Manara is a social impact startup whose mission is to unlock the human potential of the Middle East & North Africa, uplifting the region's economy and diversifying the global tech sector, with a focus on women. We are experienced founders, operators, and technologists with leading investors (including Reid Hoffman, Jessica Livingston, Stripe, Y Combinator, Seedcamp) and advisers from Andela, Lambda School, and Honeypot.
This region has a rapidly growing population and a highly educated, diverse population. But nobody has cracked the puzzle of employment: college graduates face the highest youth unemployment in the world. Women are particularly impacted: in Palestine, 52% of computer science students are women, but 83% of them are unemployed. We run an entirely remote solution to identify the top talent, familiarize them with interviewing approaches, vet them, and find them amazing jobs (whether remote or on-site). It works: at Google 71% of our referrals in our last batch were hired.
We don’t stop at job placement. Our vision is to build the top tech talent community in this region and support them at each stage in their lifecycle: how to get a promotion, become a manager, be the first woman engineer on a team, etc. The community is driven by a tech product that facilitates connection, shared learning, and motivation.
To achieve our ambitious mission, we are seeking a Strategic Partnerships Director. We also welcome more experienced (or more junior!) candidates as long as you are willing to do the immediate work needed and, in the future, grow a team that you would manage.
You’ll establish & grow our sales team, while directly holding responsibility for building relationships with our largest and most strategic partners. You’ll design strategies to expand our partnerships with companies like Google, Meta, and Zalando, and work tirelessly building relationships with new companies. Moreover, you’ll be responsible for building relationships with organizations that share Manara’s goals and values. Ultimately you’ll be responsible for ensuring Manara graduates have many options for work after they graduate from Manara.
Note: Diverse candidates often screen themselves out of job applications if they don’t have all the qualifications. Please apply if you’re excited about the role - we’d love to see your application!
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We are a fully remote team, so you can be located anywhere, but we think you'll be most successful if you're located in London or elsewhere in Europe (Dublin, Berlin, etc). Our strategic partners are based primarily in Europe; we also have some in the USA and Dubai. Your colleagues on the sales team will be based in all of those locations. You'll work closely with our CEO, who is based in San Francisco, so you should be prepared to overlap hours somewhat.