León, Bajío & CDMX January, 2018
During the first years of a person the brain develops at a faster pace than at any other stage of life. Low-income children who are not exposed to nourishing experiences in their earliest years, for example, are 25% more likely to drop out of school, 40% more likely to become teen parents, and 60% less likely to attend college than their peers who have had adequate support from infancy. In Mexico exists 11 million of children with less than 5 years old, 56% of them live in poverty. Current public offer of childcare services is highly insufficient and pre-school schedules are not adapted to the current reality of the communities. Additionally, 80% of children in Mexico are under the exclusive care of the mother and up to 80% of them earn less than 6 minimum wages. 91.4% have no access to social security.
Working mothers face the difficult decision of where to leave their children while they are at work: Alone for up to 6 hours, with a family member (usually a minor) or in a "guardería" where negligence and abuse are common practices. Hipocampus has a simple solution: We establish and operate Learning Centers that provide superior quality childcare and education. To support working mothers, we partner with corporates to develop solutions tailored to their needs.
Hipocampus is a social business with more than 213 own centers and 51 franchises in India working with investors and globally recognized organizations such as Acumen Fund, Unitus Seed Capital, Asian Development Bank, Ashoka, World Bank. In Mexico, we started in 2016 with our first center in San Cristóbal, Guanajuato. In collaboration with the main actors of the early childhood ecosystem in Mexico, we seek to make the Bajío Zone our growth pole that will take us to reach 100 Centers in the next 5 years nationwide.
This is a powerful opportunity for a leading entrepreneur with a deep interest in social innovation and early childhood education as a way to break poverty cycles.
As the Head of Operations you will have the opportunity to:
• Create high quality learning and livelihood opportunities for children from low-income communities and their mothers.
• Position the business for reaching scale, setting up operations and closing negotiations with key partners.
• Ensure all aspects of daily operations run effectively and efficiently. Your primary role will be to provide leadership and the support function to Hipocampus in order for it to achieve its vision and strategic objectives. This means:
a) Open 8 Learning Centers during 2018. b) Develop a scaling strategy and operations. Objective: 100 centers in 5 years. c) Implement scaling strategy and open 20 centers in 2019.
As Head of Operations of Hipocampus you should exhibit the following experience and skills:
• +7 Years of significant experience (operations, management and/or technology consulting; business analysis and business process, project management, or a related area).
• Significant experience executing defined strategies for different areas of a business.
• Adequate knowledge of organizational effectiveness and operations management.
• Proven track record in developing and implementing operational systems and processes (support better management, business processes and organizational planning).
• Considerable experience contributing to the development and launch of short and long-term organizational plans and strategies, with the view to delivering operational excellence.
• Considerable experience of managing and leading staff with a proven track record of delegation, motivation and empowerment.
• Enthusiastic and optimistic who deeply believes that social entrepreneurship can change the world. A great ambition to create the largest chain of affordable private schools in Mexico.
• Significant experience in handling extremely complex business as well as comfort working under uncertainty.
• Able to take tough decisions and sustain momentum, pushing for timely action.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as cultural awareness and sensitivity, in order to build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholder
• Proven ability to develop and set direction as well as implement change; must have evidence of successfully initiating new structure and process.
• Fluency in English and Spanish.
• Having a valid driver's license and own car would be an advantage
• Possibility of traveling 70% of the time at a national level, mainly in the Bajío Zone.
The position will require domestic and international travel. If you think you have what it takes to be part of the success of an incredibly challenging startup with the potential to transform the early childcare and education sector, please apply. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.