Youth Entrepreneurship Program Manager

Thursday March 15, 2012

Organization Profile:
Founded in 1999, BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. We believe that the power of student ideas in action drives youth to reach their fullest potential in school and beyond. Our four-year high school program offers a unique blend of entrepreneurship, academics, and personal support that attracts and motivates many students who are otherwise at high risk of failing classes and dropping out of high school.

Our students develop their own business ideas, write business plans, pitch to funders, and launch real businesses. This real-world business experience makes school relevant and motivates them to succeed. To help them become college-eligible, students also receive individualized academic support and advising for their school-work and college planning.

BUILD currently serves 700 high school students at programs located in East Palo Alto and Oakland, CA; Washington DC; and Boston, MA. For more information see:

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Boston Site Director, the Youth Entrepreneurship Program Manager ensures that all BUILD sophomores (E2) acquire the requisite academic, life, and entrepreneurial skills through their participation in the Youth Business Incubator. The BPM runs daily incubator sessions and ensures student results by retaining students and mentors, delivering the business curriculum to meet benchmarks, and managing individual youth entrepreneurs and student business teams to outcomes.

Position Responsibilities:

Student relationships:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with E2 students by demonstrating caring, respect, and high expectations

Program implementation:

  • Manage the Youth Business Incubator (Between 3:00-7:00pm, Monday-Thursday) and create a fun and competitive environment for students and their mentors
  • Deliver curriculum on business topics
  • Oversee team progress and management of student business team bank accounts
  • Plan and execute all annual events, such as Holiday Sales Bazaar, Launch Camps, and Incubator Market Day
  • Manage on-going selling opportunities for student business teams at external venues
  • Collect and analyze data and make program recommendations for current and future program years
  • Manage Incubator budget

External relationships:

  • Train and maintain relationships with Business mentors and other volunteers using a customer service approach
  • Cultivate relationships and communicate with family, school, and community stakeholders as necessary to further individual student successes
  • Arrange for year round selling opportunities for student business teams with corporate, retail, and community partners


  • Contribute as a member of the site Incubator team, which includes an Academic Program
  • Manager and Incubator Coordinator, to provide holistic support for all E2 students and ensure successful execution of the Incubator program
  • Work alongside Business 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 required
  • Minimum 2 years experience working with under-resourced youth and managing programs/projects with proven track record of successful relationships and program impact
  • Prior experience running a small business or entrepreneurial venture
  • Strong background in grass-roots sales and guerrilla marketing a plus
  • Experience with internet marketing preferred

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

  • Initiative—proactively creates and/or follows through on new ideas and strategies
  • Project Management—identifies the steps of a project, sets appropriate deadlines, identifies required participants, and holds self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines
  • Quantitative Analysis—reviews quantitative data sets in order to recognize patterns, identify additional information or data needed, and draw conclusions
  • Communication—utilizes verbal and written skills to effectively communicate a message particular to an audience and to meet relevant goals, using clear, concise, appropriate, and grammatically correct language
  • Problem Solving—identifies and/or anticipates a problem, analyzes the situation, offers an appropriate range of recommended solutions, and when appropriate, decides on and implements course of action
  • Group/Team Facilitation—helps a group define and/or achieve its goals and objectives through guiding an engaging and inclusive process to reach conclusion

BUILD offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to all full-time employees, including medical,
dental, vision, flexible spending accounts and a 403(b) plan. In addition, BUILD employees are eligible for paid
vacation, sick time, 10 paid holidays per year, a sabbatical program and a flexible work environment.

Position Details:

  • Location: Boston
  • Frequent travel between local sites is required. Work-related travel beyond the normal commute will be
  • reimbursed.
  • Occasional extended travel with students is required during the year for college visits and other
  • activities
  • Typical site operation hours are Monday – Thursday, approximately 10am – 7pm; Friday’s office time is
  • flexible and can be earlier. Additional evening and weekend hours are also required to fulfill the duties
  • of this position.
  • Full Time/Exempt

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to . In
your cover letter, please include your salary requirements.

The position starts in April 2012 and we will begin to review resumes immediately. Please be advised that you
will receive an automated acknowledgement of your application. We will only contact applicants who are
selected for an interview. BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all
backgrounds to apply for this position.