The DonorsChoose offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we're all working remotely. We plan to reopen our offices when safe, and this role will report out of our New York office in midtown Manhattan when safe.
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.
The Content & Volunteer Operations team has a front-row seat to the most compelling classroom-generated content on our site. We review all incoming project requests from teachers, and deliver the final touch for funded projects -- digital gratitude photos and physical handwritten student thank-yous -- to donors.
Our team of staff members works in tandem with a community of 400+ mission-driven volunteers to review this content.
We have 3 volunteer communities that support this work:
- Project screening volunteers (remote)
- Digital gratitude screening volunteers (remote)
- Physical student thank-you screening volunteers (in-person)
About the Role
As the part-time Operations Coordinator, you’ll be responsible for supporting key aspects of programming and operational support for our volunteer programs.
You will also play a role in reviewing classroom content (projects and gratitude photos) that have been flagged by volunteers for additional staff review.
In doing so, you’ll ensure that classroom-created content is successfully and speedily reviewed, with a special focus on providing support for volunteers, teachers, and donors along the way.
In this part-time role, you will:
Support our virtual volunteer programs.
- Volunteer coordination and management. This could mean: answering incoming volunteer emails, drafting weekly volunteer communications, overseeing our Facebook communities, leading volunteer trainings and/or virtual events, and more.
- Logistics. This could mean: ordering materials and supplies, handling scheduling, and making sure that volunteers have everything they need to do their work.
Review volunteer-flagged content escalated for staff review.
- Review incoming digital gratitude photos and project requests that have been escalated by our project screening and digital gratitude volunteers for future review.
- Ensure that project content meets our site-wide eligibility requirements, upholds student safety, and meets our integrity standards.
[Once Office Re-Opens] Support in-person volunteer program
- Support our in-person program for physical student thank-yous, including: volunteer orientations, scheduling, coordinating materials and supplies, and supporting volunteers during program hours.
This job might be for you if:
- You adapt quickly to changing priorities. You know how to roll with the punches, and are excited by change. You are cool and collected under pressure, are adaptable to meet team needs, and thrive in situations where you can help someone find a solution. You’re happy to jump in wherever needed.
- You live for organization, pay attention to the details, and can juggle multiple tasks at once. You’re thorough, self-sufficient, and comfortable with repetitive, intricate tasks. You are meticulous when following instructions, and take pride in your attention to detail. You thrive in situations where you have multiple priorities on your to-do list - and get satisfaction from strategically figuring out what needs to be tackled, in what order.
- You’re a natural relationship-builder and collaborator. You love forging authentic connections with others. You’re the person who notices the person at the party who feels left out, and immediately invites them to join the conversation - both online and IRL. Awkward silence? You don’t know what that is.
- You are an A+ communicator. Your emails make people smile and you can explain just about anything to anyone.
- You are tech savvy. You’re comfortable with technology, and can learn new programs and tools quickly.
- You are mission-motivated, and passionate about educational equity. You care about helping teachers, and believe that all students should have equal access to educational opportunities.
- You are a recent graduate, current student, or professional who is motivated to work part-time for a mission-driven non-profit organization. A bachelor’s degree is not required.
- Hours: Between 10 - 20 hours a week (depending on seasonality), with desired flexibility for occasional evenings and weekends.
- Location: Ability to eventually commute into our NYC office (based in Midtown), once our in-person volunteer program resumes [timing tbd].
- Compensation: Starting at $17 per hour
Please submit your application online and answer the supplemental questions. A cover letter is optional and may be addressed to Michelle Shin, Remote Volunteer Operations Manager.
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.