23.10.06 - ETCH Jobs of the Week (JOTW)
NBA Players Investing in EdTech
ETCH Jobs of the Week (JOTW) is a collaboration between ETCH, your home for EdTech news and information; and my recruiting practice, Tenzing, which helps orgs positively impacting education efficiently attract, source, vet and hire mission-aligned talent.
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With Shaq being featured at StartEd’s EdTech Week and making the news for his foray into EdTech by investing Edsoma, combined with NBA preseason kicking off; I’m excited to present the NBA-themed edition of Jobs of the Week.
Shaq, who earned his MBA in 2005, says he did it for the children who look up to him to help them understand the importance of education. He believes that literacy can drive positive change, not only for children, but also for vulnerable populations like folks who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.
Shaq is just one of an increasing number of current and former NBA players investing in brighter futures within their hometowns and causes they believe in. Kevin Durant partnered with College Track to open up the Durant Center in his home county, Prince George’s County, MD. This was College Track’s first center on the East Coast and has since expanded to Southeast D.C. The program helps teens from disadvantaged communities attend and graduate from college.
Durant’s former teammate, Steph Curry, and his wife, Ayesha Curry, have been consistently investing in the children’s wellbeing through their Eat.Learn.Play Foundation. This September they committed to invest an additional $50 million in nutritious meals, reading programs, schoolyards, and youth sports within Oakland public schools. Additionally, Curry has been on a mission to increase access to golf, often known as the sport of business, for underserved communities through Underrated Golf and in 2019 funded the launch of Howard University’s Division I golf team.
Much of the education work we’ve seen from NBA stars is philanthropic, but some are also impacting the space through venture investing too. This week, we’ve curated a selection of jobs from EdTech organizations backed by current and former NBA players.
Now, let’s get to the Jobs of the Week…
Location: Bay Area or D.C. Metro area (Hybrid)
Education Focus: Postsecondary
NBA Investor: Kevin Durant
Mission: First-generation college graduates are transforming communities all over America. College Track is on a mission to advance this movement and live up to our values as a nation.
Job Summary: The Director will be responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with high-capacity funders. Collaborative work with various teams like Institutional Philanthropy, Grants Management, Finance, and Education is expected. The ideal candidate should possess superior communication, organizational, and project management skills, with a record of securing six-figure gifts and a thorough understanding of the grants process. The role requires the candidate to be present in the office 2-3 days per week and have an entrepreneurial spirit.
Compensation: $94,400 – $141,600, depending on experience. Benefits include 27 discretionary time off days, 28 paid office closure and holiday days in the first year, and a focus on wellness encompassing health care, work-life balance, and financial security.
Education Focus: Workforce
NBA Investor: Michael Jordan
Mission: Gigster envisions a future where the best ideas flourish and provide great choices for customers to enrich their lives. Today, a few digital-native companies are disrupting almost every industry. Gigster believes in democratizing this capability—enabling all companies to build their own digital DNA to create life-changing products, engage their customers and empower employees.
Job Summary: As Client Success Manager at Gigster, you'll orchestrate and oversee the successful delivery of custom software projects for a portfolio of clients. You'll manage client relationships, ensuring their expectations align with Gigster's solutions and contracts. Your responsibilities include monitoring delivery metrics, addressing issues, and maintaining client happiness. While you won't perform day-to-day project management or engineering tasks, you will be instrumental in making software project deliveries successful in a dynamic environment. This role requires experience in client management, team management, and project delivery, making it ideal for individuals with a background in software engineering and a track record of managing projects and client relationships. Requirements include prior experience in software projects, familiarity with agile methodologies, and strong problem-solving skills. Data-driven decision-making, automation abilities as well as side projects, startup experience and relevant certificates are considered a plus
Compensation: Salary for this role is $125,000 in addition gigster offers flexible work hours, professional development opportunities, a home office stipend, a a dedicate to a fun collaborative remote work culture
Education Focus: Future of Work, Workforce
NBA Investor: Steph Curry
Mission: Guild is on a mission to unlock opportunity for America’s workforce. They believe when opportunity is as evenly distributed as talent, everyone benefits. So, they built a platform to bridge the gap between education and employment, helping millions of Americans gain the skills and support they need to grow in their careers.
Job Summary: Guild is looking for a Senior Manager of Data and Artificial Intelligence Platforms to shape the company's data strategy. You'll lead a team of six in building and maintaining Guild's Data Platform, which utilizes dbt, AWS, and Snowflake, including data vault foundation and kimball dimensional modeling. Your role extends to implementing data contracts and data observability to ensure data quality. Additionally, you'll manage Guild's AI Platforms, including the data science platform and Large Language Model (LLM) platform. This involves overseeing machine learning in production and managing the internal LLM platform. Your responsibilities also cover security, audit, and compliance of all data and AI systems. This role requires leadership skills, expertise in data management tools, data warehousing, and experience with data quality and AI platforms.
Compensation: Total compensation for this role includes a base salary of $210,000 - $228,750, as well as company stock options. Guild also offers low cost health insurance, 401(k), PTO, wellness benefits, family benefits, and education benefits
Location: Austin, TX
Education Focus: Children’s Literacy
NBA Investor: Steph Curry
Mission: Literati is a modern children’s book company focused on building reading skills so kids can grow to be their best selves. They on a mission to help parents ignite a love of learning and a love of life by making it easy to find books kids love through school book fairs and book clubs using a unique mix of expert curation and data science.
Job Summary: As a Full Stack Software Engineer focused on the Book Fairs team, you’ll be an essential part of building out the front end of Literati’s top priority product, improving automation and scale, and owning new features from start to finish. After quickly going to market with this product earlier this year, we want to refine, automate, scale, and create an excellent book fair experience for students and school administrators – to create the life-long memories that ignite a love of reading and learning! You’ll own frontend features from start to finish, all while building the backend infrastructure to support these improvements. Your expertise in web development will allow us to better communicate with school administrators, manage the finances of the book fairs, and ultimately deliver the most memorable book fairs to schools and kids.
Compensation: The salary for this position is $175K – $185K. Literati also offers benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, equity, PTO, flexible work schedules, and professional development opportunities.
Education Focus: Workforce
NBA Investor: Kyle Lowry
Mission: Spring Health is a comprehensive mental health solution for employers and health plans. They are on a mission to eliminate every barrier to mental health using clinically validated technology called Precision Mental Healthcare to pinpoint and deliver exactly what will work for each person — whether that’s meditation, coaching, therapy, medication, and beyond.
Job Summary: As Customer Success Manager to play a vital role in supporting existing partners, overseeing the entire customer lifecycle, from onboarding to renewal, and provide data-driven insights to senior HR executives and business leaders. Reporting to the Manager of Customer Success, you will be the primary point of contact for our Small and Medium Enterprise customers. Responsibilities include building strong relationships with decision-makers, driving product adoption, and ensuring successful change management. Your ability to upsell and retain customers, coupled with experience in SaaS solutions and contract renewals, will be key. You should also excel in data visualization, meeting KPIs, and maintaining accurate customer records in a CRM. A Bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred.
Compensation: Total compensation for this role is $86,000 - $106,250 and is part of a competitive total rewards package including stock options, incentive pay, and benefits. Spring Health overs extensive benefits including but not limited to medical, dental, vision coverage, no cost care within the Spring Health network, wellness reimbursement, PTO, sabbatical leave, family leave, child care, elder care, neurodivergent care, family planning support, 401(k) with company match, professional development reimbursement, charitable donation matching, and more
Location: San Francisco (Hybrid)
Education Focus: Workforce
NBA Investor: James Harden
Mission: Workstream is a mission-driven company that believes strong communities are built by local businesses and the hourly employees who power them. They build premium, modern software solutions for local businesses helping them to hire, manage, and retain qualified workers.
Job Summary: As a Senior Product Manager, you will take ownership of your product area's strategy and roadmap, defining your product story and key metrics. This role involves close engagement with customers, sales, customer success, and business development teams to gather requirements and translate them into functional specifications. You'll also build and nurture relationships with job board partners, incorporating market and competitive research into your approach. The ideal candidate is a seasoned product manager with a track record of strong cross-functional partnerships, who thrives in a fast-paced, scaling startup environment, and excels in finding creative solutions to customer problems, from tech solutions to low-tech options like CSV exports. Experience with HRIS, Time and Attendance, Scheduling, or Payroll products is a plus.
Compensation: The salary range for this position is $180,000 - $210,000 and includes equity. Workstream also offer benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k), commuter benefits, learning/development stipend, and unlimited PTO
Education Focus: Financial Literacy
NBA Investor: Dwayne Wade
Mission: KiddieKredit is on a mission to teach the fundamentals of the credit system, empower families with the tools to generate wealth. Their goal is to educate about credit responsibly, especially to those who have limited access to capital all in the name of economic inclusion and equality.
Compensation: This is a full time hourly position paying $40 - $70 / hr
Education Focus: Workforce Education
NBA Investor: Pau Gasol
Mission: BetterUp is the first Human Transformation Platform that scales whole-person behavior change, integrating into your flow of work to boost organizational performance and measurably impact key business outcomes. They are on a mission to help people everywhere live their lives with greater clarity, purpose, and passion.
Job Summary: As Staff Product Designer you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping UX framework and design strategy. Your role involves pushing the boundaries of design, advocating for users, partners, and coaches, and collaborating closely with product and engineering teams to iterate and refine your designs. Valuing a user-centric approach, and you will have the opportunity to lead strategic projects, identify user insights, and frame complex problems effectively. As a brilliant communicator and stakeholder manager, you will work closely with cross-functional teams to define a data-informed vision for our product's user experience. The ideal candidate will have 9+ years of design experience, a passion for our mission, and a strong portfolio showcasing your UX and UI skills
Compensation: The base salary range for this role is $169,618 – $254,428. BetterUp also offers medical, dental and vision insurance, a very generous PTO policy, 401(k), access to BetterUp coaching, and more
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