Innovation Lead

Role: Innovation Lead

Location: Remote (Timezone: GMT / CET / EST)

Office Hub: Dublin or New York

Role Status: Full Time

Remuneration: Competitive salary, based on experience

About ChangeX

ChangeX is a platform connecting communities to proven innovations and finance. Innovations like Grow it Yourself, Girls Who Code, Cycling Without Age, Men’s Sheds, Repair Café, Pocket Forests and parkrun are adopted and started by teachers, healthcare professionals, neighbourhood associations and other proactive citizens through the platform.

We’re on a mission to help build thriving communities everywhere by ensuring that proven innovations and finance are accessible to everyone. In our work to support thriving communities over the past 6 years, we’ve identified a number of challenges:

  • People are craving more purpose and connection but only a small percentage are currently driving change in their community.
  • There are thousands of proven solutions to social and environmental problems but these innovations are not accessible for wide replication, leading to wasteful reinvention or inaction.
  • Funders, including corporates and foundations, are putting more finance into communities, but it typically does not flow to proven solutions and is inaccessible to the majority of people.  

We believe that technology presents a huge opportunity to address these challenges and to mobilise and empower millions of local leaders across the world on the issues that matter, from addressing climate change to improving education to building community cohesion. So far, over 16,000 new projects have started through ChangeX, scaling 80 innovations, and benefitting over 600,000 people. 

Our business model is called Impact as a Service – we make it easy for funders to invest in the innovations they want to spread in regions they care most about – partners include Microsoft, Target, Niantic, and Web Summit among others.  Our philanthropic backers include investors from Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures and Insight Ventures, as well as founders like Mike Lee (MyFitnessPal), Garry Moroney (Clavis Insight) and Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry’s).

Our team is remote first, with an office in Dublin and soon in New York. We have team members working from home or from other remote hubs in the U.S. and Europe.

Our Team

The Impact Team focuses on growing and supporting the ChangeX community of local leaders and social innovators. We identify and package the most impactful and scalable ideas around the world, inspire and support people to start these ideas locally, and measure the impact at a community level. As Innovation Lead, you will play a key leadership role on the impact team. You will have the opportunity to build out a portfolio of the world’s leading grassroots innovations and make them available to community leaders everywhere. You will work closely with a global network of social innovators, supporting them to scale their ideas through the ChangeX platform. This is an opportunity for an impact focused professional to play a central role in a growing, entrepreneurial team and network of changemakers, with the goal of improving life for one billion people in 10 years.

Responsibilities

  • Expand the portfolio of impactful and scalable innovations on ChangeX, particularly in the following areas: Climate Change & Sustainability, Education & Play, Community Cohesion (our goal is to add 30 new innovations in 2021);
  • Run a search and selection process to find innovations including nominator outreach, desk research, qualifying calls and onboarding;
  • Build and manage a global community of social innovators, supporting them to design grassroots scaling strategies, package their innovation for replication and grow their impact through the ChangeX platform (our goal is to support 30 social innovators to have 10 or more new active replications of their idea through ChangeX in 2021);
  • Work closely with the ChangeX product team to ensure that the technology platform is optimised for social innovator needs;
  • Position ChangeX as a leader in the ‘Scale what Works’ field;
  • As we scale, you will have responsibility for building and managing a team.

Requirements

  • At least 5 years experience in a relevant field / role
  • Relevant global experience and network ideal
  • Passion for scaling ideas that work
  • Some domain expertise advantageous (e.g. in field of social innovation / community / sustainability / education etc.)
  • High social and emotional intelligence and strong team player
  • Focused and disciplined
  • Multiple languages is an advantage
  • Demonstrated commitment to social change
  • An entrepreneurial / intrapreneurial track record
  • Strong empathy and ethical fibre

Benefits

  • Flexible working options: remote, in office or a hybrid of the two;
  • 25 holiday days plus flexible hours;
  • Annual performance related bonuses;
  • Pension scheme after 12 months of employment;
  • Basic health insurance plan;
  • Master new skills from those around you with onsite/online talks and networking at our hubs;
  • Access to a great work environment and facilities at Dogpatch Labs in Dublin, our New York office or a co-working space convenient for you. 

The ChangeX team is currently working fully remotely. We haven’t yet decided on our return to the office policy. We expect that many of our team will be based at Dogpatch Labs in Dublin and at our new office in New York.  We also expect to have team members working fully remotely but with the ability to travel to the Dublin or New York office when necessary for team or community meetings.

To apply, please send CV or equivalent with a note outlining why you think you’d be the right person to Katie at [email protected], including your name and ‘Innovation Lead’ in the email title by April 16th 2021.

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