Director, Behavioral Science, Headspace (Full-time) 2019-05-28T14:43:31+00:00

Job description:

Headspace is looking for a Director, Behavioral Science for Headspace to help us to deliver against our mission of “Improving the health and happiness of the world.” Reporting to the Chief Science Officer this individual will work with executive leaders of the company to define the strategy for integrating authentic expertise and behavioral science into company operations as they scale. This individual will work with a cross-functional team to ensure that our product inspires, guides, and supports our members in living healthier and happier lives. 

Authentic Expertise

  • Be the genius and muscle (ie, accountable owner) behind creation and maintenance of process that includes authentic expertise and science in all the right places at all the right times and results in creative ideas that make 1+1=10
  • Be the instigator that elicits bold new ideas, vision, and concrete feedback from internal and external authentic experts
  • Be the responsible person for ensuring that science is represented in the vetting and engagement of authentic experts
  • Be a driver for the theoretical development of a uniquely Headspace approach to improving the Health and Happiness of the world that goes beyond guided meditation

Content Innovation

  • Be a partner in leading content innovation as we translate the theoretical model into content that inspires, guides, and supports our members to create healthy routines
  • Be the glue that links the Founder’s vision, authentic expertise, creative excellence, scientific rigor, and product innovation together
  • Be, in your own right, an authentic expert in sustainable behavior change and integrate your knowledge of behavioral science in your work with content/product innovation

Research Collaborations

  • Be the person to define the scientific validation needs for BoB and Big Bet company initiatives (e.g., Core meditation product, sleep, etc.) and partner with the rest of the science team to design and execute studies
  • Source and manage innovative (read: not necessarily academic) research collaborators to test Seed innovations and validity of the theoretical model
  • Partner with Content/Product teams to integrate scientific and design thinking processes to generate and prototype Seed projects

Thought Leadership

  • This person contributes to public knowledge of the Headspace approach to behavior change by writing and speaking regularly
  • Contributes to publication for scientific as well as popular audiences
  • Works with Creative team to craft the public narrative for the unique Headspace approach
  • Together with CSO and members of science team, represents Headspace’s evidence-based approach to the professional community through appearances at academic and industry conferences

What You’ve Accomplished

  • PhD/PsyD in Psychology, Behavioral Science, or closely related field preferred
  • 10+ years experience using evidence based behavior change interventions to help people improve mental and physical health
  • Experience in digital health involving direct work with product and content teams on a consumer facing product
  • Ideal candidate has had a leadership role previously and managerial experience, and is able to juggle multiple projects with ease.
  • Ideal candidate has independently designed academic and industry research trials involving digital health interventions
  • Familiarity and comfort working in an early- or mid-stage company; readily adaptable to changing market and organizational requirements
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic


How To Get Started

If you’re excited by the idea of seeing yourself in this role at Headspace, please apply with your CV and a cover letter that best expresses your interest and unique qualifications.