Ask a college senior, and “vice president of productivity and remote experience” probably isn’t on her list of dream jobs. Yet this fast-growing pandemic-era position has emerged as a previously unimaginable path to the C-suite—or at least to a virtual desk nearby.
While it sounds like something an existing HR department would naturally handle, the job is bigger than that, says Cowen Partners President Shawn Cole. Ideal candidates might have sales, operations, or even customer service backgrounds, with impeccable leadership and communication skills.
“It’s not the responsibility of HR,” Cole says. “They don’t necessarily understand the job functions that are required.”
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