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 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.

Role Overview

We are looking for an Assistant to support our CEO, keep our executive office running efficiently, and be a face for our organization. You’ll work with Founder and current CEO, Charles Best, and prepare to welcome a new CEO in Spring 2022. As a member of our executive office team, you will report to the SVP, Strategy & Chief of Staff and be responsible for a range of tasks that support the success of the CEO, facilitate communication across the organization, engage with our Board of Directors and other external stakeholders, and support time-bound org-wide priorities. 

In your first few months in this role, you’ll have a special focus on preparing opportunities for our new CEO to learn about the organization and meet staff and key stakeholders. When the new CEO arrives, we’ll work as a team to shape the administrative processes that will best support them.

This role will require occasional time in the NYC office during Phase 2 of our Return to Office Plan, to facilitate special events and meetings.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Administrative Support - Manage scheduling, travel planning, expenses, and some correspondence for the CEO and occasionally for other members of the Executive Team. 
  • Relationship Management - Capture the CEO’s relationships and correspondence in our CRM, Salesforce. Join calls to take notes and organize next steps.
  • Board of Directors - Coordinate with Board member assistants to schedule our three board meetings each year. Manage internal preparation and logistics for board meetings. Facilitate special engagements with our Board of Directors, like providing gift cards to guests on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 
  • Speaking Opportunities – Coordinate with the CEO’s speakers bureaus and conference planners to arrange speaking engagements. Support the CEO with developing content and preparing for presentations. 
  • Writing - Manage our monthly newsletter to our Board of Directors, including writing copy, testing content to optimize the value, and executing the send.
  • Internal Communications - Keep colleagues updated on the CEO’s priorities via updates in our weekly staff newsletter. Organize and continuously improve quarterly Business Reviews where teams share recent learning and results with senior leaders and colleagues.
  • Representing the CEO - Be a trusted partner in communicating and executing the vision of the CEO. In team meetings, we’ll all bring our perspectives and aim to challenge assumptions, and then we’ll be a united front once a decision is made.

This position might be for you if:

  • You are highly organized, with an eye for details and a reliable system to manage your time and tasks. 
  • You’re user-focused and collaborative, with experience supporting and advocating for both internal and external customers.
  • You have strong communication skills, are comfortable interacting with VIPs, and are gracious to everyone.
  • You can easily adapt to changing schedules and can efficiently keep the ball moving despite obstacles in the road.
  • You anticipate things that need to get done; for example, taking minutes at a meeting before anyone asks for a note-taker.
  • You have a knack for creating and improving processes, and are energized by finding ways to make your work more efficient. You’re eager to experiment with different strategies and open to sharing and learning from mistakes.
  • You have about 0-2 years of experience in an administrative role and can easily recall processes that you've learned and improved over time. 
  • You’re comfortable operating with confidential and sensitive information and representing the vision of our CEO.

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.

To Apply

Please submit your application online and answer the application questions. A cover letter is optional and may be addressed to Risa Ward, SVP, Strategy & Chief of Staff.

A Final Note

The 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. 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.

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Demographic Questions

At, we are committed to seeking equity throughout the nation’s classrooms and within our organization. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building a team that reflects the students and teachers we serve. We welcome and encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds who are excited to contribute to our mission.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 

We invite you to voluntarily provide demographic information that will help inform and improve our inclusion efforts and strengthen our hiring process. Demographic information will not be associated with your individual application, and has no effect on your opportunity for employment.

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