Application Process

Our Application Process

Application Steps


There are five basic steps in our application process, which combined take between 6-10 weeks to complete. They include: submitting your application, being invited to interview, your first interview, subsequent interviews, and reference checks. Learn more about each step below.


Our hiring process is highly selective so we encourage you to complete your online application carefully and accurately, and that you apply for no more than three positions at a time. Your cover letter should demonstrate an understanding of our organization and the position to which you are applying, and your resume should outline your past accomplishments and management and leadership experiences. Please also include any required supplemental materials (e.g., a writing sample) specified in the job description as your application will not be considered complete without these materials. Once you apply, 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. If you’re selected for an interview, you'll be notified within 10 business days. Due to candidate volume, we typically only contact candidates moving forward in our interview process.

If your profile corresponds to the requirements of the job to which you applied, a member of the hiring team will contact you for an interview. You’ll also receive an email that includes helpful links to learn more about life at TFA, our core values, and our regional and national offices. Candidates are encouraged to watch our Core Values video series before their first interview as the basis for part of the conversation.

During your first interview, which is typically conducted on the phone, you'll be asked to share more about your past accomplishments, and to talk about your interest in and fit with the position. Please note that if you've applied to multiple positions, we will only consider you for the roles for which you are best suited.

If, based on the initial interview you are competitive for the role, you will be invited to a series of subsequent interviews with the hiring manager and other members of the team. Because getting the right fit is so important to us, you could have a single interview or multiple interviews for a given position. As part of those interviews, you may be asked to role-play a scenario you might encounter in the position and/or to complete a work-related exercise (e.g., a mock project plan, an analytical exercise, or a response to a prompt). Please be prepared to dedicate one to three hours to complete your exercise.

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

Candidate rejected after hiring manager interview

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.

Candidate rejected after hiring manager interview

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, feel free to email us at, and we’ll do our best to help you.

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...
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
For more information about new site development, visit 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.
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...
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.
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 Staff Opportunities section of our website.
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...
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...
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...
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...