Remote Job Opportunity: Become a Chief Partnerships & Impact Officer at Gradient Learning, Apply!!

Gradient Learning is a nonprofit organization guided by the vision that educators should be empowered to meet the needs of all of their students

Application Closing Date: February 1, 2024

Who We Are

Gradient Learning is rebuilding education together with communities, schools, and educators. We are committed to meeting the holistic needs of every child while fostering success for all. We lead the Summit Learning program and Along.  

The Gradient Learning program is a research-based approach to education designed to drive student engagement, meaningful learning, and strong student-teacher relationships. The Gradient Learning program offers schools a customizable curriculum, a range of educational resources and technology tools, professional development for educators, and ongoing coaching and support for schools. The program is used by nearly 400 schools, 4,000 educators, and 80,000 students across the U.S.

Along is a free, interactive video journal that helps teachers guide their students to reflect and grow all year long–whether they’re back in the classroom or learning remotely. Along brings skill-building resources and efficient communication into a dedicated space where every student feels seen and heard.  

Our Values:

We stay at the forefront of our work: We continuously improve, learning directly from those who are doing the work.We are optimistic about change and the possibilities therein: We welcome programmatic improvements and strategy shifts which will result in positive results for children and communities.We value our people, and we support their growth within their zone of proximal development: Our people are at the center of our work, and we support their development by finding their level of potential development through problem-solving and in collaboration with peers.We mean what we say, and we commit to our promises:

We follow through on our commitments with honesty and integrity. We meticulously prioritize: There is more work to do than resources. We know that our colleagues (their talents and time) and our dollars are not limitless, and if not spent doing our work will do work that is equally essential. As such, we are careful and responsible stewards of our resources

We are principles-based, not rules-based: We make decisions based on what we believe is best for our people and the communities we serve as opposed to adhering to a prescriptive set of immovable practices.

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We value diversity and strive to be inclusive in our work, both for our students and our team members: We believe in the importance of teaching children in alignment with our values and honoring every individual story and unique path. 

Chief Partnerships and Impact Officer

Position Overview:The Chief Partnerships and Impact Officer is a new role pivotal to driving Gradient Learning’s impact on the broader educational sector. The Chief Partnerships and Impact Officer will develop and continually refine the organization’s vision for wider sector impact, set and execute an external partnership strategy, and lead the growth of Gradient Learning Programs via effective business partnership strategies.

The Chief Partnerships and Impact Officer will lead a small, newly formed team and report to the Executive Director. This is an exempt position and a remote opportunity. 

Key responsibilities include: 

Strategic Vision Setting:  Develop and continually refine a vision for Gradient Learning’s impact on the broader educational sector by 

  • Deeply understanding Gradient Learning’s evolving program models  
  • Understanding Gradient Learning’s historical approach to impact, school and district growth, and strategic partnerships
  • Continually evaluating the state of the educational sector, including current and/or emerging gaps that Gradient Learning may be well positioned to address  
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to develop and refine a vision for how Gradient Learning can impact the sector 

Defining multi-year strategic plans to achieve desired sector impact

External Relationship Management:  Develop and maintain relationships with strategic external stakeholders to maintain a pulse of emerging educational trends and to support partnership work by 

  • Connecting with a collection of external organizations, including other nonprofits, edtech companies, and state educational agencies, that are aligned to our sector impact vision 
  • Maintaining and nurturing relationships with a set of senior-level stakeholders to ensure satisfaction with the progress and outcomes of strategic alliances/partnerships
  • Participating in relevant conferences, funder events, etc., to continue to represent the Gradient Learning brand (in conjunction with the Executive Director and others at the organization) 
  • Maintaining relationships with relevant foundations interested in the whole student, Edtech, and coaching spaces

School and District Partnership Growth: Develop and execute a strategic school and district growth plan for the Summit Learning program that is aligned with the long-term vision for broader sector impact by  

  • Working closely with internal teams, including our Marketing and Communications team and our Program teams, to develop a school and district recruitment strategy  
  • Leading the execution of the recruitment strategy, which may include direct outreach to relevant schools, districts, and state agencies, participation in relevant conferences and gatherings, as well as partnerships with vision-aligned organizations   
  • Leading quick learning cycles to quickly understand the effectiveness of various recruitment strategies and using those learnings to refine the recruitment strategy to maximize return on investment  
  • Refining the selection and onboarding process to align with evolutions of the program model for Summit Learning

Team Development and Management: Manage a newly formed team focused on strategic partnerships and school/district growth by 

  • Fostering a culture of continuous improvement and professional growth within the development team
  • Setting culturally competent and ambitious goals for the team and holding them accountable for achieving results
  • Building and leading a high-performing growth and partnership team, providing mentorship, guidance, and development opportunities to team members
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability within the team
  • Collaborating with the executive team and key stakeholders to align team strategies with the organization’s long-term goals

Strategic Leadership: Serve as a member of the organization’s executive team, setting the direction and strategy for the organization by 

  • Establishing solid relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including partner schools, board members, and donors
  • Effectively collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Collaborating with the executive team to drive progress across the organization


  • Commitment to uphold Gradient Learning values.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (preferred). 
  • At least 12 years of experience in strategic partnerships, business development, growth strategy, development, and/or external affairs is required. (Experience doing this type of work within an educational nonprofit setting, specifically for an educational technology and/or coaching company strongly preferred.)
  • At least five years of management experience is required. 
  • Proven track record of leading sector impact via securing external partnerships and/or securing significant growth. 
  • Strategic thinker with a relentless focus on outcomes, balancing short-term results with long-term organizational goals, and utilizing data to inform strategies.
  • Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides. 
  • Clear health and background check.
  • An ability to travel 10-25%. 

If you are a dynamic leader passionate about driving growth and fostering impactful partnerships, we invite you to join our team at Gradient Learning. Make a difference in education and contribute to the organization’s success!

What We Expect From You:

  • You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in shared successes. 
  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community and closing the achievement gap.
  • You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and are excited to make an impact on the public education landscape. 
  • You are data-driven and collect, evaluate, and utilize data in meaningful ways.
  • You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
  • You take initiative and ownership in driving your work to meet personal and team goals. 
  • You possess strong relationship skills and motivate, inspire, develop, and communicate with diverse groups of teachers, Leaders, staff members, and community members.
  • You apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
  • You have a strategic mindset when it comes to executing Professional Development initiatives. 
  • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
  • You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
  • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.

What You Can Expect From Us:


Gradient Learning offers full-time employees competitive salaries and benefits options. As indicated below, individuals hired in this role will typically start at a lower base salary.

  • Bay Area, CA range- $216,939-$252,511

This range is adjusted based on the candidate’s location of residence; depending on the city you live in, there could be a % location adjustment in the above salary range (e.g. -5% -10%, -15%, -20%). 

Compensation will be based on the applicant’s relevant expertise and experience.  

To learn more about our benefits, visit our careers website at

We strive to recruit a diverse team. Gradient Learning is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Closing Date: February 1, 2024


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