Partnership Manager

Denver, CO

Who We Are: 

CareerWise is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization that creates life-changing opportunities for the youngest generation of America’s workforce. We build industry-led, student-centered, modern youth apprenticeships through classroom and on-the-job learning providing flexible, alternative pathways to economic mobility. We have hundreds of CareerWise apprentices in the workplace, charting new paths to academic and career success. In addition, workforce and education leaders from across the country have visited CareerWise to learn about our youth apprenticeship model. As a result, our programs have launched in multiple states, leveraging our institutional knowledge, technology, and infrastructure.

Who We’re Looking For:

We’re looking for someone who can work side-by-side with business leaders representing diverse industries and can enthusiastically communicate the value of the CareerWise (CW) apprenticeship program and support our talent development solution with business partners. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core to who you are and you are intentional about embodying these values daily and embedding them in your work. We have an awesome team of smart, fun people who roll up our sleeves and get stuff done! You thrive in a high energy, dynamic team like ours. And we mean TEAM. We collaborate, engage in healthy debate, pivot quickly based on real-time learning, and jump in wherever our skills are needed.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Business Partnerships, the Partnership Manager will identify and establish strategic partnerships with prospective businesses and industry collaborators that drive business growth.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT | You will evaluate business partnerships that strategically align, drive business growth, and prove to be mutually beneficial to CW and the business partner.  You will be a trusted apprenticeship expert with a solid understanding of partner value propositions and best practices.  You ask thoughtful, open-ended questions to gain a deep understanding of business needs and objectives.  You will serve as a sounding board and innovative thought-partner and continually strive to exceed business partner expectations by delivering exceptional service. You build and maintain strong, long-lasting relationships with business partners throughout Colorado
  • ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT | You will serve as the primary point of contact for key business partners.  Through onboarding and day-to-day programmatic support, you will be a liaison between business partners and internal stakeholders to ensure open communication and timely problem resolution.  You facilitate CW training for business partners and identify potential funding opportunities that support business partners in seeding and scaling their youth apprenticeship program.  You will be responsible for tracking renewal cycles for key business partners.
  • OPERATIONAL INTEGRITY | Working collaboratively with other internal stakeholders, you will align strategies with business partner needs through ongoing and constructive feedback.  You will also develop work processes that can be replicated and adapted for new business partners. 
  • SALESFORCE & DATA | You will proactively stay organized using Salesforce with business contacts and status.  You will track and analyze key performance metrics related to partnerships and develop reports to assess success of partnerships and identify areas for improvement.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.
Key competencies to be successful in this role:
  • Ability to connect with and build trust with by serving as the key point of contact to business partners
  • Strong interpersonal communication and active listening skills; able to ask open-ended questions and break down responses to address the needs of partners
  • Problem-solving skills when supporting partners and/or resolving any problems that arise
  • Ability to create and/or share resources, tools, communications, etc.
  • Independently make decisions using deep knowledge and experience with the CW youth apprenticeship model
  • Comfort with onboarding new business partners; articulates the benefits of partnering with CW; provides ongoing support
  • Supports the CW Development Team with tracking and analyzing data and outcomes for reporting
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the principles of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • Lives out the CareerWise values and has a passion for the CareerWise mission and vision

Additional proficiencies:

  • Requires high emotional intelligence and strong relationship-building skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Experience using a CRM and databases (preferably Salesforce)
  • Strong project management skills; successfully manages multiple projects simultaneously
  • Independently sets goals and meets deadlines; works collaboratively with other teams and partners
  • Experience and interest in working in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
The above statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  The duties listed are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.  With the evolution of the organization and this role, the responsibilities of this position may change at any time.


This role is based in Denver, Colorado. CareerWise staff typically work a hybrid work schedule with varying days in the office and other days remote. Remote work is not guaranteed and the schedule must be approved by the supervisor. There may be occasions (possibly 1-3 times per year) for staff to gather together in person. Exceptions will be made for special circumstances.  


The starting salary range for this role is: $66,306 - $82,219 annually; this role is not covered by the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the FLSA. CareerWise offers a generous benefits package including group medical, dental, and vision plans, short-term disability, 100% vested 401k plan with a 3% employer contribution, and flexible time off.

Sound interesting?

We look forward to hearing from you!

In your cover letter, please answer these two questions when you provide your resume:

1: Why are you interested in joining CareerWise?

2: What can you bring to this position?

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals are encouraged to apply. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at: 

Application Window: Please submit applications by End of Day on Friday, August 5th 2024. Applications submitted after this date will still be received, however, may not be considered as they are outside the original application window.

Working conditions and physical requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Usual office environment with frequent sitting, walking and standing. Frequent use of eye, hand, and finger coordination for use of standard office equipment. Oral and auditory capacity required for interpersonal communication as well as communication through automated devices such as the telephone and online video conference platforms (like Google, Zoom, MS Teams, Webex, etc.)