Join the UPchieve Team!

Thanks for your interest in joining our team! UPchieve hopes to revolutionize the way students get help and the way people volunteer, but we can't do this without dedicated and compassionate people like yourselves serving on our staff and working with our students. We offer Academic Coach positions and staff positions, both of which are unpaid volunteer opportunities. Each comes with different advantages:

Academic Coach Positions

  • Lower time commitment (minimum 1 hr/wk)
  • High flexibility in your schedule 
  • Work hands-on with students, helping them in the academic topics of your choice*

Staff Positions

  • Deeper involvement in UPchieve's growth
  • Develop valuable professional skills
  • Work behind the scenes to ensure we're able to help as many students as possible

The following information applies to all of our positions:

  • All positions are unpaidvirtual (they can be done from anywhere with an Internet connection, though preference will be given to candidates in the U.S.), and for immediate hire

  • Everyone is welcome to apply - from passionate undergrads to experienced professionals.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We look forward to reading your application!

- Melanie, Director of Human Resources


Academic Coaches

Whether you're great at math, love to write, or simply want to help students get into the college of their dreams, working as an Academic Coach with UPchieve will allow you to use your knowledge and experience to help a student in need. Because the hours are flexible, volunteering with UPchieve is convenient and allows you to give back whenever you have free time.

How to apply: Please fill out our application form.

How it works +

  • After submitting your application, you'll complete a brief call with our Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about the opportunity.
  • If you pass the screening process, you will receive a code to sign up on our app.
  • You'll select your "typical" availability in the app and pass certification quizzes in the topics that you'd like to help students with (we even provide you with review materials before you take the quiz!)
  • When a student needs help with a topic that you're certified in and at a time that you're typically available, you'll receive a text notification to log in and help them.
  • If you are no longer free at that time, it's okay! Simply text back and the system will reach out to another volunteer.

Requirements +

In order to be considered an active volunteer at UPchieve, you must:

  • Pass a screening process that includes: providing proof of identity and proof of educational background, providing two references, and consenting to a background check
  • Pass at least one help topic certificiation quiz
  • Select at least one hour of typical availability

Offered Help Topics +

Volunteers may become certified in any of the below help topics:

  • Math
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry
    • Pre-Calc
    • Calculus
  • College Counseling
    • Making a plan
    • Application questions
    • Essay questions
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
  • ESL
  • SAT

Staff Positions

Volunteering with UPchieve as a staff member will provide you with the unique opportunity to help significantly shape and expand our educational support services - services that make a huge difference in students' lives. You'll also get to work with a fun team of like-minded individuals and develop valuable skills in the area of your interest. The time commitment for all positions is 5-10 hours / week

How to apply: Please email your resume and the position(s) you want to apply for to recruitment@upchieve.org

Director positions

Senior Director of Communications +

Description: UPchieve is looking for an experienced designer, marketer, or communicator to head our efforts to establish a strong and motivational brand. In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring that our first impression is always as good as possible, regardless of the means of communication or the external party we are dealing with. Be prepared to manage every aspect of our image, from our website and marketing materials to our outreach efforts.

Responsibilites:

  • Oversee the Marketing, Partnerships, and Creative Design departments of the organization
  • Ensure that UPchieve communicates effectively with all external parties, whether passively through our written and visual content, or actively through our outreach efforts
  • Work to develop and maintain a consistent brand/image through all that we do, with a focus on improving “first impressions” obtained via our website, social media platforms, marketing materials, or initial outreach emails
  • Collaborate with all other areas of the organization, with a focus on Human Resources and Philanthropy, to assist UPchieve in achieving a wide variety of goals (such as recruitment, fundraising, etc.)
  • Help the Executive Director with other special projects

Qualifications:

  • Excellent leadership, management, and people skills
  • Creative, good eye for design, and strong writing skills
  • 2+ years working experience in a related field, such as a communications, marketing, design, or external relations
  • (Bonus) Leadership experience in communications, marketing, design, or external relations

Director of Technology +

Description: We’re looking for an experienced developer to lead UPchieve’s technology team in developing state-of-the-art web and mobile applications. This is an exciting opportunity to develop project management and leadership experience in the setting of a small but ambitious nonprofit start up. Your ability to manage a team of web and mobile developers and support them in solving the challenging technical problems they encounter will ultimately enable us to help thousands of students achieve their dreams of higher education.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Technology team in developing the software that volunteers and students will use to collaborate together
  • Provide developers with guidance in solving a wide range of technical challenges that they might they encounter
  • Ensure that the UPchieve code base is high quality, clean, and free of bugs
  • Regularly test and improve our web and mobile apps

Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of development experience
  • Experience with web or mobile application development
  • Willingness to learn new programming languages and technologies and conduct research as necessary to solve technical challenges as they arise
  • (Bonus) Experience with the languages and technologies that UPchieve currently uses, such as JS, Vue.js, etc. (see our Github)

Director of Education +

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Education team in developing curriculum and supplementary materials for high school / GED students, particularly with Science, Humanities, and Standardized Testing
  • Oversee the creation of training curriculum and resources for Academic Coaches to use when helping a student with help topics and/or the college admissions process
  • Identify ways to motivate students to apply to college through UPchieve’s web and mobile apps
  • Liaise with Director of Partnerships to identify strategic partnerships with colleges and other nonprofits, and the Director of Marketing to produce education content and guides for Academic Coaches

Qualifications:

  • Superior writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Strong understanding of high school curriculum and the college application process
  • Ability to think creatively and follow through on ideas
  • (Bonus) Experience with online high school education and college counseling

Director of Creative Design +

Description: We're looking for a creative and artistically-inclined individual to join our team as our new Director of Creative Design. In this role, you will work to ensure that all of BelieveAchieve's creative and visual content is in line with its vision, goals and voice. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a passion for design, illustration and social change.

Responsibilites:

  • Design graphics, presentation slide decks, and promotional materials (infographics, brochures, flyers, Facebook cover photos, etc.) as needed
  • Work with Director of Technology to design a visually appealing website
  • Find and/or contribute photos to be used on website, promotional materials, and social media
  • Ensure that all of BelieveAchieve’s creative and visual content is in line with its vision, goals, and voice

Qualifications:

  • Graphic design experience, with preference given to experience developing promotional materials
  • Bonus(es): web and/or software design experience, access to graphic design software

Director of Marketing +

Description: We're looking for someone who is passionate about marketing and spreading the word about UPchieve. As our Director of Marketing, you will lead the effort to grow our name recognition and to develop a consistent brand narrative. This position offers an exciting opportunity to use your marketing prowess to meaningfully contribute to our quest to harness the power of technology to close the achievement gap that persists in the U.S.

Responsibilities:

  • Help UPchieve to establish a clear, strong, and consistent brand narrative across online platforms
  • Regularly update/monitor UPchieve's social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Create and implement marketing campaigns to increase awareness and expand our online following
  • Help with recruitment efforts by writing social media posts and emails outlining new team member, tutor, and mentor positions
  • Help to increase our online presence through implementation of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies

Qualifications:

  • Marketing and social media management experience
  • Strong written English and communication skills
  • Bonus: Knowledge of SEO strategies

Associate positions

Web Developer +

Description: Help build a cutting-edge learning platform using the latest web and mobile technologies! As a web developer at UPchieve, you will write code to directly impact the way students and tutors engage and collaborate with each other in real-time, providing tools to help close the achievement gap that persists in schools across the country. Seasoned developers and student coders alike are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Work within an agile team to build and refine features of the UPchieve app.
  • Implement front-end features for real time communication to complement interactive whiteboarding, document collaboration, volunteer scheduling, and more.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of JavaScript and general computer science: being able to think programmatically and troubleshoot code logically.
  • Exposure to functional programming, ES6/Babel, Vue.js/React, or Node.js
  • Motivated to learn and use cutting edge technologies and tools.
  • Ability to reliably contribute and coordinate among other developers.
  • Experience or interest in contributing to open source software. Code examples on Github a plus!

Mobile Developer +

Description: To reach more students, we’re crafting a mobile version of the UPchieve app! As a mobile developer you will help shape this next generation mobile learning platform, writing code to impact the way students and tutors engage and collaborate with each other in real-time, providing tools to help close the achievement gap that persists in schools across the country. Seasoned developers and student coders alike are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Work within an agile team to build and refine features of the UPchieve app.
  • Help build mobile app features like whiteboarding, volunteer notifications, and more.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of JavaScript and general computer science: being able to think programmatically and troubleshoot code logically.
  • Exposure to mobile framework technologies such as Framework 7, Cordova, or PhoneGap.
  • Motivated to learn and use cutting edge technologies and tools.
  • Ability to reliably contribute and coordinate among other developers.
  • Experience or interest in contributing to open source software. Code examples on Github a plus!

Staff Coordinator +

Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorming and executing engagement strategies, including organizing in-person meet-ups, virtual hangouts, etc.
  • Develop and implement programs to ensure the happiness and satisfaction of our volunteers and staff members
  • Keep track of engagement levels of the staff and follow up with members who seem to be lacking in engagement
  • Help the Director of HR with other special projects

Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to work with volunteers
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to keep track of a large number of volunteers
  • (Bonus) Volunteer coordinator or human resource experience

Academic Coach Coordinator +

Responsibilities:

  • Keep volunteers updated on our organization’s progress and aware of changes being made to our software and/or model
  • Work with Engagement Manager to implement programs designed to retain volunteers
  • Speak with Academic Coaches on a monthly basis to check their satisfaction and address any problems
  • Organize the weekly schedule of Academic Coach availability

Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to work with volunteers
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to keep track of a large number of volunteers
  • (Bonus) Volunteer coordinator or human resource experience

Partnership Associate +

Responsibilites:

  • Research and explore new potential partnership opportunities for UPchieve.
  • Assist and facilitate ongoing UPchieve partnerships including outreach, data collection and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong, persuasive and compelling interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple diverse stakeholders across the organization.

Fundraising Manager +

Description: UPchieve is looking for a personable, creative, and organized fundraising manager to help us with our fundraising efforts. Obtaining the financial support of the communities we operate in is essential for UPchieve’s success, and your creative planning and execution of fundraising strategies will help us do just that!

Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorm and execute fundraising campaigns, including through crowdfunding platforms, social media, and in-person or virtual events
  • Identify and solicit donations from major and minor gift prospects such as philanthropists and high net worth individuals
  • Track and record all interactions with potential donors; compile reports on the progress of our fundraising campaigns and solicitation efforts
  • Work with other Philanthropy staff to complete special projects

Qualifications:

  • Motivated self-starter with excellent organizational skills in order to manage projects under deadlines
  • Outstanding grammar and research skills
  • (Bonus) Prior fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector

Donor Relations Manager +

Description: UPchieve is looking for a friendly and warm relationship manager to engage with our prior donors and provide them with ongoing support. If you like talking to and helping other people, this is the perfect role! Your people skills and organizational skills will help us secure recurring donations and make sure we never “lose” a donor.

Responsibilites:

  • Engage with donors of all kinds and foster ongoing relationships with them
  • Maintain a donor database, tracking all communications with prior donors and following up periodically
  • Draft progress reports and acknowledgement letters for individual donors, grantors, and foundations
  • Work with other Philanthropy staff to complete special projects

Qualifications:

  • Motivated self-starter with excellent organizational skills in order to manage projects under deadlines
  • Outstanding grammar and research skills
  • (Bonus) Prior donor relations/stewardship experience in the nonprofit sector

Nonprofit Outreach Manager +

Responsibities:

  • Help identify potential nonprofit partners with the goal of establishing student enrollment partnerships
  • Write briefings on potential nonprofit partners for our Executive Director and Director of Partnerships, including information such as the best person to contact at the organization, what their primary services are, and why you are recommending them as a potential partner
  • Help prep for initial meetings with potential partners by contributing specific ideas for ways that a partnership would benefit students and help both organizations advance their mission.

Qualifications:

  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills
  • (Bonus) Familiarity with the nonprofit sector
  • (Bonus) Experience with partnership development and outreach

Grant Writer +

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare first drafts of grant proposals and grant applications
  • Research, identify, and apply for public and private grant opportunities that are applicable to UPchieve
  • Maintain up-to-date records of past, current, and future grant applications in Excel
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested

Qualifications:

  • Outstanding grammar and research skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
  • Excellent organizational skills in order to manage several projects under tight deadlines
  • (Bonus) Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, or a related field

Social Media Manager +

Responsibilities:

  • Regularly update/monitor UPchieve’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Find and/or create new ed-tech related content to post or share on our social media accounts several times a week
  • Create and implement social media marketing campaigns to increase awareness of UPchieve and expand our online following
  • Create and implement recruitment strategies targeting both students and volunteers using our social media platforms
  • Help to increase UPchieve’s online presence through implementation of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies

Qualifications:

  • Highly creative
  • Passionate about UPchieve’s mission and the nonprofit / ed-tech space, able to convey this enthusiasm through posts
  • Good attention to detail and writing skills (especially grammar and spelling)
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • (Bonus) Prior experience managing social media

Visual Content Creator +

Description: Are you a designer who wants to apply your skills to the real world? Help create compelling visual content to bolster UPchieve’s digital presence! Utilizing creativity and digital strategy, you will provide content for users to view and engage with across all platforms.

Responsibilites:

  • Create on-brand visual content (i.e. graphics, photography, videos, etc.) for use on UPchieve’s social platforms
  • Work with both the design team and the marketing team to strategize new ways to engage users visually
  • Contribute to joint projects with other teams such as human resources, philanthropy, or partnerships in order to recruit volunteers, thank donors, or attract new partners.

Qualifications:

  • A shareable portfolio of your previous creative work
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite or other design softwares
  • (Bonus) Experience creating visual content for brands

E-Learning Creator - Humanities +

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director of Tutoring to develop and implement a training curriculum for high school level humanities courses, including: history, english, geography, reading skills, writing skills, etc. for volunteers using the UPchieve platform
  • Ensure that volunteers who help students are properly vetted and prepared to help students effectively
  • Respond to emails from students requesting assistance in humanities courses when no volunteers are available
  • Respond to emails from tutors explaining the answer to questions they had trouble answering during sessions with students
  • Suggest improvements to our training program and advise on additional subjects/areas to be covered (i.e. AP exams, GED, etc.)
  • Be a guest writer for our blog, covering interesting humanities topics, current events, or questions that are common areas of difficulty for students

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Highly motivated and able to generate and execute ideas
  • Bonus: Major/degree in the humanities and up to date with current events

E-Learning Creator - Standardized Testing +

Description: UPchieve is looking for an E-Learning Creator to support the Director of Tutoring in endeavors specific to standardized testing such as the SAT and ACT. In this position, the E-Learning Creator will ensure that students seeking help with test prep are tutored by volunteers who are knowledgeable and prepared. Not only will the E-Learning Creator work with the Director of Tutoring to expand and improve existing curriculums and modules, he or she will be tasked with answering questions and explaining problems that the tutors struggle to help students with.

Responsibilites:

  • Work with the Director of Tutoring to develop and implement a training curriculum centered specifically on the SAT and other standardized tests for volunteers using the UPchieve platform
  • Ensure that volunteers who help students with standardized testing are properly vetted and prepared to help
  • Respond to emails from students requesting assistance when no volunteers are available
  • Respond to emails from tutors explaining the answers to questions they had trouble answering during sessions with students
  • Suggest improvements to our training program and advise on additional subjects/areas to be covered (i.e. AP exams, GED, etc.)
  • Be a guest writer for our blog, covering interesting standardized testing topics or types of questions that are common areas of difficulty for students

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Highly motivated and able to generate and execute ideas
  • Bonus: Experience with curriculum planning and SAT tutoring

E-Learning Creator - Math +

Description: UPchieve is looking for an E-Learning Creator to support the Director of Education in endeavors specific to our math content. In this position, the E-Learning Creator will ensure that students seeking help with math subject prep – Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus - are tutored by volunteers who are knowledgeable and prepared. Not only will the E-Learning Creator work with the Director of Education to expand and improve existing curriculums and modules, he or she will be tasked with answering questions and explaining problems that the tutors struggle to help students with.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director of Education to develop and implement a training curriculum centered specifically on math content areas for volunteers using the UPchieve platform
  • Ensure that volunteers who help students with math are properly vetted and prepared to help
  • Respond to emails from students requesting assistance when no volunteers are available
  • Respond to emails from tutors explaining the answers to questions they had trouble answering during sessions with students
  • Suggest improvements to our training program and advise on additional subjects/areas to be covered (i.e. AP exams, GED, etc.)
  • Be a guest writer for our blog, covering interesting math topics or types of questions that are common areas of difficulty for students

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Highly motivated and able to generate and execute ideas
  • Bonus: Major/degree in math and up to date with current events in math pedagogy/learning