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Welcome to Families for Excellent Schools
At Families for Excellent Schools, our employees are passionate about their belief that all children should have access to great schools and a great education. We have diverse professional and personal backgrounds, and we don’t simply accept them - we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our employees, organization and the communities with which we work. We are an active and energetic group, who like to roll up our sleeves and get things done, which reinforces our culture and organization's core values of Collaboration, Results, Grit, and Respect.
FES has created a multi-step recruiting process built to guide the selection of individuals that can thrive in the roles they take on. Not all processes are the same, but below is an overview of our typical application process. Keep in mind that some processes may include more or fewer steps.
- Applying: Apply for a role through the links on this page and our Human Resources (HR) team will reach out if your resume stands out for the role.
- HR Phone Interview: A 30-minute phone interview with one of the recruiters on the HR team to discuss your experiences and skills, and to answer your questions about FES.
- Manager Phone Interview: Your chance to connect with the manager for the role. This is a good opportunity for us to hear more about how your skills and experience are relevant to the role and for you to hear more about the ins and outs of the team and role.
- Hiring Exercise: You will be asked to complete an assignment created specifically for this role. This step gives FES more insight into your skills for the role and gives you a taste for responsibilities of the role.
- In-Person Interview: You will meet with members of the team you are interviewing for, as well as other FES staff. This will give us more insight into your fit for the role and at FES and give you a chance to meet your potential colleagues.
- References: We will reach out to your former managers and peers for more insight into your experiences.
- Decision/Offer: Our HR team will reach out to you with our decision.
We typically inform candidates of next steps within a week of each step and your point of contact throughout the process will be one of our recruiters on the HR team. We look forward to meeting you!
Office of the CEO
Families for Excellent Schools (FES) seeks an energetic and thoughtful leader to oversee the development function as its Managing Director of Development. Reporting to the Chief of Staff to the CEO (COS) and working closely with the CEO & other senior leaders, you will be charged with establishing a compelling strategy for fundraising at FES and for leading both national and regional fundraising efforts to ambitious development goals. You will build and strengthen partnerships with FES’s current donors, own FES’s annual revenue goal, and partner with senior leaders on new site initiatives.
As Director of Communications, you will own and drive media coverage for Families for Excellent Schools across the states where we work Reporting to the Managing Director of Communications and working closely with other members of the Communications team, you will develop earned and owned media content (op-eds, press releases, emails, parent stories), and will be end-game responsible for all of the organization’s written content. You will work as an integral member across multiple teams and dive headfirst into a fast-paced environment. If you are a very strong writer, love working with people, and want to be involved in mission driven work, we happily invite to apply to join our team!
As Manager of Communications, New Sites, you will own and drive media coverage for Families for Excellent Schools in new sites. Reporting to the Director of Communications and working closely with other members of the Communications team, you will develop earned, digital, and owned media content (op-eds, press releases, emails, social media content). You will work as an integral member across multiple teams and dive headfirst into a fast-paced environment. If you are a strong writer, love working with people, and want to be involved in mission driven work, we happily invite to apply to join our team!
Families for Excellent Schools, a rapidly growing education reform non-profit and advocacy group, is looking for a Digital Designer to produce on-demand high-level creative. This role reports to the Managing Director of Creative. Team Creative is an active and energetic group of push-play people, who like to roll up our sleeves and get things done.
If Now This News, Upworthy, Refinery 29 and/or Huff Po’s news nuggets appeal to you, we’d love to chat! As Digital Designer, you'll serve as the resident production artist raising the bar on campaign and brand creative - producing crisp, innovative content under tight deadlines. This person is dependable and self-motivated, a critical, detail oriented thinker. This role is responsible for creation of campaign and brand materials - print ready ads, mail, postcards, digital /social content, etc..
As New York Organizing Director, you will develop and direct our New York organizing program. Working closely with and reporting to the Managing Director of Organizing, you will directly oversee a team of Organizers and manage their field efforts. Your Organizing team is responsible for conducting outreach to parents in assigned charter schools, and recruiting and mobilizing them to generate campaign product and attend events. This is a great opportunity to grow a relational organizing program with strong institutional support, access to philanthropic support, and an existing membership base as Families for Excellent Schools grows statewide.
If you are fired up about the inequity within our education system, and are motivated to be a part of this change, we happily invite you to consider a role with us. Families for Excellent Schools currently seeks a strong relationship-builder and recruiter for a New York Organizer role. This person will be responsible for organizing families in a charter school in Brooklyn, collaborating with our team in Manhattan, and reporting to our NY Organizing Director. The Organizer recruits and mobilizes parents, and develops and manages advocacy events. Organizers operate in one or more assigned school(s) (in Flatbush, Bushwick, Brownsville, Crown Heights, East New York, or Downtown Brooklyn) for the majority of the week (approximately 80% of time) during the school year.
Internships and Fellowships
Genevieve Hunter was one of the earliest FES parent leaders, attending our second-ever parent training. As a mother of six, she had children in district schools and charter schools, and was constantly looking for the best option for her children depending on what they needed. She was born and raised in Brownsville, NY, and was a passionate advocate for the neighborhood all her life, constantly and aware and worried about the safety and growth in her community.
From the beginning, Genevieve wanted more for her kids, her neighbors, and for Brownsville, and she believed deeply that education was the key. From her time on a school-based advocacy committee, to attendance at multiple hearings and rallies, she would often say, “I don’t know where I’d be if I had been given a school like my son.” She was alternately stern and soft when she had to be, an all around beloved figure. About a year and half into this work, Genevieve passed away. Though this tragedy was a huge loss to her family, FES, and the entire Brownsville community, we hope to honor her memory with this fellowship, and with it enable the next generation of parents to become inspirational leaders.