Associate Partner, Learn to Earn (NP)

About New Profit 

New Profit is a pioneering venture philanthropy organization that backs social entrepreneurs who are advancing equity and opportunity in America. In partnership with a national network of philanthropists, New Profit provides unrestricted funding and strategic support to a portfolio of social entrepreneurs to help them realize their full potential. We also work to ensure that all social entrepreneurs can thrive by influencing how government and philanthropy fund and advance social problem solving through policy advocacy, convening, and field leadership efforts. Since its founding in 1998, New Profit has invested over $250M in its portfolio and unlocked over $1.7B in public sector funding for social innovation. 
Read more about who we are, what we believe, and how we work in our 20th Anniversary Annual Report.  

About the Postsecondary Innovation For Equity Initiative 

New Profit is launching a $17M Postsecondary Innovation for Equity (PIE) initiative to accelerate the efforts of social entrepreneurs to re-architect pathways to economic mobility for underrepresented young people. (By “underrepresented,” we mean young people from low-income communities who are acquiring postsecondary credentials at a much lower rate than young people from high-income communities.) Focusing on innovations that weave together acquisition of postsecondary credentials with access to upwardly mobile careers, the PIE Initiative is a part of Learn to Earn, New Profit’s postsecondary and career strategy. 
The first phase of the PIE Initiative, the Beacon Cohort, will bring together 21 innovative organizations to advance individual and collective learning, build organizational capacity to collect and report outcomes data, and develop a blueprint for how entrepreneurship can advance equity in postsecondary education. 

About the Position

The Associate Partner will be responsible for the strategy and operations of the Beacon Cohort of the PIE Initiative, including the following: 
Advance individual and collective learning among Beacon grantees 
  • Get to know grantee organizations and social entrepreneurs; understand their challenges and opportunities 
  • Design, plan, and lead execution of convenings that speak to the interests and concerns of grantees and funders 
  • Broker access to New Profit resources that help grantees advance their work 
  • Cultivate and facilitate a strong community that results in widespread information sharing, support, and collaboration 
Build Beacon grantee’s capacity to collect and report outcomes data 
  • Understand outcomes data collection, analysis, and reporting among grantees and what kinds of support they need to advance their efforts 
  • Identify outcomes measurement consultants who can help grantees advance their efforts; manage consultants and broker consultations with grantees 
  • Work with grantees and consultants to figure out how to validate outcomes measures; broker relationships between grantees and validating organizations 
  • Ensure the Beacon Cohort meets its goal: grantees report semi-standardized, validated, employment and income data for graduates by December 2021 
Contribute to the vision and success of Learn to Earn 
  • Continuously learn about innovative approaches to helping underrepresented learners acquire postsecondary credentials and access upwardly mobile careers 
  • Contribute to Learn to Earn’s ongoing strategy development, including the design and selection of the Core Cohort of the PIE Initiative 
  • Write occasional op-ed pieces aimed at education trade media publications, to shine a light on grantees and share insights from their work 
  • Collaborate with other Learn to Earn Initiative staff to build strong relationships with funders 
Who We Are Looking For 
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to the PIE Initiative mission 
  • Commitment to and experience leading initiatives focused on racial and socio-economic equity, and elevating leaders of color in the social sector 
  • Excellent listening skills; demonstrated capacity to take insights from listening and use them to inform the design of a program or initiative 
  • Demonstrated ability to foster community and collaboration among organizations and individuals 
  • Ability to communicate with and influence a wide range of stakeholders, both verbally and in writing 
  • Experience and comfort with quantitative analysis 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects to success; ability to set goals and priorities, facilitate decisions, and manage people and resources effectively 
  • Ability and willingness to switch between work that requires high level strategic thinking, and work that is more focused in logistics, operations and execution 
  • A lively, curious and creative intellect; a style that includes adaptability and a sense of humor 

How to Apply

In lieu of a cover letter, please submit a resume and cover letter assignment (instructions below) addressed to Kevin Greer & Bill Jackson. Please upload questions where it indicates to attach your cover letter in the job posting.  You may want to reference this background document on the PIE Initiative. 
In lieu of a cover letter, please share thoughtful responses to the following questions in 4-7 sentences per question: 
1. Please briefly describe what you are working on now, as well as, one or two other positions, or experiences you have had that are relevant to this opportunity.
2. We are looking for someone with demonstrated commitment to the PIE Initiative mission. What specific evidence of this commitment would you offer? (Please see this PIE background document for context.) 

3. We are looking for someone with an ability to lead projects to success by setting goals and priorities, facilitating decisions, and managing people and resources effectively. How have you demonstrated these abilities in your past work? 

4. As specifically as possible, please describe how you have fostered community and collaboration among organizations and/or individuals you have worked with in the past. What were the results of this work and what feedback did you get from communities you brought together? 

5. If you don’t live in Boston now, would you be willing to relocate to Boston to take on this position? (1-2 sentences) 

New Profit offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.  An equal opportunity employer, New Profit recognizes the power of a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.  Please no phone calls or direct emails. 

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