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About Teach For America


A nonprofit institution, Teach For America is an alternative teacher recruitment organization that places educators for two years in low-income schools in cities throughout the country. The “corps members” go through a summer training program that helps prepare them for the classroom and their subject area.

Launched in 1990, Teach For America has taken more than 680,000 applications, and trained 68,000 teachers, who in turn have taught more than 10 million American schoolchildren. Teach For America recruits primarily high-achieving college seniors; applicants undergo a thorough selection process, with an acceptance rate of roughly 12 percent, comprising two rounds: an online application and a daylong in-person interview. After taking Teach For America’s five-week training course, the potential teacher has to find their own teaching job—Teach For America does not guarantee a teaching position.

Regarding staff positions, Teach For America tends to hire alumni of its program to fill positions, but that isn’t always the case. A background in education is recommended, but the requirements of a specific position can vary. There are also seasonal posts available, usually with Teach for America’s recruiting team or summer training programs. As a partner of Employers of National Service, Teach for America welcomes candidates from AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, City Year, and other volunteer programs. Staffers at Teach For America can expect generous paid time off, sick time, family and medical leave, comprehensive medical, vision, dental, and prescription drug coverage, and employer matching on its 403 (b) retirement plan. These benefits are offered to regular full-time or part-time (20+ hours per week) staff members.

Teach For America

315 W
36th St
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 279-2080

Firm Stats

CEO: Elisa Villanueva Beard

Major Office Locations

New York, NY
Newark, NJ
Houston, TX
Phoenix, AZ
Los Angeles, CA
Detroit, MI
Boston, MA
Miami, FL

Major Departments & Practices

Collective Leadership and Engagement
Communications and Public Affairs
Digital Product
Information Technology
Legal Affairs
Risk and Compliance
Marketing and One Day Studio
Office of the CEO
Organizational Learning and Strategy
People Team
Public Partnerships
Real Estate and Workplace
National Community Impact and Equity
Belonging Office Teacher Leadership Development