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Current Job Openings

Branch Communication Coordinator

The English-Speaking Union of the United States, an international philanthropic educational non-profit membership organization with 67 branches across the country, seeks a Branch Communication Coordinator.  Reporting to the Manager of Operations, the Branch Communication Coordinator is the primary contact at National Headquarters with its volunteer branch officers and members.  S/he has prime responsibility for monitoring and facilitating the successful functioning of branches.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as liaison between the National Headquarters and branch volunteer administrators, assisting them in a variety of tasks
  • Maintaining information/communication channels
  • Maintaining and updating national website and individual Branch websites.  Creating online forms and tracking website usage.
  • Producing brochures, flyers and other promotional materials
  • Executing email blasts
  • Maintaining Branch files
  • Assisting in the coordination of a conferences and meetings

 Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral communication ability and interpersonal skills. 
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proficiency in contemporary computer technology (Microsoft Office Suite, Constant Contact, Raiser's Edge, Google Analytics, social media)
  • Good organizational skills and ability to multitask.
  • BA degree or related work experience
  • Willingness to travel

Compensation:  $30,000 plus benefits

To apply:  Please send a letter by e-mail explaining your interest in the position and qualifications, one writing sample and resume to ghamel@esuus.org


Current Internships

Education department intern

Description: The ESU seeks an Education Department intern for the Spring 2015 semester. 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 and professional development opportunities for educators and English language and literature programs for students. This internship focuses on our National Shakespeare Competition for high school students. Perfect for a current university or graduate student in the New York City area interested in English, Education and/or Communications.

Typical Duties:

- Assist with the organization and running of the ESU New York Shakespeare Competition for NYC area high schools (Winter 2015)

- Chaperone contestants during the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center (April 25-28, 2015)

- Create and/or update ESU Education program materials (programs, newsletters, etc.).

- Create and compile promotional, fundraising and follow-up materials (brochures, surveys, etc.)

- Fact-checking, filing, 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 essential. Previous experience working with high school students and/or teachers helpful, but not required. Preference given to graduate students seeking credit.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week.

Stipend: Intern will receive a stipend of $750 for the semester (plus an additional stipend for chaperoning at the National Comeptition). Metrocard also available for transportation reimbursement.

To Apply:  Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Katharine Moran, Manager of Shakespeare Education Programs,at kmoran@esuus.org. This position is open until filled, but early applications are much appreciated.


Education intern:  debate and Public-speaking programs

Description: The ESU seeks an Education Department intern for the Spring 2015 semester. 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 and professional development opportunities for educators and English language and literature programs for students. This internship focuses on our Middle School Debate program, Internationa Public Speaking Competitios, and a new Magna Carta Writing Project . Perfect for a current university or graduate student in the New York City area interested in English, Education and/or Communications.

Typical Responsibilities include:

- Assist staff with ESU Education events, include debate tournaments, speech competition and professional development workshops.

- National and local outreach to schools and educators

- Create and/or update ESU Education program materials

- Monitor and update ESU Education social media (Facebook page, Wordpress blog)

- Fact-checking, filing and data-base entry and other organizational duties as needed.

Qualifications: Interest in Education and English. Excellent communication, interpersonal, & organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented and able to work with Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, etc.). Previous experience working with teachers and/or students helpful, but not required.

Time Commitment: 10 hours per week.

Must also be available to help with three Middle School Debate tournaments on Saturday, January 24, Saturday, Febuary 28, and Saturday, April 18.

Stipend: Intern will receive a stipend of $750 for the semester. Metrocard also available for transportation reimbursement.

To Apply:  Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Carol Losos, Director of Education, at closos@esuus.org. 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.

Submit Resume with short Cover Letter to ghamel@esuus.org


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.