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Social Enterprise Specialist - Business Development

Social Enterprise Specialist - Business Development

THE POSSIBLE PROJECT

For the past seven years, The Possible Project (TPP) 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 work with real external clients in our two in-house run Social Enterprises: We Sell Possible and Made Possible.  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.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Possible Project’s social enterprises have two primary objectives:

  1. Educating and empowering students through authentic work experience
  2. Generating revenue to support programming.

In this role, you will work primarily within We Sell Possible - a TPP social enterprise that empowers young people to develop skills for lifelong success by working in a growing corporate electronics resale business. Our We Sell Possible students learn how to take used electronics donated by our corporate partner and give them new life by selling through online marketplaces.

As we look ahead to the future and our ambitious expansion plan, we are seeking a Social Enterprise Specialist - Business Development to join our growing, entrepreneurial TPP Enterprises (TPPE) team. You will play a pivotal role in supporting the business operations of We Sell Possible, helping the team to run our online sales business to meet financial and other goals.

Specifically, you will help us:

  • Grow our regional donation strategy for used corporate electronics
  • Define and expand our sales and marketing strategy; and
  • Participate in day-to-day programming as part of our TPPE program team.

You will help shape the overall TPPE program design and act as a coach/teacher for our enthusiastic and inspiring high school students across our sites in Cambridge and Boston.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

As a Social Enterprise Specialist, your key responsibilities would include:

Business Development & Operations (approx. 60%): You will help manage the outreach to donation partners, and collection and intake of all products secured through our We Sell Possible donation drives. To run our business and We Sell Possible program, we rely heavily on the donation of used electronics from our network of donors. You will foster our existing partnerships and grow our network of donors to help us reach our ambitious goals. As part of this, you will also take on tasks including:

  • Business Development & Marketing: You will help us refine and execute our sales and marketing strategy with a view to increasing donations and sales for our online resale business and supporting TPPE to meet its goals.
  • Business Systems & Processes: Help us use, develop, and refine business systems for donation intake and inventory.
  • Business Operations & Customer Service: Support all business operations and customer service related activities including inventory management, responding to customers, shipping logistics and maintaining high seller standards on our key sales platforms.

Student Coaching (approx 40%): You will help empower our students to reach their goals by coaching, teaching, supervising and mentoring students in our TPP Enterprises programming. You will provide input to help us further develop, support, and refine content, delivery, recruitment, retention, and evaluation. As part of this, you will also take on tasks including:

  • Learning & Evaluation: Help observe, measure and evaluate students’ performance and development, and maintain accurate and timely records of students’ progress.
  • Recruitment & Retention: Participate in TPPE efforts for recruitment, enrollment, retention, and performance.

Other duties: Perform other duties as assigned based on the needs of students and the organization. In addition, working within a growing entrepreneurial environment, every staff member is expected to provide support to the broader TPP team as needed.

This job description and list of requirements and responsibilities is general and is not meant to be exhaustive. This role may evolve over time based on organizational needs.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

This job might be for you if:

  • You are entrepreneurially minded. This role is multi-faceted and requires a team member who can respond to needs as they arise. You enjoy taking on challenges and persisting to find creative solutions, and you are constantly reflecting and improving.
  • You are a self-starter with the ability to work cooperatively with others and a willingness to both give and receive feedback.
  • You have a minimum of 4 years demonstrated professional experience including time working in an entrepreneurial business settings. Experience in business development, donation strategy, customer service, sales, or marketing would be preferred.
  • You have demonstrated professional experience in coaching, teaching, or working with youth, particularly those who are low-income, recent immigrants, and/or face barriers to success.
  • You have an interest in the fast-paced, changing environment of a growing organization and you are comfortable navigating ambiguity.
  • You pay attention to the details. You understand that in a business environment, even the slightest error can lead to customer service challenges.
  • You communicate clearly and you are comfortable communicating with people at all levels of the organization.
  • You have a sense of humor and you like to have fun.
  • You have a driver’s license.
  • You have language skills in Haitian Creole, Portuguese, or Spanish (preferred but not required).

This role also requires the ability to lift large boxes up to 25 lbs.

In addition, you embody the organization’s key values:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, RESILIENCE, INTEGRITY, and FUN.

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.

 

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