Entrepreneurship Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Excellent Compensation and Benefits Package Provided!



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Jefferson Street
United States


osition Title:   Entrepreneurship Program Manager


Organization Profile:

Founded in 1999, BUILD uses entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning 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 reinforce the Common Core, 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 they journey through high school, BUILD provides students with support in navigating the college application process and the opportunity to explore college and career options, while expanding their businesses or opting into community internships.   


BUILD currently serves over 1,500 high school students at programs located in the San Francisco Bay Area; Washington, DC; and Boston, MA and will begin operations in New York City in 2015. Over the next ten years, BUILD will strategically expand its operations to serve at least ten regions across the country, leading more students to graduate from high school prepared for future success each year.


BUILD is made up of a diverse, results driven and passionate team who believe in the potential of every student and the power of entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to transform the education landscape. We work in a collaborative environment where perseverance, flexibility, cross-cultural understanding and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. For more information, please visit www.build.org.


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, the Entrepreneurship Program Manager (EPM) is responsible for managing the school-based 9th grade (E1) program, which is an entrepreneurship-based learning experience facilitated in partner high schools, with a portfolio of 3-4 schools in the East Bay. 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, implement systems to ensure students can run successful businesses, maintain strong relationships with partner high schools, and utilize data to serve students and improve program.


Position Responsibilities:


  • Management & CoachingManage 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
  • Manage and coach Program Associate to outcomes


  • Program ImplementationPlan and implement recruiting and retention strategies to maintain student enrollment
  • Oversee planning and execution of key program events including competitions, family gatherings, sales bazaars and field trips
  • 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
  • Contribute to curriculum and program development
  • Oversee school-based Incubator facilities on partner school campuses


  • Relationship-buildingUtilize a customer service approach to cultivate and maintain relationships with schools, volunteers and other external partners
  • Develop and maintain student relationships at 3-4 partner schools by demonstrating caring, respect and high expectations
  • Communicate effectively with staff, teachers, students, families, mentors and other key stake holders 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 site program areas


  • Candidate Requirements:Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree in education or counseling and/or teaching credential preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ of youth education experience (preferably with under-resourced youth or in underperforming schools)
  • Experience managing events and/or coaching teachers strongly preferred
  • Entrepreneurial, business or start-up experience a plus
  • Knowledge of the Oakland community a plus
  • Spanish fluency a plus


Successful candidates will demonstrate the following competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:

  • 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


  • Position Details:Full Time/Exempt
  • Location: Oakland
  • Typical program operation hours are Monday – Thursday, approximately 10:00am – 7:00pm; Friday’s office time is flexible and can be earlier. Additional morning, evening and weekend hours are also required to fulfill the duties of this position.
  • Frequent travel between local sites is required, so employees must have their own vehicle for transportation (valid license and proof of insurance required). Work-related travel beyond the normal commute will be reimbursed.
  • Occasional extended, overnight travel with students is required during the year for college visits and other activities.
  • This position is expected to begin 3/5/18





BUILD offers a competitive compensation & benefits package for eligible employees. This includes medical, dental & vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, 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.  

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume and apply on our website at www.build.org