Venture Associate

Promise Venture Studio

Posted: 2/7/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: General Management

Primary domain: Education

City: Palo Alto (NYC possible)

Postal code: 94125

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

Promise is a nonprofit venture studio that attracts, supports, and connects promising entrepreneurial talent, capital and stakeholders to pave the way for the sustainable growth and impact of social entrepreneurship in Early Childhood Development (ECD).

We support nonprofit and for-profit ventures and organizations at any stage of development that reach (directly or indirectly) children, prenatal to age 5 in the U.S., and their families and communities who are facing the greatest adversities.

We envision a world where all children, no matter their background, can fulfill their innate promise.

We catalyze innovation and growth in the ECD ecosystem by attracting, supporting, and connecting social entrepreneurs, ecosystem stakeholders, and capital to drive outcomes for families facing the greatest adversities.

Position Details:

Job Description:

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 (ages 0-5), with an emphasis serving children facing the greatest adversity. Promise supports entrepreneurs of nonprofit and for profit ventures and at any stage — from early brainstorming and launch to scaling 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 early childhood development (ECD) field

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

  3. Connecting diverse ecosystem stakeholders to the end of more and more strategic collaboration and funding

The Role

As a Venture Associate, you will work on a variety of key initiatives that help Promise Venture Studio support the growth and impact of its venture network. You will also have exposure to and work closely with all members of the Promise team, making this a great learning experience. The ideal candidate will have strong entrepreneurial traits and interest and a desire to build a career in social entrepreneurship or impact investing. 

Key Objectives + Responsibilities

  1. Support overall program and Studio operations

    1. Help collect, analyze, and present data from the Promise Venture Network and other programs to inform organizational strategy and measure and grow organizational impact

    2. Be responsible for the design and execution of processes for various Promise programs (e.g., program marketing, application review, event management, participant follow-up)

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

  2. Research and develop expert content

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

    2. Conduct independent research with experts, entrepreneurs and organizations to highlight innovation and document best practices for the field

  3. Support and enhance Promise entrepreneur network community

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

    2. Determine how to measure, evaluate, and share out the impact of our work and those of the ventures in our network 

  4. Execute additional team projects and responsibilities

    1. 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, finds ways to say yes, thinks on their feet and enjoys juggling various opportunities, challenges and needs that come our way!


The Teammate:

Experience & Competencies

  • 2-3 years of post college work professional experience (e.g., management consulting, finance, Teach for America)

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

  • Strong analytical ability to collect, evaluate, and present data to inform key organizational strategies and evaluate impact

  • Exceptional communication skills across diverse formats, e.g. email campaigns, newsletters, white papers, policy briefs, blog posts, etc.s

  • 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 and managing diverse workstreams

  • Detail-oriented executor project manager

  • Preferred: Experience to and/or deep interest in social entrepreneurship, 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! 

  • Detail-oriented: you juggle lots of tasks and are able to complete them with high quality and efficiency 

  • 100% Reliable: we can count on you to follow through, set proper expectations, deliver high quality work at speed 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 build/improve upon 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


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

  • Frequent thanks and appreciation from entrepreneurs for your work

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

  • A supportive team environment

  • Competitive salary and exceptional benefits

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

Application Process: Submit your resume, LinkedIn profile and a note explaining your interest to [email protected].


Commensurate with Experience

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How to Apply:

Application Process: Submit your resume, LinkedIn profile and a note explaining your interest to [email protected].  


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