Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spotlight Job w/Teach for America -- Support Staff

Teach for America Support Staff -- plans to hire over 100 members (location anywhere in US)

Support Staff Positions (Flexible Location)
Primary Location : Flexible (anywhere in the U.S.)

Team: Support Roles

Position Summary

Teach For America has more than 100 support team members working behind the scenes to maintain the operations of 12 national teams and offices in our 39 placement regions. These staff members play a critical role in the success and growth of our organization by managing the logistical, operational and communication details for our teams. As a support staff member, your responsibilities will primarily focus on supporting a team or senior leaders' administrative needs and setting up systems to keep your team running effectively and efficiently.

Additionally, support staff roles present the opportunity to:

• Enhance organizational systems and project planning ability

• Work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment

• Assist with projects led by team leaders

• Build critical thinking and problem solving skills

• Develop strong relationship building and communication skills

Our most successful support team members often move forward to other exciting opportunities on staff at Teach For America

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.

At the start of the 2010-2011 school year, more than 8,200 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members began teaching in 39 regions across the United States. Since 1990, Teach For America corps members have reached more than three million students. More than 20,000 Teach For America alumni are working in education and many other fields, where they continue to advocate for students and families in low-income communities. While only one in six corps members was interested in the teaching profession before joining Teach For America, nearly two-thirds of its alumni remain in the field of education.

Teach For America's culture and work is grounded in and guided by a deep commitment to pursuing true transformational change for students growing up in low-income communities. It is a leadership development organization - committed to fostering staff members, corps members and alumni who establish a clear and bold vision for the future, set measurable and ambitious goals, work purposefully and strategically to achieve that vision, always operate with a deep sense of possibility and with perseverance, and define broadly what is within its control to solve. It is an organization committed to its people, to diversity and inclusion, and to operating with respect and humility toward the other important people and organizations working to advance the cause of educational excellence for all children.

Teach For America is a high-growth, outcomes-oriented organization, with a $220 million budget and over 1,500 staff. In 2011, it was named a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For. The organization operates in an entrepreneurial environment, maintains focus on quantitative measures, and is committed to continuous improvement.


Support staff members often assist senior leaders and entire teams with their day-to-day administrative work, and therefore need to manage a number of details. Strong performers in these roles are organized, have excellent communication and customer service skills and enjoy completing behind the scenes tasks efficiently, reliably and accurately. Specific job tasks vary slightly depending on individual positions but overall themes and responsibilities are highlighted below.

Day to day activities:

• Managing team calendars and scheduling travel
• Data entry and tracking
• Serving as the main point of contact for email inquires and requests
• Program or event planning/support
• Managing the logistics for team conferences or events
• Creating and maintaining organization systems to increase team productivity and effectiveness
• Acting as a liaison to building management, vendors, and Teach For America's national support teams, such as technology, marketing, administration and finance

Long term projects:
• Tracking and processing budgets, reimbursements, payment requests and funding allocations
• Preparing data spreadsheets, reports and team communications
• Conducting research
• Managing and contributing to special projects and new initiatives


Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

A competitive candidate for staff positions at Teach For America will be committed to excellence in their work, operate with a positive attitude, and be driven by our mission of closing the achievement gap for children growing up in low-income communities.

Additionally, for our support staff, we look for individuals who thrive in roles where they are managing logistics, consistently performing routine procedures and maintaining office systems. Individuals in these roles must be strong self-starters and able to execute at a high level independently in order to make the work load of the broader team more manageable. Applicants should also have a passion for our mission and demonstrate respect and humility for everyone involved in this work as well as the communities we serve. Learn about our core values and mission.

Ideal candidates:

• Enjoy organizing, plan well, meet deadlines and work efficiently
• Thrive in behind-the-scenes roles
• Approach projects with a strong sense of possibility and eagerness
• Possess exceptional organization skills and attention to detail
• Communicate well and receive feedback with enthusiasm
• Take personal responsibility for their work and professional growth
• Have awareness of the urgency and importance of the work our organization does and respect for the communities we serve.
• Can use MS Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point
*Previous support experience preferred but not required

Application Requirements and Process

Teach For America plans to hire more than 100 support staff members this year to work in a variety of roles throughout the organization and across the country.
Interested candidates must first complete the support staff application linked at the end of this application. Our Human Assets team will review applications on a rolling basis. Individuals moving forward in our hiring process will receive more information about specific positions and next steps in the interview process via email.

Required application materials
• Resume
• Application questions

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.
Apply Now
Please submit your resume with your application. Apply now at

***Daily job listings can be found below***

No comments: