Program Manager

Promise Venture Studio

Posted: 2/19/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Education

City: Remote

Postal code: 94025

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

We catalyze innovation and impact in the Early Childhood Development 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:


Promise Venture Studio aims to address one of the greatest social justice issues facing our country — the equity gap that starts long before children enter Kindergarten.  Due to structural racism and systemic inequality, over five million children under five years old in the US are growing up in poverty and more than half of children from low income families are unprepared for kindergarten.  This reality fundamentally shapes lifelong outcomes.  Our work is rooted in a conviction to do our part to build a world where all children, no matter their background, can fulfill their own promise.

Promise believes that social entrepreneurs, as they have in other fields, can pioneer programs, products, services, and interventions that improve outcomes and close gaps at scale. However, compared to the ecosystem supporting social innovation in K-12 education, for instance, social entrepreneurs in early childhood development (ECD) face significant obstacles to building organizations that can achieve impact at scale.  These obstacles include less venture support, less financial capital, less human capital and less intellectual capital.

Backed by leading investors and philanthropists, Promise is a nonprofit venture studio that helps social entrepreneurs in ECD achieve scaled impact in the face of these obstacles - and help the field dismantle these obstacles over time.  We support any venture (for profit company, non-profit organization, academic institution, etc) that is exploring, developing or scaling products, services and programs that improve outcomes in ECD.  In particular, we focus on ventures and innovators best positioned to have deep impact for families facing the greatest adversity due to structural racism and systemic inequality.

We focus on three interdependent strategies to achieve our mission:

  1. We Support social ventures to improve their business and impact models

  2. We Attract new talent and capital into the field of ECD

  3. And we Connect promising ventures with sources of capital (financial, human, intellectual) and to each other to accelerate their progress. 

Ultimately we believe these strategies will lead to more ventures that improve outcomes for children and families at scale, along with more and more diverse capital for the ECD field.


As a Program Manager, you will work on the implementation of Promise’s strategy and programs.  You will manage diverse work streams, coordinate our internal team and resources, and execute high quality programming that supports ventures to overcome obstacles to growth and impact.  You will partner with the Promise team in iterating on our programs, bringing new ideas to the table, and facilitating the use of our impact data to drive decision-making.  You will have exposure to and work closely with all members of the Promise team, making this a great learning experience as well.

Key Objectives + Responsibilities

  1. Support overall program and Studio operations

    1. Lead the design and execution of processes and logistics related to various Promise programs (e.g., program marketing, application review, event management, participant follow-up)

    2. Develop thorough project plans to manage interdependent workstreams and drive the implementation of Promise programs (e.g. Show+Tell events, Fellowship Program, Venture onboarding, etc)

    3. 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

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

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

    3. Draft copy and manage communications to entrepreneurs, funders, and other stakeholders participating in Promise Programs

  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 

  1. Participate in strategic advising / coaching sessions with ventures in partnership with Promise teammates

  1. Monitor the health and activity of our community to inform content, event and other programming decisions

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

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

  1. 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!



Experience & Competencies

  • Experience and/or deep interest in social entrepreneurship, early childhood development, education, human services, digital health, technology, or another related field

  • Detail-oriented project manager; ability to translate a high level concept or goal into an actionable project plan and execute against it

  • 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

  • Innate curiosity and skill for discovering, learning, integrating, and managing various productivity, social, and programmatic tech / software products to support design and implementation of Promise programs and strategies (A few examples of tech currently in use at Promise - Google suite, Streak, Slack, Canva, MailChimp, Zapier, Zoom, Squarespace)  

  • A willingness to engage personally and professionally in the work to dismantle structural racism and systemic inequality

Values and skills

  • Mission-oriented: passionate about and driven by our mission to improve early childhood outcomes at scale

  • Equity centered: equitable outcomes for children and families who face the greatest adversities due to structural racism and systemic inequality is a north star for you

  • Entrepreneurial: you can adopt an entrepreneur mindset and working style - you love juggling multiple tasks and wearing many hats, you are action-oriented and always ready to roll up your sleeves, you take a lean, iterative approach to your work and embrace testing and learning, and you thrive in ambiguity.

  • Strategic: able to set plans and translate into action

  • Excellent communicator: you can effectively communicate across diverse formats, e.g. verbally, email campaigns, newsletters, Slack, white papers, policy briefs, blog posts, etc. - a demonstrated ability to adapt voice and style to audience and platform 

  • Detail-oriented: you sweat the details and do what it takes to get them right because you believe it leads to higher quality 

  • Organized: you know how to to build the right processes to get work done in the most efficient and effective way with your team; you stay on top of various work streams and communications

  • 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 work well in small team environments, you like bouncing ideas off of others, you enjoy getting and giving feedback, you derive value out of brainstorming and group thinking

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

A plus if you have

  • Experience managing and growing inclusive networks and communities

  • Experience with program evaluation (developing, tracking, reporting metrics)

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



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

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

  • A joyful and supportive team environment, with teammates who take the work extremely seriously, but will never miss an opportunity to make space for laughter

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

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

  • Competitive salary and exceptional benefits

Location: Remote (U.S.)


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:


Submit your resume, LinkedIn profile and a note explaining your interest in this role to [email protected]


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