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

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 Philanthropy +

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the philanthropy team, which will focus on researching and identifying all possible sources of funding (crowdfunding, private grants, competitions, etc.)
  • Create and maintain a prospective timeline (listing deadlines for applications, target fundraising goals, etc.)
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for individual donors and grantmakers, addressing their concerns and working to maintain relationships by providing updates on our progress
  • Record a detailed budget of how we use any funding raised and create projections for additional funding needed to meet future organizational goals
  • Help create and edit preliminary drafts of grant applications

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing, presentation, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to accurately record and report on financial progress
  • (Bonus) Familiarity with the nonprofit or education sector
  • (Bonus) Experience with grant applications, funding competitions, or donor relations

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!

Recruitment Manager +

Responsibilities:

  • Manage our recruitment efforts and identify new recruitment strategies for both volunteers and staff members
  • Help write engaging job descriptions and keep the job postings on our website and third-party recruitment sites up to date
  • Work with Director of Human Resources to review resumes and interview staff position applicants.

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Creative, great at generating and implementing new ideas and getting people excited about the organization
  • Organized and capable of keeping track of multiple recruitment sites
  • (Bonus) Recruitment experience

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

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

Content Expert +

Responsibilities:

  • Spend 2-3 hours weekly advising the UPchieve team on the state of our educational content and review materials as necessary
  • Ensure that materials volunteers use to help students with specific content areas are impeccable
  • Suggest improvements to our training program and advise on additional subjects/areas to be covered
  • 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
  • Significant expertise in content area (e.g. PhD in math)
  • Previous teaching/education experience preferred

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