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We at Opportunity@Work are a close knit group with a strong passion for re-wiring the labor market. We offer both a diverse and inclusive work environment and an opportunity to make a nationwide impact.  

Open positions are listed below.

Opportunity@Work is an equal opportunity employer and offers a generous and competitive benefits package.

OPEN POSITIONS

VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT
Summer Internship


VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT

LOCATION: WASHINGTON D.C.

About Opportunity@Work

Opportunity@Work is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy. Our work is anchored by three pillars: transforming hiring practices, expanding learning pathways, and pioneering talent financing. We build partnerships with employers, community organizations, civic leadership and job seekers to create pathways to meaningful jobs and fulfilling careers. 

Opportunity@Work’s flagship initiative, TechHire, is a place-based initiative that supports diverse job seekers in learning in-demand tech skills and starting great careers. TechHire is active in 72 communities across the country, and has already engaged 1k+ employers and 200+ training providers, resulting in job placements for 4000+ individuals. By 2025, Opportunity@Work will empower over 1 million Americans, creating $20+ billion per year of additional earnings.

About the role

As the Vice President of Product, you will develop the vision, architect the strategy, and lead the development of a cloud-based multi-sided labor marketplace designed to enable skills-based, inclusive hiring that reaches millions of Americans. With over 4,000 individuals already supported in landing well-paying jobs, the TechHire movement is demonstrating on the ground what an inclusive labor market can look like. A tech-enabled marketplace, with participation from employers, education providers, and individual job seekers, will enable our impact to scale to reach millions of individuals. 

Expanding access to career-path jobs within the innovation economy is not only a social imperative, but is now also a hot-button political issue attracting tremendous energy for action from high-profile players across sectors, including leading technology companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. Opportunity@Work is strongly positioned to the be the catalyst channeling this desire for action into a single scalable, tech-enabled solution.

As Opportunity@Work’s first VP Product, you will have a broad mandate to define the role of technology in our strategy, and the opportunity to leverage national partnerships to radically accelerate our progress towards our ambitious impact goals. 
Reporting directly to the President and Co-Founder, you will develop and grow the in-house product and engineering team and function to achieve Opportunity@Work’s mission. 

You will:

  • Align technology and product strategy to execute the organization's vision for a multi-sided labor marketplace designed for inclusive and skills-based hiring
  • Craft strategy for how we achieve that vision, including defining interfaces with a diverse array of relevant tools and players (e.g., job boards used by job seekers, applicant tracking systems used by employers)
  • Provide infrastructure decisions ensuring technical excellence, versatility and scalability of our engineering/architecting product solutions and managing delivery
  • Collaborate with teams across Opportunity@Work to further deepen our understanding of marketplace users – especially overlooked and underrepresented skill-seekers and job-seekers– and practice of user-centric design 
  • Define and execute the roadmap that will create first a marketplace MVP, and then chart the course from MVP to scale
  • Mentor our talented and passionate in-house product team to ensure personal and professional growth 
  • Manage and grow our product and engineering teams and conduct performance reviews
  • Manage business relationships with our partners and clients  
  • Review partners, platforms and tools to determine their relevance, usefulness and reliability  
  • Promote agile development, ensuring that product and engineering resources are effectively focused on high-impact, measurable experiments
  • Create and lead a technology advisory board for Opportunity@Work comprised of the best minds from the companies with most success in building multi-sided marketplace 

About you

You are passionate about using technology in service of the most pressing and complex social challenges. You  excel at translating ambitious goals into a product vision and defining and executing against product roadmaps. You are a seasoned leader with deep experience in leading agile product development teams, with a track record of building consumer products that reach and serve millions of users. 

You have a track record of demonstrating excellence across the following functions and skills:

  • Growing and leading product and engineering teams in high-growth environments, both in effectively bringing new products to market and driving it to scale
  • Leading strategically aligned and operationally efficient agile product development processes
  • Strategic smarts, including the ability to identify new opportunities, drive clarity, create focus, and make tough decisions in complex and dynamic contexts
  • Effectiveness in working closely with engineers to translate broad product vision into concrete technical needs
  • Technical proficiency to fully grok the engineering level-of-effort of different solutions and to find practical, efficient product development paths
  • User-driven approach demonstrated through past work on products users love, including effectively designing for users of diverse socio-economic and educational backgrounds
  • Strong communication, influence and cross-functional collaboration skills
  • Implement our technological vision throughout cross-functional teams
  • Develop and budget long-term technical roadmap
  • Communicate and implement our product and technology strategy
  • Develops the staff to meet the changing needs of the organization in regard to new projects and technologies.
  • Aligns technology and product objectives and programs with the organization's overall vision, strategies, and objectives.
  • Prepares and manages an annual operational budget.
  • Manages the process to prioritize and approve projects enabled by product and engineering Team.

In addition, you have experience in building multi-sided marketplaces and/or can rapidly articulate and execute a plan for how to engage senior leaders from the the most successful marketplaces in shaping our strategy.

You should also have:

Passion for our mission: You care deeply about workforce, social justice and inclusive training/hiring related issues.

Clear communication: You have good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to synthesize complex information into simple and engaging terms with your audience in mind.

People-centered approach: You enjoy engaging with people and have a talent for building and managing strong relationships that achieve outcomes. You are comfortable working in teams and can build rapport with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and use a human centered design approach to your work.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and short cover letter in PDF or Microsoft Word format. We value past demonstrations of skill above all else. If possible, include detailed samples of previous work (full descriptions of relevant past projects are also highly valued as demonstrations of experience). 

We will only review complete applications! In your cover letter, please include an answer to why you believe that you would be a good fit for this role in our organization (e.g., your strengths and major contributions that best describe your abilities). 

Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

Send your application as an email attachment with the words ‘VP of Product Application’ in the subject line to: JoinUs@opportunityatwork.org

You may also mail your application to:
Opportunity@Work, Inc.
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 1180
Washington, DC 20036
Attn: Senior Vice President

Opportunity@Work is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

Accommodations: 
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.


SUMMER INTERNSHIP - PAID

LOCATION:
WASHINGTON, DC

About Opportunity@Work:

Based in Washington, DC with team members in Rhode Island and a growing team in California, Opportunity@Work is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy.

Opportunity@Work has a vision for a labor market where job seekers who have the potential to perform a job successfully, have the opportunity to obtain that job. In this “re-wired” labor market:

  • Hiring decisions are made based on an individual’s ability to demonstrate skill and readiness

  • Training is accessible to anyone with the aptitude and drive to learn a skill

  • Talent financing to be based on potential and linked directly to learning outcomes

Launched in 2015, Opportunity@Work’s flagship project, TechHire, aims to enable widespread adoption of inclusive hiring practices and accelerated training into well-paying IT jobs across all industries. Over half a million such jobs are open today, with employer demand growing faster than traditional education and training programs. Beginning with the TechHire initiative, Opportunity@Work is working with a range of technology, private sector and philanthropic partners to create freely available tools to streamline the sign-up and participation of thousands of employers (with 72 communities and over 1,000 employers already signed on) in inclusive hiring and to facilitate a nationwide learning network to rapidly improve the TechHire initiative’s impact.

Opportunity@Work has been featured in publications including the New York Times (“How to Beat the Bots,” by Tom Friedman).

Role Details

Opportunity@Work is hiring for Summer (May - August 2017) paid, full-time internships. In a lean startup environment, the intern should be confident in playing multiple roles as needed and exploring opportunities to add value. We are a small but rapidly growing team. As such, the intern will have access to and work alongside all members of the organization, from the most senior to most junior Team members. The intern will participate in key meetings and will have the opportunity to take on mini-projects of their own connected to larger team deliverables.

What We’re Looking For

The intern will complete projects and special assignments by establishing objectives, determining priorities and monitoring progress. The intern should be confident, well organized, mature and bring a range of additional skills, from research and analysis, to writing and content management. A willingness to take initiative and a drive to learn would be especially advantageous.

You should also have:

  • Passion for our mission: You care deeply about work force, social justice and inclusive training/hiring related issues.

  • Comfort with a blank canvas: You feel you can thrive in an environment with ambiguity, and you are excited about the opportunity to build an initiative from scratch. You’re hard working, and bring grit and resolve to your work.

  • People-Centered Approach: You enjoy engaging with people and have a talent for building and managing strong relationships that achieve outcomes. You are an excellent listener who can build rapport with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and use a human-centered design approach to your work.

  • Clear Communication: You have exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to synthesize complex information into simple and engaging terms with your audience in mind.

  • Tech-Savvy and Organized: You are comfortable using digital tools like the Microsoft Office Suite, Twitter and Facebook. You are highly organized and can handle multiple and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Experience: You have proven experience in results-oriented relationship management, and demonstrated strong project management skills and ability to think critically and creatively, work independently, take initiative and problem solve.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. Feel free to attach letters of reference or any other information that you feel helps describe your experience and qualifications. Please indicate your preferred internship location: Washington D.C.; Providence, Rhode Island, or Oakland, California. 

1. Send your application as an email attachment with the words ‘Summer Internship Application’ in the subject line to: JoinUs@opportunityatwork.org (preferred method)

OR

2. Mail your application to:  

Opportunity@Work, Inc.

1111 19th St, NW - Ste. 1180

Washington, DC 20036

Attn: Yolanda Townsend

Accommodations:

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  

Opportunity@Work, Inc.

An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer