About the job Managing Director
We’re looking for a superb manager of remote teams with a dedication to making life better for children and families in the US who is excited to help our teams unite and make progress towards our shared north star. The Managing Director must be deeply committed to equity in the workplace, a systems builder and problem-solver, grounded in digital platforms, and comfortable with an experimental, iterative approach to driving social change.
We strongly encourage you to apply if this role and our mission sounds interesting to you, even if you are not sure you meet all of the qualifications. We are interested in a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds. We encourage people to apply by March 10.
A LITTLE ABOUT US
ParentsTogether’s superpower is reaching parents where they are with practical information and civic engagement actions that help improve their families lives.
We serve over 3 million subscribers with content across our platforms (Facebook Messenger, SMS, Email, TikTok, Instagram, and web) and reach tens of millions of parents each year through viral content, influencer partnerships, and earned media. We use those same channels to organize parents to speak out in favor of economic justice, pandemic relief, public education, affordable childcare, kids health, racial justice, online safety, and other important priorities. You can learn more about our work on our website and on our social platforms here and here.
As an organization, we work collaboratively to solve challenges together. We have a positive, low-ego, low-drama work culture. All of us love our work and are driven to help ParentsTogether succeed. Our strategy framework is based on lean startup principles. We try out ideas quickly, see what works, and iterate.
Our Executive Director, Alien Arreaza, stepped into her role at the start of 2023, taking over the reins from a co-founder team. As the long-time parent voice on our messaging platforms, the driver behind so much of our narrative and storytelling work, and as a growing media presence speaking up for families, Arreaza has made a seamless transition into the executive director role.
The Managing Director is a new position which will work very closely with ParentsTogether’s Executive Director. We are at an exciting inflection point focused on building off a proven model while also expanding into new work, investing in experimentation, and learning and growing together.
As Managing Director, here’s some of the awesome stuff you’ll work on:
Given 2023 strategic goals, co-design experimental sprints with department heads to demonstrate proof of concept on new big bets. Certain program areas that have been in proof of concept mode are showing promise; you’ll support staff in figuring out the financial model/scale approach for our work.
Strengthen cross-team collaboration and communication to amplify our impact. For example, we’ve been ramping up work around narrative testing and design, and we’d like to integrate this focus across all our parenting and advocacy content.
Help us move into the next phase of our organizational transformation. We’ve had explosive growth, and this new role will help to unify our program teams. You’ll figure out how each team can drive progress on their own goals while collaborating across functions.
Heres what you’ll be responsible for:
Advance the programmatic strategy and experimentation across the organization to ensure we deliver on our goals.
Lead cross-team, highly iterative program experiments: Define clear objectives, and make judgment calls on when to push forward and when to pivot.
Oversee the programmatic day-to-day work of the organization.
Ensure smooth communication and coordination across teams; design and lead staff meetings and strategy retreats.
Serve as the manager of all of the team leads of our programmatic work: Director of Advocacy, Director of Narrative & Persuasion, Director of Digital Content, Director of Influencers, and Director of Product.
Serve as a thought partner and resource to senior leaders in their realms of responsibility, including on issues related to the management of their teams, team goals and plans.
Support senior leaders in the hiring, coaching, development and retention of high performing teams.
Adapt our internal systems to meet the needs of an organization that has more than doubled in size over the last 3 years up to a team of 30 staff members.
Operate as a senior leader of the organization
Work closely with the Executive Director and other members of the senior staff to develop, articulate and implement overall organizational strategy, internal culture, and decisions affecting the whole of the organization.
Play a key role in annual organizational budgeting, including bottom-lining department-level budgeting, alongside the Executive Director and COO.
Support the Executive Director in funder conversations as a thought partner and programmatic expert.
If this role and our mission sounds interesting to you, we want to hear from you, even if you are not sure you meet all of the qualifications. We are interested in a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds. We encourage you to apply if some of the following are a good description of you:
A passion and track record of fighting on behalf of children and families. Committed to our mission of creating a new narrative around what all kids and families in the US need to thrive, and driven to use large-scale digital media platforms, to support, connect, and activate diverse families to fight for change.
Able to focus teams towards a shared north star: Proven ability to align a team around a common objective and support the team in hitting big goals. Great at focusing on the most important priorities.
A builder who leads with an experimental and iterative approach: Can thrive and lead in a culture rooted in experimentation, flexibility, and ongoing iteration. Proven experience taking an idea from concept to proven program. Able to see around corners to the next opportunity.
A superb remote manager: Demonstrated experience leading multiracial, remote teams to accomplish results. Ability to support staff development through direct feedback. Proven experience using strong inclusive and equitable management practices.
Digital fluency: Experience leading at least one aspect of our programmatic work: digital advocacy, narrative & persuasion, digital content, influencers and/or digital products. Clear understanding of and a belief in a strategy of scale to realize deep impact. (Note: We don’t expect candidates to have expertise in all aspects of the work but enough to provide strategic support to team heads, offer sound feedback on the work, and make judgment calls).
Proactively advance equity outcomes, within our organization as well as our program impact: Skilled at identifying decisions, policies, or practices that have disparate impacts based on identity. Driven to make changes in systems and practices to operationalize equity. Able to strive towards an inclusive and equitable culture.
Systems builder and problem-solver: Lover of creating and implementing systems that match our needs as a larger organization and encourage collaboration, efficiency, and ownership of the work.
Scale experience: We have a preference for candidates with experience overseeing at least $1 million program budgets and proven ability to make budgeting decisions rooted in strategy and mission.
This is a full time role. Salary ranges from $135,000 to $150,000, depending on experience.
Location: Remote/flexible – Schedule and geography are flexible as long as you are generally available 12 PM – 5 PM ET on most weekdays.
This position reports to the Executive Director, and manages six to seven team members.
Benefits include health insurance (with cost-share for dependents) for employees working > 75% time, three weeks of vacation (plus holidays and the last week of the calendar year off), paid family and sick leave, retirement match after four months on staff, and a FSA account. This position is considered exempt.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested candidates to apply by March 10, 2023. Please apply on our Career Page at https://www.careers-page.com/parents-together-foundation only and include the following:
Resume or CV
Answers to the following questions in short form (one to two paragraphs per question) in lieu of a cover letter:
What specifically makes you interested in the Managing Director role at ParentsTogether?
Can you tell us about a time you led an innovative/experimental approach to create, build or launch a new program? What was your role in the work?
What is the largest team you’ve directly managed? What is the highest level of staff you have managed (e.g. directors, mid-level staff, etc)?
Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.
At ParentsTogether, we have an intersectional analysis and believe that building a multiracial, cross-class parent movement is non-negotiable. We are actively working to build a diverse team of staff and contractors; people of color, people from poor and working class backgrounds, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based upon gender, race, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression.