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

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Manager, School and Teacher Programs

The English-Speaking Union seeks an entrepreneurial, outgoing and congenial educator to drive the development, administration and expansion of programs that serve students, ages 10-20, and secondary school teachers.

School and Teacher Programs:

  • TLab-UK (Teachers Learning Abroad-UK)—study abroad programs for educators and lifelong learners
  • National Shakespeare Competition-nation's preeminent Shakespeare competition for high school students
  • Middle School Debate
  • Secondary School Exchange—gap year program for select students in the US and UK
  • Luard Morse Scholarship—College Junior Semester Abroad

Primary Duties:

  • Administer and grow school and teacher programs
  • Expand participation of clients served (students, schools, teachers), partners and volunteers.
  • Develop outreach strategy and coordinate with national partners to raise awareness of ESU programs and increase program participation.
  • Develop and revise program materials, print and online, to reflect current educational trends.
  • Develop constituency program for alumni-teachers.
  • Responsible for creating and managing program budgets.
  • Manage Education Assistant and interns.

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.  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; and the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center. For detailed information, please consult the ESU's website:

Qualifications: Bachelors degree required; Masters degree preferred. At least 5-7 years work experience as a secondary teacher (preferably Humanities), school administrator and/or district/school curriculum supervisor. Excellent writing, organizational and interpersonal skills; thorough computer capabilities, including familiarity with social media.

Reports to:  Director of Education

To apply: The ESU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  To be considered an applicant, please submit a cover letter (required—please address how your skills, experience and interest relate to this position) and resume as a single PDF attachment to Carol Losos at Application deadline: September 5, 2017.

Marketing Director

About the Opportunity

The ESU will celebrate its centennial in 2020. Through its century of achievement, the ESU has recast itself periodically in response to the changing contexts of society and its constituencies and beneficiaries. This past year, the ESU has actively reconstructed itself to be relevant as a prominent educational charity to break down barriers of ignorance and misunderstanding in the world ten, twenty, and fifty years from now. A major achievement is the Board's crafting of a strategic plan to clarify and focus the programs we administer within our mission. Under the banner "English in Action," we are stimulating creative and confident civil discourse, enabling individuals – immigrants, students and teachers – to rise to their full potential, thrive as global citizens, and join worldwide in pursuing conditions for peace.

The ESU seeks a Marketing Director committed to building a next-generation organization and establishing the ESU as a leader in educational and exchange programs through building a broader national audience for its key programs:

  • English in Action conversation training, featuring the ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC);
  • Teachers Learning Abroad (TLab-UK);
  • The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition; and,
  • Middle School Debate.

About the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Marketing Director is responsible for planning, developing and implementing all of the ESU's marketing strategies, communications and public relations activities with the goal of refining our messaging, attracting national constituencies and expanding visibility for our programs in target media. S/he oversees the creation and implementation of support materials and services for the ESU in the area of marketing and communications in furtherance of the national programs per the strategic plan and activities of the Education Department staff.

While reporting to the Executive Director, the Marketing Director serves as a member of the senior management team coordinating closely with the Deputy Executive Director, Director of Education, and Development Director. Externally, the Marketing Director coordinates with the media and social media outlets and networks in the fields of education and educators.
The ESU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.


  • Creating, implementing, and measuring the success of:
    • a comprehensive marketing and communications scheme that will advance the ESU's programs within the educational marketplace and the general public, facilitating internal and external communications; and,
    • all organizational marketing and communications activities and materials including publications, media relations, social media, website, etc.;
  • ensuring articulation of the ESU's desired image and position, assuring consistent communication of approved branding, image, and position throughout the organization and externally;
  • overseeing editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all organizational print and electronic publications;
  • coordinating media interest in the ESU, ensuring regular contact with target media including appropriate response to media requests;
  • serving as the ESU's representative with the media;
  • providing counsel to branches on marketing communications and public relations;
  • leading projects, as assigned, such as program-related special events; and,
  • remaining informed of developments in the field of educational marketing and communications to help the ESU operate with initiative and innovation.


  • Demonstrated skills and experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications and public relations activities;
  • strong oral skills and a high level of literacy and creative writing capability;
  • strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational and personal sales skills;
  • demonstrated successful experience writing press releases, making presentations and negotiating with media;
  • experience overseeing the design and production of print materials, publications, electronic newsletters and web pages;
  • computer literacy in word processing, social media vehicles, constant contact, webright, and page layout design programs;
  • ability to manage multiple projects at a time;
  • commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams.


Minimum of five (5) years' experience in marketing, communications or public relations with demonstrated success, preferably in the not-for-profit sector;
Bachelor's degree, preferably in English, journalism, marketing or public relations;
experience working with volunteers is desirable.

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: attn. Deputy Director 

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.