TPP. This role will supervise .5 FTE (a part-time bookkeeper).
Reporting to the Executive Director, you’ll have a unique opportunity to build on your proven track record of success by introducing systems that position, prepare and accelerate our scaling plans. You’ll serve as a thought partner to the Executive Director on areas related to operations and finance, working closely to solidify TPP’s vision and positioning and maintaining effective lines of communication.
While your main focus will be on maintaining a solid business infrastructure, you will also serve as a member of our executive team and participate in the leadership of the organization as a whole. Additionally, you will be the front-line coordinator of the executive team in terms of identifying and negotiating with new partner schools, making sure we are setting the stage for a successful MOU and long-term partnership. Together, we will work to advance our business plan in service of students and to partner with schools and communities to demonstrate what is possible through entrepreneurship, respect, teamwork, resilience, integrity and fun.
As the Chief Operating Officer you will be responsible for the following threads of work:
Internal Operations, Facilities & Information Technology:
Organizational Scale & Expansion:
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrates the organization’s key values:
ABOUT THE POSSIBLE PROJECT
The Possible Project is working to close the skills and opportunities gap facing our students by providing resources and support that make them more likely to finish high school, complete education and training beyond high school, and enter careers that will provide them with a living wage.
The Possible Project is a youth entrepreneurship center that teaches students with untapped potential how to start and run their own businesses. In the process, students acquire a host of personal and professional skills that propel them to long-term success in life.
Through a combination of curriculum, support, and STEAM projects, students are empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school—including resiliency, hope and self-confidence.
The Possible Project is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please visit www.possibleproject.org.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The Possible Project offers a robust compensation and benefit package including high quality health benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Possible Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.