Below are answers to frequently asked questions. If you still have questions after reading through this page, feel free to email us at staffing@teachforamerica.org, and we’ll do our best to help you.

  1. Application confirmation
  2. Application status
  3. Login difficulties
  4. Problems uploading documents
  5. Addressing a cover letter
  6. Feedback request
  7. Interview scheduling
  8. Is a position still available?
  9. Which position is right for me?
  10. Positions in new regions
  11. Flexible job locations
  12. Salary range
  13. Volunteering
  14. Internships
  15. Employment Eligibility and DACA
  16. International opportunities with Teach For All

 

I submitted my application and haven’t received any confirmation. Can you confirm that you received my application?

If you submitted your application through our online system, you should have received an automatic confirmation message after you clicked submit on the final page of the application. Please make sure you have officially submitted your application and then check your spam folder for the confirmation message from staffing@teachforamerica.org. It’s possible that your message ended up in your spam folder. If that’s the case, adjust your spam filters so that you receive correspondence from us.

If you still don’t see a confirmation message, please email staffing@teachforamerica.org, and we will assist you.

What is the status of my application?

If your profile corresponds to the requirements of the job to which you applied, a member of our Human Assets 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.

If you haven’t received confirmation of your application submission, make sure your email address is correct in your application profile. Please alsoadjust your spam filters so that you receive communication from staffing@teachforamerica.org.

I seem to be locked out of my account. How can I reset my password?

Sorry about that. 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 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 staffing@teachforamerica.org, and we will assist you.

I’m having trouble uploading documents to my application. Is there another way to submit them?

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 staffing@teachforamerica.org, and we will assist you.

Can I get feedback on my application?

We really appreciate your interest in staff positions at Teach For America and understand your interest in reflecting on your process. However, to be fair to all candidates, Teach For America has a policy that prohibits the Human Assets team from providing specific feedback to candidates regarding the application and interview process.

To whom should I address my cover letter?

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. 

I was invited to an interview, but I don’t see any available interview time slots. What should I do?

Interview time slots are added frequently, so it’s possible that there just are no available time slots right now. Please log in to the scheduling center later today or tomorrow to check for new options. If you still don't see any interview availability in a couple of days, please contact staffing@teachforamerica.org, and we will assist you.

I saw a position posted on another job site, but I don’t see it posted on your career website. Is it still available?

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. Please explore other open positions.

I’m interested in a lot of positions on your website. Can I talk to someone about which position is right for me?

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 until an active application is actually in our system. 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.

Where can I find more information about new expansion regions?

For more information about new site development, visit the New Sites section of our website. 

What does a “flexible” location mean?

A position with 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 this would be discussed later in the application process if a candidate is moving forward.

What is the salary range for a particular position?

Salaries are based on experience, so we cannot share a range.

I’m interested in volunteering at Teach For America. Are you looking for volunteers?

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.

I’m interested in an internship at Teach For America. Are there any available internships?

College students are encouraged to apply for the operations coordinator position at our summer institute. To learn more about this position please visit the Summer Institute Staff Opportunities section of our website.

I am an international applicant. Am I eligible for a staff position?

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 aliens with temporary work authorization such as H-1Bs, TNs, F-1 student visa holders with optional practical training (OPT) periods and those with other forms of work authorization.

Are all DACA recipients eligible to apply to Teach For America staff?

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.

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals directive is open to individuals who came to the United States before the age of 16 and who also meet a variety of other guidelines. It defers any removal action for two years and allows recipients of deferred action the opportunity to gain employment authorization for that time as well, through the grant of an Employment Authorization Document. Many recipients of DACA are also eligible to receive a social security number. Recipients of deferred action can apply to renew their EAD and DACA status approximately 180 days prior to their current expiration date.

If I am a DACA recipient, when should I apply to a full-time staff role?

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.  

Should I disclose that my status is temporary when I apply?

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. 

Will Teach For America discriminate against me because my Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is only valid for two years?

No, Teach For America will not discriminate against you because your EAD is only valid for two years.  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.

What paperwork will I need if I am hired?

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 Administrations 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.

Will Teach For America help DACA eligible staff members with the renewal process?

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.

Where can I learn more about applying to the corps as a DACA recipient?

You can learn more here.

I’m interested in Teach For America internationally. Can you give me more information?

To learn more about our international partner, please visit Teach For All website.