Science Partnerships Lead

San Francisco, California /
Science Partnerships /
This is a full-time role with the opportunity to work from anywhere in the USA. Travel to SF Bay Area required.

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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: Science Partnerships Lead
The Science Partnerships Lead will serve as the strategic and operational partner to the Chief Science Officer (CSO). In particular, the role will help create and steward the goals and plans for the function, provide support to identify and launch new partnerships and initiatives, and ensure effective communication between the CSO other internal functions and external partners.  

Hopelab is at an exciting inflection point in its history where we are evolving our strategy for impact and refocusing our efforts to support health equity for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ teens and young adults. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual who has an interest in exploring the potential of technology and science to support teen and young adult wellbeing in a way that improves the overall ecosystem supporting young people.

A successful Science Partnerships Lead is a strategic partner to the CSO, working with the CSO to identify, create, and realize opportunities in translational research and partnership development for Hopelab. More specifically the Science Partnerships Lead:

Helps identify and support partnerships - Collaborates with the CSO to vet, scope and manage new partnerships at the intersection of the science/technology/innovation sectors, and youth mental health and wellbeing.  

Owns project execution and tracks progress - Manages cross-functional coordination of early stage exploratory projects in translational science. Creates systems to ensure progress is made against high priority projects that involve the CSO.

Supports creating and communicating science-related goals - Supports the CSO in identifying goals for Hopelab’s work in translational science and in creating internal and external communications that yield a shared understanding of the role of translational science at Hopelab.

Conducts research and novel analysis - Assesses data and delivers insights that enable Hopelab and partners to be more effective in the tech-enabled application of leading edge science.

Builds and maintains strong relationships - Develops trusted relationships across the organization and with external partners and stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration; Supports the CSO in maintaining networks and relationship-cultivation across sectors including academic research, digital innovation, youth-serving organizations, and social/health policy.

Acts as a liaison for the CSO across Hopelab - Sits in meetings and/or supports better process and communications as needed for projects, representing possible new initiatives in Hopelab pipeline and decision-making conversations, and serving a bridging function to support members of Hopelab’s core programmatic teams to scope and deploy staff on these new initiatives.  

Prepares presentations and materials - Ensures that the CSO has the right materials and preparation for internal and external meetings (e.g., board documents, interview questions) and media engagements (e.g. article submissions).

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, foundation operations, corporate strategy)
    • 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
    • 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
    • Experience representing an organization’s interests externally to partners and other stakeholders
    • Experience reporting directly to a Senior Leader or C-Suite executive preferred
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively about novel areas or opportunities, and demonstrated experience translating and “landing” new ideas into concrete operational plans
    • Passion for innovation in and application of behavioral and/or psychological science to improve health equity and make a difference in the lives of young people and the systems and communities that support them
Is this you? Please apply!

Applications are due by January 30, 2022.

The starting salary is between $130,300-138,000 per year (this is an SF Bay Area rate, salary varies by location). We also offer generous benefits including health insurance, parental leave, employee wellness programs, and a 10% employer contribution to your 401K; all this plus the opportunity to work with amazing colleagues to create a more equitable world for young people.

We encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. Hopelab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, marital status, ancestry, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. All inquiries are held in strict confidence.