Teach for America Charlotte

Mission of the organization

Teach for America works to provide an excellent education for kids in low-income communities. We recruit a diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community. We provide intensive training, support and career development that helps these leaders increase their impact and deepen their understanding of what it takes to close the achievement gap.

Typical projects for the fellow

The fellow would be asked to assist on our Development Team and will work to support our fundraising initiative areas of prospective donors, updating donor contact information, as well as board meeting preparation and execution. This person would conduct research on top donor prospects and manage the process of contacting donors all the way through scheduling and securing a meeting. They would also create tools and processes for tracking donor events and invites.

Helpful academic or professional backgrounds

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional strategic-thinking, organizational, and operational skills
  • Experience managing projects to reach and exceed ambitious goals
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Other requirements

  • Commitment to Teach For America's Core Values (see below)
  • Works with a high level of personal responsibility and organization
  • Ability to operate effectively, and with a sense of possibility, in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

Core values of the organization

Transformational Change

We seek to expand educational opportunity in ways that are life-changing for children and transforming for our country. Given our deep belief in children and communities, the magnitude of educational inequity and its consequences, and our optimism about the solvability of the problem, we act with high standards, urgency, and a long-term view.

Leadership

We strive to develop and become the leaders necessary to realize educational excellence and equity. We establish bold visions and invest others in working towards them. We work in purposeful, strategic, and resourceful ways, define broadly what is within our control to solve, and learn and improve constantly. We operate with a sense of possibility, persevere in the face of challenges, ensure alignment between our actions and beliefs, and assume personal responsibility for results.

Team

We value and care about each other, operate with a generosity of spirit, and have fun in the process of working together. To maximize our collective impact, we inspire, challenge, and support each other to be our best and sustain our effort.

Diversity

We act on our belief that the movement to ensure educational equity will succeed only if it is diverse in every respect. In particular, we value the perspective and credibility that individuals who share the racial and economic backgrounds of the students with whom we work can bring to our organization, classrooms, and the long-term effort for change.

Respect & Humility

We value the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others, and we recognize our own limitations. We are committed to partnering effectively with families, schools, and communities to ensure that our work advances the broader good for all children.