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Vice President, Community Partnerships

Position Overview

The Possible Project is in the early stages of developing an Entrepreneurial Design & Innovation Center (Innovation Center) in Boston, with the goal of launching the Innovation Center by the fall of 2020. The Possible Project’s vision is that the Innovation Center will serve students from multiple Boston high schools through The Possible Project’s after-school, program, and will also serve as an important contributor to an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the community in which it is located, becoming a catalyst for education, employment, job training, and post-secondary pathways for high school students and opportunity youth, and for the surrounding community more broadly.  In addition to hosting The Possible Project’s after-school program, the Innovation Center could house and support local businesses, which in turn could provide job and internship opportunities to The Possible Project’s students, alumni and other community members.   The Innovation Center could also serve as meeting or office space for community organizations, host co-working and/or incubator space, and potentially be a center for teaching advanced manufacturing in its in-house “maker space.” 

While The Possible Project has a vision for the Innovation Center based on its experience over the last seven years in both Cambridge and Boston, The Possible Project recognizes the importance of refining that vision through community input, and taking a community-centered approach to developing, launching and managing the Innovation Center, which takes into account the existing assets of surrounding communities.  The VP of Community Partnerships will play an important role in developing and leading this community-centered approach, building the necessary partnerships to make it a reality, and partnering closely with the COO and Possible Project leadership in representing The Possible Project in Boston communities, as well as with partner organizations, schools, and government agencies.

While this role will primarily be focused on The Possible Project approach to partnerships and ecosystem development in Boston, the VP of Community Partnerships will also be expected to develop partnerships and represent The Possible Project in Cambridge communities as well.  The person in this role will also serve as a member of The Possible Project’s Executive Team.

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Responsibilities

  • Partner closely with the COO and other team members to develop and carry out a community-centered plan for the development of The Possible Project’s Boston-based Innovation Center, including launching and facilitating a Community Advisory Committee for the Innovation Center project.
  • Partner with The Possible Project’s leadership team to ensure strong understanding of the assets of the communities in which the Innovation Center is located, and ensure that The Possible Project is both leveraging and reinforcing those assets.
  • Build relationships and partnerships with community-based and student-serving organizations in Boston, to gather input on The Possible Project strategies, and collaborate to serve students and communities effectively and holistically.
  • Understand and connect with the business community in proximity to the Innovation Center, and work with local business owners and Possible Project leadership to create a strategy that enhances and accelerates the success of that business community while also connecting its members with The Possible Project students, alumni and programming, as well as The Possible Project’s social enterprises.
  • Stay closely apprised of developments and initiatives in Boston communities, and represent The Possible Project in community-driven and community-centered initiatives and meetings.
  • Play a key role in strengthening The Possible Project’s relationships with Boston Public Schools, individual high schools, the Boston Mayor’s office, and other public entities such as the Boston City Council, Boston Police Department, etc.
  • Develop partnerships with local colleges and universities to strengthen the pathway to college for Possible Project graduates, and enhance entrepreneurship and advanced manufacturing programming and instruction for both The Possible Project and partner post-secondary institutions.
  • Advise The Possible Project’s education team to help ensure that The Possible Project is taking an approach to its curriculum and program that takes into account the assets, needs, and perspectives of Boston students, families and communities.

Critical Skills, Experience and Competencies

  • At least 10 years of community organizing or community development experience
  • Demonstrated history of developing impactful organizational and community partnerships, ideally in Boston communities
  • Familiarity with and relationships in Boston communities, particularly Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Dorchester, including relationships with community leaders and community-based and student-serving organizations.
  • An asset-based and collaborative approach to developing partnerships.
  • A belief in the potential of all young people to achieve their highest aspirations, and a passion for providing them with opportunity and tools to do so.
  • An entrepreneurial approach, and a belief in the power of entrepreneurship to spark curiosity and learning for young people.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate our organization’s key values;

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
RESPECT
TEAMWORK
RESILIENCE
INTEGRITY
FUN

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.

About The Possible Project

For the past seven years, The Possible Project has built, implemented, assessed and refined a model for after-school programming that provides high school students in Cambridge and Boston 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) have access to industry and professional mentors who can help hone their skills and grow their access to networks of supportive adults, and d) receive pathways counseling for post-secondary opportunities.

Through our program, students have the opportunity to dream up, design and create real products for sale in our cutting edge Makerspace and to create custom design and fabrication projects for external clients through The Possible Project’s Made Possible enterprise.  Our impact stretches beyond the skills learned by the students who participate; we use entrepreneurship, our social enterprises, and post-secondary pathways programming as a mechanisms for bolstering creativity, fostering perseverance, harnessing optimism and revealing the possible.

 


The Possible Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.

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