The English-Speaking Union

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Current Positions

Development Director

DESCRIPTION: The Development Director  is committed to building a next-generation organization and is dedicated to increasing funding to sustain the growth of its national operation, its branches, membership and programs.  They serve as the chief fundraising strategist on the both the National and Branch levels.  Leading up to 2020 they will be the key point person in driving fundraising events and appeals around the English Speaking Union's Centennial Campaign.  


  • Identifies potential contributors to our programs that include but not limited to the Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program,  National Shakespeare Competition, Teachers Learning A Broad, EiA and ARNIC through research and examination of past records, individual and corporate contacts, effective donor research and exploration of community connections;
  • Develop strategies and proposals to reach these contributors;
  • Create and maintain a list of high net worth donors with an affinity for ESU mission from past records and other sources so these individuals can be engaged and cultivated on both the local and national level;
  • Enlists support from, and mentors, members of the Board of Directors as effective networking resources;
  • Leads the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of existing and prospective individual, business, foundation and other donors;
  • Strategizes, guides, assigns, participates in and monitors personal solicitation efforts by members of board, other volunteers and staff according to special interests or capabilities;
  • Oversees the preparation and submission of gift and grant proposals for funds from individuals, and from private family, community and corporate foundations as needed;
  • Working closely with the President and Board Development Committee, facilitates the Board Giving and National Patron campaigns;
  • Travels to ESU Branches to assist, coach and advise on fundraising campaigns and other efforts:   
  • Researches, prepares and writes grant proposals and reports to institutional donors and prospects;
  • Manages stewardship efforts including acknowledgements, reports, and donor correspondence;
  • Plans and coordinates benefit events such as receptions, galas and other special functions, particularly around Centennial celebrations.


  • Education: Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred;
  • Minimum of seven to ten years of senior fundraising experience with a successful fundraising track record in organizations that raise at least $1.5 million annually;
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, and the capability to effectively represent the ESU to external audiences, including the desire and ability to speak passionately about the mission and goals of the ESU;
  • Documented success in soliciting and securing major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations;
  • Experience working with on volunteer fundraising activities at the branch or chapter level;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills;
  • High level computer literacy, strong technical skills in Microsoft Office Suite and demonstrated experience working with Raiser's Edge management system strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of and a deep commitment to global understanding and peace through immigrant support, education and international exchange;
  • Ability to think strategically while maintaining exceptional attention to detail.

To be considered an applicant, please send a cover letter expressing your interest, explaining your credentials for the position and providing your salary requirements, your resume and three writing samples to:

Program Associate, Volunteer Services

English in Action (EiA) is a program that helps English language learners to master conversational English and attain cultural fluency through one-to-one conversations with native speakers. 

The ESU is seeking a Program Associate, Volunteer Services to oversee volunteer services and engagement for the English in Action (EiA) conversation practice program. This is a collaborative position that works closely with the immigrant programs team. This is a full-time, exempt position that requires some evening and Saturday hours.


  • Recruit, assess and onboard new volunteer tutors
  • Oversee initial placement and continuing management of volunteer tutors
  • Plan and implement ongoing volunteer training that reflects current best practices in ESL education and volunteer management
  • Develop policies, procedures and systems for volunteer management
  • Mentor and monitor volunteer leaders
  • Develop materials and resources for tutors 
  • Develop, plan and execute regular communication with volunteer tutors
  • Develop and maintain systems for monitoring volunteer-related outcomes
  • Plan and implement initiatives for volunteer recognition
  • Serve as liaison to external partner organizations 
  • Recruit additional partners for program expansion
  • Maintain files and database of volunteer tutors 
  • Work with Manager, Immigrant Programs to create and manage related budgets
  • Other tasks as assigned by Manager, Immigrant Programs


  • Education: Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum 3-5 years of work experience in volunteer services
  • ESL experience and/or certification, preferably TESOL certification (CELTA, DELTA, etc.)
  • Proven experience in program development and delivery 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and ages
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office and G-Suite

To be considered an applicant, please submit a cover letter and resume in an email with subject, "Program Associate, Volunteer Services," to

Executive Assistant

DESCRIPTION: The Executive Assistant is an integral part of the Executive office and Board of Directors. The Executive Assistant works directly with the Executive Director and manages all aspects of his/her administrative and office needs. The E.A. also acts as board secretary maintaining and keeping current all logs, records, minutes, files of the national board and its members.


  • Conserves executive's time by reading, researching, and routing correspondence; drafting letters and documents; collecting, analyzing and prioritizing information; initiating telecommunications.
  • Maintains executive's appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and makes travel arrangements.
  • Welcomes executive guests by greeting them, in person or on the telephone; answering or directing inquiries.
  • Provides historical reference by minuting committee of the board and board meetings, records all corrections to minutes and maintains minute books of both Board and committee meetings.
  • Manages all board records and files including but not limited to: Board Member Files, Meeting Minutes, disclosures, etc. Reviews and updates documents as necessary and ensures all documents are safely stored and readily accessible for inspection by directors and/or members.
  • Schedules board and committee meetings ensuring an adequate number of meetings are held per year, in accordance with the organization's bylaws.
  • Notifies Board Members of meetings and prepares and sends meeting materials far enough in advance of the meeting for each director to review such materials, correct any errors, and prepare questions and comments.
  • Develop and distribute a board calendar before the start of each year.
  • Keeps copies of the organization's bylaws and the Board's policy statements.
  • Keeps lists of officers, Board Members, committees.
  • Keeps record of Board attendance.
  • Ascertains that there is a quorum at Board meetings.
  • Records all motions and decisions of meetings.
  • Conducts general Board correspondence and keeps records of all Board correspondence.
  • Ensures members are notified of Annual General Meetings per the bylaws.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Proven experience as an executive administrative assistant, senior executive assistant or in other secretarial position.
  • Developed attentiveness to detail.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office.
  • Exemplary planning and time management skills.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize daily workload.
  • High level verbal and written communications skills.
  • Discretion and confidentiality.
  • Excellent formal communication skills and ability to engage with people in a professional manner and demeanor.
  • Good computer and typing skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office.

How to apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to