Overview

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 DonorsChoose 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.

Overview

We’re looking for an Executive Assistant to support our CEO with daily operations, relationship management, and communication. You’ll work closely with our CEO, Alix Guerrier, in his first year at DonorsChoose and will play an important role as he establishes relationships with DonorsChoose stakeholders.

As a member of our executive office team, you will report to the SVP, Strategy & Chief of Staff and contribute to team priorities including board engagement and internal communications.

Your thorough and thoughtful administrative support and relationship strategy will amplify the impact of our CEO as we advance our mission to address educational inequity and grow to meet the needs of more teachers and students.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Administrative Support – Manage scheduling, travel planning, expenses, meeting logistics, and correspondence for the CEO.
  • Relationship Management – Oversee an organizational system to help the CEO build relationships with key stakeholders. Document correspondence in our CRM (Salesforce), monitor communication trends, and draft correspondence for the CEO.
  • Board of Directors – Support the SVP, Strategy & Chief of Staff in building strong working relationships with our board of directors. Work with board members and their assistants to schedule and prepare for meetings.
  • Speaking Opportunities – Coordinate with colleagues and external event/conference planners to arrange speaking engagements.
  • Document Preparation – Produce effective and clear memos and presentations for the CEO.
  • Internal Communications – Support the SVP, Strategy & Chief of Staff in keeping colleagues updated on the CEO’s priorities via email updates and meetings.

This position is right for you if:

  • You’re committed to our mission to support public school teachers and students and address educational inequity, and energized by sharing that passion with others.
  • You are highly organized, with an eye for details and a reliable system to manage your time and tasks.
  • You’re a builder of long-term relationships. You think about how trust, rapport, and productive partnerships are built. You can analyze the dynamics of a relationship and suggest steps to deepen it.
  • You have strong communication skills. You can communicate your message and impress your audience verbally and through writing and formatting documents.
  • You are comfortable interacting with VIPs and navigating power dynamics.
  • You’re a thoughtful collaborator with experience supporting and advocating for both internal and external customers.
  • You can easily adapt to changing schedules and can efficiently keep the ball moving despite obstacles in the road.
  • You’re quick to pick up new software and tools, and put them to work to make your team more effective.
  • You’re comfortable operating with confidential and sensitive information and representing the vision of our CEO.
  • You have 2+ years of relevant work experience

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.

Hybrid Workplace and Other Details

In this role, you’ll have the option to work a flexible hybrid schedule in our NYC office, or to work fully remotely from CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, MD, MI, NJ, NY, OR, TX, or WI.

DonorsChoose is a fully vaccinated workplace and all new employees, regardless of their work location, will be asked to share proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 within two weeks of their hire date or request an exemption from this policy due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice.

To Apply

Apply online by submitting your resume and answering the application questions. A cover letter is optional and may be addressed to Risa Ward, SVP, Strategy & Chief of Staff.

A Final Note

The DonorsChoose.org 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. DonorsChoose.org 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.