Founded in 1999, BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. BUILD’s unique program offers students a four-year entrepreneurship experience designed to develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school. Starting in 9th grade, BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. As students journey through high school and continue to grow their businesses, BUILD helps them explore college and career options, and assists students with the college application process. Entrepreneurship is the hook – college, career, and life success are the goals.
BUILD currently serves approximately 2,000 high school students annually at programs located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, New York City and Boston.
BUILD believes in the potential of every student and is dedicated to breaking down the educational, economic and social barriers that stand in the way of their long-term success. The remarkable young men and women whom we serve are at the center of everything we do. We are intentional about our culture so that we can best support them. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion, including cross-cultural understanding. We work in a collaborative environment where flexibility, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. Kindness, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teachers and our supporters.
Reporting to the Program Director, the Entrepreneurship Program Manager (EPM) is responsible for managing the school-based 10th grade (E2) program, which is an entrepreneurship-based learning experience facilitated in partner high schools. In order to ensure that students acquire essential skills for high school, college, and career success, the EPM will train, manage and coach BUILD instructors. Additionally, the EPM will assign, train and support volunteer mentors, ensure delivery of curriculum to meet benchmarks, oversee events, and implement systems to ensure students can run successful businesses. The EPM will maintain strong relationships with partner high schools, utilize data to serve students and improve programming and create and update content as needed to support program excellence.
Management & Coaching:
- Manage educators to facilitate in school and out of school sessions
- Provide training, coaching and ongoing support for educators and mentors to implement curriculum in a dynamic, engaging space and work with students effectively
- Observe classes and mentor sessions and provide solution-oriented feedback
- Check in regularly with educators and mentors to coach to outcomes, strengthen curriculum implementation, differentiate approach and problem-solve student issues
Program Implementation & Development
- Plan and implement recruiting and retention strategies to maintain student enrollment
- Create and modify curriculum to meet all learning benchmarks associated with the 10th grade program year
- Oversee planning and execution of key program events including but not limited to competitions, family gatherings, sales bazaars and field trips (virtually or in-person when safe)
- Provide guidance, develop structures and execute systems to ensure students can run successful businesses
- Collect and analyze data to evaluate current program success and make future improvements
- Manage entrepreneurship program budget
- Support the creation and implementation of special projects and initiatives outlined by the Program Director
Mentor Management & Support
- Support educators in their management and support of volunteer mentors, ensuring mentors have a compelling and positive volunteer experience
- Collaborate with the Community Engagement Program Manager and Director of Community Partnerships to orient and train mentors and volunteers
- Oversee educators in their communication and outreach to mentors in collaboration with the Community Engagement Program Manager
- Utilize a customer service approach to cultivate and maintain relationships with schools, volunteers and other external partners
- Develop and maintain student relationships at partner schools by demonstrating care, respect and high expectations
- Communicate effectively with staff, teachers, students, families, mentors and other key stakeholders to foster individual student success and strong partnerships
- Maintain relationships with individual mentors and volunteers
- Collaborate with National Departments and Program Managers across sites to share best practices, maintain consistency of outcomes and suggest program improvements
- Support colleagues, students, and programming across program areas
- Bachelor’s Degree/Master’s Degree in education or counseling and/or teaching credential preferred
- Minimum 4 years’ of youth education experience (preferably with under-resourced youth or in underperforming schools)
- Experience managing and/or coaching teachers
- Experience with virtual learning and digital literacy is strongly preferred
- Experience organizing and managing events a plus
- Entrepreneurial, business or start-up experience a plus
- Knowledge of the NYC community a plus
- Spanish fluency a plus
Successful candidates will demonstrate BUILD’s Core Values and competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:
BUILD’s Core Values:
- Keep Students at the Center - As BUILDers, we hold an unwavering passionate commitment and belief in the power and potential of youth. Our organization exists to serve students. We seize each opportunity to contribute to the foundation of knowledge, skills, and networks from which students can build extraordinary lives. Our operating principles and decisions focus on what is in the best interest of our students.
- Bring the Spark - As BUILDers, we excel in the entrepreneurial Spark Skills that we teach our students - Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit and Self-Management. We communicate through transparent and honest dialogue. We cherish teamwork, tenacity, and thinking outside the box. We demonstrate a relentless pursuit of excellence and approach work with a positive can do attitude. When we bring the spark we achieve great things together, and we model the way for our students.
- Bridge Communities - As BUILDers, we develop and foster relationships in service of creating access and opportunities for our students, staff, and stakeholders. We value all who come to the table as partners to maximize our collective impact. By connecting the communities in which we work, we build empathy, equity, and social capital.
- Promote Diversity and Social Action - As BUILDers, we understand that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion matters, but what matters even more is Action. We strive to create equity of voice, access, influence and power across lines of difference – both in and beyond BUILD, specifically for groups that have been historically denied social and economic justice. If we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem. We welcome, celebrate, and embrace the unique expressions and contributions of us all – our backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, and social class.
Role Specific Competencies:
- Coaching—provides direct guidance, support and feedback through observations, modeling, scaffolding, check-ins and any other strategies necessary to ensure effective program implementation by educators, mentors and staff
- Group/Team Facilitation—utilizes a variety of planning tools and facilitation strategies to effectively deliver information to a group so that they learn and achieve goals
- Managing and Motivating (Student, Staff and Volunteers) Performance —sets clear goals and expectations, tracks progress, provides feedback and addresses issues promptly in order to ensure high performance of self and others
- Project Management—identifies and thinks through all necessary steps of a project, sets appropriate deadlines, moves seamlessly between prioritized tasks, identifies required participants and holds self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines
- Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis—reviews quantitative and/or qualitative data sets in order to recognize patterns, identifies additional information or data needed, and draws conclusions
- Strategic Thinking—takes into account and analyzes various points of view and data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context; includes identifying or anticipating problems and implementing solutions
- Full Time/Exempt
- Location: NYC
- Flexible work environment and occasional evening and weekend hours are also required to fulfill the duties of this position.
- Some travel required for all-staff retreats
BUILD offers a competitive compensation & benefits package for eligible employees. This includes medical, dental & vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and a 403(b) plan. In addition, BUILD employees are eligible for generous paid vacation, sick time, 10 paid holidays per year, and a flexible work environment.
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.