Application Reviewer

The Role

As an Application Reviewer, you are a Teach For America Alumnus or former staff member working as a part of TFA's Recruitment & Admissions team. You are responsible for reading a portfolio of applications for candidates interested in joining Teach For America's corps. As an Application Reviewer, you will read applications from a diverse set of current undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals, and make strong decisions about whom to advance to an interview or reject.

You are inspired by the prospect of having a significant impact on Teach For America's 2018 corps and beyond, and derive joy from reading about people's experiences and interest in becoming a Corps Member. As an Application Reviewer, you will enhance your professional skills in hiring while gaining an understanding of Teach For America's selection model and staying engaged with the organization.

The Team

Teach For America's work is about people — getting committed, passionate people into classrooms and other leadership positions where they can make a difference in students' lives. The Recruitment & Admissions team is central to that goal. In a typical year, tens of thousands of people apply to join our corps, and fewer than 20% are accepted. Admissions decisions are tough, but our team prides itself on solving complicated problems through thoughtful research — always with an eye on what's best for kids. We are inspired in our work by the passion of the applicants we encounter.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Make excellent, evidence-based recommendations to advance or reject candidates for Teach For America's corps:
  • Thoroughly read applications and make accurate calibrations
  • Include evidence-based rationales that support calibrations and recommendations to reject or advance
  • Document all decisions with strong, professional notes
  • Complete training prior to reviewing files as well as ongoing professional development
  • Commit to reviewing files for 8 hours for at least three deadlines (note: applications can be read at flexible hours during these windows):
  • September 16 – 19, 2017
  • October 21 – 23, 2017
  • December 4 – 6, 2017
  • January 29 – 31, 2018
  • March 5 – 7, 2018
  • April 16 – 18, 2018
  • Participation in various special projects or pilot exercises as the opportunity may arise



Prior experience

  • Applicants must be a Teach For America alumnus or former staff member


  • Deeply invested in and inspired by Teach For America's core values and understands that the work that we do has an extraordinary impact on teachers & children
  • Ability to read applications and make high-stakes decisions efficiently
  • Strong decision-making
  • Excellent written communication
  • High bar for quality in their work and takes ownership of their responsibilities
  • Exceptionally high integrity and ability to work with confidential information
  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail and responsive to feedback & communication
  • Strong internal desire to learn and continuously improve


  • Bachelor's degree required

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact [email protected]

Benefits and Salary

This role pays $13 per hour. This is a seasonal, temporary position with no benefits.

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff:

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

Our Core Values:

Our core values define who we are at our best and guide our work together.

  • Pursue Equity: We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
  • Strengthen Community: We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
  • Achieve Impact: We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
  • Choose Courage: We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it's hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
  • Act with Humility: We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
  • Demonstrate Resilience: We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
  • Learn Continuously: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at the Center of Our Mission

At Teach For America, we aspire to embody the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for our nation. Unequal access to opportunity along lines of race, class, and other aspects of identity has deep roots in American history, and institutional racism and classism contribute to inequitable access to educational opportunity in our country today. Therefore, understanding race, class, and the intersectional nature of oppression along these and other lines is critical to eliminating educational inequity and creating an education system in which all students can flourish.

Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people—of diverse races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, political views, and other aspects of identity and spheres of influence—united around a common purpose and shared values. We know that the change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. We also know that progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences.

This understanding guides our strategy as we pursue our mission, and impacts how we allocate resources to recruit, select, train, support, retain, and engage corps members, alumni, and staff. In all we do, we act on the following beliefs.

→ Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America's greatest strengths.

→ The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.

→ The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.

In striving to grow as individuals who lead with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, we focus on:

  • Understanding of self and self in relation to others. We examine our worldview and experiences to understand how they're influenced by power, privilege, oppression, and biases. As we deepen our understanding of self in relation to others, we seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
  • Understanding and interrupting systemic racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. We understand that our society and education system have been shaped by multiple forms of oppression, in particular racism and classism. We understand the role and impact of unconscious bias in establishing low expectations for children's capabilities, and we also see this play out in the workplace. Therefore, we commit to work together `to envision and implement new ways of operating that disrupt these systems and practices.
  • Working toward equity. We leverage this understanding to surface and interrupt inequitable practices in our schools as well as within our organization. In classrooms, we are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports, and academic preparation they need to ensure full agency in their lives. In our organization, we're committed to allocating our resources and setting organizational policies, systems, and practices to reduce and eliminate gaps in experience and outcomes by demographic group.
  • Building inclusive coalitions. We recruit and retain a corps and staff that reflects the inclusive coalition we need representing our nation. Simultaneously, we ensure those of us who have faced educational inequity shape our direction. We intentionally build authentic relationships across lines of difference; facilitate honest and productive conflict among diverse groups; create structures, policies, and processes that enable this effort; and value the diversity of ideas and perspectives required in this effort.

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