Associate, Recruitment (Rolling Application; Summer 2017 Start Date)

Please Note:

  • We are currently looking for a Recruitment Associate to be based in the Northeast, especially New York City, Philadelphia, or Boston.
  • The formal, centralized Recruitment Associate application window is closed. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling timeline to fill remaining openings as they become available.
  • Please read the 'Apply Now' section of this job description for full context about the application process.

The Recruitment Team

Teach For America's Recruitment Team (RT) is charged to recruit a high-quality, diverse, and large corps that fuels the broader movement towards educational equity across our 53 placement regions. In this pursuit, the Recruitment Team engages with leaders across college campuses and professional career sectors to discuss the challenges of educational inequity in the nation and inspire great people to choose the corps as a means of expanding opportunities for kids and building a long-term commitment to social equity.

The Role

Teach For America seeks Recruitment Associates (RAs) who will lead operational, technical, and strategic functions to build movements for educational equity amongst communities of leaders across our country. As a Recruitment Associate, you will support the Recruitment Team's undeniably consequential work, fueling TFA's Theory of Change and broader movement for social equity in the nation. Aligned with the Recruitment Team's deep conviction around leadership, you will receive extensive training, ongoing coaching, and professional development to innovate and achieve success.


Primary Responsibilities

As a Recruitment Associate, you will...

Identify and engage a pipeline of diverse leaders in order to build successful TFA corps recruitment campaigns

  • 'Source' (identify and track) a diverse and competitive pipeline of seniors, juniors, and/or professionals as potential TFA corps applicants by conducting research and using resources on campus and/or professional networks.
  • Develop tailored individual communication based on audience (professors,campus faculty, college students, professional candidate, warm leads, cold leads) to plan full days of events and individual prospect meetings for recruitment managers and campus visitors such as corps members or alumni.
  • Alongside Recruitment Managers, devise and execute strategies to engage prospects and drive interest in applying to Teach For America through a variety of channels and processes including planning events, partnering with student organizations, engaging career service offices, and creating marketing campaigns to reach large audiences.

Track, communicate, and utilize corps recruitment data to impact campaign strategy

  • Manage data entry and maintain data accuracy.
  • Manipulate and communicate quantitative recruitment data using Salesforce.
  • Work with Recruitment Managers and Directors to analyze data to identify problems and opportunities, and develop aligned solutions.

Organize, prioritize, track, and manage workflow and resources for self and others

  • Lead or support (depending on context) the design and execution of a plan for reaching goals and strategies by prioritizing, sequencing and distributing the work among teammates.
  • Balance multiple projects at once, leveraging the use of internal resources to perform prioritized campaign responsibilities and ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Organize and provide logistical coordination for recruitment events, information sessions, career fairs, and the visits of alumni and TFA staff.
  • Provide administrative support including, but not limited to: conducting relevant research, managing teammates' calendars, coordinating travel.

Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Teach For America alumni preferred
  • 0 to 4 years of professional experience
  • Experience working with database programs and software preferred (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Salesforce)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Embodies deep conviction around Teach For America's mission and Theory of Change and exemplifies TFA's core values. Holds deep belief that educational inequity is a massive, urgent injustice, TFA plays a crucial role in long-term fight for change, and that we need to enlist as many outstanding, diverse leaders as we can to join the corps.
  • Deeply believes in the necessity of building a diverse coalition of people working toward educational equity and successfully builds relationships across multiple lines of difference.
  • Is oriented around attaining ambitious, reasonable goals (both individual and collective), and has a strong track record of achievement.
  • Desire and commitment to working behind-the-scenes and supporting a team. Equally satisfied in achieving goals collaboratively and independently
  • Extremely strong organizational skills including detail-orientation. Able to organize, prioritize, track and manage workflow/resources. Ability to strategically manage multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to analyze multiple pieces of data and draw strong conclusions to impact strategy
  • Communicates (especially in writing) exceptionally clearly and compellingly to influence action in others, both internal and external.
  • Learns, improves, adapts, and shifts seamlessly to evolving team needs and opportunities.
  • Proactive about trying to get better at whatever they do; reflect on successes/failures, seek feedback, incorporate feedback immediately to improve, ask for the help or resources they need to be successful, and assume personal responsibility
  • Demonstrates ability and motivation to build community and team, virtually and in-person

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must complete 2 steps:

STEP ONE- Submit a short online profile and resume (you do not need to submit a cover letter for this application). Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the link to start your application. You must be logged in to apply. Once you complete the online profile, you will automatically receive an email from [email protected] titled "Recruitment Associate Application Started." with full instructions on how to complete step 2.

STEP TWO- Complete all tasks outlined in the aforementioned email:

  • Short Answer Questions
  • Reference Submission
  • Location Preferences

After successfully submitting all portions of the application, you will receive another email from [email protected] with the subject line, "Your Recruitment Associate application is complete!"

If, after evaluating your candidacy, you are a strong match for the role AND are a good fit for a specific opening on the team, you can expect to hear back from the RT Talent Team with next steps.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact [email protected] or visit

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at

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.

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