Manager, Ed Tech Investing

Emerson Collective - Palo Alto, CA - Full time

Emerson Collective - Palo Alto, CA - Full time

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Emerson Collective (EC) is dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established and led by Laurene Powell Jobs, we center our work on education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives. We use a wide range of tools and strategies–partnering with entrepreneurs and experts, parents and policymakers, advocates and administrators –to develop and execute innovative solutions that will spur change and promote equality. We believe technology has the potential to help make education more engaging, effective, inclusive, and equitable. Our education technology team seeks out mission-driven companies and organizations that share that belief and demonstrate the potential for breakthrough results. We invest in those ventures and partner with them to accelerate their growth and impact.

The Role 

We are seeking a new addition to our ed tech team to expand our ability to seek out and make new investments. While the individual in this role will focus on the investment process, s/he may also participate in ongoing management and support of our ed tech portfolio. Specifically, s/he will:

  • Conduct research on potential areas of investment
  • Develop or refine investment theses
  • Screen new investment opportunities
  • Conduct due diligence on potential investments
  • Collaborate with other members of the ed tech team to structure, negotiate, close, and document new investments
  • Take on special projects as they arise.

Required Qualifications

  • You’re passionate about improving education, particularly K-12 education in the U.S.
  • You have 4-8years of work experience, which includes experience analyzing business strategy, performing financial analysis, and reviewing investment documentation.
  • You have exceptional judgment and analytical thinking skills.
  • You have exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate with diverse external stakeholders and within a team. 
  • You have strong organization and prioritization skills.
  • You love learning new things. You learn quickly and independently.
  • You thrive in entrepreneurial, dynamic environments. You’re comfortable taking on new tasks or projects with little direction and adjusting course quickly in response to feedback.
  • You respond to new ideas, projects, and tasks with enthusiasm and a sense of possibility.

Ideal Qualifications

  • You have experience in the education field as an educator or as part of an education company, organization, investor, foundation, consulting firm, or government.
  • You’ve worked at an ed tech company, ed tech investor, or school using ed tech.
  • You have experience structuring investments in creative ways.
  • You have experience in –and passion for –measuring impact.


This position will be based in Palo Alto, California. Periodic travel is required but will generally not exceed 20%.


EC offers competitive benefits and salary for this role.

To Apply 

Send your resume and a short (<250 words) note about your interest in the role to Ross Jensen at Please use “Ed tech investing application” as your subject line.

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Emerson Collective

Established and led by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective is dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential.

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