General Summary/Overview

Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR) connects educational innovation, youth development, and child and adolescent mental health, bridging research and practice so that young people learn, dream, and thrive. As recognized thought leaders in social and emotional development, we work with schools and school districts throughout the United States, national youth-serving organizations, funders, and innovators in informal learning and STEM fields.

Now is a moment of both great need and opportunity for young people: mental health issues and disengagement in learning have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and with ongoing racism, race-based violence, inequality, and social division. At the same time, there is unprecedented awareness of the implications of social and emotional wellbeing on learning and engagement.

At PEAR we understand that true engagement includes a focus on relevance toward students’ lives and methods that increase voice, curiosity, leadership, and skill acquisition. Building on our decades of research and translational work, PEAR creates and fosters evidence-based innovations in social-emotional development (SED) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in educational settings. We provide trainings and assessment tools that inform educators about program quality, youth social-emotional development, and academic engagement.

Everyone at PEAR shares a passion for improving the lives of children by increasing their opportunities for success, both in and out of school.

The Associate Director of Strategic Business Development at PEAR is a newly-created position and member of the senior management team. The primary role of this position is to build a portfolio of partnerships with schools, out-of-school time (OST) programs, youth-serving organizations and other groups interested in PEAR’s services.

At PEAR we develop, learn, and refine strategies in close cooperation with our partners in the field. Because of the deep and dynamic nature of our work with our partners, we are looking for a person with experience in the education field and with a passion for Social and Emotional Development and youth mental health.

PEAR is committed to social justice and to reducing inequities in the lives of young people, their families, and their educators. As such, in hiring for this position we seek candidates with experience, professional or personal, in equity work, particularly in the context of public education. We value lived experience and believe that it is essential to expand our senior leadership team to include an individual who will bring diverse perspectives and experiences in support of our mission of helping all young people thrive.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develop an organization-wide strategy and plan to expand partnerships with specific goals in collaboration with senior leadership
  • Provide competitive insight and knowledge on the evolving landscape of social and emotional learning and assessment and evaluation tools as part of the overall strategic planning
  • Use understanding of the market to inform the development and refinement of PEAR’s product and service offerings and promotional materials
  • Identify conferences and other professional opportunities and venues and secure opportunities for outreach and public presentations.
  • Provide creative and strategic vision for product and service launches and marketing campaigns

Cultivating and Overseeing Partnerships:

  • Research, identify, and establish new partnerships, including with school districts, afterschool programs and other appropriate youth organizations across the US.
    • Make presentations to potential partners about PEAR’s services, tools, and system innovations at the local and state level
    • Identify services that match the needs of clients and create scope of services in collaboration with PEAR’s CEO.
    • Collaborate with PEAR’s current Client Relations Team, led by the Associate Director of Partnerships, to develop the follow up response for potential partners
    • Develop relationships and communications with strategic partners and clients.
    • Participate in regular meetings with partners to build relationships, discuss delivery of services, improve communications, and set expectations with the goal of maximizing long-term opportunities and strengthening commitments for continued partnerships.
    • Present new PEAR services and tools to existing partners.
  • Develop and Manage PEAR’s Ambassador Program, a new initiative that will leverage PEAR’s relationships with friends and colleagues in the education and OST sectors to expand PEAR’s national network and make warm introductions to potential partners.
    • Recruit and train ambassadors
    • Provide ambassadors with relevant PEAR product materials and marketing communications


  • 5-8 years of experience in a leadership role in education or related field. We are seeking someone who is fluent in the challenges, opportunities, and levers for change in public education.
  • Ideally, a Master’s degree in education, business, management, psychology, youth development, human development, or related field.
  • Strategic thinker who is also skilled in implementation.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships in ever-changing settings and service delivery environments.
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt responses flexibly and creatively.
  • Effective communicator and presenter.
  • Passion for and commitment to the lives of young people.


  • Strong interpersonal skills. Effective in interacting with partners and colleagues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to differentiate and convey information in a clear, concise manner.
  • Proven leadership and supervision of staff. Must be able to mentor and manage part-time ambassador team.
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook).

All employees must possess basic computer skills to use a variety of electronic or online systems for communication and administrative purposes.


  • Salary / Salary Range $80,000-$90,000

Organizational Culture & Working Conditions

  • PEAR is dynamic and nimble, entrepreneurial, and always learning. We laugh together and enjoy one another.
  • We are a small and growing team with colleagues primarily based in the Boston area and a few others based in other parts of the U.S.
  • PEAR was founded in 1999 by Dr. Gil Noam while he was a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Harvard Medical School’s psychiatric teaching hospital, McLean Hospital. In the fall of 2020, we launched pear as a PEAR spin off from McLean Hospital and became a Benefit Corporation.
  • This position and our Boston-based team will work remotely through the fall 2021 and will then return to working in-person with flexible schedules, pending state health guidelines.
  • Some travel required (may conduct in-person meetings, pending state health guidelines)
  • Physical requirements: None
  • Hazards or weather exposure: None

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Supervise PEAR ambassadors (number TBD)

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Maintain partnership development budgets

It is the policy at PEAR to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation.