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As a Talent Partnerships Manager at Skillshare, you will build relationships with leading talent and develop educational programming to drive growth and build the Skillshare brand. This exciting role is a crucial part of our Originals content team, working with creative professionals, influencers and celebrities. You’ll be on the front lines: identifying, pitching, and closing talent. You’ll be their first impression, account manager, marketing partner, and coach as they work with content producers to create inspiring, original content for the Skillshare community. A successful candidate will have diverse skills in talent booking, partner management, influencer marketing, deal structuring, consulting, project management, and brand and content strategy — as well as passion for Skillshare’s mission. High familiarity with the creative community (art, design, photography) is strongly encouraged. Startup and/or international experience are bonuses, but not required. This is a fantastic opportunity for a growth-minded, creative individual eager to make a big impact on a small team.

What you'll do:

  • Talent sourcing, pitching and booking. You’ll secure talent and partners from creative, lifestyle, entrepreneurial and entertainment disciplines in line with our programming strategy. You’ll pitch the Skillshare brand directly to teachers or through agents/brand partners.
  • Proposal development. You’ll create compelling proposals and external facing collateral to attract and secure top-tier talent. You’ll also coordinate with stakeholders from different departments (Production, Acquisition, Brand, Content Marketing, Business Development) in developing cross-functional programs that drive impact and efficiency.
  • Relationship management. You’ll nurture talent from pre-sign through to production (in conjunction with producers) and launch, as well as for ongoing content or marketing initiatives. 
  • Project management: You’ll coordinate talent information (pre and post sign) in our database.
  • Insights and measurement. You’ll project and articulate the impact of a teacher/class on the business as well as measure performance, working with internal insights specialists and marketing stakeholders.
  • Be a creative and cultural enthusiast: You’ll dive into the latest trends in categories like illustration, graphic design, crafts, video and interior design, with an emphasis on diverse and mission-driven creatives.
  • Deal structuring. You’ll craft commercial agreements with talent and partners that complement our business model and strategic goals. 

Why we're excited about you:

  • You have experience securing talent for creative projects, marketing, events and other opportunities. You know what it takes to find and close talent, and are driven to find the best partners that fit our programming strategy.
  • You have a track record of strategic thinking and impact analysis. You know how to determine and articulate the impact of a partner on business goals, and track success.
  • You are equally excited by programming strategy, project management, and execution. You love coming up with new ideas and then also getting hands-on and figuring out if they work. One day, you’ll write a talent strategy. The next day, you’ll enter and review pipeline data. The next day, you’ll make sure talent is comfortable and confident on a remote film shoot set.
  • You’re a natural brand evangelist. You are a people connector, have an insatiable curiosity about the world, and are a superior communicator who can convey the Skillshare brand, mission, and opportunity authentically, urgently, and intelligently. You know how to balance charisma and strategy.
  • You understand the nuances of working with creative professionals, influencers, celebrities and brands. You have the utmost professionalism and diplomacy when working with high-level talent and partners. You understand how to keep them engaged, all while balancing our business needs.
  • You understand negotiation and deal structuring. You’re able to determine the right commercial structure for talent partnerships that reflects business needs, while engaging talent in a fair and equitable way.
  • Bonus: you’re highly familiar with the creative community, understanding industry trends and the perspective of creatives. 

Why you're excited about us:

  • Impact: You’ll be a key part of leveling up our talent, building relationships with cultural trendsetters, diversifying our content offerings, and building our programming strategy. 
  • Growth: as an invaluable member of a new department, you’ll have the opportunity to lead creative, define the department mission, and advance your hard & soft skills.
  • Our team: We have a passionate, talented team that is a lot of fun to work with.
  • Our mission: We’re doing work that matters – connecting lifelong learners around the world and empowering them to pursue their creativity.
  • Flexibility: We believe that doing your best work means living a full life. That means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.

About Skillshare:

Skillshare is an online learning community for creatives. We have thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, and millions of members who come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey. We are backed by Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, Amasia, Spero Ventures, and Burda Principal Investments.
Skillshare is committed to building a diverse team that reflects a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We’re proud to be recognized as a top place to work by BuiltinNYC, Crain’s, and Forbes, in addition to being one of the five best places to work for women by Bpeace, and a top-rated workplace for dads by Fatherly. We work to ensure a consistent interview process, fair compensation, and inclusive work environment for all.

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Skillshare Benefits Overview

At Skillshare, we strive to create an inclusive culture in which each person is compensated fairly, has robust learning and development opportunities, and feels supported in bringing their whole self to work. We also believe that doing your best work means living a full life – that means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.

Our perks include:

- Health, Dental and Vision coverage
- 401(k)
- Unlimited vacation (with a required minimum!)
- 14 weeks parental leave (gender neutral)
- Paid sabbaticals for tenured employees
- Learning and conference stipends
- $750 stipend for setting yourself up for success at home (think: desk, headphones, plants, ergonomic chair)
- Monthly reimbursement of up to $75 for high-speed internet services
- Stipend for mental health/well-being tools (Headspace, Talkspace, Peloton, etc.)
- Monthly coffee/tea reimbursement of up to $25
- Ongoing manager training with LifeLabs
- Inclusion workshops with Paradigm

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
In addition to our social committee, we have dedicated Diversity & Affinity groups in which team members decide to come together around a shared identity or background.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Read more about how we think about equity compensation here: https://medium.com/swlh/a-no-b-s-guide-to-startup-stock-option-grants-526a8bc33c2b
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Skillshare offers 14 paid weeks of paid parental leave to both birth-giving and non-birth-giving parent/s.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Skillshare creates professional development opportunities by offering an annual budget to attend external conferences, in addition to ongoing internal learning programming.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

In addition to the above, we also offer a number of perks around flexibility – including the option between a 1-month bonus or sabbatical at your 3-year mark, and the ability to work remotely for up to a month from anywhere in the world when you've been on the team for one year.

An Insider's view of Skillshare

What are some social events your company does?

Moving fully remote has meant changing our approach to team-bonding. We are keeping the energy up with happy hours, trading Zoom backgrounds, and, recently, our affinity group for women of color hosted company-wide trivia that kicked off with a Rihanna dance break.

Chantel

Senior Creative Producer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Cross-team collaboration is frequent and organic at Skillshare; we foster a uniquely friendly atmosphere of openness and shared purpose. Through cross-team threads, project-based meetings, comments on RFC's, pull request reviews, Q&A sessions, and, of course, simple conversations, collaboration commonly happens across a table or across time zones.

Justin

Director of Engineering

What are some things you learned at the company?

I was immediately impressed and encouraged by the creative problem solving at Skillshare. Data plays a huge part in learning about our members, determining the most popular classes, and fostering creative community. I was a student within the community long before helping build it. My favorite experience so far has been learning watercolor basics.

Zhen

Director of Business Intelligence

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

As a management team, we strongly believe in making ourselves accessible. This includes: 1:1s with direct reports, skip-level meetings, team-wide meetings, coffees with people across departments, and attending team events. More broadly, we apply the same foundational rule we all learned in kindergarten: treat people the way you want to be treated.

Sabrina

COO

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We're in an exciting position - we have a product that we believe in and a community that believes in us. The question we face is: how can we build a platform which works for the Skillshare of today, but will scale to the needs of the Skillshare of the future? It’s not enough to keep up with growth; we must build for where our growth will take us.

Samantha

Director of Engineering

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