Volunteer Recruiter (Ful-Time)

Job Type

Full Time Temporary




District of Columbia
United States


Job Location

DC Metro - Washington, DC

Position Type

Full Time

DescriptionHigher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks a Volunteer Recruiter.

This position is responsible for recruiting mentors to volunteer in Higher Achievement’s afterschool program. Higher Achievement showers our scholars with academic opportunities through a proven program model which includes a 27-week Afterschool Academy from October to May. During this time each group of four scholars is paired with a teaching mentor in Math and English Language Arts. The Recruiter is critical to filling key slots for this program. They will also work with the Manager of Volunteer Recruitment and Development to identify corporate and university partnerships and strategically plan to create pipelines for new mentors.

The Organization

Higher Achievement works to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved, students from low-income communities. We intervene during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in the 5th – 8th grades. As they prepare to graduate from the 8th grade, we help them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep them on track for college. On average, 96% of Higher Achievement scholars who complete the program advance to top academic high school programs and 94% advance to college.

Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC as a grassroots effort to create learning opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people, and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, VA. Higher Achievement's model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. Our focus on the middle school transition, academic rigor, and multi-year, year round exposure distinguish us from other programs. Higher Achievement's partnership model was recently highlighted by the Harvard Family Research Project, and the organization's focus on preventing summer learning loss was featured in an MSNBC special report, "Making the Grade". In 2011, we received the MetLife Innovator in Afterschool Award for Aligning Afterschool with the School Day, further highlighting the strength of our program. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http:www.higherachievement.org.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Relationship Cultivation and Maintenance

  • Create, build, and maintain relationships on behalf of HA with key stakeholders, including HA staff, local schools, scholars, families, community partners, corporations, and prospective mentors

Mentor Outreach and Recruitment

  • Implement outreach and recruitment strategies to identify potential mentor candidates (i.e., post flyers in local businesses and lead teams of street canvassers)
  • Make presentations on HA programming, benefits, and mentor expectations at companies, universities, and other settings
  • Conduct telephone and/or in-person interviews with potential mentors
  • Enroll mentors for HA programming, and assist with mentor training
  • Build relationships and recruitment pipelines with businesses and organizations east of the Anacostia River
  • Work with community organizations, business, and churches to build pipelines to recruit mentors, particularly male mentors of color and mentors in Ward 7 and 8.

Administrative Support

  • Data entry (i.e., tracking outreach efforts, tabling events, updates in HA database)
  • Track new applicants through the onboarding process
  • Complete background screenings for mentors

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement
  • Ability to deliver clear, articulate, group and individual information sessions and presentations to a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with stakeholders
  • Experience conducting interviews and coordinating complex projects, as well as tracking data and updating a database
  • Strong skills in planning, organizing, attention to detail, and written and oral communication; demonstrated ability to function in a fast-paced environment
  • Desire to reach and exceed goals through a positive, can-do sales mindset
  • Experience in the education and/or youth development field preferred

Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement believes that the following core competencies enable our employees to be successful, and as such, we expect that competitive applications will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas:

  • Proactively builds relationships to advance Higher Achievement's mission.
  • Uses candid communication to express ideas and to listen to the thoughts and feedback of others.
  • Persistently pursues excellence by holding oneself to high expectations and seeking the best.
  • Possesses a growth mindset for learning new things and stepping out of one’s comfort zone.
  • Maintains a solutions-oriented mindset during planning periods and when challenges arise.

Compensation and Benefits: The hourly rate for this full-time, non-exempt position is $17.00. As a temporary position, this role is not eligible for company benefits outside of those required by local and federal laws. This full-time position will be scheduled for 40 hours per week; the position is expected to conclude in September 2017.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is regularly performed in an office environment; school setting; community events; and individual meetings with mentors in a variety of settings, with many changes of environment each workday. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, walking, and climbing stairs. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighting up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication in small and large group settings with youth and adults; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Additional Information: This is a full-time, temporary position. The hours are typically 9 am to 5 pm with occasional evening and weekend hours needed for volunteer recruitment events. We are seeking candidates who can work full-time from approximately June through September 2018. The Volunteer Recruiter is often required to work evenings and weekends in order to accommodate the need to meet with families and community partners. Candidate must have ability to travel in between main office and local schools and community partners on a daily basis via reliable transportation. This position requires a criminal background check prior to hire, and candidate must be able to pass all additional clearance requirements as mandated by school districts and state/local municipalities.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter through the Higher Achievement job board at www.higherachievement.org/careers. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who address the listed qualifications and their interest in the mission and work of Higher Achievement in their cover letter; interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately, and the position will remain open until all spots are filled. Please, no phone calls, emails, or recruiters.


Compensation and Benefits: The hourly rate for this full-time, non-exempt position is $17.00. As a temporary position, this role is not eligible for company benefits outside of those required by local and federal laws. This full-time position will be scheduled for 40 hours per week; the position is expected to conclude in September 2017.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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