Website Hopelab

This is a Full-time role with the opportunity to work 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: Head of Research

The Head of Research supports Hopelab’s mission by serving as an expert in mental health, well-being, and positive development of adolescents and emerging adults; supporting design, implementation, and evaluation of technology-based products and services that support teen and young adult mental health and well-being; and, identifying collaborative opportunities with nonprofit, academic, and industry partners to advance measurement, widen impact, and conduct innovative translational science to promote thriving and health equity for young people.

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. As an incoming member of Hopelab’s leadership team, the Head of Research has a meaningful opportunity to shape Hopelab’s strategic direction, the evolution of the research function, and make a significant positive impact on the mental health and well-being of teens and young adults across the country.

At its core, a successful Head of Research does the following:

Leads innovative research collaborations – Sources, scopes, and leads innovative and traditionally underfunded research collaborations that advance the field of teen mental well-being, with a focus on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations. Additionally, translates findings from our collaborative research efforts into Hopelab‘s process and our ability to positively impact partner organizations and teens.

Brings significant health and well-being subject matter expertise – Supports Hopelab’s impact investing and advising functions through identifying and scoping opportunities to accelerate strategic growth and impact for organizations working to address mental health and well-being inequities, as well as serving as a domain expert and team leader on advising teams.

Publicly represents Hopelab through strategic research communications – Represents Hopelab publicly through academic and popular writing, interviews, and presentations that highlight our collaborative efforts and our unique impact.

Centers youth in the art and science of research – Supports Hopelab‘s mission to promote thriving in young people by engaging with and incorporating youth voice into models of research and impact, sharing stories in ways that support youth impact, and helping to define strategies to evaluate impact with an equity and youth-participatory lens.

Adeptly leads and manages teams and individuals – Leads the Research department, providing strategic direction, coaching and supervision of three direct reports; serves as a member of one or more leadership teams; champions and advances DEI strategies across the organization and in the functional area(s) they oversee; stewards and role models the organization’s values and desired culture.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Doctorate level training in a clinical and/or other applied research discipline relevant to mental health and well-being (e.g., clinical/health/developmental psychology, public health, social work, medicine)
8+ years of experience in an academic or industry role defining and carrying out research related to teen and young adult mental health and well-being
Experience leading cutting edge, mixed method research in behavior change and/or well-being science, specifically as it applies to digital mental health, youth and young people, young people of color, and LGBTQ+ young people
Experience leading traditional and innovative (e.g., rapid cycle, community-engaged) evaluation of digital products “beyond the lab” (e.g., experimentally evaluating services, products, or tools in the field; conducting participatory action research with young people engaged with digital tools, etc.)
Experience mentoring multidisciplinary teams including behavioral scientists and others
Experience and enthusiasm working in an interdisciplinary environment and learning about approaches from other fields
Brings deep networks in the academic research space
Communicates complex ideas in a compelling and effective manner (in writing and verbal speech)

Is this you? Please apply!

This search is being managed by Insight Executive Search. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV/resume and all other inquiries about this role to aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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.

To apply for this job email your details to aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

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