We’re hiring!

We’re looking for a mission-driven, entrepreneurial Program Manager to join our team and support our overall program and studio operations. If you’re interested in applying, submit your resume, LinkedIn profile and a note explaining your interest. If you have any leads, please email us directly. Thank you!

Job Opening: Program Manager

Why Promise

Promise Venture Studio aims to address one of the greatest social issues facing our country — the equity gap that starts long before children enter Kindergarten. Although the greatest period of brain plasticity occurs by age five, 1 in 2 five year olds from low income families are not ready for kindergarten. Incremental improvements are not enough. We believe new entrepreneurial social ventures can be a catalyst to dramatically improve early childhood outcomes for millions of children. The field is poised for breakthroughs with science-based innovations, new technologies and distribution channels to help millions of children around the country reach kindergarten readiness.

About Promise

Backed by leading investors and philanthropists in early childhood, Promise is a nonprofit venture studio that supports innovators and entrepreneurs exploring, developing or scaling companies and organizations that improve early childhood development (ECD), prenatal to age 5, with an emphasis on helping low income families. Promise supports entrepreneurs of nonprofit and for profit ventures and at any stage — from early brainstorming and launch to scaling and impact.

Promise has a mission to accelerate innovation in early childhood development through three strategic activities:

  1. Attracting more and more diverse, entrepreneurial ideas, talent and capital flow to the ECD field

  2. Supporting ECD ventures’ reach and impact for the most vulnerable children and their families

  3. Connecting diverse ecosystem stakeholders for more strategic collaboration and funding

The Role

As a Program Manager, you will work on key initiatives that help Promise Venture Studio support the growth and impact of its venture network. You will have exposure to and work closely with all members of the Promise team, making this a great learning experience.

Key Objectives + Responsibilities

  1. Support overall program and studio operations

    • Be responsible for design and support execution of processes and logistics related to various Promise programs (e.g., program marketing, application review, event management, participant follow-up)

    • Manage parts of Promise's operations and technology stack (e.g., Streak CRM, Zoom, Slack, Google Drive, Social Media, etc.), including setting team standard processes, and training as needed

  2. Create and manage Promise community content

    • Source, create and curate content for the Promise Resource Library that best serves the needs of our innovation community

    • Create original content (e.g., email newsletters, community / blog posts, social media posts) and seed dialogue that draws in, engages and retains community members

    • Draft copy and manage communications to entrepreneurs participating in Promise Programs

  3. Support Promise entrepreneur network community

    • Proactively engage Promise’s community of entrepreneurs, surface and respond to their needs, and foster meaningful connections among them

    • Monitor the health and activity of our community to inform content, virtual convening, event and other programming decisions

    • Ideate community-based programs that will facilitate meaningful peer-to-peer learning

    • Determine how to measure, evaluate and share out the impact of our community

  4. Execute additional team projects and responsibilities

    • We’re a startup too! Things will come up, unexpected events and turns will happen, and it will always be an adventure. We are looking for someone who thrives in this environment, relishes change, thinks on their feet and enjoys juggling various opportunities, challenges and needs that come our way!

The Teammate

Experience & Competencies

  • Critical thinker who can effectively problem solve and collaborate thoughtfully in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

  • Detail-oriented project manager

  • Experience managing and growing inclusive networks and communities

  • Exceptional communication skills across diverse formats (e.g. email campaigns, newsletters, white papers, policy briefs, blog posts, etc.) and a demonstrated ability to adapt voice and style to audience and platform

  • Innate curiosity and skill for discovering, adopting, integrating, and managing various productivity, social, and programmatic tech / software products to support org strategy execution

  • Experience coordinating / managing high quality events with 20 - 200 attendees

Preferred: Professional experience or expertise in early childhood development, education, human services, digital health, technology or another related field

Values and Skills

  • Mission-oriented: passionate about and driven by our mission

  • Entrepreneurial: you thrive in ambiguity, you love juggling multiple tasks and wearing many hats, you are action-oriented and always ready to roll up your sleeves!

  • 100% Reliable: we can count on you to follow through, set proper expectations, deliver high quality work and close the loop

  • Collaborative: you are team- and people-first, you enjoy getting and giving feedback, you derive value out of brainstorming and group thinking

  • Organized: you know how to to build the right processes to get work done in the most efficient and effective way with your team

  • Connector: you enjoy meeting new people and are known for building great relationships

Location: Palo Alto, California (preferred), New York, New York (possible)

What We Offer!

  • Making catalytic impact on one of our country’s most complex social challenges

  • Steep growth and responsibility with a small, dynamic, scrappy team

  • Visibility to and relationship-building with cutting edge entrepreneurs, researchers, experts, funders, practitioners, and more in the early childhood field

  • The chance to observe, practice and learn entrepreneurship, with mentoring from serial entrepreneurs

  • A supportive and collaborative team environment

  • Competitive salary and exceptional benefits

Application Process

Submit your resume, LinkedIn profile and a note explaining your interest to team@promisestudio.org.