English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

About Us

Current Positions

Full Charge Bookkeeper

The English-Speaking Union of the United States seeks a congenial outgoing individual for the position of Full Charge Bookkeeper to work closely with the organization's Operations Manager to administer finances of the organization and its LLC subsidiaries.  The successful candidate must be an articulate, well-organized motivated self-starter with exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills and fluency in QuickBooks.


  • Record cash receipts and make bank deposits;
  • Code and Input Accounts Payable;
  • Conduct monthly reconciliation of all bank and investment accounts;
  • Conduct periodic reconciliations of program funds to ensure accuracy;
  • Tag and monitor fixed assets;
  • Maintain cash flow;
  • Calculate, prepare, and issue bills, invoices and account statements according to established procedures.
  • Calculate and issue financial analysis of the financial statements;
  • Assemble information for external auditors for the annual audit;
  • Organize and administer the annual branch audit and 990 tax return preparation
  • Assists accountants on the annual 990 tax return preparation;
  • Generate 1099s for clients;
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system;
  • Maintain the chart of accounts;
  • Maintain and monitor the annual budget.  Calculate variances and report significant issues to management;
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and
  • Manage and maintain subsidiary accounting books.


  • Associate's degree in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience;
  • Minimum of two years responsible accounting or bookkeeping experience including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger and financial reports;
  • Desire to expand knowledge base and grow in the position. 
  • Ability to perform several tasks concurrently with ease and professionalism;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, present financial materials both verbally and in writing to staff and board members
  • Must be able to keep client matters strictly confidential;
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills.

Preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of the Quickbooks accounting software package.  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  to: Hiring Officer, Dept GAH, The English-Speaking Union, 144 East 39th Street, New York, NY  10016. Email: ghamel@esuus.org. Fax: 212.867.4177.  Please no calls.  No recruiters.

Manager of School and Teacher Programs

English in Action seeks an experienced educator who wants to make a difference in the lives of classroom teachers and their students across the country.  

The Manager of School and Teacher Programs is an entrepreneurial educator who drives the administration and expansion of programs that serve students and, most importantly, secondary school teachers. You'll be amazed by how thankful teachers are for the work that you do. These programs give new and experienced teachers a rejuvenating and fresh look on their curriculum. Being successful at this job means that you open doors for teachers and college students to study in the UK, you facilitate thousands of high school students in their creative exploration of Shakespeare, and you introduce thousands of middle school students to the world of public debate.  You will report to the Director of Education and supervise the Education Assistant and intern.

The Manager of School and Teacher Programs oversees programs for more than 50,000 students and 3,000 teachers from Boston to Honolulu, including:

  • TLab (Teachers Learning Abroad)—offers teachers and lifelong learners unique educational enrichment and professional development in the UK through partnerships with renowned universities and cultural organizations. (Check out this video about one TLab program at Oxford.)
  • National Shakespeare Competition-increases students' self-confidence, analytical skills and understanding of Shakespeare through the nation's preeminent Shakespeare competition for high school students.
  • Middle School Debate-builds literacy, research, critical thinking, public speaking and listening skills.
  • Luard Morse Scholarship—provides merit scholarships for Junior Semester Abroad for an HBCU student.
  • Secondary School Exchange—provides a gap year for select students in the US and UK.


  • Administer and grow school and teacher programs.
  • Develop and enhance curricular materials for debate and the National Shakespeare Competition, empowering teachers to deliver rich and meaningful educational experiences.
  • Expand participation of clients served (students, schools, teachers), partners and volunteers.
  • Develop outreach strategy and coordinate with national partners to raise awareness of EiA programs and increase program participation.
  • Develop and revise program materials, print and online, to reflect current educational trends.
  • Implement assessment and ongoing evaluation of Education programs.
  • Create and manage program budgets.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Development Departments to share the amazing impact of our programs with potential clients and philanthropic organizations
  • Manage Education Assistant and interns.


  • Education: Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred.
  • At least 5-7 years experience as a secondary teacher (preferably ELA), school administrator and/or district/school curriculum supervisor.
  • Excellent writing, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Thorough computer capabilities, including familiarity with Excel and Google Apps.
  • Attention to detail and can manage projects with multiple team members.


The ESU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  To be considered an applicant send cover letter that describes your interest in this position and resume as a single PDF to closos@esuus.org with MANAGER SCHOOL & TEACHER PROGRAMS in the subject line. Please note that your cover letter serves as a writing sample.

Application deadline: April 20th or until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Current Volunteer Positions

English in Action Conversation Tutor:

English in Action Conversations, matches non-native speakers with American volunteers for one-to-one conversation practice. We're always looking for friendly new tutors. As a volunteer tutor, you will make a difference in our community, meet new people, share your culture and experiences, and learn about other cultures while helping English language learners improve their fluency. 

Qualifications:  18+ years old, interested in helping students improve their English speaking skills and interested in making a difference in the community. Volunteers do not need formal training, however we do provide free tutor training workshops.

Time commitment: 2 hours per week.

How to Apply:  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor in New York City, contact eia@esuus.org to schedule an appointment at an orientation session.