Life on Staff

Our Commitment to Diversity

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No matter what brings us to Teach For America, it’s the people who keep us here, day after day, year after year.

Our staff is a community in the truest sense. We have each other’s backs. We strive to give hard and honest feedback. We seek to improve while listening carefully to each other’s perspectives. It’s not always easy, but we’re learning and growing and having some fun in the process.

Learn more about our commitment to diversity.

Our Network

Our staff is strongly motivated by our mission. We work to make sure they stay connected to it, particularly those not working directly in the classrooms and communities we serve. Here are some of the ways we foster that connectivity.

  • Staff Resource Groups
  • Classroom Visits
  • Interviews With Corps Members
  • Daily & Weekly Press Briefings
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Staff Resource Groups

Many of our staff are active participants in at least one of our 30+ resource groups. These staff-led groups aim to foster a deep sense of community among people of shared interests and backgrounds, and are an important part of our life at Teach For America.

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Classroom Visits

Teams of staff members regularly organize and lead visits to our corps members’ classrooms, allowing staff to interact with kids, help with lessons, and participate in activities.​

Additionally, hundreds of staff members take day trips to one of our summer training institutes to get a glimpse into how Teach For America prepares our newest corps members.

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Interviews with Corps Members

Staff members get the opportunity to participate in “selection,” which is the process of interviewing applicants to our teacher corps. It’s a fun and meaningful way to interact with candidates who share our passion for expanding educational opportunities for kids.

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Daily & Weekly Press Briefings

Our national communications team sends daily and weekly emails to interested staff about press coverage that highlights education issues, major changes in education policy, and media coverage of Teach For America.

Our Commitment to Developing Your Leadership

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We take professional development seriously. This begins on day one with your onboarding experiences and continues through your tenure as seasoned team managers.

  • Leadership Development
  • Onboarding
  • Performance Reviews

Teach For America’s leadership development system provides a framework for staff growth and development. It offers the following benefits:

  1. Talent Matching: During the hiring process we match qualified individuals with roles that are appropriate for their skill-level and experience. 
  2. Ongoing Training and Professional Development: All staff have opportunities to grow and advance to new roles with increased responsibilities. 
  3. Retaining High-Performing Staff: By developing the leadership potential of all individuals, we can cultivate and retain high-performing staff across teams.

The system is rooted in three competency areas critical to Teach For America’s success. These competencies are used on an ongoing basis to set goals, mark progress, provide feedback, and identify areas of strength and opportunity.

  1. Building Relationships and Influencing Others
  2. Operating and Managing
  3. Reasoning and Strategic Thinking

Once a staff member accepts our offer, we begin to prepare for his or her success and comfort right away. There are four phases of our onboarding program:

  1. Pre-Boarding: Managers prepare a smooth transition for each new staff member by preparing a detailed day-by-day onboarding schedule they receive on their first day.

  2. First Week: Managers ensure that each new staff member has the materials and resources necessary to work effectively, including an office tour, a computer and phone equipment, and introductory meetings with other team members.

  3. First 30 Days: Each new staff member learns more about his/her role and expectations within the context of his/her team. New staff have conversations about expectations and working styles, what success looks like, and what relevant technical training is needed to achieve goals.

  4. First 90 Days: Manager and staff work together to reflect on new hire orientation, exchange feedback on how things are progressing, and discuss the degree to which the new hire is feeling integrated and what additional supports s/he needs.

All staff members receive a formal performance review at least once a year. Performance reviews evaluate a staff member’s work against the criteria established in the Leadership Development System.

The review is meant to be completely holistic, and includes feedback from managers, direct reports, and peers. Every staff member also completes a self-assessment, allowing them the opportunity to reflect on their own contributions and accomplishments throughout the year.

Some staff members choose to participate in a number of other performance enhancing exercises.

Our Offices

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Our offices are located all around the county. Each office reflects our core values and mission in its own way, with open communal meeting spaces and classroom-inspired décor.

Our Staff Teams

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Our national staff provides direction and support for Teach For America’s work all over the country. Team members have functional expertise in areas such as marketing, finance, recruitment, and teacher preparation. They work in collaboration with regional teams to make a strong, unified organization.

Regional teams advance Teach For America’s work at the local level. To learn more about regional staff teams, select a region on our map.

  • Admissions
  • Collective Leadership and Engagement
  • Finance
  • Human Assets
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Affairs, Risk, and Compliance
  • Marketing and Communications
  • National Administration
  • National Development
  • Office of the CEO
  • Organizational Learning and Strategy
  • Public Partnerships
  • Recruitment
  • Regional Operations
  • Teacher Leadership Development

Teach For America’s work is about passionate people committed to making a difference in students’ lives. Our Admissions team is charged with building—and continuously improving—an equitable, effective admissions process to find those leaders.

In 2015, more than 44,000 people applied to join our corps. Only 15% were admitted. Admissions decisions are tough, but our Admissions team prides itself on solving complicated problems through thoughtful research and with an eye on what’s best for kids.

The Collective Leadership and Engagement (CLE) team inspires Teach For America alumni to fulfill their potential and continue working toward “One Day” throughout their lives.

Teach For America believes that if it creates the conditions for its people to self-direct, self-organize, and focus on the important issues in the movement toward education equity, it will have a thriving theory of change. Teach For America’s network of diverse, remarkable, powerful, and convicted leaders will take on the massive and complex challenges of educational inequity. The CLE team works to support alumni along the way.

The Finance team ensures that Teach For America has the financial resources and reputation to get to the organizational vision of “One Day.”

The team oversees all financial matters, including accounting operations, planning and analysis, grants and contracts administration, and payroll processes.

Teach For America is committed to being an inclusive and equitable workplace where individuals can grow and thrive. The Human Assets (HA) team is essential to sustaining that supportive environment.

The HA team finds, empowers, and develops people to do great work. It supports them as they live out Teach For America’s core values and maximize their impact with schools and communities. The HA team also creates opportunities for leadership growth, supports the people priorities of teams, and leads workforce needs like benefits, staff support, and systems administration.

The Information Technology (IT) team is passionate about technology and collaboration to make a difference for Teach For America staff and corps members.

IT partners with every other team to create technology solutions that allow everyone to work more effectively and efficiently on the way to ensuring “One Day.” To do so, IT works with some of the biggest names in technology to leverage the latest software, equipment, and expertise.

The Legal Affairs, Risk, and Compliance team provides legal and strategic advice to all Teach For America regions and national teams. Its team of attorneys practice in a wide range of substantive areas, including employment law, administrative law, nonprofit law, trademark and copyright protection, general compliance, and education law.

The Marketing and Communications increases awareness of Teach For America on a national level. It strategically partners with other teams to provide insights, analytics, event execution, digital support, and creative assets that bring our brand to life.

The National Administration team manages all of Teach For America’s facilities, as well as oversees real estate strategy and purchasing initiatives. The team’s work is everywhere, but it feels most successful when it operates so seamlessly that others never know it’s there—keeping the wheels turning so teams across the country can focus on expanding opportunities for kids and communities.

The National Development team builds and strengthens Teach For America’s philanthropic partnerships. The team inspires donors to invest in the future of the country by investing in Teach For America's work with students nationally and regionally. The team is also responsible for ensuring fundraising infrastructure supports and sustains the organization’s ambitious goals.

A small but mighty team, the Office of the CEO makes sure Teach For America’s overall strategy and operations are effectively pursuing and accomplishing goals.

It’s not behind the curtains like so many head offices out there. CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard hosts staff chats to explore issues related to our work, meets regularly with teams throughout the organization to hear feedback, and is active on social media to stay connected to the broader education landscape. From speeches to Tweets and everything in between, Elisa uses her voice and unique perspective to advance the conversation on educational equity, while ensuring everyone stays focused on the vital work with students, families, and communities.

The Organizational Learning and Strategy team is charged with accelerating Teach For America's organizational learning and helping to ensure that the resulting knowledge drives strategic and tactical decisions at every level of the organization.

The team accomplishes this by leading internal and external research efforts; ensuring that data, analytics, and reporting are driving impact at every level; and providing expertise and consultative support on how adults most effectively learn.

The Public Partnerships team’s mission is to build an ever-expanding and increasingly diverse movement of leaders in the private and public sectors committed to educational excellence and opportunity for all children. It is responsible for enabling and accelerating Teach For America’s impact by:

  1. Building partnerships with schools, districts, supporters, government, community organizations, and other education institutions
  2. Developing and executing the optimum growth and corps member placement strategy to increase the teacher corps in existing and new sites
  3. Raising financial support to enable growth and operations

The Recruitment team works to enlist the country’s most promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequity. It works to identify and inspire thousands of potential corps members on college campuses and from multiple career sectors to apply to and join Teach For America. It’s also responsible for meeting our organization’s ambitious goals for the growth and diversity of our corps along racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines.

Regional teams advance Teach For America’s work at the local level, fostering strong relationships in the communities where we place teachers. Regional teams are often comprised of corps member support staff, alumni affairs staff, development staff, and office support staff. To learn more about regional staff teams, select a region on our map.

The Regional Operations team fosters the individual and collective leadership of each region’s executive director (ED) and board chair to maximize Teach For America’s contributions in communities. The Regional Operations team also partners with regional boards to attract, hire, and retain EDs; facilitates rigorous engagement and collaboration; and supports regions in meeting their commitments

The Teacher Leadership Development (TLD) team provides resources and experiences to help corps members, alumni, and school partners amplify their impact. The TLD team ensures corps members are set up for success with their students from day one, by creating and executing early admissions planning and summer institute training.

The TLD team’s aim is to provide strong training and ongoing development, so that students have the classroom and community leaders they deserve.

Our Passion

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We're proud to have been recognized as a great place to work by a handful of magazines and organizations. Our people, our focus on fostering an inclusive culture, our flexible work environment, and our dedication to leadership and career development have all made this possible.

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