Operations Assistant at Classroom, Inc.
National education technology nonprofit seeks full-time Operations Assistant to be a key staffer and partner to the Executive Director, and leadership team with strong project management, communications, and leadership skills. 

What We Do
Classroom, Inc. is a philanthropically supported edtech nonprofit that helps middle school youth in high-poverty communities develop the literacy, life and career skills that are essential for success in school today, and to ensure a smooth transition to high school and beyond.

We created and launched Read to Lead in 2017, a platform offering supplemental curriculum in the form of unique literacy learning games set in diverse professional worlds. Our digital learning games, personalized pathways and supporting curriculum empower middle school students by putting them in the role of the boss, where they must read closely, tackle authentic workplace challenges and make evidence-based decisions. Through our immersive virtual workplace experiences, students improve reading and writing skills, apply essential 21st century skills and imagine new possibilities for themselves to achieve new-found ambitions.

Why We Do It
At Classroom, Inc., we design learning games, curriculum and tools for teachers to help them re-engage their middle school students in building reading and leading skills. With almost 30 years of experience and results, we know our approach works. When middle school youth are given the chance to connect the dots between school and their future, immerse themselves in career exploration, and develop critical literacy and leadership skills, they are ready to bring their full potential to any opportunity they wish to pursue. 

Students participating in Read to Lead programs outpace their peers in literacy gains on standardized assessments; demonstrate growth in the 21st century/SEL skills that are critical to thrive in school and in the modern workplace such as collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving; and gain exposure to new career paths and opportunities.

Middle school leader, Kiwonda Riley, shared her students’ experience: “My students were asking questions about how businesses work, and what it takes to be a boss. On top of improving their reading comprehension, Read to Lead taught them the skills they need to be effective leaders. Students are challenged to make important decisions, preparing them for life outside of their classrooms.”

About the Operations Assistant Role
We are looking for an Operations Assistant to support Classroom, Inc.’s Executive Director including operational, human resource, and special project management to drive the strategic direction of the organization. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated, early career professional with strong leadership, project management, and communication skills. 

The Operations Assistant’s responsibilities are included, but not limited to: 

  • Calendar Management: effectively and strategically managing the Executive Director’s calendar. 
  • Meeting Preparation: proactively preparing the Executive Director for scheduled meetings with key stakeholders (donors, Board Members, and partners) through research, crafting meeting memos, and tracking follow-up. 
  • Board Meeting Management: preparing for quarterly Board of Directors meetings, including scheduling, preparing, editing, and collating materials, taking minutes, and other support as needed. 
  • Communications: coordinating and aiding effective communication among departments to foster the exchange of ideas, provide cross-team learning opportunities, and advance strategic priorities. 
  • Planning and Project Manager: offering org-wide strategic planning support within and among departments, including quarterly business reviews. 
  • Problem Solver: identifying potential problems and points of friction, and working to find solutions to maximize efficiency and growth.
  • Human Resource Liaison: serving as a liaison to ADP Total Source as well as managing key HR functions such as paid-time-off, health benefits enrollment, and org-wide culture initiatives.
  • Operations Support: maintaining expense reports, and archiving them on Google Drive.
  • Special Projects: owning key projects, often interdepartmental in nature, to advance the organization’s goals. 

The Operations Assistant will bring:  

  • Flexibility and positivity in your work.  
  • Excitement to work in a small fast-paced organization that embraces a start-up mentality.
  • Experience with project management, including key project management tools such as Trello, Airtable, Slack etc. 
  • Effective calendar and time management skills. 
  • Ability to think proactively about the Executive Director’s time, and see issues before they arise. 
  • Proactively follow-up on critical tasks to effectively meet Executive Director’s deadlines and commitments. 
  • Proven project management and organizational skills. 
  • Problem solving skills and can act on your feet and think quickly, effectively, and calmly. 
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal; a grasp of email etiquette is a must. 
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage your own workload with little direction given. 
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Sense of humor is a must =)
  • Experience using MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Google Suite.

Diversity & Inclusion
We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities, educators, and students today. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Salary & Benefits: 

  • Salary: Commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: Classroom, Inc. offers a comprehensive healthcare plan, a generous PTO package including 20 days of PTO and 10 paid holidays, and matching 403-b benefits up to 5% of total compensation (after 6 months of full-time employment).

This is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director. While this is currently a remote position, this role will be based out of our New York City office located in the Financial District when it is safe to return. At Classroom, Inc., each team member is fully committed to our mission. We are looking for talented team members who match our passion and are ready to lead and help us achieve growth and impact for youth nationwide. If you’re interested, send BOTH a cover letter and resume to coliver@classroominc.org.

About Read to Lead

Read to Lead, created by the nonprofit organization, Classroom Inc., uses the power of game-based learning to empower middle school students to build literacy, life, and career skills. Teachers can sign up for a free account to get started!