The Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF.org) aims to be the leader in programs and resources at the intersection of women, giving and leadership. LAAF.org is an operating (non-grantmaking) foundation on a mission to inspire, educate and empower ALL individuals to give, live and lead in a way that matters more. We are a young, evolutionary organization that democratizes access to free, highest quality digital educational resources and LAAF.org Founder’s decades of experience as a social entrepreneur, philanthropic leader and Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) academic. Currently LAAF.org fuels programs and research on giving, women in leadership and intentionally inclusive leadership (Founder’s new model of “Legacy Leadership”). These initiatives include Stanford GSB courses and accompanying case studies, curricula and learning notes, The Legacy Leaders Speaker Series and additional leadership events, MOOCs, and other resources for givers and leaders at all stages.
LAAF.org is at an inflection point in its development as the organization introduces two new significant portfolios of work (women in leadership and intentionally inclusive leadership) and reframes its value proposition in the giving space (formerly strategic philanthropy). The Program Director of Women in Leadership and Inclusive Leadership Education (PDW) will play an important role in elevating the content and insights for and from Founder’s successful Stanford GSB “Power of You: Women in Leadership” course (over half of the MBA2 student body tried to enroll) as well as translating and disseminating that information to a diverse, global audience through multiple platforms. The PDW serves as the in-house subject matter expert (SME) on women’s leadership and intentionally inclusive leadership, and will use their mastery of these areas to ensure LAAF.org’s voice, content and impact in these spaces inspire, educate and empower new generations of women and leaders globally. The PDW will also manage a Program Analyst dedicated to the women in leadership body of work, as well as a part-time research assistant. In addition, the PDW will work closely with and support Founder on content and research as she writes and launches a new book, and executes a strategic thought leadership plan inspired by LAAF.org’s women in leadership work.
Key responsibilities include:
- Leading and managing the Women in Leadership and Inclusive Leadership Education bodies of work and coordinating with the team to ensure the highest quality of content creation and execution
- Working with Founder to serve as a thought partner to formulate content strategy for Founder’s Stanford GSB course, and execute against this strategy as Founder iterates on the course and produces related original content
- Managing and mentoring a Program Analyst dedicated to the Women in Leadership portfolio of work and ensuring any work produced by the Program Analyst is of the highest quality before reaching Founder. The PDW will also oversee any work performed for the Inclusive Leadership body of work completed by the Program Analyst, Women in Leadership Education and/or the Program Analyst, Philanthropy Education
- Conducting and overseeing original and existing research to uncover insights and proven tactics related to women’s leadership development and intentionally inclusive leadership professionally, personally and philanthropically
- Writing case studies, learning notes, lecture content and other learning materials in support of Founder’s Stanford GSB course, thought leadership platform and LAAF.org website
- Supporting Founder in creation of undergraduate course on women in leadership and potential one-off workshops for both university students and female faculty members
- Staying abreast of new research, findings, trends, challenges and public conversations about women’s leadership and intentionally inclusive leadership, and using those insights to optimize LAAF.org’s work and Founder’s thought leadership in these spaces
- Identifying new points of opportunity for LAAF.org to provide value by proposing new initiatives, processes and content to include in these portfolios of work
- Managing all LAAF.org and Founder’s incoming requests related to the program areas
- Coordinating with the Digital Media Associate to develop and execute women’s leadership- and intentionally inclusive leadership-themed digital campaigns. Experience writing and creating content for digital distribution is a plus!
- Overseeing execution of The Legacy Leaders Speaker Series, LAAF.org’s event series elevating the leadership of women and leaders with unique perspectives who actualize values of intentional inclusivity and empowerment
- Distributing LAAF.org’s biweekly email and social (Facebook Messenger) communication highlighting the latest news and insights related to the foundation’s mission and strategy
- Developing scripts, key talking points and both short- and long-form content to support Founder’s and, if applicable Executive Director’s, media appearances, speaking engagements, webinars, articles, original podcast and MOOC related to women’s leadership development and intentionally inclusive leadership
- Working closely with Program Associate, Philanthropy Education (PAP) to leverage shared findings, best practices and applications to elevate LAAF.org’s educational resources
Please note that the PDW role does not include grantmaking responsibilities because LAAF.org is not a grantmaking organization.
The ideal candidate has
- A PhD, or Master’s degree with significant field experience, in an area related to women’s leadership development and/or intentionally inclusive leadership
- A track record of academic excellence
- At least 5-7 years of work experience (inclusive of doctoral work experience)
- Leadership experience in mission-driven teams, projects or other groups
- Demonstrated interest in education, women’s leadership, intentionally inclusive leadership and related content development. Experience with curriculum development is a plus!
- Experience developing, launching, managing, scaling and evaluating new programs, initiatives and/or products
- Experience creating strategy, then developing strategic plans with clear projects, project plans and timelines as well as outcome measures to gauge success
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Creative, fresh and relevant ideas and insights about current events and cultural conversations
- Superior work ethic and self-imposed accountability
- A self-starter, collaborative attitude with endless curiosity and love of learning
- An interpersonal approach characterized by being open to a vast diversity of perspectives, empathetic and kind as well as having a servant-leader mentality
- A working style that prioritizes purpose, listening, collaboration and working with the highest level of professionalism
- Highest level of integrity, confidentiality and grace
- Humility, humor, optimism and generosity
Working at LAAF.org
LAAF.org has a unique and enriching working environment that elevates the skills, knowledge and professional presence of all team members, enthusiastically known as “LAAFers.” The following values reflect our team and cultural norms:
Collaborative - At LAAF.org, we believe that the whole is greater than the some of its parts. Each LAAFer is selected for the unique perspectives and contributions they bring to our work and the resources we create. LAAF.org embraces a collaboration-first approach to produce the highest quality of accurate, relevant resources for a diverse array of givers and leaders.
Empowering - LAAFers are empowered to develop new skills and deploy existing capabilities to create the greatest value for givers and leaders. All members of LAAF.org are encouraged (and expected!) to recommend new processes and approaches as well as opportunities for impact beyond our current portfolio of work.
Embracing - LAAF.org’s success depends on all LAAFers bringing their best selves and ideas to our work each and every day. Therefore, we aim to create a safe and brave space where individuals are their authentic selves and provide honest feedback on all dimensions of our work together.
Accountability - At LAAF.org, we are accountable to delivering on our mission in service to others. To do so, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of performance toward achieving our collective and individual goals and results. As each LAAFer was selected because of their demonstrated capabilities and potential for growth, employees are expected to be able to work with considerable autonomy, take initiative to ensure timely delivery of work, and support one another’s success by freely exchanging insights and information including playbooks for success, growth opportunities and learnings from mistakes.
Purpose-Aligned - At LAAF.org, we believe every individual has a unique purpose that honors their passions, skills, backgrounds and opportunities for impact. When hiring new LAAFers, we ensure that each teammate’s purpose is well-aligned with LAAF.org’s mission as well as our priorities of content, education and inclusivity.
Intellectually Rigorous - At LAAF.org, knowledge is queen and core to our mission. Therefore, each team member brings a genuine commitment to lifelong curiosity and learning as it relates to giving, leadership (development) and creating value for our world.
LAAFter - We promote, value and respect generosity, joy, gratitude, honesty, humor, kindness, love, selflessness and, needless to say, workplace dancing.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with an overview of their interest and experience (not to exceed one page) and resume to: Keith Calix at [email protected].
This position is open as of June 2019. This is a full time position, reporting to Executive Director of LAAF.org, with offices in Menlo Park, CA.