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Development Manager

The English-Speaking Union seeks a congenial outgoing individual for the position of Development Manager to work closely with the organization's Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director managing its national fundraising efforts.  The Development Manager will work with executive management and selected Board members to implement the annual Board giving campaign; conduct the National Patron program; research, prepare and write grant proposals and reports to institutional donors and prospects; manage stewardship efforts including acknowledgements, reports, donor correspondence and events; manage cultivation activities including prospect lunches and receptions; coordinate special fund raising events; and coordinate various annual campaigns, including a major year-end appeal.

The successful candidate must be must be an articulate, well-organized self-starter with superior communication skills—particularly with verbal and written English.   In addition, he or she must be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation.  The ability to think strategically while maintaining exceptional attention to detail is crucial as is a commitment to excellent customer service.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) is a New York-based non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-political organization with some 70 American Branches and more than 6,000 members and with affiliates in more than 50 countries. Founded in 1920, the ESU has evolved into an international network that celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities.  It fulfills its mission through a range of educational activities geared toward high school and middle school students as well as their teachers; a conversational English training program, English in Action (EiA); the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center; and a National Speaker Program hosts visiting lecturers from the United Kingdom. For detailed information, please consult the ESU's website:  www.esuus.org.

Requirements:  Bachelor's degree with two to three years of fundraising experience, preferably involving writing and donor engagement activities, are required, as are strong project management and interpersonal skills.  Excellent English writing skills are fundamental.  Ability to work well with a range of personalities both internally and externally; to travel on occasion; and to work well under pressure are necessary.  Proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as with Raiser's Edge fundraising software and selected social media application is imperative.

The ESU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.   We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  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:

Hiring Officer, Dept ETM
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street
New York, NY  10016

Please no calls.  Emailed or faxed inquires will be not be considered. No recruiters.


Education assistant

Job Responsibilities:

Provide administrative assistance to the various ESU educational programs, primarily to English in Action (EiA) and Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC).  Main responsibilities:

Maintain EiA Access database to track volunteer and student attendance and movement, and handle billing

  • Help with workshops, receptions, and other EiA events; liaise with off-site units and assist with offsite registration collection, student outreach and tutor recruitment
  • Update, print and distribute Education Department materials (including emailing)
  • Track ARNIC attendance, help to organize classes, field trips and workshops, stock and manage the Lounge, order food and supplies, and keep the kitchen area and Library in order
  • Register new students for EiA and ARNIC during weekly orientation sessions and during individual appointments; administer written English tests as needed
  • Provide administrative assistance to other Educational programs as needed, including organizing events, ordering food, coordinating volunteers and entering data
  • Serve as a receptionist/greeter during program hours
  • With input and direction from Director of Educational Programs and Program Managers, develop and update website and social media content for ESU educational programs
  • Other tasks as assigned by Director of Educational Programs

The ideal work week will be Tuesday - Saturday.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, teaching, international studies, liberal arts or similar.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with people of different ages and backgrounds.
  • Excellent MS Office skills, especially Access.
  • Experience with volunteer support and management.
  • Experience with social media, including Constant Contact (or similar)

To apply:  Send resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample to jobs@esuus.org.  Application deadline is August 15th.  

Current Internship Positions

Education Department Intern:

The ESU seeks an Education Department intern for Summer 2014. The internship provides an opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of an international, educational non-profit organization. Interns closely work with all members of the Education Department. They assist with a variety of ESU Education programs, including study aboard programs and professional development opportunitites for teachers and students. Perfect for a current university or graduate student in the New York City area interested in English and Education.

Typical Duties:

  • Assist staff at the New York City Shakespeare Teacher Intensive on July 24 & 25, 2014
    (A partnership with Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.)
  • National and local outreach to schools and educators
  • Create and/or update ESU Education program materials (programs, newsletters, etc.).
  • Create and compile promotional, fundraising and follow-up materials (surveys, brochures, etc.)
  • Monitor and update ESU Education social media (Facebook, blog)
  • Fact-checking, filing and data-base entry and other organizational duties as needed.

Qualifications:  Interest in English and/or Education. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented. Ability to work with Shakespeare texts and Microsoft Office package essential. Previous experience working with students and/or secondary teachers helpful, but not required. 

Time Commitment:  10-15 hours per week.

This position is an unpaid internship.  College credit may be obtained. If transportation costs are not covered by your school, a NYC Metro card will be provided.

How to Apply:  Please send a resume and short cover letter to Katharine Moran, Manager of Shakespeare Education Programs, at kmoran@esuus.org by May 31, 2014. The position is open until filled, but early applications are much appreciated. 


Membership Department Intern:

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is currently seeking an intern for the Membership and Branch Services departments. Working with the Membership Secretary and Branch Services Coordinator, s/he will be responsible for a variety of administrative tasks, community outreach, data entry, and preparing communication and marketing materials. Additional tasks will be assigned as needed. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in Communication, Event Planning, Mission Based Fundraising and Marketing, and the non-profit field.

Candidates must be self-motivated; detail oriented, and have the ability to work independently. Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. Working knowledge of Raiser's Edge, Constant Contact & Social Media is preferred but not necessary.

Ideal applicant should have a Bachelor's degree or currently be enrolled in college and available 10-15 hours per week June through August.

Submit Resume with short Cover Letter to ghamel@esuus.org by April 25, 2014.


Current Volunteer Positions

English in Action (EiA) Tutor:

EiA, a program of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, matches non-native speakers with American volunteers for one-to-one conversation practice. English in Action is always looking for friendly new tutors. As an EiA Volunteer you will make a difference in your community, meet new people, share your culture and experiences, and learn about other cultures. English in Action may mean the beginning of a lifelong interest in a particular area of the world, or even a deeper understanding of one's own culture.

Qualifications:  Volunteers need no formal training, just an interest in other languages and cultures and the willingness to befriend a newcomer.

Time commitment: 2 hours per week. Volunteer leadership positions available. Currently we are looking for tutors for Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

How to Apply:  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor in New York City, please contact English in Action at eia@esuus.org to schedule an appointment. We encourage all prospective tutors to reserve a place at one of our weekly orientation sessions.