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Business and Creative Director (Made Possible)

We’re seeking an outstanding leader to serve as TPP’s Business and Creative Director - Social Enterprises: Made Possible. The Director will be responsible for driving business for our in-house social enterprise focused on industrial design and manufacturing of both custom and proprietary products; while supporting TPP students’ growth as the learn valuable skills and mindsets working in our Enterprises.

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) apply entrepreneurial and job-readiness skills to our in-house social enterprises, d) access industry and professional mentors who can help hone their skills and networks of supportive adults, and e) provide pathways counseling for post-secondary opportunities.

Through our program, students have access to dream up, design and create businesses that they are passionate about, while ultimately, carrying their experiences to dream up and design a plan for their lives.

THE POSITION

TPP Social Enterprises and the Made Possible business serves in hybrid capacity: 1) As a valuable part of our program arc where students who have gone through our Entrepreneurship curriculum, can apply their skills and mindsets as an “employee” of an in-house business that TPP has started and launched; 2) As an earned income contributor to TPP’s financial bottom line. Made Possible is a design and manufacturing business, focusing on industrial and product design.

As we think about our next five years and beyond, we seek a Director to build on the strong foundation we have established for Made Possible as a business and as a student experience. As a key component of student programming and as an organizational strategy to drive earned income, you will be responsible for helping to shape our student programming and key outcomes, while driving revenue and business KPIs. Your role will be both to supervise social enterprise business and education associates and to provide thought leadership and business management so that Made Possible runs like an efficient business – one where our students can feel like true employees and business leaders.

Together, we will work to advance our goals in the service of students and communities to demonstrate what is possible through our core values of entrepreneurship, respect, teamwork, resilience, integrity, and fun.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

As Director of Made Possible you will be responsible for the following threads of work:

  • Business Management and Product Design/Development
    • Made Possible, in collaboration with board members and external advisors, has recently undergone an update to its core business model, which now focuses on proprietary product lines for sale to a network of corporate partners and direct-to-consumer. As the principal business driver of our Made Possible business, you will execute on the current plan to drive quarterly targets and ensure KPIs are met
    • Collaborate with the VP of Enterprises to engage board members and external advisors to continuously innovate upon our business plan and model – maximize key strategies to drive business growth
    • As an industry expert, explore new markets for expansion opportunities and new sales channels
    • Create systems using industry standard protocols for industrial design and new product development
    • Use market analysis and data to drive sales strategies of products
    • Be creative and use an entrepreneurial mindset to find new markets and innovative approaches to drive revenue in a design, fabrication, and manufacturing business
      • All while balancing the need to create a rich student experience
  • Team Leadership and Student Programming
    • Serve as a mentor and leader for a team of business/design and managers working to both drive product design while working directly with students
    • As a member of TPP’s senior leadership team, collaborate with our entire program team to continuously innovate our student experience, specifically ensuring that TPP Social Enterprise programming fits into our overall program arc and is aligned to overarching programmatic goals
    • Serve as an internal thought leader and embrace a culture of challenging each other to always get better at what we do to drive forward our theory of change
      • As a steward of our most important outcome: student impact – you will balance your drive for business with a steady allegiance to providing a valuable, experience-rich program model that helps our student constituents build business skills (both soft and technical), an entrepreneurial mindset, resilience, and a sense of agency about how to apply skills learned in TPP to future pursuits
  • Partnership Management
    • Engage, cultivate, and grow key business partnerships that can enhance and grow our core business
    • Engage, cultivate, and grow relationships with comparison organizations in both the Social Enterprises and business ecosystem that could help us grow stronger by understanding at a deep level other hybrid socially driven businesses that are also trying to balance business principals and social good
    • Seek out the possibility of sourcing contract manufacturers to support production efficiencies
  • Direct Student Support
    • While you will have a team, being a model for our work is key to the success of your team. Work directly with students to support their growth as individual contributors of our business and as growing professionals
      • Specifically, help students to actualize TPP outcomes of strong skills and mindsets by providing a business experience with high expectations rich with positive and constructive feedback allowing students a nurturing environment to thrive in

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:

  • 10 + years of progressive professional experience, with particular emphasis on industrial design and manufacturing
  • Experience leading a team of varying levels of experience
  • Experience or an affinity toward youth development
  • Experience and strong working knowledge of the following: 1. Industrial Design 2. Manufacturing and/or bringing products to market 3. Working knowledge of “making” technologies including 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, CNC, Direct to Substrate Printers, Design Software, etc. 4. Deep Understanding of Market and Business Trends and Drivers in “Making,” Manufacturing, Industrial Design
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of young adults, particularly those who are low-income, recent immigrants, and/or face barriers to success; cultural competence is a must
  • Highly organized; ability to build systems
  • Data-driven and enjoys learning ways to improve work
  • Commitment to collaborate with the team and is energized to be a role model for staff and students
  • Commitment to live the values of an organization

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrates the 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

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 program that teaches students with untapped potential on 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 possibleproject.org.


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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