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Jobs at GreatSchools

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonprofit that helps parents get a great education for their children. Our programs inspire parents to aim high for their kids, helping them build skills and access resources to guide their children to education success. We believe that when millions of American parents support education excellence at home and demand it at school, we can fundamentally transform the landscape of education in the U.S.

Our award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, is the nation's leading guide to PreK-12 schools, with profiles of 200,000 public and private schools, and more than one million community ratings and reviews. Our new program, GreatKids, is a mobile-friendly stream of information and activities that helps parents guide their children to education success. This year our combined programs will reach more than 52 million unique visitors, including more than half of all American families with children.

Our staff of approximately 60 has expertise in digital media, parenting, and education. We work together to create innovative and impactful resources for families, combining high-quality research with intuitive design. Headquartered in Oakland, CA, GreatSchools operates programs in a growing number of cities and states across the country, including Detroit, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee. We currently operate with a $10-15M annual budget.

Unless otherwise specified, all of our open positions are located in our Oakland, CA office. Sorry, we do not offer relocation assistance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek to recruit a diverse workforce.

Positions Available:

Director of Communications
Director of Community and Customer Service
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Executive Assistant
Research Analyst
Research Director/Manager, GreatLabs
Senior Digital Editor/Content Producer
Development Associate
Senior Software Engineer

Director of Communications

We are looking for an energetic, communications go-getter to help us achieve our mission of improving educational outcomes for kids by inspiring and supporting parents to be their champions. This is an exceptional opportunity to apply your passion and marketing communications know-how to support a cause that helps families, schools, and the nation at large.

In this pivotal role, you will support fundraising, mission impact and brand building by helping define the ideas that communicate the story of GreatSchools and bringing them to life in a consistent, compelling and memorable way. This will include developing internal and external materials for a range of audiences: education influencers, current and prospective funders, partners, parents and teachers, schools and school systems, corporations, media, staff and volunteers.

Strong candidates will be assertive, versatile, and work well in a fast-paced environment.

This position reports to the VP of Marketing and directly supports the CEO and Director of Program Development.

Primary Responsibilities:

Related Experience and Qualifications: How To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter, salary requirements, resume and 2-3 writing samples here. Your cover letter should include the reasons why you want to work for GreatSchools. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please. This is a full-time position located in our Oakland, CA office.

Director of Community and Customer Service

We are looking for a strategic, energetic and passionate community and customer service leader to help us achieve our mission of improving educational outcomes for kids by inspiring and supporting parents to be their champions. This is an exceptional opportunity to apply your skills and experience to support a cause that helps families, schools, and the nation at large.

In this pivotal role, you will be responsible for helping to grow and sustain the community of Parent Champions at GreatSchools through the development and implementation of social media, community and customer support strategies. This will include creating custom campaigns to reach the GreatSchools diverse audience of education influencers, partners, parents, teachers and schools.

Strong candidates will be well versed in all things social media and customer service.

This position reports to the VP of Marketing.

Primary Responsibilities:

Related Experience and Qualifications: How To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter, salary requirements, and resume here. Your cover letter should include the reasons why you want to work for GreatSchools. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please. This is a full-time position located in our Oakland, CA office.

Senior Product Marketing Manager

We are looking for a results-oriented, product marketing professional to join our team and help us achieve our mission of improving educational outcomes for kids by inspiring and supporting parents to be their champions. This is an exceptional opportunity to apply your passion and marketing know-how to support a cause that helps families, schools, communities, and the nation at large.

In this pivotal role, you will be responsible for increasing the adoption and use of our digital media products via inbound and outbound marketing. Our product portfolio includes consumer-facing products (digital tools and content that help families make informed decisions about where to enroll their children in school and how best to support learning at home), business-facing products (data products aimed at media and real estate verticals), and school-facing products (marketing and recruiting solutions for K-12 schools and school systems). Plenty of variety to keep you energized and challenged!

Strong candidates will be highly collaborative, data-driven decision makers, who work well in a fast-paced environment and adapt easily to change.

This position reports to the VP of Marketing.

Primary Responsibilities:

Related Experience and Qualifications: How To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter, salary requirements, and resume here. Your cover letter should include the reasons why you want to work for GreatSchools. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please. This is a full-time position located in our Oakland, CA office.

Executive Assistant

We are seeking a dynamic and self-motivated Executive Assistant to provide administrative support for the CEO, COO and other senior managers.

This position reports to the Director of Finance.

Primary Responsibilities:

Related Experience and Qualifications: How To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter, salary requirements, and resume here. Your cover letter should include the reasons why you want to work for GreatSchools. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please. This is a full-time position located in our Oakland, CA office.

Research Analyst

We are looking for an analyst to conduct research that will measure the effectiveness of our digital products that help parents support their child’s education. Our products reach millions of families throughout the United States, and are distributed online, and through community organizations and classroom teachers. GreatSchools collaborates regularly with academic researchers from top institutions, including Harvard, Stanford and Columbia.

The Research Analyst will focus on measuring user engagement and outcomes for new digital products (distributed via web, mobile and SMS) designed to help parents support their child’s education. Responsibilities include background research on parent involvement in education, developing surveys for parents, teachers, students and others, managing survey administration, participating in site visits to schools, conducting interviews, analysis of qualitative and quantitative user data, and making recommendations to inform product design and program implementation and outreach.

This is a 12-month contract position located at our Oakland, CA office.

Requirements:

Nice to Have: How To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, along with your résumé here. Your cover letter should include reasons why you want to work at GreatSchools. Résumés without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

Research Director/Manager, GreatLabs

Are you a seasoned education researcher eager to make a real difference for preK-12 students nationwide? We are looking for an experienced director-level researcher to lead a new initiative, GreatLabs. As Research Director/Manager, you’ll conduct applied research to optimize the impact of our programs on parent engagement and student outcomes. Your work will guide the direction of our programs that help millions of families throughout the United States, and are distributed online, and through community organizations and classroom teachers.

The Director or Manager (depending on experience), reporting to the Vice President of Insights, will be responsible for the following activities:

Requirements: How To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, along with your résumé here. Your cover letter should include reasons why you want to work at GreatSchools. Résumés without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

Senior Digital Editor/Content Producer

We are looking for a wonderful, collaborative digital writer/editor/content producer who is passionate about education and parenting with a special understanding of high-need families. Our site offers articles, videos, worksheets, tools and information to inspire all kinds of parents to support their children’s education.

Primary Responsibilities:

Related Experience and Qualifications: Other Skills a Plus: How To Apply:

Please email a cover letter with a description of an editorial or media project you’ve managed (include details about scope and outcomes) or details about editing and assigning journalistic stories, including salary requirements, a résumé, and a writing sample that reflects your very best writing here. Your cover letter should include reasons why you want to work at GreatSchools. Résumés without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

Development Associate

Are you an out-of-the-box thinker and a great writer looking to improve educational outcomes for kids? This is an exceptional opportunity for an aspiring development professional to apply your passion for education to support a cause that helps families, schools, communities, and the nation at large.

In this pivotal role, you will be responsible for communications with funders and partners, grant and report writing, and managing the operations of our Development department. You will work with program leaders throughout GreatSchools to understand their programmatic vision and translate it into winning grant proposals.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent written and verbal communicator, very detail oriented, proactive, and intellectually curious. Additionally, the ideal candidate will also work well in a fast-paced environment and adapt easily to change.

This position reports to the Director, Alliances and Development.

Primary Responsibilities: