The DonorsChoose offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we're all working remotely. We plan to reopen our offices soon, and this role will report out of our New York office in midtown Manhattan by January 2023.
DonorsChoose engages the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable, and personal way to address educational inequity. In this clip, board member Stephen Colbert tells our story.
To date, teachers at 83% of all the public schools in America have posted classroom project requests on our site. Projects range from paper and markers for a poetry writing unit to violins for a school recital. More than 4 million “citizen philanthropists” have supported such projects, channeling books, field trips, technology, and other resources to more than 40 million students nationwide. In all, we’ve generated $1 billion for learning experiences designed by our country’s most dedicated public school teachers.
GOOD Magazine highlighted us as one of 30 Places We Want to Work, while Fast Company named DonorsChoose one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World—the first time a charity has made this list. Through its dedicated team and culture, DonorsChoose earned recognition as the #1 "Best Nonprofit to Work For" by the Nonprofit Times.
About the Marketing & Community Team
Our team engages public school teachers across the country to request the materials their students need most, as well as raising funding for those teachers from citizen donors, who personally donate (giving anywhere between $10 to $10,000) to support teachers’ requests.
This school year, our goal is to raise $70 million to fund more than 130,000 teachers across the country. To make that funding and teacher engagement possible, we build connections between our organization, teachers, and donors; we empower and educate our community of teachers to be successful on DonorsChoose; we inspire new and repeat givers to support classroom projects; and we listen to our teachers and donors to determine and advocate for their needs.
About the Role
As Teacher Outreach Associate on the Marketing & Community team, you’ll support programs and individual teachers, ensuring the students most impacted by the inequitable distribution of funding in this country benefit from the funding available through DonorsChoose. You’ll build and maintain one-to-one relationships with teachers, market offers of funding available from corporate and foundation partners through a range of channels like email and our word-of-mouth programs, and identify and implement creative marketing tactics, like webinars or local district partnerships, to spread the word.
In this role, you will:
- Work on programs to grow our support for targeted teacher groups
- In the coming year, our Marketing team is launching new initiatives to ambitiously grow our organization’s support for teachers who are fighting educational inequity and promoting racial justice in their schools, aiming to increase our impact on teachers in low-income communities, teachers of color, and educators bringing anti-racist teaching into their classrooms.
- You will help leaders on the Marketing team launch programs to attract new teachers in these priority areas and to encourage connection and support among teachers already using DonorsChoose.
- Some projects you might work on: operationalizing and supporting new leadership, mentorship, and ambassador programs among teachers of color; coordinating virtual teacher events to help drive awareness in low-income schools; and tracking teacher participation in marketing campaigns and referral experiments.
- Help teachers take advantage of partner funding available through DonorsChoose
- Our organization works with corporate and foundation partners to bring funding to teachers across the country, collaborating with companies like Google and Kleenex or foundations like the Gates Foundation who commit millions to pay for the books, laptops, and supplies that teachers need.
- When funders like these are passionate about supporting teachers in a specific community, you will help drive local awareness, ensuring teachers can get connected with available funding.
- You’ll also help coordinate internal communication and planning around those opportunities, working with colleagues who manage funder relationships and members of our email marketing team, who provide operational support as we reach out to teachers.
- Some projects you might work on: Sourcing teachers and principals who can act as grassroots advocates for a funding offer in a local community, presenting about DonorsChoose in webinars or district-led teacher trainings, and launching experiments to inspire teacher word-of-mouth about funding through our email and social media channels.
- Build and maintain one-to-one relationships with teachers who act as our advocates
- Across all initiatives, you will work ongoing to source, maintain, and grow relationships with individual teachers to encourage them to request the resources they need and help their fellow educators also get access to classroom funding.
- You will both interact with teachers directly andown systems to help maintain those relationships. This looks like providing consistently high-quality support to teachers who are volunteering their time to support our work, identifying and interviewing teachers who would be powerful advocates for DonorsChoose, and building a database of teacher spokespeople who can be a trusted face of the organization in teacher workshops and other high-visibility moments.
Who you are:
- You care deeply about public school teachers and students—the idea of helping them access funding and resources sounds like a dream.
- You’re passionate about racial justice, and you don’t shy away from talking about the role systemic racism plays in educational inequity.
- You have strong communication skills and are confident in writing emails, presenting to an audience, or picking up the phone to chat with someone directly.
- You’re the kind of person who can start a conversation with anyone, and no matter how much or how little you seem to have in common at first, you end that conversation with a new friend.
- You are a do-er. People always comment on how you juggle so many balls at the same time without dropping any.
- You’re goal-oriented (especially when it’s a goal you’re really passionate about), and when you face challenges, your instinct is to think inventively and problem-solve.
- You thrive on being part of a team, and you love riffing on ideas with trusted teammates to solve thorny problems.
- You habitually create organizational systems to keep track of complex projects, and you love creating a good process flow to make sure details don’t get lost.
- You are flexible, and you adapt quickly to changing priorities.
- You share our core values of relentlessness, user focus, flexibility, ingenuity, teamwork, and transparency, with a dash of humility and fun.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation for this role is competitive with equivalent roles at other nonprofits of our size. In addition, we offer full-time staff 25 paid vacation days per year and 11 paid holidays, a rich employer-paid individual and family health plan, a matching 401(k) plan (up to 5% of base salary), annual professional development stipend, and casual and flexible work environment. To learn more about what it is like to work for DonorsChoose, visit our careers page.
Please submit your application online and address your cover letter to Katie Vallas, Marketing Director.
A Final Note
The DonorsChoose team works toward a nation where students in every community have the resources needed for an excellent education. To do this we hire and support a diverse team of the best and the brightest talent available.
We are an organization increasingly representative of the varied races and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, and abilities that comprise our nation. DonorsChoose focuses on attracting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent because it makes us more effective, high-performing, creative, and resilient.
If you are passionate about our mission, highly skilled in your field, and looking for a place where you can bring all of yourself to work, we want you.