Emerson Collective (Technology Team)

Emerson Collective (Technology Team)

Emerson Collective deploys a wide range of tools — from impact investing to philanthropy to advocacy — in pursuit of a more equal and just America. We focus on creating systemic change in education, immigration, climate, and cancer research and treatment. Established and led by Laurene Powell Jobs, we work to create new possibilities for individuals and communities.

Open roles at Emerson Collective (Technology Team) : 4

Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer

New York, NY



Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer

Palo Alto, CA



Senior Product Manager, CRM

San Francisco, CA



Senior Product Manager, CRM

New York, NY




Our mission is to remove barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. We center our work on education, immigration reform, the environment, and health, with justice as our goal.

At Emerson Collective 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 affect positive social impact for the greater good.


The tech team’s values are informed by those of Emerson Collective as a whole. Below we’ve focused more on how those values drive and impact our approach to the work we do as a technical team.

Data Products team values:
  • Innovation Thought-partners: support and inspire our partners to harness data and tech ethically and responsibly to solve challenges and evaluate outcomes.
  • Data Contributors: make data available and provide insights to strengthen policy, amplify advocacy, and inform decisions.
  • Technology Developers: build and deploy human-centered tools to serve the public good.
IT Products team values:
  • Fail Up: Done is Better than Perfect - we believe that working iteratively, and putting something out there is the best way to learn.
  • Ship Product: At the end of the day, our goal is to put real functionality in front of users to help them.
  • Share Thought Leadership: It’s our job to know and advise strategically on how to build, not just to mindlessly take requirements.
  • Build to Last: Our infrastructure will be here for years to come, we consider structure and models that will last for the long term.


We believe diversity is key to building inclusive products that enable and drive positive impact. This is true within our internal team, external partners, and those we aim to support.

The Data Products and IT Products teams focus on building products and services for use by our internal team, partners and the general public. We believe that in order to build a product or service we must first educate ourselves on the history of the sector and its impacted populations.

We cannot build for someone we do not know, and so we strive to build diversity within our team, partner with organizations and experts in our focus areas, and work with the communities our tools are meant to support. We constantly seek to be equitable in our practices and share our learnings to help drive change in the social sector.


Equity is at the forefront of everything we aim to accomplish. To do our work, we strive towards building an equitable work environment where everyone feels they have an outlet for voicing their opinions, concerns, and suggestions. There are opportunities for growth and driving change where it is needed.

Our core principles are to:

  • Empower communities and leaders with self-sustaining innovation
  • Take the risk of building new innovations quickly to deliver and learn
  • Connect and collaborate to share best practices in building public interest technologies

We do not use technology simply because it is available, we use it if it is best suited for the task at hand.

When evaluating engagements sustainability and adverse-effects are just two considerations we take into account. If building out a new product, we consider the cost and ease of maintenance. If making a new dataset available we consider how it could be used to target a vulnerable population.

There are many possible outcomes when putting something new out into the world and thinking equitably means taking the time to understand what those outcomes could be and planning for it.

Equity plays a role in our day-to-day work, and part of how we show up includes educating and enabling others on equitable practices as well.

As with diversity and equity, we believe inclusivity is key to delivering on our goals and seeing the change we strive for. Within our team we aim to provide spaces for our diverse perspectives and needs. Within our work we aim to create space for the voices we may be missing and lean on our team and community to help us identify whose voices that may be.


Emerson Collective offers health insurance plans that include mental health benefits as well as providing access to Spring Health (mental health platform) and WITH (counseling / coaching services specifically tailored for our colleagues of color). We also host a series of workshops, training sessions, and other events to help support, engage, and hopefully provide spaces for our diverse community to feel heard, seen, and appreciated.

Throughout the pandemic Emerson Collective has provided care packages to employees, reminders on mental health and coaching support, and company-wide time-off to recharge. Within the tech team we have regular check-ins to discuss well-being and strive to make self-care a priority.

The tech team is made up of a diverse group of technologists. We hope that by sharing our own paths into tech, the work we’re doing, and our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion within the social sector, we’ll be able to drive change, raise our own voices, and the voices of others like us within the space.


Data Products Technical Interview Process

Engineering Phone Screen

  • Technical experience and motivators

Technical Interview

  • Technical Q&A
  • Algo-style coding questions: This isn’t a typical whiteboard interview, the questions are meant to be representative of problems you’d likely come across on a typical project. No linked lists, graphs, or trees in this part of the interview.

Full Loop

  • Tech & Data Curiosity
  • Product Thinking
  • Values Alignment
  • Conversation with our CTO

IT Products Interview Process

  • Screening Call With Hiring Manager
    Project management/communication and technical aptitude

Full Loop

  • Technical Aptitude & Software Lifecycle Management: This interview focuses on technical design skills, and attention to detail in data management.
  • Product Thinking
  • Values Alignment
  • Project Management


Below is a small subset of the benefits we offer:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with match
  • Parental leave
  • Commuter benefits
  • Flexible PTO
  • Opportunities to volunteer
  • Mental health & wellness

The tech team supports ongoing learning:

  • Courses
  • Conferences
  • Additional learning opportunities
  • Opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community

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