The English-Speaking Union of the United States: Education. Scholarship. Understanding.

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Current Positions

Development Officer

The English-Speaking Union seeks a congenial outgoing individual for the position of Development Officer to work closely with the organization's Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director managing its national fundraising efforts.  The Development Officer will work with executive management and selected Board members to implement the annual Board giving campaign; conduct the National Patron program; coordinate the national membership program; research, prepare and write grant proposals and reports to institutional donors and prospects; oversee Raiser's Edge fundraising database; execute stewardship efforts including acknowledgements, reports, donor correspondence and events; manage social media efforts; organize cultivation activities including prospect lunches and receptions; coordinate special fundraising events; and manage 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, have 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 60 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:


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 is necessary.  Proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint; with Facebook and Twitter; as well as with Raiser's Edge fundraising software 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

The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit educational organization that forges global understanding through its dynamic English language programs. These include debate for middle-schoolers, Shakespeare for high-schoolers, student exchange programs, and professional development for English teachers. The ESU's mainstay programs, English in Action (EiA) and the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC), help adult English language learners and new immigrants conquer the language and acclimate to US culture.

We are seeking an Education Assistant to assist EiA/ARNIC staff, as well as other education programs. Should be diplomatic and knowledgeable, with superb inter-personal skills.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Track volunteer and student attendance
  • Coordinate workshops, classes, receptions, and other EiA/ARNIC events; liaise with off-site units and assist with off-site registration collection, student outreach and tutor recruitment
  • Update, print and distribute Education Department materials (including monthly emailing and tutor materials)
  • Manage the Lounge and Library
  • Register new students for EiA and ARNIC through weekly orientation sessions and individual appointments; administer written English tests as needed
  • Provide administrative assistance to other educational programs as needed, including organizing events, coordinating volunteers, and entering data
  • Maintain and update Education Program pages on the website, and be responsible for all digital and social media
  • Opportunities to develop other special projects, depending on qualifications
  • Other tasks as assigned by Director of Education

Work week will be Tuesday-Saturday. Should also be available Tuesday evenings for weekly programs.


  • 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 ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Excellent MS Office skills, especially Access
  • Experience with volunteer support and management
  • Experience with social media, including Constant Contact

Send resume and cover letter to  Start date is flexible.

Current Internships

Education department intern

Description: The ESU seeks an Education Department intern for the Spring 2016 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 2016)
  • Chaperone contestants during the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center (April 30-May 3, 2016)
  • 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 Competition). Metrocard also available for transportation reimbursement.

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


Position Description: The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) seeks a Development Department intern for summer 2016. The internship provides an opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of an international educational non-profit organization. The intern works closely with members of both the Development Department and the Executive Staff on events and marketing, fundraising initiatives and database management.

Responsibilities include assistance with:

  • Foundation research
  • Membership mailings
  • Raiser's Edge database management
  • Event planning
  • Creating and compiling fundraising materials (drafting letters, surveys, brochures, etc.)
  • Fact-checking, filing and database entry and other organizational duties as needed
  • Social media platforms

Qualifications: Interest in nonprofit management. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented and able to work with Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, etc.). Previous experience with social media (Facebook and Twitter) and with database software (e.g. Raiser's Edge) preferred but not required.

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week.

This is an unpaid internship. College credit may be obtained. A Metrocard will be provided.

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Edward Mohylowski, Deputy Executive Director at The English-Speaking Union, at Position is open until filled, but early applications are much appreciated.

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 to schedule an appointment. We encourage all prospective tutors to reserve a place at one of our weekly orientation sessions.