Staff Application Process

Staff Application Process


Application Steps


There are five basic steps in our application process, which combined take about 6-10 weeks to complete. Learn more about each step below.

  • Online Application
  • Invitation to Interview
  • First Interview
  • Subsequent Interviews
  • Reference Checks

Online Application

Our hiring process is highly selective, so we encourage you to complete your online application carefully and accurately. We suggest applying for no more than three positions at a time.

Your cover letter should demonstrate an understanding of Teach For America and the position to which you are applying. Your resume should outline your past accomplishments and leadership experiences. Please also include any supplemental materials (e.g., a writing sample) specified in the job description. Your application will not be considered complete without all materials.

Once you submit your application, you’ll receive an email confirming that we received your application. Unless a deadline is specified in the job description, your application will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Invitation to Interview

You’ll be notified by a member of the hiring team within 10 business days if you’ve been selected to interview for a role. Due to candidate volume, we typically only contact candidates moving forward in the interview process.

If invited for an interview, you’ll also receive an email with helpful links to learn more about life at TFA, our core values, and our regional and national offices.

First Interview

First interviews are typically conducted over the phone. You’ll be asked to share more about your past accomplishments and speak to your interest in and fit with the role.

Please note that if you’ve applied to multiple positions, we will only consider you for the roles for which you are best suited.

Subsequent Interviews

You may be invited to a series of subsequent interviews with the hiring manager and other members of the team after your initial interview. Getting the right fit is important to us, so you could have a single interview or multiple interviews for a given position.

In subsequent interviews, you may be asked to role-play a scenario you might encounter in the position and/or complete a work-related exercise, such as a project plan, an analytical exercise, or a response to a prompt. You should be prepared to dedicate a few hours to subsequent interviews and additional exercises.

Reference Checks

Once our hiring managers have identified a finalist, they will talk to the candidate’s references. This is to get another lens on the candidate’s strengths and areas of development.

Reflections from Applicants


We believe our staff application process is a two-way exchange that results in a strong match. Whether or not you’re selected for a role, we believe the process will help you feel more prepared for roles in the future.

Applicant for Staff Position

I had a phenomenal experience interviewing with TFA for two different positions. It never seemed as though we were just playing the game of asking and answering the typical questions, but rather having a real conversation about the position and company, and whether it was a good fit both ways.

Applicant for Staff Position

This was one of the best application processes that I have gone through. I felt like I was given the opportunity to accurately represent myself and to explore the job position thoroughly. I felt that I had more than enough information to make educated decisions regarding this opportunity.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Below are answers to frequently asked questions. If you still have questions after reading through this page, email us at

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  • Application Troubleshooting
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  • Paperwork and Residency Requirements
If you haven’t received confirmation of your application submission, make sure your email address is correct in your application profile. Please also adjust your spam filters so that you receive communication from If your profile corresponds to the requirements of the job to which you applied, a member of our hiring team will contact you for an interview. We will also keep your resume on file for consideration for opportunities that may be a fit in the future. Please note: applications for Administrative Support positions are an exception to the process described above. We prioritize inviting people to interviews based on our current regional needs.
We really appreciate your interest in staff positions at Teach For America and understand your interest in reflecting on your process. You should feel free to request feedback after an interview, and we'll do our best to provide it. However, due to candidate volume and varying hiring processes, we're not always able to do so.
If you clicked on the “Forgot your password?” link and are trying to log in using the temporary password that was sent to your email address, make sure there are no spaces before or after your username (which is your email address) and password. Spaces count as a character, and the application system will not recognize your information if you include a space. Type the new password directly into the field rather than copying and pasting it into the field. If you still can’t log in to your account, please email, and we will assist you.
The only way to submit application materials is through our online application system. Here are some troubleshooting tips that should help you upload your application materials. Make sure each document is in Word, PDF, or Excel format. Make sure each document is smaller than 500 KB in file size. Close the browser window and open a new Internet Explorer window. Use the latest version of Internet Explorer as your web browser. If you’re using a Mac, try uploading your documents from a PC. If you’re having trouble uploading your resume on the very first section of the application, try again and opt not to extract resume information into the application fields. If you’re still having trouble after trying these tips, please contact
All of the staff positions that are listed on our website are currently open. If you cannot locate a position on our website that you found advertised elsewhere, we are no longer accepting applications for that position. We encourage you to explore other open positions.
We’re so glad you’re interested in staff positions at Teach For America. However, due to the number of applications we receive each day, we don’t have the capacity to have individualized conversations with prospective candidates. To be fair to all candidates, we encourage you to browse all positions that fit your interest and background experience and submit an application online.
It is appropriate to address your cover letter to “Hiring Manager.” If you are applying to a position in a regional office, you can find more information in the Where We Work section of our website.
A flexible location means that the person in this position might have the option of being based in one of our regional offices, the national office, or in a remote location. Flexible locations vary based on the specific role, and if a candidate moves forward, details will be discussed later on in the application process.
Salaries are based on experience, so we cannot share a range.
We do not have a formal volunteer program, but if you would like to support Teach For America and our mission to end educational inequity there are several ways to get involved. Feel free to visit the Get Involved section of our website, which has more information on how to make an impact in your community.
Yes! Teach For America offers paid internships and roles to undergraduates from all college majors and in all parts of the country. Several of our partners also have opportunities for you to get involved. Find out more on the College Students page of our website.
After you are hired, you should provide documents that prove your identity and prove you are work-authorized (eligible to work legally in the United States). Acceptable documents are your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), driver’s license and social security number, which you will notate on a Form I-9. Our Human Assets team will submit the information from your I-9 in an online system called E-Verify which compares your I-9 information to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration's records to confirm employment eligibility. Shortly after you are hired, you’ll need to complete a W-4 form to allow Teach For America to determine the amount of taxes to withhold from your paycheck.
Teach For America is committed to closing the gap on educational inequity, and therefore believes in recruiting and hiring the most qualified talent to support our mission. All staff applicants must be eligible for employment by U.S. standards and have a current U.S. address. In addition to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, additional status types that we have a history of hiring are: Individuals with temporary work authorization such as H-1Bs or TNs F-1 student visa holders with optional practical training (OPT) periods Those with other forms of work authorization
We are committed to building a pathway to Teach For America for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and have successfully placed DACA recipients as corps members and as full-time Teach For America staff members. Ultimately, we will do our best to support you in navigating any challenges. Applicants with DACA status must have a social security number and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) at the time of their final interview. All Teach For America applicants, regardless of their citizenship status, must provide proof of employment eligibility documents at that time. A social security number is required to add you to our payroll.
We encourage all of our applicants, regardless of their citizenship status, to apply as soon as they see a position that best meets their interests and experiences.
Your immigration status is personal information, so you are not required to tell us that you are a DACA recipient. However, as an organization, we are committed to building a pathway to Teach For America for DACA recipients, so you should be as open as you feel comfortable.
You only need to show that you are currently authorized to work. Teach For America does have an affirmative responsibility to make sure that we do not inadvertently employ ineligible individuals. Upon your hire, please reach out to so that they are aware of your expiration date; Legal Affairs will later reach out to you towards the end of your authorization period to ensure that your renewal is going smoothly. This will allow us to assist you if there are problems with your renewal and help you remain on staff.
If your Employment Authorization Document is set to expire during your tenure, Teach For America can recommend legal counsel to ensure you are able to apply for a renewal. It will be your responsibility to contact our Legal Affairs team and inform them of your timeline and provide updated proof of continuing work eligibility at the conclusion of your renewal. Staff members will be responsible for paying the cost of EAD applications and DACA renewals.

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