Partnerships Lead, YT

Center for Effective Philanthropy/ YouthTruth

Posted: 11/6/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Business Development

Primary domain: Education

City: San Francisco

Postal code: 94105

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

YouthTruth was born out of a conversation between the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation back in 2008. The Foundation was seeking to hear from more voices – and one that was missing was the voice of the people whose lives they were trying to affect: the students themselves!

The key characters in this origin story are Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Fay Twersky, director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and former director of Impact Planning and Improvement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Valerie Threlfall, former vice president at the Center for Effective Philanthropy and founding director of YouthTruth from 2008 to 2012.

YouthTruth is based on the simple but powerful premise that when you get timely feedback from those you’re trying to serve, and really listen to that feedback to make changes, you get better.

Position Details:

Job Description:

YouthTruth Partnerships Lead

San Francisco, CA

We believe, and research shows, that student and stakeholder feedback matters for school improvement and student success. That’s why, in 2008, we created YouthTruth – to help educators harness student and stakeholder feedback to accelerate improvements. We’ve heard from over 1.3 million students, parents/guardians, and school staff members, across 39 states and five countries. We’ve coached thousands of education leaders through the process of receiving and acting on high-quality feedback data, and are rapidly growing.

To help deepen our impact, we are looking for someone who:

  • Is passionate about improving school systems and believes that student and stakeholder feedback can improve education.
  • Can draw insights from data and coach others to use data to guide decision-making.
  • Enjoys connecting with education leaders and is comfortable with sales and public speaking.
  • Is energized by traveling around the country for meetings and conferences.

If this sounds like you, you would be tasked with helping our partnerships and outreach team develop new partnerships, strengthen existing relationships, and deliver professional development coaching to deepen clients’ engagement with YouthTruth data.  Reporting to the Director of Partnerships and Outreach, you would work collaboratively with the full YouthTruth team as well as staff in other departments at The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), YouthTruth’s parent nonprofit.

We believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation, and we actively seek out candidates from many types of diverse backgrounds to apply for this exciting role.


We have offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California, where the entire YouthTruth team resides (and enjoys sweeping views of San Francisco bay and the Bay Bridge). We enjoy each other’s company, and our ping pong table gets a lot of use.


What we’re looking for:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience and a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience either working in schools or with schools in a sales, consulting, or similar role.
  • Outstanding and persuasive verbal and written communication skills. Strong writing ability with a keen attention to detail.
  • Experience managing multiple deadlines while adapting quickly and confidently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort and ease with national travel during busy conference and client presentation seasons, including some weekend travel. This position will require up to 30% travel.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to remain flexible in response to business needs of a rapidly growing organization.
  • A self-starter capable of working independently and collaboratively, motivated by team goals.
A work ethic consistent with our culture: thoughtful; sharp attention to detail; track record of being highly organized, responsive, and team-oriented; ability to accurately set and consistently meet commitments; commitment to client confidentiality; highest level of personal integrity and commitment to excellence.



Our nonprofit model is central to our identity: our bottom line is impact, not profit. Yet even as a nonprofit, we successfully compete for top talent across both the public and private sectors and offer competitive compensation and benefits through The Center for Effective Philanthropy, including:

  • The annual salary for this role is ­­­­$98,000; in addition, this role is eligible for performance-based incentive compensation.
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance plans.
  • Generous paid time off plan, including up to 15 holidays, two weeks of accrued vacation, and two personal days per year.
  • 401(k) plan with a 1:1 Employer Match up to 5% of total compensation.
  • Generous annual personal professional development allowance.
  • Flexible spending and dependent care tax free savings plans.
  • Life insurance covered 100% by the organization.


$90k - 100k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To apply
Please fill out our application for employment and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this exciting role.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyse d’Amico, Director of Human Capital and Special Assistant to the President or Leaha Wynn, Associate Manager, Human Capital; Diversity & Inclusion Strategist at jobs [at] cep [dot] org.


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