Joining a Summer Institute Team
Applicants are assigned to institutes based on their current location (for example, candidates living in New Orleans have historically been assigned to the Atlanta Institute because incoming New Orleans corps members attend the Atlanta Institute). In the online application, candidates are also asked to identify which institutes they are unable to attend due to schedule conflicts.
Depending upon the number of applicants in each institute’s pool, our corps size, and other factors, we may assign some applicants to work at an institute other than the one where they would ordinarily be assigned.
Teach For America will cover travel costs to the institute you are traveling to, up to a certain amount. More details about travel reimbursement will be available in the spring. TFA also covers shipping costs for instructional materials and computer supplies up to a certain amount. Details for shipping will be outlined during staff training in the spring.
Most staff members need to attend several weekend conferences in the spring to prepare for the institute. Also, they will likely need to participate in several training conference calls with pre-work.
If you have further questions about these dates and whether they apply to the position(s) you are interested in, please contact your institute or talent recruitment representative.
All staff members need to arrive before the start of Week 0 (the week prior to when corps members arrive for institute) and depart after the end of institute; however, the exact dates differ among institutes and positions.
Generally, instructional staff members (school directors, corps member adviser coordinators, curriculum coordinators, curriculum specialists, literacy specialists, and corps member advisers) need to arrive one to three days before the start of Week 0 and depart two to four days after the end of the institute. Depending on the institute, school directors may be asked to arrive even slightly earlier or stay later to build their school site relationships.
In general, operational staff members (operations directors, school operations manager coordinators, school operations managers, operations coordinators, and directors of data management) need to arrive at least two to seven days before the start of Week 0 and depart four to seven days after the end of the institute.
The start and end dates for each institute define the dates that corps members will be in attendance. Institute staff members will receive communication regarding exact move in dates and procedures from their institute management team at a later date.
If you have worked on institute staff in the past, please indicate that on your resume.
Some institutes may choose not to cover room and board for summer staff members. Please reach out to your selected institute with this question specifically.
Joining the Recruitment Team
Yes! Different positions at TFA may require different skillsets. Candidates who apply for multiple positions will go through more than one hiring process. We will try our best to streamline the interview processes, but we want you to be prepared for the time commitment that may be required if you move forward for multiple positions.
Special Note on Institute roles: If you receive offers for a position on the recruitment team as well as a role on the summer institute team, we suggest that you speak with your hiring manager. The recruitment team holds a mandatory summer training, and it may conflict with working at summer institute. We may ask you to choose between the two opportunities.
Please let us know! Email, call, text—we want to hear about it from you. We encourage you to be transparent with us at every step in the process, so we can best accommodate your needs when possible.
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Please email us at RTStaffing@teachforamerica.org so we can help you problem-solve.
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We don't recommend that you apply for both roles, since the skill sets and motivations are separate. We recommend that you take some time to review each role's description and list of responsibilities.
Your hiring manager may also suggest that one role or the other would be a better fit for you during the interview process.
We often don’t know early in the application cycle which locations will be open by the time we interview you. Therefore, it’s crucial that you tell us in your application everywhere that you would consider living so that if openings change throughout the process, we know your complete list of preferences and can get your materials in front of the right hiring managers.
Unlike the corps member application process, your regional preferences do play a role in determining whether you move on in the interview process and which hiring managers interview you. We have a limited number of roles in each location, so let’s consider a few scenarios.
1: If you let us know your fiancé is planning to go to business school at The University of Virginia in a few years and you will both be moving there to establish state residency, then we’ll likely ask you to interview via webcam with only the Virginia hiring manager.
2: If you let us know you can only be in Ann Arbor because your partner is starting law school there, we will only be able to interview you if the current Ann Arbor RM decides not to return to her role.
3: If you say that you would go to any big city in the Northeast, it’s likely that a number of hiring managers would want to interview you and that we may ask you to participate in a few different interviews (virtually or in-region).
Our advice to you on your location preferences - be flexible, but be honest!
The more flexible you are about where you would live, the more openings you could likely be considered for. However, while we ask that you be flexible, we recognize that you likely have strong ties to particular geographic areas due to family connections, general lifestyle preferences and other personal and professional obligations. Therefore, while we hope you will think expansively about locations where you would consider living, we also ask that you think carefully about each location and share your true preferences in this survey. If you wouldn’t actually accept a role in a particular region, it isn’t a good use of your time or our hiring managers’ time to go through the interview process, get an offer, and turn it down because of the location.
So take some time now to think hard about where you would truly be happy living next year before completing the location preferences survey as part of your application. And, if anything changes (i.e., you become more OR less open), email us at RtStaffing@teachforamerica.org.
The applicant activity is a mandatory part of all the summer institute roles. To learn more about the applicant activities, please review the entire job description for each role. The applicant activity information is located at the bottom of the job description. It will also be provided to you in an email you will receive once you have started your online application.
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
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In order to work at Teach For America's summer institute, international applicants must have an appropriate work visa that will allow them to legally work in the United States. Since summer institute positions are for such a short tenure, Teach For America will not sponsor individuals for work visas for such roles.
Alternatively, an international student can apply for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa through their university. The applicant is fully responsible for applying for and securing such a visa through their university and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
International candidates cannot work for us unless they already have an active F-1 visa, or until they have their OPT. The only institute role that is typically appropriate for international students is the operations coordinator position. International candidates should know that the duration of an operations coordinator role is two months, whereas the OPT is a 12-month, nonrenewable visa.
Applicants who use the OPT visa toward an institute role will not be able to use it later toward another role within or outside Teach For America. The operations coordinator role is not a precursor to a full-time position.
After you are hired, you will need to provide documents that prove your identity and prove you are eligible to work legally in the United States. Acceptable documents include:
Social security number
Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
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.
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.
Yes, you can apply for both an institute staff position and a full-time position with Teach For America. Separate applications are required, and applicants will be considered separately for both positions. Should you receive offers for both positions, the senior managing director of institute and the manager for the full-time role can address the feasibility of taking both positions.
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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.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to hold a position on institute staff if you are an incoming corps member. It is of critical importance that our incoming corps members focus on their professional development as educators and on student achievement during the institute. Additionally, institute staff positions require work hours during the same hours that the incoming corps will be teaching and in sessions, so it is not logistically possible to do both at the same time.
Salaries are based on experience, so we cannot share a range.
You may still be a strong fit for the role even if you don't have every single one of the prior experiences we are looking for.
Read the job description carefully to see which experiences are required, strongly preferred, or have no indication of preference. If you truly don't have the qualifications that are required, you might reconsider your application. For all other qualifications, it is likely that we are flexible and will look at your application and experiences holistically.
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.
Yes, you can apply for more than one institute position. The required activities for each position vary; therefore, you will need to apply to each position separately.
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.
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.
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 LegalAffairs@teachforamerica.org 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.
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.
The Executive Talent Recruitment (ETR) Team on Teach For America’s Talent Acquisition Team is charged with matching passionate, mission-driven executive talent to senior-level openings across our organization and building long-term pipelines of senior talent.
We focus on hiring for roles at the Senior Managing Director level and above, including Executive Directors who lead our regions towards affecting life-changing outcomes in the short and long-term for children growing up in underserved communities.
Please e-mail ExecutiveTalentRecruitment@teachforamerica.org if you would like to recommend someone for an executive level role at Teach For America.
In your message, please include the following information for the candidate you are recommending:
Current role/title and organization (if known);
Location (if known);
A brief explanation of why you think s/he would be a strong fit for Teach For America's staff.
We encourage all applicants, regardless of your citizenship status, to apply as soon as you see a position that best meets your interests and experiences.
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.
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to give individualized feedback on interviews.
We are committed to building a pathway to Teach For America for 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.
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